Archive for March, 2012

27
Mar
12

2012 Lambing Season…

Our 2012 lambing season isn’t quite over, but we have put a big dent in it and have been so very please with the results.  I will let the pictures and a short description do the rest.

Texel Romanov Ram Lamb

Romanov Texel Ewe Lamb

Texel Twins

Texel Ewe with Romanov Texel Lamb

Texel Romanov Ewe Lamb

Romanov Dorper Lamb

 Randy and Big Texel Ram Lamb

And there you have a big chunk of our lambing season in pictures.  We loved crossing the Romanov Rams with our Texel and Dorper ewes and our Texel Rams with our Romanov ews.  We will have Texel Romanov crosses for sale the first part of July if anyone is interested in ewe lambs or a ram lamb.  We will also have older recorded Texel ewes for sale.

Hope everyone is enjoying an early spring!

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05
Mar
12

Pumpkin pie with no sugar, grain, or eggs…and it is still edible

I am doing an elimination diet trying to reverse some food sensitivities I have been struggling with.  I have been scouring the web for recipes and tried this one from Spoonful Of Sugar Free the other day.  She has some really good sugarless recipes on her site.

Pumpkin Pie

~The pie is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, peanut-free, and, of course, sugar-free!

Pecan Crust:

  • 2 cups pecan meal (make your own by finely grinding pecans in a food processor)
  • 4 large dates
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • pinch salt

Blend dates in a strong blender or food processor until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine until well-mixed. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan and press the mixture evenly to the bottom and sides. Bake at 375* for 10-15 minutes or until browned.

Pumpkin Filling:

  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 12 oz. can full fat coconut milk (too lessen the calories, substitute up to 3/4 of the coconut milk with almond milk)
  • Sweeteners*

Combine the pumpkin, eggs, milk, sweetener (if using) and spices and beat until combined and smooth. Pour mix into crust and bake, uncovered, at 400* for 10 minutes. Then cover with foil and bake at 350* for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*Sweetener ideas: I blended four dates with the filling in my food processor.  She also recommends using 1/2 teaspoon powder or liquid stevia drops.

Serve with Cinnamon Whipped Cream as a truly decadent Thanksgiving dessert.

**Instead of eggs (because I can’t have eggs right now) I used chia seed gel.  I used 1/4 cup to replace the two eggs in this recipe.

I couldn’t eat it all at once and Randy had real pie to eat.  So I froze individual pieces of this pie to eat whenever I’m craving something almost like dessert.  Enjoy!

04
Mar
12

Another Rescue….

Gotcha!!  It isn’t us this time, but it does run in my family’s blood.  My brother just rescued a full blooded Dachshund, Brody, to add to his collection bringing his dog total to three.

This little guy was taken from his home when his owners decide they wanted to harm him and didn’t want to feed him or care for him properly anymore.

Can you imagine?

The little guy now has a safe place to lay his head, adequate food, buddies (2 Bassets), and people around him to give him the attention and love he deserves.  He has already had him neutered and vaccinated.  He was emaciated when he got him, but is starting to fill out from a good feeding schedule.

He is so sweet and always wants to be where you are…he follows you faithfully.  If you are bound and determined to get a full blooded breed look for a recue site for that specific breed.  Everytime you buy a dog from a breeder or a pet store…it is one less shelter dog who finds a home.  These dogs (or cats) deserve a safe home and someone to love them!

Have a great day!

03
Mar
12

Lenny…rescued a kitty lately?

Our cat population is now at eleven.  Mom had a cat dumped near her store.  She couldn’t find a home for him, so we volunteered.  He is the sweetest little guy and loves to be held unlike 9 out of the 10 we already have.  Just yesterday Lenny and I snuggled up on the hammock to catch some vitamin D.  He is so much fun!

Please spay and neuter your pets.  We domesticated them…that makes it our responsibility to take care of them properly.

Lenny is neutered and vaccinated for rabies to comply with our states requirements.  We also had him tested for feline leukemia…which he obviously tested negative for.

If you want to improve the quality of your life…rescue a pet or even a farm animal.  Animals bring joy to your life!

Have a wonderful day!

02
Mar
12

Coconut Oil Chocolate…

This is the easiest “chocolate” to make without sugar.

Coconut Oil Chocolate:

¾ c coconut oil

½ to ¾ cup cocoa powder depending on how dark and chocolaty you like it

1 T raw honey

1 t vanilla extract

**add shredded coconut (unsweetened) and nuts (optional)

Gently heat your coconut oil.  Coconut oil becomes a liquid at 76 degrees F, so this needs to be done at a very low setting on your stovetop.  In a blender add everything (except shredded coconut and nuts) together and blend.  Pour into a bread pan lined with wax paper and put in the freezer.  If using shredded coconut and nuts sprinkle in bottom of pan before pouring blender mix on top.  This will make a nice sized chocolate bar to snack on whenever you get a hankering for chocolate.

Just FYI…The Raw Food World has their coconut oil on sale right now if you are in the market for stocking up.  This where I have started buying mine.

 

Enjoy!




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