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Stuffed and thankful

November 25, 2010

Simply stuffed, on homegrown food, except the flour for the rolls and the pie crust everything else from was from here.  We dressed up the roast chicken a little with some cilantro pesto between the skin and breast.  Wonderful.  Other than that we had a nice, quiet day.

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  1. November 25, 2010 11:08 pm

    Nita did you ever do that pie crust tutorial? 🙂

  2. November 25, 2010 11:26 pm

    How the heck did I miss that one? I’m just gearing up for a long winter of pies. Thanks for the link! Your rolls are just as beautiful as the pies. Stay warm!

  3. November 26, 2010 2:33 am

    Here everyone inside and out was stuffed. Our meal was about 75% from our farm. Then we made more dinners for the outside critters. The hens got the squash guts, rinds, and seeds and some chopped apple in their alfalfa mash.

    The cats got 3 different flavors of wet food with a chopped scallop on top (left over from the bacon wrapped scallops).

    The cows got a warm mash of organic grain, molasses, and chopped apple. They also got feeders full of second cut hay, candy to them. They do not normally get grain. It’s mostly used to move them from one pasture to another, as our pastures are not all connected. A bag lasts nearly a year, with 6 cows.

    Here we’re long into feeding the cows inside, as we ran out of pasture due to the drought. Your snow has hung on for a while now, hasn’t it?

    It’s interesting how weather is so different across the country, and this causes different management conditions. Here, if I had snow that stayed like that, I’d have given up on pasture.

    But we don’t get snow like that until well into December or even January. But we have had the cold temps here for a while, low 20’s at night, 40’s during the day. Our ground freezes to 4′ down, due to the open early winters. Hard to winter over anything in the gardens.

    Your Hank is a handsome boy.

    • November 26, 2010 11:58 am

      Pam, sounds yummy in the barn!

      We don’t normally get our bad weather until January, but it can and does happen like this. Our soil rarely freezes too deep, due to the influence of the Pacific, just over the mountain range though it does, the weather is very diverse in the PNW. We’re having freezing rain today because I live right near the slot in the mountain range that all the cold air from the Columbia basin slips through. Ten miles to the west it is probably raining with no snow on the ground.

      As soon as the snow melts I will resume the grazing rotation, the grass is just waiting underneath all that snow.

      Sounds like you managed OK with your broken limb 🙂

  4. November 26, 2010 4:53 am

    what a perfect thanksgiving!

  5. November 26, 2010 9:58 am

    Interesting how you are feeding the hay. My (only two) cows have to eat in the same place most of the time (grass or hay is always greener syndrome). Can you provide more on the methodology and rationale? As always, thank you!

    • November 26, 2010 12:13 pm

      Kristin, I am just falling back on my old way of feeding. We always fed the cows out on pasture until we built the feeding shed. My stockpile is all covered up with the snow so until it melts, I will just feed them out. When it got so cold and icy, I brought them closer to the house to wait out the storm. Less driving on icy roads to get the feed and water to them, and just all around easier. To move them to the barn involves driving them on the highway, and it is a pain – so that is why I am not putting them in just yet. I feed once a day, in a clean spot, (which distributes the seeds and manure) and replenish their water once a day also. We’re having freezing rain today so that means the thaw is on the way, and soon the snow will be melted and I can move them back to their stockpiled pasture and start grazing again.

      As for Jane and Ty they are in a different pasture, and they have a loafing shed and the ram overflow trough, so they are on auto-pilot, except of course, Jane’s milk feeding! Spoiled bottle babies, they are 😉

  6. November 26, 2010 10:10 am

    Your cows look plum satisfied 😉 Happy Thanksgiving…a day late.

  7. November 26, 2010 10:42 am

    We’re having Thanksgiving today. We’re watching a neighbor’s dog while she and her son accompany her husband to MD Anderson in Texas, where he underwent surgery- he’s fighting both colon and liver cancers. Joanne spent yesterday with her husband of ten years, hoping that he could at the very least after his surgery, handle a spoonful of mashed potatoes. It dawned on me Wednesday while I was processing homegrown pumpkin for pie, that since she and her nine-year-old are coming home on Friday, maybe they’d like to have Thanksgiving with us then? So that’s what we’re doing.

    I’m thankful to have thought of doing the right thing in time, and thankful that I have plenty to share, and thankful that I still have my colon.

    • November 26, 2010 12:02 pm

      Paula, oh my, that is very thoughtful of you. I hope your day goes well with your friends, that is tough!

  8. November 26, 2010 10:56 am

    looks like it was a wonderful day!

  9. Eliza J permalink
    November 27, 2010 8:29 am

    Your blog and photographs always inspire me ~ beautiful!

  10. November 29, 2010 8:24 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love stopping by here.


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