Saturday, April 13, 2013

a wean-ling

For the past few weeks there has been this young moose calf hanging out in the willows along our road. We think she a new wean-ling. Probably from one of the pairs that were eating our hay all winter long.

When we go to drive by her, she hits the panic button and starts running down the road in front of us. 
We wish that she would keep running down the road, instead of turning down our driveway.  

She always goes through the same open gate, into the horse paddock, and jumps the barb wire fence back into the field that she was grazing on the edge of.

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Sheep Shearing day

Joel, the shearer, is setting up his shearing machine. I should have taken a picture of it for you all. 

It took all three of them to shear Lawrence. Joel needed help holding Lawrence up and in position so he could shear his belly area. Joel couldn't get over how big my ram is. 

This young man, really made an impression with me. Joel hasn't had any 'formal' training to become a shearer. He was telling me that he bought a couple of videos of excellent shearers. One was a lady shearer from Ontario, and the other video was from a gentleman from the States.

I have had a pair of schooled shearers, and they nicked my ewes left, right and centre. Joel who learnt from doing and from dvds did a far superior job than those two men.
 Joel will be returning next year!

Once all the wool was sheared off, it was way easier to tell which girls were the closest to lambing.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

getting ready for a 'haircut'....

I received confirmation tonight that Joel, the shearer, will be here tomorrow afternoon. So, I had to go bring up my girls and pen them in the small corral for the night. Which they were none to happy about.

Except for Freckles

The boys were looking for hooks and things..... screw into the ceiling. Joel will need something to hang his clippers from.

How do you like our one and only stall? 
I have pictures to share about our 'barn'. But I will save that for another day.

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different kinds of starters...

My broccoli and cauliflower have poked their tiny heads through. And I just planted these on Tuesday!

See. I do believe there is something to this planting by the moon!!

My sourdough is now on day 4. I think/hope it is progressing the way it should. Fingers crossed.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

bee poop and being a kitchen witch.....

Yesterday I went to the 'vampires' again. Done with this round. In two weeks time I go for more blood tests-see where my iron level is. I am hoping it has dropped. Yesterday's bloodletting was really hard on me. I am so tired and weak! I get tuckered just walking across the room!

I did manage to get tomatoes seeded, today. I still need to do my peppers. The moon is in the right phase for these two veggies.

Frank built me a cold frame. I am so excited about it! His brother gave us a shower door. Why I have no idea. But that is what Frank used for the 'window'. Tomorrow we are heading to Peace River. While we are there, I am going into Peavy Mart and buying peat moss, vermiculite, and compost for my mix for the inside the cold frame. 

I am going to try my hand at sourdough. Tuesday I started the starter. I am looking forward to using it, so I sure hope it works.

I have made another batch of soap. We only have about six bars from the last batch I have made. So it was time.

After nearly of a week searching, I finally found my body lotion recipe.

Tuesday the boys took the remainder of our calves that were born in the spring 2012 to the Grande Prairie Auction.

Today the sun was shining, and the snow is slowly receding. The boys were busy dis-mantling and clearing out the debris and make-shift pens that were in the one cow shed.

Frank had moved the bees to the South door in the barn. They were enjoying the sunshine also. 

Ever wonder what bee poop looks like?

Yep! Those streaks of brown is bee poop! The cover, the front and the one side of the bee hive is covered in bee poo. I am hoping with the first spring rain, will wash all that right off.

Petey coming to say hi.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

pizza recipe

I came across a recipe for a pizza that I wanted to share. It is called a Salad Topped Taco Pizza

Use your favourite pizza dough mix or here is mine that I have been using for over twenty-five years. Nothing fancy.

Pizza Dough


1 cup warm water                        
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
1/4 c oil
2 1/5 c flour

* combine first three ingredients let stand for about 10 minutes
* add the rest
* knead dough
* spread onto a greased pizza pan

The pizza pan that I use, makes 8 slices.

Taco Topping


1 pound of extra lean ground beef
1 c salsa sauce
1 c three cheese mix, grated (something with a little bite. or to your own personal liking)
1 tomatoe, either sliced or chopped
1 c loosely packed torn mixed salad greens
2 tbsp ranch dressing

* scramble fry the ground beef, drain
* remove from heat, and add the salsa sauce
* spread over the pizza crust
* add the tomatoe and the cheese
* bake in the oven at 350 F, until the crust is light browned and the cheese is melted
* top with the torn salad greens, and drizzle the ranch dressing over top
* servings 8

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the growing season begins!...

When we moved here, there wasn't to many goodies that were left behind. Which is a blessing, compared to the last placed we lived! In one of the lean-tos that were attached to the garage, there was a huge heavy metal shelving unit.  The shelves are about six feet long, and about four feet wide. I think it is about ten feet tall.

 Frank adjusted the shelves and rigged up fluorescent lights on chains so the height can be adjusted. It is crude, but I am thrilled! 

The boys hauled the shelf to the garage, and that is were I'll be starting my seedlings. The garage is heated, and I have some heat mats. So with crossed fingers, I am hoping that my carefully chosen, precious, tiny seeds of life, will grow.

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