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Monday, January 15, 2018

Construction of New Goat Shelter

   We have been needing a new goat shelter for our pygmy nannies.  We have 5 goats in a large pen but their old shelter was in disarray and needed a new shelter before kidding starts in early March.  In the pen, we have Daisy Mae (pygmy fainting goat), her mother Brownie, Dorkling, Gracie, and her daughter Belle.

    We make our goat shelters fairly small for a reason.  When the shelters are big, there are drafts and a lot of unused and unnecessary space.  By making our goat shelters small, then animals are able to share body heat, thus stay warmer in the cold winter months.  

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New goat shelter.

      The first thing my hubby did was go and cut down a few cedar trees to make the posts to frame the building. 

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     Then he will mark off where the posts will set.

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  Then dig the holes.  We have a post hole digger that makes easy work of it (that is if you have the muscles and endurance).  

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     Once the holes are dug, he places the cut posts into the holes and packs them in well.

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     Ron next went out into the woods and cut down some pine trees.  After they were cut down he used his sawmill and cut the pine logs into boards.  Once they are cut, he begins securing them to the posts. 

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   In the picture above, you can see the shape of the shelter and see it is coming together.

     Part of the front is framed up to be a wind break for the goats as you can see in the photo below.

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    He just needed to add a top and cover it with plastic and it was done.

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     Here is a real short video of the finished shelter.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Guineas & Their Crazy Sounds

    Guineas are pretty neat birds to have on your homestead.  Having guineas around means you have a natural form of flea and tick control.  Guineas are really low maintenance but they are one of the noisiest birds you will ever find.  Click on the video below to see for yourself.


     They are noisy for sure but you learn to get used to their calls and can recognize each one to mean something different.  You will also get to where you can identify the males from the females by the way they call. 

     Besides being good at pest control, they are also remarkable guard animals.  They will alert you to strangers approaching and also keep predators at bay.  Overall, they are really neat and extremely useful animals to have around.  


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Best Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

   These are a truly good old-fashioned Peanut butter and Chocolate Chip cookie...a true classic  So soft and chewy, even the next morning.  I recently took these to a party a friend was hosting and everyone went on and on about them and kept requesting my recipe so here it is for everyone to enjoy.

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The Best Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

                                        1 (16 oz.) jar peanut butter              1 1/4 c. flour
                                        1 c. brown sugar                              1 c. sugar
                                        1/2 c. butter                                      2 eggs                                      
                                        2 tsp. baking soda                           1 1/2 tsp. vanilla       
                                        1/2 tsp. baking powder                    1/8 tsp. salt
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels


     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Form mixture into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  

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 Bake for exactly 9 minutes.  Let cool for 2 minutes then remove to a plate.  These are especially good if you eat them right away. 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How to Make a Hay Feeder from Reclaimed Materials

    In my newest video, I show you how we make our hay feeders on our 40 acre homestead. My using reclaimed wood and repurposed items, we make nice hay feeders for the cost of a few screws. 


    
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My Most Popular Pins of December

    Most bloggers use Pinterest to share their blog content with and I am no different. Pinterest is a great way to grow your following.  For the month of December, here are my most pinned posts. To visit each post, just click on the "name".


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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Loaded Boiled Cabbage

     This is a take of my Southern Boiled Cabbage recipe.  It is made the same way but this recipe adds a lot of extras to it like potatoes, bacon and smoke sausage.  Yum!  Whereas the Southern Boiled Cabbage is a side dish, this Loaded Boiled Cabbage recipe is a meal into itself.  I sure hope your family enjoys it as much as my family does!



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Loaded Boiled Cabbage

1 head of cabbage
4 potatoes, cubed & peeled
1 pkg. smoked sausage, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 T. butter
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

     In a pot, parboil the potatoes.  Parboiling is just partially cooking your potatoes.  Fill a pot with water and add in the potatoes.  

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    Bring them to a light boil and allow them to gently boil for 7-8 minutes.  Once the time has elapsed, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.  Drain the potatoes and set aside.

      Now take the cabbage and cut it into quarters and remove the hard stem.  Slice each quarter in half and in half again.  In a large pot, add in your butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cabbage. 

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     Pour in the chicken broth and stir so all of the cabbage is coated.  Now, stir in the smoked sausage, bacon and potatoes.

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       Bring the pot to a quick boil over medium-high heat and then cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low and allow it to simmer for 17 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve and enjoy.

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    You know it's good when your menfolk resort to licking the bowl.  

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

How to Cook the Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

    Making the perfect sweet potato is easy if you follow these quick tips.  I used to believe that there was no way to make a bad sweet potato but after eating sweet potatoes at restaurants and some friends' house, I now know that it CAN be done.  I have been making sweet potatoes the following way for years and it's only from trial and error, that I now can make a perfect baked sweet potato every single time by following my steps laid out below.

   
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    The first thing you need to do is clean your sweet potato thoroughly.    Get some foil and tear a sheet large enough to wrap your sweet potato.  After the sweet potato is clean (no dirt remaining on the skin), lay each sweet potato on a piece of foil you tore off previously. 

     Take vegetable oil and coat the outside of the sweet potato thoroughly.  Now sprinkle each sweet potato with salt and then wrap the potato tightly.  You do NOT need to prick the outside of the potato with a fork.  

  
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     Place the sweet potatoes into a preheated 425 degree oven.  Place the foiled potatoes directly onto your oven rack.  They do NOT go into a pan first.  Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour or until the potatoes are done.

     This method is nearly foolproof.  The potatoes will come out tender and moist and the skin will NOT be ugly and shriveled up.  The will look beautiful and taste delicious.  

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    These baked sweet potatoes go great with my Pineapple Glazed Ham or even with a nice Meatloaf!

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