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Stewart Freeze Dried Treats

As a dog trainer and wife of a veterinarian I always strive to find high quality treat that are not only affordable but palatable.  I have been using Stewart Freeze Dried Liver treats for some time now.  We got our border collie last year and he is a very picky eater.  He enjoys working for liver treats and rarely gets bored with them during training.  I also love how they come in many different sizes so I can use them in different ways.  I stuff the largest pieces into kongs for my dogs which occupies them for a while trying to free the treat.   My husband is a veterinarian and likes that they have a single ingredient of liver.  They come in seven different flavors and are made with no preservatives or additives, which makes the husband and picky border collie very happy (and the cats).  I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.  Gus gives this treat 9 out of 10 paws he wishes more flavors came in the giant bucket.

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Canning Chili

My ever so wonderful border collie decided yet again that the appropriate time to wake up is in fact before the sun….even on the weekend.  I decided to take this time to can some turkey chili for myself.  I personally love a good bowl of chile with a fair amount (really actually a lot) of cheddar cheese in the winter.  All my canning supplies are in our basement so I carted up all my jars, lids, rings, pressure canner, and cans of diced tomatoes.  Then I went down and got more jars since I apparently have a fear of not having enough jars.  I put all my lids and jars in the dishwasher while I dumped all the chile components in the pot.  I use the regular chili recipe found in the ball canning book.
I should mention as a side note jack our orange cat that I currently seem to be at war with felt he needed to oversee all canning today.  I was cutting up the hot pepper when a cat hair floated into my eye  I automatically reached up to rub my eye and realized mere millimeters from my eye that it would go terribly wrong.  My life flashed before my eyes!  I sure that jack saw to making sure there was orange hair in every jar.
The chili turned out wonderful and all but one of the jars plinked which I think is pretty good.  Gus spent most of the day watching over his little farm.

Mexico Soup

     Had a wonderful day!  I went to our public market which is fairly large here.  I thought to myself you should get some lettuce cheap as a treat for annabelle (one of rabbits has a wound we are treating).  Also thought that I should get some fresh veggies for myself.  We walked the whole market even saw some really sketchy meat and fish stalls.  What do I end up leaving with … a pair of mittens yup mittens.  I couldn’t help myself they were so cute and my fingers were so cold.  I went totally unprepared and did not bring gloves or hat, I did however bring a giant bag to put all my loot in …I mean my mittens that I am actually just going to wear.
I also went to Jo-ann Fabrics which is very dangerous for as a quilter.  I got some really cute things to wrap presents in, as well as a few things for me.  I decided to make soup tonight since it cold out and Jeff isn’t home.  A nice warm hearty soup sounded good. Picture PictureHearty Mexico Soup
Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 T minced garlic
2 T butter
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
shredded chicken
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime
2 t black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano
shredded cheese
avocado

In a medium pot melt butter and saute onion and garlic until translucent.  Add chicken broth and canned tomatoes.  Add shredded Chicken (you can use a rotisserie chicken).  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add chopped cilantro and juice of lime.  Season to taste the above amounts are really more of suggestions :).  I usually put some cheese in mine as well as diced avocado and enjoy!

​I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

The Mice Will Play

PictureHave you ever heard the saying “when the cats away the mice will play”?  Well, my wonderful husband is off to hunting camp this weekend.  Jeff leaves tonight and will return on Sunday evening (in theory with venison for the freezer).  Well, any perfect housewife would use this time to deep clean the house, maybe wash all the linens, and clean the refrigerator.   Let’s all be honest here, I’m a wonderful wife…I just seem to lack the perfect housewife gene.  I plan to camp on the couch with the dogs watch endless movies and TV while working on my hand sewing projects.  I also have every intention of bringing Pete the rabbit in to snuggle on the couch (which is highly frowned upon).  Jeff may ask, “Where did all the grey hair on the couch come from?”  I will of course deny I have any knowledge of any rabbits inside the house.   So I will raise my glass of wine to all the other wonderwifes of hunters alone during deer season weekends.  I encourage all you ladies to take this opportunity to do something wonderful for yourselves!

Wholesome Greens and Beans Soup

As I sit here making dinner for my family, I realized how blessed I truly am.  I am making greens and beans soup on this cold night.  I made the chicken broth from scratch and canned it.  I also grew a whopping crop of kale this summer that I canned for the coming winter months.  I am grateful that I have the time to do these things for my husband, not only adding love to our food but healthy nutrition as well.   I find it much more convenient to run to the basement for chicken/veggie stock and canned kale, than climb in my car and go to a grocery store.  It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to sit down to a dinner that you have made mostly from scratch.   It may have a few stray cat or dog hairs but that only adds to the warm and fuzzy feeling that I made this myself.  I am also thinking how wonderful my husband is, as he is out in the garage processing our lastest batch of home grown meat rabbits.  Thus further filling our freezer for winter and providing for o
ur family.  We got 30 pounds of meat from 8 rabbits.  I am also grateful he is not not making me stand out in the cold right now to help him.  So I hope you all remember in this special month to be thankful for all the things that are great and wonderful in your life.

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Greens and beans soup:
Ingredients:
Rubbed sage
Red pepper flakes
Crushed rosemary
Ground turkey sausage 4 cups broth 2 cans
white beans
1 bunch of kale with tough
stems removed and leaves
chopped rough

In a medium pot add the red pepper flakes, rubbed sage, and crushed rosemary until toasted.  When I add the seasoning I do it by taste as some people like it less spicy.  Add the sausage I usually use a ground turkey herb and garlic sausage, cook until browned.  Add 4 cups of broth I usually use a mix of chicken and vegetable broth.  Bring to a simmer add Two cans of white beans.  cook for 20-30 minutes until beans are tender.  Add chopped kale cook five minutes then enjoy!  I usually sprinkle parmesan cheese on mine when I eat it.

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A Little History Story

Welcome to Cacia Farms here in upstate New York.  It all started one day when I asked my husband if I could get a pet rabbit.  He said no of course, as at the time we already had 2 dogs and 3 cats.
My husband and I grew up in families that hunted for most of the meat that we ate and knowing where our meals came from was important.  As a kid I was involved in 4-H.  One of the projects I chose was showing rabbits.  Yes that’s a real thing showing rabbits- We put on this cute little white lab coat that made us look official and everything!  Well I thought to myself we eat wild rabbit, why not raise our own?  So sitting at dinner one night I looked up at my husband with my cute adorable face and it all started.  I convinced him that we could raise meat rabbits.  Not a month later we had our first pair of Giant Chinchillas! Well you may think that after that we were rolling in rabbit meat…not so.  I could write a book on “They don’t breed like rabbits”. We had our first pair (Bunny and Clyde) for a year with little meat produced.  We decided to try to find new stock.  After going through a couple different pairs we are finally having does that produce large healthy litters.
The next item our farm needed was a good farm dog.  We had two dogs already at the time.  When I was growing up I remember visiting my grandparents cattle farm where my mother grew up..
I always remember my Papa on the 4-wheeler with his trusty farm dog riding behind.  His farm dogs were always ready to move some cows.  Of all my Papas dogs I loved the border collies the most.  They always looked so beautiful and majestic moving the herds.  It was at this point I said to my husband “We should get a border collie”.  Jeff, my husband, being a veterinarian and my history as a veterinary technician we both know how crazy and nuts border collies can be.  My wonder husband was skeptical at first in the wisdom of having 3 indoor cats and 3 dogs in a 1100 sq ft home with a suburban back yard (and don’t forget the rabbits).  Well, I prevailed in the end with my persistence.  We found our little pup.
When I went to pick up our wee little border collie, I had a good strong name picked out Odin.  My husband and I knew the moment we got him home that Odin was far too serious a name for our goofball.   So we settled on Gus.  His registered name is Aengus but is also know as Gus, Goose, Goostoff, Gustofferson and mongoose.   He brings hilarity to our lives and there
​is never a dull moment on our house.
We may be small, with lots of chaos and bodies crammed on our tiny plot but our little farm is filled with love.  I couldn’t imagine how quiet and lonely (and terribly boring) our home would be without our furry pets.


Welcome!

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 Welcome to Cacia Farms!  We have a tiny plot in upstate NY where my border collie and I raise food for our family.  We have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 4 breeding rabbits and a horse (the horse is boarded off site so he has friends).  I love to raise my rabbits under the ever watchful eye of Gus our border collie.  Gus and I also enjoy watching T.V. and quilting.  We often visit Cherry Hill Training Center where Gus channels his inner border collie to learn to herd sheep.  I hope you enjoy following Gus and I in our journey to provide a healthy and sustainable home for our family.  
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