Foundation

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Septic is in and we are just getting ready for the foundation. The weather warmed up nice, as we have been told that  “frost ” in the dirst is a bad thing and costs more to work with, luckily we did not have any! Meanwhile goat   had kids, and sheep had lambs, we also added a couple of turkeys to the farm

Just a little bit hill billy right!

Pikes Peak

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The End of October, we bought almost 5 acres in Florissant Colorado.  mostly flat with an awesome view of Pikes Peak. Lots of Ponderosa Pines, Douglas fir and Aspens.  We bought a 5-th Wheel moved everything here.   One week later the weather was down in the negatives, Trial by fire.

 

Stages of Wool Processing

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Now how cool is that!! From Sheep to something to wear!! Thanks Arlette for the pictures!’, ‘Stages of Wool Processing Ready to Spin…a good quality wool is  “crimpy ” which allows for easy spinning in to yarn’,


 ‘Just taken from sheep and put in a bag, lots of specks of this and that. The Cleaning is called  “Skirting ” 


Fall coat way before shearing’, ‘Fiona The Sheep’, 

Winter!

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What canning addicts do when they run out of things to can during the winter!’

‘Roasted Tomato Sauce’

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Every year I make batch after batch of this when the tomatoes are going strong and can it. But this recipe can be used to make fresh or frozen tomato sauce 

About 15 lbs of paste type tomatoes ( cut in half and any bad spots removed )
1-2 Green Peppers ( de-seeded sliced )
1-2 Carrots ( washed, peeled, roughly chopped)
2-3 Cloves of garlic crushed
1 med-small onion diced
1 Bay leaf
2-3 tablespoons of Basil, oregano\

Put everything in an non-reactive roasting pan. I have a stainless steel turkey roaster picked up at out local thrift store. Place in 325 degree oven with a light covering of foil or the lid that comes with the roaster. Roast at this temperature for about 2-3 hours, then remove cover and drop temp to about 275, roast about 2 more hours. Sauce is about ready when the edges of the vegetables get a little darker brown, but not black.  Take a stick blender and puree everything ( careful it will be hot!) til smooth. Enjoy.  You can freeze, or can this. After tasting and smelling this you ll never go back to ragu again!

For canning, I put a 14 teaspoon of citric acid and process in a pressure canner for 30 min. ( adjust for your altitude as we are at 5800 ) For some people who hate the tomato skins, you can pick them off easily with some tongs before using the stick blender! Obviously this recipe is for a bulk canning venture, you can easily scale it down for smaller batches for dinner!’

Wine not Vinegar

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‘Last year I took it upon myself to learn how to make wine. Personally am not much a wine drinker, so am shooting form the hip as it were. First, in the recipe book was apple juice wine, ( from canned apple juice) then raspberry, sweet apple wine, raspberry current ( had a bag of extra currents in the freezer) and more adventurous Cranberry wine. This summer was able to grab the chokecherries before the birds and made wine from them. Well the first wine had been sitting in my closest and to tell the truth was not very nice to them. But the other day racked them ( change containers) and whala, I have wine! this week hope to bottle them up and make pretty labels. ( the towels are to keep it dark and preserve the color.) You can see the airlock on each one, that is to keep out outside ( hence bad) air, but also let the wine breath.

 

Ozzy

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‘Ozzy is the first doe we purchased, she is alpine saanan. She is a little on the smaller side, and has a strange coat, ( I think is called a  “hair ” )   She has given us several kids, all buckings ( sigh). This year was the first time she has twins. They were super cute!

 

Tomato & Cucumber Salad

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 I found this recipe ( and modified it a bit) while trying to use up alot of Cucumbers and Tomatoes! Very Good!

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
fresh basil leaves
fresh oregano leaves
2 cucumbers
2-3 tomatoes
1/2 C Olives
1/4 C Feta Cheese

Mince  or press garlic through a garlic press. Let stand in both vinegars while preparing the other ingredients   Chop basil and oregano leaves and add to  olive oil and allow to stand in oil while garlic marinates.Meanwhile, prepare salad ingredients. Wash cucumbers and tomatoes. Peel cucumbers, leaving a scant amount of peel (helps with digestion). Slice cucumbers into 14 inch coins (circles). Slice tomatoes into wedges, being careful not to crush and lose juice. Place tomatoes, olives and cucumbers in salad bowl and sprinkle with sea salt or kosher salt.Whisk dressing well and pour over vegetables\

Cranberry Sauce

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I have had this recipe for about 15 years, taken out of a newspaper. It originates from a restaurant called Pasta &  Co, and they sell it by the pound! I have made some modifications over the years

1 12 oz bag of Cranberries, ( sorted, washed, picked over )
3/4 c Dried Sour Cherries ( Sometimes these are very hard to find and I have used Crasins 
1/3 c Sugar
2/3 c Red Current Jelly ( this can be hard to find if you don ‘t make your own, I have used several types of  “red ” jellies with great results )
2/3 c Water
1/4 Dark Rum

In a large sauce pan place cranberries, sour cherries, sugar, jelly and water. Over low heat simmer stirring occasionally about 15 minutes until the berries have popped. Remove from heat stir in Rum.  Refrigerate over night and serve at room temperature. Excellent over ice cream, crepes and waffles!\ I can this in a water bath canner according to the blue ball book recipe 

Yummy Iced Coffee

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‘I have tried for years to find a great iced coffee recipe…. well I found this last year and love it! as some of you   know coffee is should be on the food pyramid for me! First Any old coffee you have at the end of the day save and put into ice cube trays and freeze!

Yummy Iced Coffee\ This recipe is for a Iced mocha… adjust as your tastes go!

2-3 tbl of Chocolate syrup
2-3 tbl cream Cool or cold coffee Tall glass!\ Put chocolate and cream in the bottom of the glass. stir well. Fill up glass with Coffee ice cubes and then pour in the cooled coffee to the top..stir and enjoy! EASY yummy!