The beginning of my gray hair!!
Project lists have a way of changing fast on the farm. On my dream list, we will be able to get the greenhouses in shape for planting out. Right now that means getting the grass away from the edges on the inside that seems to creep in when you’re not looking, or actually it happens when you’re not paying attention. I need to get all this done before the cows go out for the grazing season, once that happens it’s heads down for me and the cows. So enter a quick little windstorm a couple a weeks ago that pretty much had its way with the little chicken greenhouse/brooders. Okay, the list got changed. Build a new door for one, and put on a new cover on the other, those two things moved to the top of the queue.
Soil builds up pretty fast actually, so besides digging away the grass inside the vegetable greenhouse sidewalls, the grass outside the chicken greenhouses now needs to be dug up and disposed of too, just so we can get to the springlock and channel to replace the plastic.
I worked out a trade with the hens, for a treat I’ll bring you a wheelbarrow of yummy grass clumps with all kinds of good things, and in exchange I’ll dig down and take a load of henpecked compost for amending soil somewhere else. Deal?
Geez, haven’t seen duck Carhartts around here in years. Or these wonderful puppies, who all lived to be seventeen. That’s a lot of farm dogging! The mechanic isn’t too bad either ;)
As much as I would love to turn Jane out to graze at will 24/7, the early spring grass just doesn’t have enough nutrition to sustain her and her milk production. Besides the obvious short grass that tells me, Jane tells me she wants some long-stemmed fiber by coming down from the pasture and waiting at the gate at evening chore time.
Confessions of a preserver…I have too much jam. And being a frugal preserver, I loathe letting all that hard work go to waste. I could turn some of it into bacon since I have piglets coming soon, but frankly I would rather eat it. So the jars of apricot and kiwi jam sit in the cabinet, I look at them, and close the door. It’s been a couple of years. I need to move that jam one way or another. I doubt I will go back to baking much bread, so the next worst thing? I’ll make dessert out of the jam. I’m not offering a healthy alternative, just a way to use things up with a solemn promise to myself to quash my jam making tendencies. Or at least not go overboard. I had some tasty Greenwillow oatmeal too so I pulled my trusty Apricot Bar recipe out of my go-to recipe folder. I could eat these everyday and they taste great with any kind of jam. But as much as I wish I could eat these everyday…we don’t. So if you have any unused jam of any kind sitting around, these bars taste equally good with any kind of jam. And you know, it’s almost jam making season… .
1 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups oatmeal
¾ cup butter
1 cup apricot jam
¾ cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
Mix flour, baking powder, brown sugar and oatmeal together; cut in butter until crumbly. Put two-thirds of the crumb mixture into 13 x 9 ½ x 2 inch pan. Pat down evenly. Spread jam and cover with remaining crumb mixture. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares.