Archive for September, 2011


Just a quick update…

Just wanted to post a few pictures and an update on Ruby.

Randy lovin’ on mom and dad’s dog, Paris.

Paris lovin’ being loved on.

Ruby is improving everyday.  Here she has taken over Koal’s pillowtop and blanket.

She barks, she plays with the other dogs, and she eats well….really well.  She has gain one whole pound which is a lot for what was an 8 1/2 lb dog.  She now weighs 9.6 lbs and has had her food cut back a bit.  She still runs from us when we try to pick her up, but she will hopefully come around there too.  We try to take her with us as much as possible, and I think this has been huge in her progress.

Hope everyone is having a great day!


An evening with family…

We had dinner with family the other night and had such a good time.

There was bocce ball.

Good conversation.

And lots of laughs.

It was a beautiful evening with great food, great people, and great memories made.

Give your family a hug, tell them you love ’em, and have a wonderful day!


Ginger Cookies…

These cookies are sort of like themolasses cookies my grandma makes.  They are really good.  I got the recipe out of a Holiday insert in newpaper and tweaked it a little.

Ginger Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour

2 t ground ginger

1 t baking soda

3/4 t cinnamon

1/2 t cloves, ground

1/4 t salt

3/4 cup coconut oil or butter (the real stuff, not margarine)

1 cup organic raw sugar

1 egg

1 T water

1/4 cup organic molasses

4 T sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together flour, ginger, ,baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil (or butter) and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, and then stir in the water and molasses.  Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.  Shape dough into walnut-sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar.  Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreases cookie sheet.  Bake 10 minutes in preheated oven.  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

I noticed when I made these the cookies I baked on my stoneware didn’t rise.  They were my first batch, so maybe the oven wasn’t quite hot enough, or I didn’t cook them quite as long as needed.  However, the ones I did on metal cookie sheets were delicious.



Cattle drive…

We went to a cattle drive last week.  We took Ruby…her first cattle drive.

We all gathered at a friends house right on Main Street for the big event.



Two Weekends of Work…

We had visitors in our pool house last weekend.

To say they destroyed it would be an understatement.  It took Randy and I 4-5 hours and a lot of bleach to get it back up to suitable standards for the cats.

Ruby is still terrified, but slowly coming around day by day.

*That looks like a 6-pack of Sapporo, but is Kombucha bottled in old beer bottles.

Even the other dogs are getting used to having Ruby around.  Thai is a good big brother.

Randy and I saw this awesome barn on our way to a co-workers house hauling him a calf mom and dad sold to him.  It was such an awesome barn, on the way back by I had to stop and snap a couple pictures.

After Randy sheared two llamas and trimmed one of the llamas hooves for some people, we hauled straw out to our lambing pens from a broken round straw bale.  After two pickup loads and a pitch fork we headed up with the tractor the get the third and final load that we will use in some of our smaller lambing pens.

It was so hot in the sheep shed unloading the straw, but we got it done.  Our big sheep shed is all ready for fall lambing.

We also cleaned the chicken coop the day before and got it all stuff with straw for winter.  The chickens were pumped!



Labor Day Weekend…

I have been planning and scribbling a list of to-dos and purchases to make for Randy and I to get back into some traditional eating (WAP and Nourishing Traditions).  This will include things like:


Cod liver oil/butter oil (Green Pastures)

grass-fed raw dairy products

fermented food (homemade sauerkraut)

soaked grains


bone broths

pasture/grass-fed meat (venison, chicken, beef)

local pork (nitrate, nitrite, and msg free)

organic fruits and vegetables whenever available


organ meats


coffee (probably the hardest thing on this list to give up, especially going into winter)


refined sugars and flours

chemicals and additives

high-fructose corn syrup


hydrogenated oils (use coconut instead)

We’ll see how it goes.  Randy is onboard, but we haven’t started yet.  We hope to add a workout into this plan, P90X, Yoga, stretching, and some treadmill time.  I hope to take my bike to work this week so I have a way to get around other than walking since I am carless due to carpooling.

Today was the last of the heat here (we think).  Our forecast gives us hope fall is on its way and our spirits are reflecting the cooler days predicted ahead.

We did lose a lamb this week to the heat.  We lost a lamb and a ewe earlier this summer due to heat.  We have four lambs struggling and getting doctored right now.  We are in hopes the cooler weather will be the boost they need to get turned around.  It is so hard to see them miserable and struggling in the heat.

We dropped hay yesterday and will continue to feed hay through the winter.  Our pastures are done for the year.  Little rain and blazing hot temperatures were hard on it and left little grass this year and will affect the grass available next year as well.  We need an early spring with sufficient rain to get that grass growing.

I can’t wait to throw open the windows and get some fresh, cool air in our house.  Our cookstove should be here in a few weeks.  We plan to go cut more wood (hedge) Monday.

Ruby is adjusting…everyday she makes progress.  Medically she seems fine.  Socially she has quite a ways to go.  She rode with Randy and I when we hauled lambs to the sale today.  Her head was up and she watched out the windows and walked comfortably across the seat back and forth to each of us.  A big improvement from the cowering little dog plastered to the floorboard like she has been everyday until today.  She still finds the closest corner of the house to hunker down in, but she will get there.  We try to take her with us as much as possible.  She’s going to be devasted when we leave and go back to work.  Thank goodness we had this week off to snuggle with her or her progress would have been even slower.  The other dogs don’t LOVE her, but they tolerate her pretty well considering she is 5 to 8 times smaller than her.  She goes back to the vet Friday to have her staples and stitches removed which means no more cone on her head at night.  She will be pumped about that…Ruby hates her cone!

Take care and have a safe and happy labor day weekend!






Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that child, the world will change.

I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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