It's wavering here between invigorating spring and blustery winter. Our menu is wavering along with it ~ grilled goodness one night and warm you up soup the next. Chicken tortilla soup is one of our standby winter meals. My family loves it and it's super easy to make.
Start with 12 cups of water and 9 chicken boullion cubes then add one store bought rotisserie chicken. Boil this for 30 minutes making the broth flavorful. Remove chicken. While chicken is cooling, add 1/2 of a chopped onion and 2 stalks of chopped celery to the pot. Also add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa and 1 cup of instant rice. Debone chicken and add back to pot. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Serve with crushed tortilla chips, grated cheddar, sour cream, chopped cilantro or all of the above. Soup's on!
I think it's time for another farmhouse feature.
This is my favorite for sure ~ a Beam central vacuum! A central vac is installed during construction but can also be retro-fitted in existing homes. The motor and canister are usually located in the garage. Since we have a detached garage ours is in our mechanical closet on the back of our house. We empty the canister about once a month by twisting off the bottom of the unit and dumping it in the trash. No bags needed. Having it located outside keeps fine dust particles from circulating through the motor and back into the house. Neat!
The main unit is attached to tubes that run through the walls of the house to receptacles. We have 3 plug-in locations in our home.
The hose unit attaches like this. Easy! Just like plugging in a lamp.
Here is the hose unit. It hangs in our bedroom closet for easy access. We chose an extra long hose instead of adding more receptacles. The vacuum is very lightweight and can be adjusted to …
I'm not complaining, I'm just saying... Having animals is not always fun or easy. It has been one of those weeks on our farm that has made us wonder, "What on earth are we doing?" It started with Sammie getting "fixed". Our want-to-be teenage vet, whom we have started calling Dr. Jake, watched the surgery.
He was kind enough to text me photos of it. This is the only one that I will post. Trust me, you don't want to see the rest, unless your a vet or want to be one! I'm trying to figure out how to get all the photos off my phone! She also had a nasty double ear infection when she went in. This, of course, cost more than the surgery. The older goat girls took turns scaring us too. First with a cough and then with... um... not normal poo. We called our breeder both times. Take her temperature where? I guess you don't do that under the armpit? Off to the pharmacy to buy a rectal thermometer. I mean, who still uses those? Treated the cough …
Houseplants and I have never gotten along. I can grow beautiful flowers and lushious berries and wonderful vegetables outside but my green thumb gets checked at the mudroom door. I don't know why. I have killed every plant that has ever entered the house. Really! Having said this, I was given a very special plant at Christmas. My dad brought me an African Violet started from his mother's African violets. These family plants have been growing for over fifty years. Now one was brave (or foolish ) enough to enter my front door! Alas, it is still green! And not only that, it's blooming beautifully! Maybe it's because I keep pleading with it not to keel over. Maybe there is hope for my indoor green thumb after all. Maybe it's having it's last hoorah before it dies. We will have to wait and see. Still, I'm hopeful. And it's so pretty!
Today in the eyes of Cowboy: "Where am I?" "Look at me walking so nicely wearing a halter."
"This seems like a fun place." "It's nice to meet you." "You're little like me. Are you my boy?" "When we both get bigger we are going to have adventures together." "I'm not sure about those other horses yet." "But I sure like this pasture!" "It looks like home to me."
I have officially embraced the farm girl life... I purchased a pair of insulated overalls and I'm excited about it! They are Wall's brand made of duck cloth in the color chamois and insulated for winter warmth and come from Fort Worth, Texas (another great cow town). (The last spells of cold weather convinced me these needed to be incorporated into my wardrobe.) The best part is that they are trimmed in pink, my favorite color. Sweet! The worst part is they do nothing to improve my figure. Darn!
What a glorious Sunday! It's sunny and sixty-six degrees outside. We have our doors wide open to bring in the fresh air. You would never guess that we had blizzard conditions a little over a week ago. If you look closely you can still see the snow at the edge of our pasture. Around here people say, "If you don't like the weather, wait an hour or so." That's Oklahoma for you.
The new animals at the Rockin' S-Squared Farm are... Registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats two sweet 10 day old does and two yearling does that will be ready to breed in a few months We traveled 5 hours round trip today to pick up these little beauties. They came from Dill's Little Goat Farm where they have excellent dairy lines. As we loaded them up, I felt blessed to start out with such great goats. These are some of the animals that I have always wanted to have for drinking milk and making cheese or soap. I know ~ you may be scrunching up your nose at the thought of drinking goat's milk as if I just asked you to eat brussel sprouts or something! But really, Nigerian Dwarf milk is some of the creamiest and sweetest milk I have ever tasted. My hubby says it tastes like melted snow ice cream. I don't know about that but I know it's great. And I know there is a demand for it with all the lactose intolerant people around. So, off we go on our dairy goat journey…