Wednesday, November 17, 2010

mmm...doughnuts!!!

It definitely feels like winter today. At 6 am this morning it was a balmy -18 and it is still that temperature. We had about another inch of snow through the night. The hubby is grumbling about how much he hates winter. Me, I am a bear. I hibernate through winter.

The kids did chores while I worked out. When I was done, I finished with my fromage blanc cheese. I had to take it out of the cheese cloth. I had it hanging since 7.30 pm last night. I mixed some of it with a minced garlic clove, dill weed, parsley, salt and pepper. Maddie tried some on a wafer cracker. She enjoyed it. But the garlic was strong. Not bad for one tiny little clove. Powerful stuff  I tell ya!!

Young Frank had plugged the tractor in, when they were out doing chores. Yep it is left up to us to do the feeding. I hate trying to spread bales out using the tractor. The hubby makes it look too easy. I told the kids you feed cows and I will make you some doughnuts. (I betcha you were wondering when the doughnuts were going to enter in this post). Here is the thing with the doughnuts. I haven't made them in years. And I have never made them since we moved here in 2006. According to the peanut gallery it has been forever and a day since I have made them.They are acting like I am depriving them of 'goodies'. My response? Whatever!

Cassierae had phoned me shortly after I had made them, so I had to rub it in. I told her the only way she could enjoy the doughnuts was to look at the picture of them on my blog. Without the recipe. She said no fair. Ok, so I will post the recipe also.



SWEET MILK DOUGHNUTS


- beat two eggs, add 1 cup sugar beat very well
- stir in: 1 cup milk
            5 tbsp of melted shortening or lard
            4 cups of flour
            4 tsp baking powder
            1/4 - 1/2 tsp cinnamon
            1/2 tsp salt

* mix with hand until blended. the dough will be very very sticky. I ended up adding more flour. I don't know how much. I just added until the dough wasn't sticking to my hands. I also kneaded it like you would if you were making bread. I did that with the dough in the bowl. 

-heat your oil. I have a deep fryer so that is what I used. 


- roll or pat your dough to about 1/2 thick on a lightly floured surface. 




-using a doughnut cutter, or whatever you have on hand. keep your cutter well floured, so the dough doesn't stick to the cutter.


-here is a little trick with theses doughnuts, this is what I did. I put the doughnuts and holes on a piece of lightly floured wax paper while my deep fryer was heating up. By allowing the doughnuts to 'dry' for a few minutes, they will absorb less fat while frying.

-once your oil is heated, place a few doughnuts in at a time.


- they will float to the top
- each doughnut takes about 3 minutes to cook. you will have to flip them over to brown the other side. be careful that you don't splatter hot oil on to yourself.



- when they are done cooking, place on a paper towel covered plate








- when the doughnuts cool, dust them with icing sugar. and easy method of this is to use a paper lunch bag or glaze them. 
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

a normal day

Since I am not working anymore, I have been trying to get myself back on to some sort of schedule. You know, laundry done on... well lets say Monday. Right now it gets done when ever anyone is available to haul me water. Not to mention trying to get the regular house cleaning done. We will just call this work in progress.


Today I managed to get bread baked. Used up those bananas that were sitting on the counter top almost beyond their prime. Young Frank managed to eat a loaf of banana bread to himself. Me thinks I might be starving that teenager. I also made a batch of Fromage Blanc cheese. Made a few phone calls. Inquiries really. Trying to get my wool processed and if I have enough. I will probably wait until after next spring's shearing session to guarantee that I have enough poundage to make it worth mine and theirs. Worked on a few Christmas gifts that I am making. I guess it was a 'productive' day.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

yesterday's activities....

Yesterday, it started to sprinkle in the morning, and we figured we would have to put off  Ivomec-in' the cows for another day. But fortunately for us, it didn't rain past sun up. We manage to get the cows, the sheep and the heifers (that we are keeping for replacements) all done. The whole crew got another shot of  8-Way, and some vitamins. Done playing with the cows in the corrals until next spring.  And believe it or not, the hubby never yelled or swore at any of us. I know, totally amazing! We have a motto-What happens in the corral, stays in the corral. That includes the name calling, the 'pleasant' way certain members of the family have of telling each other to !@#$ off! It was actually nice yesterday. I would work a thousand head of cows, if it went as smoothly as it did yesterday. Yep!

We weaned Misty's calf, Jr (his other alias is One Nut). Madeline started milking her this morning. Gotta love that cow. She is giving about 4 gallons a milk a day. Can't wait to start making cheddar cheese again. Yum! Yum! We, I mean Maddie and I, have decided to dry up Annie.




Last Tuesday/Wednesday, Annie should have come into her cycle-which she didn't. She was behaving 'silly' on Monday. But Marianne told that she has to be standing, for the other cows to jump her. So now, I need to wait until December, and hopefully we can get her to come into her cycle so we can A.I. her. Also, Misty hasn't come into her cycle either. Which she should have done by now. Man I need a Gomer! Marianne was telling me about a product that is a strip which 'glues' on the back side of the cow, across her hips. And when she is cycling, and the other cows are jumping on her, the product that is inside this strip 'breaks' than you know she is reading for breeding.

Back in October, we received about eight inches of snow. I thought for sure, it is going to be another long winter. But, about a week later the snow disappeared and we had ourselves a wee bit of an Indian summer. Loved it! It was totally awesome! About 5 am this morning it started to snow. We got about 4 inches of the white stuff. Oh well. We have been here 4 1/2 years, and this is the first time that we have made it this far into November with such gorgeous weather! Aint complaining. Now with that being said, I sure hope we get a lot of snow, to fill up those dugouts come spring!
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