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Month: January 2016

The Herd

The Herd

Its still dark outside when I hear the quiet thump of a tail on the bed, this is followed by a cold nose on my cheek.  I usually role over trying to continue sleeping, at which point the regal Border Collie in bed with me just lays on my face.   I try to remember he is doing it out of love… I hope.  At this point, the overly large Maine Coon we own hears the commotion.  While still trying…

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Sweeney Homestead

Sweeney Homestead

​Written by Kate Morrison Sarah Sweeney and I spent time together growing up at her grandparents’ house in Scottsville. Sarah is the seventh generation of the Stokoe family in Scottsville, New York. Sarah grew up on her family’s farm that has diversified over the years to include cash crops, heifer boarding and an agritainment business that opens for the fall and Christmas seasons. The farm celebrated 200 years of family farming in 2012 and she is very proud of that…

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Kate Morrison

Kate Morrison

I am the 6th generation of my family in Scottsville, New York. The Hallock (my middle name) family farmed approximately 200 acres here for over 100 years. I currently live in the same house I grew up in, on about 30 acres just outside the village, just a few minutes from the original homestead. I’ve always had an interest in animals and farming and was fortunate to have a taste of that life growing up. We raised chickens, ducks, geese,…

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Take a risk…

Take a risk…

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, And are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, Or you will learn how to fly. ​~Barbara J winter   Being a farmer and especially a woman farmer is a HUGE risk.  I will be the first to say that there are women out there that put me…

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IslandTopCustomTags

IslandTopCustomTags

     When we decided to get another dog, we decided to get a girl since Gus gets along better with girls.  I wanted to get her a special name tag, well really special everything (embroidered towels, collars and special toys) I didn’t go overboard at all.  I found a store on etsy that had the most adorable name tags!  I ordered one for Olive and will be ordering ones for Gus and sheba today as well.  The tag is…

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Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

​Mozzarella Cheese Makes One Pound  1 Gallon Whole Milk ​1/4 tab Vegetable Rennett (Dislove in 1/4 cup cold water) 1 1/4 t Citric Acid (Dissolve in 1/4 cup cold water) 1 1/4 t Cheese Salt Add citric acid to milk in large pot.  Stir while heating to 90F, once milk reaches 90F turn heat off and add Rennett.  Stir for 30 seconds.  Let pot sit for 30 minutes.  Cut curds with knife 1 inch by 1 inch by 1 inch.  Separate curds from whey…

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Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Easy Pizza Dough Makes one 9×13 pizza crust Ingredients: 1 1/2 c warm water 1 1/2 t room temperature yeast 1 1/2 t sugar 1 T oil 1 T ground basel 1/2 t ground oregano 1 t salt 4 c flour Stir water, yeast and sugar together in bowl.  Let sit until foamy on the top (5-10min).  Add spices and oil.  Add flour one cup at a time.  Once formed into a ball of dough knead for 8-10minutes (I use…

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Rabbits

Rabbits

     Rabbits they are soft and furry as well as tasty and delicious.  When I tell people I raise rabbits followed by we eat them, many people find this offensive.  We raise Giant Chinchillas for meat mostly for our own consumption.  The meat of a rabbit has more protein, less cholesterol, and less fat than many other meats including chicken.  The money that we save in buying meat pays for the food for the rabbits.  Knowing where my food…

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One More…

One More…

She waltzed into my heart the second I saw her picture, I fell in love with her over pictures and texts.  When she walked towards me, I knew she was made for me. Olive is not just one more dog for us, she has already attached herself to both Jeff and I’s hearts (it took only seconds).  Olive, also know to me as Squish because she is so incredibly fluffy and squishy is an Australian Shepherd.  Gus and Olive hit…

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