Time Well Spent 

I have started packing the house which is extremely stressful, I took this opportunity to learn something new.  I have started knitting!  I started with a hat then for my next project I decided on some nice relaxing…lace.  Right, so a giant lace blanket may not have been the most appropriate stress relief.  I have ripped out the same row twice now so I moved onto working on the fabric basket tutorial to take a break.  This basket is turning out very nicely  and I can’t wait to post the tutorial!  I also got to meet the farmers that I am get my wool sheep from today, my future sheep are very cute and very large.  I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather!

 

Lambless

Well it finally happened my girls went back to he farm until we move. Ewestace and Lamb Chop were getting big and we leave Tuesday for Florida. Jeff and I decided it be easiest if they went back now. I am sure hey will be fine but I got aweful E attached to having my little lambs in the garage. 

Eat Your Wheaties!

Gus and Olive start sheep camp again today at Cherry Hill Training Center.  When Jeff fed Gus his breakfast I heard him pronounce to Gus “Eat up you, got to perform well today!”  Without even thinking I walked into the room and spoke up for Gus “Dad I don’t perform sheep herding, it’s a way of life.”  After Gus and I straightened out Jeff’s line of thought I realized he didn’t say anything to Olive.  I have decided this means one of two things; 1 Jeff has lost all hope that Olive will be useful for anything but a couch dog. 2 Olive is so amazing that she doesn’t need any encouragement or pep talks.  I can’t wait to see Olive and Gus work after all winter off for Gus and Olive’s first real herding lessons.  I will be sure to give you all an update after camp.

Chili Verde

I had a request for the chili verde recipe so here it is, please note I did can mine but this is not a proven recipe.  I tend to like my food to be a bit spicy so feel free to half the spices taste and add more as needed.

Ingredients:img_3740
1 T olive oil
1 t. dried oregano
1 T ground cumin
3 T chili powder
1 (19oz) can of green enchilada sauce
32oz diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup hot salsa verde
2 cups finely chopped onions
2 T pressed fresh garlic
2 pounds diced green chilies (fresh or frozen)
1 t lime juice
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 whole chicken cooked and shredded

Instructions:
Cook onions and garlic until onions are translucent, add tomatoes and salsa verde.  Stir well then add the green chilies and enchilada sauce.  Once combined add spices and stir well then add shredded chicken.  Simmer for 30 minutes serve garnished with cilantro and lime.  This can be served over rice or eaten with a bit of cheese and tortilla chips.

Notes:

I used a rotisserie chicken in this recipe and it was still delicious.  I also bought the small cans of green chilies and they tasted fine in the recipe (I believe Walmart sells the 1 pound cans).

 

Slippery Slopes

Last night I made a vat of Chicken Chile Verde, which made enough for dinner as well as to can 8 pints.  I love having canned dinners in the fridge for nights that I don’t want to cook.  This is a recipe I have never canned before so I won’t post the recipe to can just yet (I want to make sure it does’t kill anyone first ;).  Today I went to a knitting class that was delightful.  I decided after many many years of quilting that If I was going to have sheep I better learn to knit, it turned out to be much more fun than I had anticipated.  As I am typing this I realized we have embarked on quite a slippery slope.  We got a border collie who needed sheep, now we have a farm and sheep.  We bought a farm so clearly we would bring Ace our horse home and he needed friends so we have bought 3 Nubian goats.  I wonder what we will get next…

Wood Stove

Our new farmhouse has a wood stove in the house which we are super excited about.  I was supposed to be researching how to replace the bricks inside the stove when I found these super cute wood stove steamers.  They have steamers in cast iron and so many different styles and shapes you can get yours here or here.  I most definitely will need one of these!

woodstove steamer

 

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