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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hey thanks to everybody for the website feedback. It was 58 degrees at noon today, I still loved having a barn full of animals. It's time to do evening chores and it's 10 degrees, I hate having a barn full of animals!  I finally got my nerve up to worm the llama this morning, I figured it was going to be difficult. Once again he suprised me, it was harder to worm the chickens than it was to do Barbosa. He is such a gentleman. Kids are chanting for more freezing rain, they don't want to go to school tomorrow. I might use the sled to get to the barn, maybe hitch up the terriers?
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Friday, December 12, 2008

I have found the best recipe for bread! You non-bakers pay attention you must try this no fail recipe.
3 cups warm (100 degree) water
1 1/2 tbsp yeast
1 1/2 tbsp salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose white flour
mix all of these together in a bowl, it will be a very wet and sticky dough.  Cover with saran wrap, put in the fridge. This recipe makes four small loaves of bread, which you can bake anytime over the next 2 weeks.  When you're craving fresh baked bread, cut off about a quarter of the dough (grapefruit sized). You will need to flour your hands frequently, shape the dough into a ball by stretching the top of the dough down to the bottom, rotate the ball a quarter turn and keep folding until you have a neat little ball. Put the dough on a pizza peel sprinkled with lots of cornmeal. Let it sit 20 min. after time is up put pizza stone in oven, put a rimmed baking sheet on bottom rack and preheat to 450 let dough continue to sit until oven is preheated. Dust top of loaf with flour make 2 slashes across dough.  Slide dough onto stone,  add a cup of hot water to the baking sheet. bake about 30 min. This is wonderful hot or cooled. It's nice because the dough becomes more flavorful as the days go by.   That's it for todays cooking lesson.
6:57 pm cst          Comments

Thursday, December 4, 2008


It was 12 degrees this morning when I went to the barn! I'm so bundled up it's hard to walk, my gloves make it hard to open gate latches, the poor animals startle when I enter the barn, they can't tell what I am. I hate the cold! I have mixed emotions about milking this time of year, first I hate to have to buy milk so I don't want to stop milking, even though I'm not getting much. Second, I want to stop so I, or better yet my children :), can give grain and be done quickly. I definately won't make any decisions when I'm cold, I'll wait until I'm standing in front of the warm fire.
Since we added heat lamps, the chickens have started laying eggs again. I just have to get them before they freeze. It always makes me smile when I can walk back to my house with milk in one hand and eggs in the other.

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