I'm going to be all up in your face with a farm update today.
First, did you see what my freezer looks like these days?
The pigs are home where they belong.
On to the garden...
I went into the mud room on Saturday and found this:
COW had been in the garden and harvested everything that was left out there.
Apparently he found some carrots.
were out there, too.
We spent Saturday night turning that sink of green into this:
We blanched them, dried them, and bagged them for the freezer. They will be used to make some good meals this winter!
Thirdly, the girls.
We have found a chicken outside the fence a couple of times. As soon as I get out there to put her back in, she does this...
I'm thinking once we identify which ones are doing it (There are 30 chickens, and most of them look alike!) we'll take a try at clipping their wings. I'm sure that will go well and completely excitement-free.
And lastly, it is the biggest news on the farm as far as COW is concerned.
With the freezer full of ground pork, COW has been able to pull out his birthday present to make some sausage links.
The boy could barely contain his excitement.
This is a (long) video of COW and the little boys adding the spices to the ground pork. He's giddy, I tell you. Two things before you watch...
1. I am in the kitchen making lasagna for dinner.
2. The recipe calls for 10 pounds of ground pork, but his sausage stuffer only holds 5 pounds. He is making 5 pounds, thus having to halve the recipe.
Once the sausage stuffer came out, COW was all business and no silliness. It would be a travesty to overstuff the sausage, so he had to stay focused.
|These first links are pretty pathetic.|
At one point, Cuckoo and I were scolded for not STOPPING when we were told to STOP! Unfortunately, one link tragically burst. It was reincarnated as the link's ugly stepbrother, the sausage patty.
We got the hang of it, though, and were able to put 4 and a half pounds of breakfast sausage in the freezer. (We had to taste it!)
|He got much better at it as we went along.|
That's all I have for now. And since it's getting cold out there, I'm planning on going into hibernation. Hopefully, I won't have to go outside for any reason until spring.
What are the chances?
Have a lovely day!