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No Horsing Around

Yesterday the girls and I headed down to work on our pond/garden project. Because I’m waiting for the new harness to show up before really training the horses I didn’t put either to work but as you can see Shennen seemed to be willing. She didn’t leave our side all the while we were working.

Yesterday was a lighter day. We just picked up the loose dirt on the edge of the pond so I could till deeper yet. It doesn’t look like much and honestly we didn’t work as hard or long as the previous day’s but that’s about 20 loads in the sled and 6″ deeper in the middle 200sqft of the pond.

For dinner we had leftovers refurbished. I love having certain leftovers because it’s so easy and quick to make a meal when all you want to do is sit down and have a cold one.

This is a combination of leftover smoked ribs, baked beans and rice along with a fresh onion, anaheim, jalapeno, and corn. And because us girls have our own favorite way of doing things we literally had it 3 different ways.

My youngest had it on a tortilla with cheese and dessert.

My oldest went the wrap and lettuce rout sans the cheese and dessert.

And me? I don’t need the extra carbs so I skipped the wrap and went for the high protein and veggie route. I drank my carbs so it’s not like I’m on a carb free diet. I just pick my carb battles to fit the day. 😉

Leftovers are a busy mom’s best friend. I think today I’m going to smoke up some chicken pork just for the sake of quick and easy meals this week. It’s going to be a busy week.

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

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Lazy Day on the Farm

Yesterday the girls and I said goodbye to our helper and spent the hottest part of the day inside. After dinner I decided to get a little work done.

Shennen is a selfie queen. I on the other hand am not.

It’s impossible to do anything without these girls wanting in on it.

So I figured it was a good time to introduce them to pulling the sled.

The load is light enough for me to pull but gave enough resistance to give the girls a taste. After yesterday’s successful introduction to working I caved and bought a harness.

I think it’s a little silly to show it on a toy but here goes nothing (in 2-5 days).

I won’t use the bit or blinders though just the harness body.

The rope just gave me a good idea on how the horses would react to a load.

Even Shennen got a turn. I put gloves on in case either decided it was too scary having the sled following them but they were both champs.

Shennen has gotten herself stuck in a few situations and has proven to be calm under pressure. A horse that doesn’t panic when stuck is a real blessing.

Cross your fingers for a quick delivery of the new harness. That’ll be our next real workout with the horses.

Until then the girls and I will put in a little elbow grease.

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Just a Mom?

For about 18 years I’ve been a mom, homemaker and potentially significant to an other. Naturally, with kids I’ve gravitated towards cooking or at least learning something about it, about 14 years ago after acquiring my little piece of paradise I’ve become intrigued by the process of growing the food that I cook. This is the basis of the blog I’m attempting to set up. I would like to think that I appeal to the average housewife/husband. I watch a little too much TV, my house could use a little more attention, I could stand to lose a few pounds or at least exchange some of this fat for muscle, somewhere in the back of my mind I figure if I have a Bachelors degree I will somehow be able to achieve a higher status so I’m back in school. I have bad habits and guilty pleasures. Mostly I live vicariously through my kids and whatever is streaming through my Ruko stick. I am single which adds a bizarre twist to the whole thing. Mostly though, hopefully, I’ll share my love of growing and making food.

In the past 14 years I’ve gotten familiar with growing, processing and cooking some livestock and garden produce. I’ve yet to write about it, maybe because I was so new it was a lot of trial and error or maybe the lack of sit down time. This year I will be experimenting, practicing and perfecting a lot of rabbit, lamb, chicken and quail dishes as these are the primary livestock on my little piece of property along with garden produce. I want to add on a couple of pigs and turkey after I hang up the lambs which will give me a little more room. If ambition plays a role in all of this I hope to train my two miniature horses to pull and help out on the farm. I like the idea of avoiding buying another tractor though it would definitely make some of the heavy lifting easier.

I’m in the process of making a meat locker so I can butcher animals year round without worrying about meat spoiling. I’m moving my garden this year with the goal to build up a partially washed out pasture and improve upon it. Three small livestock barns with a winter’s worth of compost should help with that project along with digging out a fish pond that’s been on my to-do list since I moved here and an abundant garden should have that pasture looking pretty good by the end of this year. I’m also going to be selling garden “kits”, salsa garden with tomatoes, peppers and such, salad garden with a variety of lettuce, carrots and peas, so on and so forth with the hope to help fund my growing and cooking adventures and get my kitchen remodel finally finished.

With all that information coming at you I hope you will follow along my little venture, maybe I’ll teach you a few things about the kitchen and garden that you don’t know and maybe you all will teach me a thing or two. This is my last full summer before my teenager heads off to college so I guess maybe I’m hoping to teach her a few more things in the kitchen to help her avoid the college diet of ramen and mac n cheese.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention we have honey bees coming in mid-April. So much fun I’ll be sharing with you this year.