Coriander, one of our sweetest little does, gave birth to a beautiful set of doe twins this morning! In this picture, the kids are less than 5 hours old! Due to some difficulty with Wordpress's new update, I wont have anymore pictures of the kids on my blog for a little while. Til then, feel free to look at older posts or follow us on Facebook!
Living closer to the land and working with it encourages a simpler lifestyle that somewhat replicates a time when life was a little slower and less stressful. There's always much to do on a homestead in the spring, summer and fall, but what do you do in the winter months if you live in a snow belt? Well, here's what we do at Maple Grove.
As the holiday season wraps up here at Aisling Cottage I will forever remember Christmas of 2012 as one of my favorite holidays thus far. This year was full of giving, decorations, friends, and simplicity. I was determined that this year would be different for me and it was.
We were expecting the foot of snow that came over Friday night and continued
falling all day Saturday. Sean and I worked hard to remove the snow and keep the
access to the animal yards open for us and for them.
We were NOT
expecting to wake up to see all that work covered over by another foot of snow
while we slept. The forecast called for 3-4 inches max. What the
what???!?!?!?! Sean has been really sick since Friday night with a
horrible flu. In accordance with our agreement that only one of us can be really
sick at any given time, I have been trying to patiently wait my turn and
steadfastly refusing to give in to my sore throat, stuffy nose, or cough. The
storm took none of this into account.
Why is Red giving me the stink eye? Well, she's not happy with the frigid temperatures here in Colorado lately, but this was before I followed through with giving her a few of their favorite things to help them stay warm. Come on over to Fresh From Home to snag a few simple ideas for keeping your outdoor menagerie impressed with your critter-keeping capabilities!
This morning when the kids woke up and begged me for pancakes I sleepily agreed, got out of bed and went to the fridge only to realize we were out of milk. Thankfully my husband loves eggnog and bought an abundance for Christmas. Who wants some eggnog pancakes?! CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE!
We've been managing food allergies at 1840 Farm for over five years. During that time, I've learned to be creative when adjusting our favorite recipes in order to preserve their great flavor and remove allergy causing ingredients.
Some of our new recipes are so delicious that our friends and family don't notice the difference. Peanut-less Brittle is one of those recipes that tastes so fantastic that no one will notice that you've made a safe substitution for the peanuts that usually take center stage in this dish.
If you don't cook with food allergies in mind, you can easily incorporate any type of nut that you like. Once you master the easy burnt sugar component of this recipe, you'll be ready to make my chocolate covered molasses toffee. Stay tuned, I'll be sharing that recipe in January!
Once again, I've waited until the last minute to wrap gifts. I probably have enough recycled gift wrap, but I also have a lot of holiday print fabric scraps. Follow the easy steps HERE to see how I've used these to make a gift wrap gift!
And once again--happiest holidays from Green Circle Grove!
It is interesting how posting takes on cycles. First, it is new goat kids that gain
all the attention. Then, baby chicks, ducklings, or goslings have the focus. The
pigs will get into some kind of mischief. A goat will begin milking, escape
inconveniently, or become sick. The cats will hunt something out of the usual.
Soap or cheese or crafts to be made. Barns and coops to be repaired, built, or
finished. As new events happen or take precedent, our posts seem to follow suit.
Right now, the concern around here is the resident rooster population.
When we hatched chicks to increase our flock of hens, we knew that
statistically, we would get more roosters, too. And, there was a plan in place
for what would happen to those lads... but, that was last Spring...