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Apple Crisp

November 11, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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What a beautiful day it has been on FTF, and recipes for a cold evening.

I can’t get over how beautiful this day has been! Farmer Bob is home and so he did the chores outside so I could concentrate on other duties inside, although I wouldn’t have minded a bit spending this day outside in that brisk, sunny weather.

I worked on quilting two table runners to sell at an upcoming farm event. They’re Christmas themed and I’m really happy with how they are turning out. They are reversible and I’m not sure yet what the pricing will be, but not too much. I used a pretty gold viscose thread that has a shine. Christmas things should sparkle, don’t you think?

Here’s part of the front of the table runner:

Christmas Table Runner Front

Christmas Table Runner Front

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Hungarian Lamb Soup

November 9, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Quick Hungarian Lamb Soup & It’s the Little Things that Count

Hungarian Lamb Soup

Quick Hungarian Lamb Soup a la Fox Trot Farm

This week is definitely SOUP weather. It’s chilly and rainy here on Fox Trot Farm…nothing to complain about since we are still way below average for our rain totals this year, and thankfully not cold enough to wear gloves, but the only animals that like this weather are the ducks. 🙂

I was in the midst of soap making yesterday when Farmer Bob called to tell me his flight had landed and yes, he sure would like supper when he gets home. Yikes! I cleaned up my soaping mess and found a recipe for lamb soup from Saveur magazine. Here’s the original recipe, and it looks good, but boy oh boy, I sure didn’t have enough time to make this, and didn’t even have all the ingredients. Instead, I did some short cuts and substitutions, and Farmer Bob pronounced it DELICIOUS and worth making again. (When he likes a recipe I make, there are always lots of sound effects that accompany dinner! haha) Here’s my version for you to try. (I especially love the method of mixing the flour with the sour cream to keep it from curdling in the soup.) Continue Reading →

Making Pickled Red Beets

November 5, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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How to make Pickled Red Beets and an Impromptu Saturday Farm Tour

Saturdays are always work days for us since Bob is home and we can do projects together. This past Saturday I had a huge bunch of freshly dug red beets to process, too, and Christmas pot holders to finish for our market and events at Thames Farm later this month and Old McCaskills’ Farm in early December. Farmer Bob planned to finish some projects outside and take a nice long nap on the couch while the Breeders Cup horse races were on TV. The best-laid plans…….

Last week I had a text message inquiring about our tours, and I missed the part where she said she was thinking of bringing her family on Saturday, and she missed the part where I said our guided tours are on Sunday! It all worked out PERFECTLY, though, because when the two cars pulled in around 2:00, both Farmer Bob and I were at a good stopping point, and we had the most enjoyable time with this friendly family of six….the eldest was 93 years old, and the youngest about 10 years old!

I love watching our visitors the first time they are with our laying hens and three roosters. I guess it might be a bit overwhelming, but children learn a good lesson about being calm and moving slow, because if they do something abruptly, the whole flock scatters. It’s immediate feedback!

I think this little girl was a little uncertain about reaching into the nest boxes to pick up eggs, so Farmer Bob showed her how.

Little Girl Picking Up Eggs on Fox Trot Farm

Little Girl Picking Up Eggs on Fox Trot Farm

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November 2, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Making A Trip to the Sale Barn

Our flock of sheep has gotten large…way more than we need to sell meat, and more than our pastures can handle, so off to the sale barn we went yesterday for the first time with 15 of our young sheep.

We started off the morning by putting ear tags on them (required as part of a tracking program). Then Farmer Bob pulled our little tag-along horse trailer into the pasture. Guess who thought he was going for a ride to get put in the pasture with his girlfriends? (Sorry Eddie! This ride’s not for you today!)

Ram waiting to join his ewes

Eddie thinks he’s going to see his girlfriends!

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October 29, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Coyotes on the Prowl

Isn’t this a creepy coyote parade.. and on our farm and just yards away from our sheep? A friend of ours set up his game camera and this is the sight he brought over for us to see on Friday. Of course, we KNOW they are out there because we hear them and we see the way our guardian dogs sometimes go crazy with running the fence and barking during the day and night. But to SEE them in this picture just sends shivers up my spine!

Coyotes in the Night

Coyotes in the Night

Look at this picture below. See the upper right corner where the bracing posts are? Just on the other side of those is the path the coyotes in the above picture took before they entered the woods. They were THAT close to the sheep. And they could easily climb the fence. THIS is why we have our livestock guardian dogs. Their barking makes the coyotes think twice about attempting to make a meal out of our sheep. Continue Reading →

Caramelized Onion, Bacon & Cheddar Omelet with Fox Trot Farm Eggs

October 26, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Our most delicious Fox Trot Farm Fresh Egg Omelet EVER!

Our eggs make GREAT omelets due to the high quality of our chicken’s diet and all the fresh air and sunshine they enjoy. Let me tell you how our most recent omelet masterpiece began: with me craving French Onion Soup with caramelized onions! I LOVE caramelized onions! Golden brown and so sweet, caramelized onions are so yummy, but who wants to stand and stir a pot for 45 minutes or more? Here’s a cooking hack I’ve been seeing and finally tried yesterday: Caramelized Onions in a Crock Pot!

Start with a crock pot full of sliced yellow onions. I used my food processor to slice enough onions to fill up my 4 quart crock pot. (This picture is after they’ve cooked down a bit…)

Start with a crock pot heaped to overflowing with sliced raw yellow onions

Start with a crock pot heaped to overflowing with sliced raw yellow onions

Drizzle the onions with a couple tablespoons of canola oil or other neutral flavor oil and a couple pats of butter, and sprinkle with a half teaspoon or so of salt. You can sprinkle with a little sugar if you want, but I didn’t. Close the lid and set your Crock Pot to low heat and walk away. After 5 hours or so, stir the onions and close the lid and walk away again. I REALLY walked away and went to a basket making class. Here’s what I made while my Crock Pot was working. 🙂 Continue Reading →

Honeybee colony in a tree

October 22, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Open Air Honeybee Colony to See!

Earlier this summer, we had a swarm of honeybees that left their nice big hive in our apiary to fly straight up about 25 feet into a cedar tree before taking off for parts unknown. I just hated losing that swarm and I’ve been wondering ever since where it went. THIS, is most likely where! Farmer Bob found it while he was on his tractor yesterday. It’s beautiful! And big!

open air honeybee hive

Open air honeybee hive up in the tree

You can easily see it from the ground, and the bees are just going about their business and are not defensive, so this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a beautiful open air honeybee hive will be part of our Guided Farm Tour today. Continue Reading →

Medical Dolls

October 15, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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It’s going to be a beautiful day and our market is open!

I just love autumn on the farm! Mornings are cool and foggy, but the sun comes out and shines brightly by mid morning. The leaves are beginning to change colors and fall, and that special aroma that belongs to fall is in the air.

It’s going to be another beautiful fall day on the farm and our market is open from 1:00-5:00. Farmer Bob will be giving guided tours at 2:00. Come play in the falling leaves, enjoy our animals, and stock up on lamb, eggs, honey, and other farm goodies! Hours are on Sundays only.

I spent the past week at a quilting retreat with friends, so there’s been no time to prepare baked goods for today. I had a LOT of fun talking and sewing…and there was NO Internet, TV or cell service. Imagine that! It took a while to stop grabbing my phone to check email/messages but, after I stopped thinking about the outside world, it was a wonderful escape. That’s what “retreat” is all about, right?

Here’s where we spent most of our time…sewing and talking, and then sewing and talking some more. 

quilting studio at the retreat

Quilting Studio at the retreat

We all took time off our own projects to make these dolls for a children’s hospice service. It was good to do something charitable, but, honestly, it was the saddest thing I’ve done in a long time. We all hope that they are helpful for the children to understand medical procedures. I wanted to give them faces, but we followed the guidelines. In spite of the sadness of the purpose, we did have fun making the dolls. Some of us cut and sewed the bodies, some stuffed them, some cut out the little gowns and passed them along to be serged. “Flying babies!” was the heads up as they were tossed from one end of the table to the other to be stuffed!

Medical Dolls

Medical Dolls for Hands of Hope

If you’re interested in helping this organization or just learning more about it, here is the website for Hands of Hope.

Cookie was so excited to see me when I got home! She raced around in circles a hundred miles an hour! Gracie came over to the fence and tilted her head up for me to scratch her cheeks. She just stood there with her eyes closed, enjoying being close to me. Of course, Farmer Bob was happiest of all that I was home safe. It’s great to get away, but wonderful to return home to the farm.

Now it’s back to work for me…soap making, honey bee keeping, animal feeding and doctoring, and all the many wonderful farm and housekeeping duties. And, of course, Market Days on Sunday afternoons! We hope to see you…love your visits!

Fox Trot Farm Honey & Beeswax Soaps and Quilted Snap Bags

Fox Trot Farm Honey & Beeswax Soaps and Quilted Snap Bags

Dianne Mahaffee honey pots, soap dishes, and Jantzen Crook's hand made cotton spa cloths

Dianne Mahaffee honey pots, soap dishes, and Jantzen Crook’s hand made cotton spa cloths

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basket of Fox Trot Farm eggs

Basket of our Fox Trot Farm Eggs

Maremma Guardian Dog Thelma

Thelma being silly

EIEIO!
Debbie

 

pullets

October 8, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Just another rainy Sunday….

***No market or tour today, Sunday, October 8th.***

After more than three weeks of no rain, our pastures are getting a drink! Funny that everyone is griping about a rainy weekend, but you know that all we farmers are cheering, right? Our pastures were starting to get crispy and everything was so dusty and dry that the trees were dropping their leaves from stress. Our creek was dry and the ponds were getting  low. We hope we get a LOT of rain today!

The only bad thing about a rainy Sunday is that we won’t be setting up market or having Farmer Bob’s guided tour. We’ll be back next Sunday (weather permitting). We’ll be here today if you need lamb or eggs or honey…just stop by between 1:00-5:00. 🙂 

Fox Trot Farm Chickens & their Holly Tree

Fox Trot Farm Chickens & their Holly Tree

We hope you enjoy this rainy Sunday, too!

EIEIO!
Debbie

 

Old McCaskill's Farm

October 6, 2017
by Deborah Burgess
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Fall Family Farm Day at Old McCaskill’s Farm

Old McCaskill's Farm

Wow…is this ever going to be a fun day for us! Once again, our friend and farmer Kathy McCaskill has invited Fox Trot Farm to take part in her Fall Family Fun Day. This will be our third year and we are almost ready…labels made, boxes packed with lots of honey, soap, pottery, quilts….all kinds of goodies from our farm and from our friends! I’ve been getting text and Facebook messages asking if we are going to be there, so I thought I’d take a minute from preparations to let everyone know WE WILL BE THERE, and we look forward to seeing friendly familiar faces and meeting new friends, too! Continue Reading →