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Joy

Its official we put our house up for sale today.  It is exciting, stressful and bittersweet all at once.  We are very happy to look forward to moving to our new farm that is about 50 minutes east of where we are now.  I will have 22 beautiful acres to farm with my dogs, and most exciting for me move my horse home.  I can’t quite express in words all the emotions running through me but the strongest is defiantly joy.  My husband and I have not been able to stop dreaming and talking about what we plan to do with the farm.  I do have to admit that I am not at all excited that I have to keep this house spotlessly clean until it is sold, that isn’t an easy feat when you have 3 dogs and a sheep living here.  Look forward to more updates as they come up!

Putting Away

We have all had those days when we don’t want to cook or we aren’t feeling well.  I try to cook enormous amounts of food that freezes or cans well when I can: chicken, turkey, burgers, chicken stock, chili and anything else I can preserve well.  This makes my life profoundly easier when I may not be feeling well or just don’t want to cook.  Today I made pulled pork for dinner and will freeze the rest in dinner size portions.  I also made chicken stock in the big stock pot since I used the last of it this week, I will can that tomorrow.  Jeff made burgers out of the remaining ground venison in the freezer and cooked it to freeze.  This makes me even more excited for summer when I will have the garden to can veggies for the winter.  I truly hope that spring will arrive and stay so I can get started on my little garden.1449149496.png

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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