Another slow cooker recipe for you! Barbacoa is a slow roasted lamb dish that we had in Mexico and we fell in love with the flavors and textures of the lamb, which is traditionally served in tacos. I did some research and found that pits are dug and the lamb is roasted with lots of chiles and spices for several hours. Of course, that’s not practical for most of us, so I did some more research and gleaned methods and ingredients from several different websites to make this Fox Trot Farm Barbacoa dish yesterday, and Farmer Bob pronounced it a winner! Continue Reading →
This morning I decided you might like to share my morning chores with me. I get a lot of exclamations of “That’s a LOT of work!” when folks come to visit the farm. Well, yes, it IS a lot of work, but it’s joyful work. We love our animals and they love us. They greet us every morning. Actually, they fuss at us to hurry up with their breakfast!
I start off my chores with a visit to the brooder house very early to open their door so the birds can get outside. Then, later in the morning, I go back to start my chores in earnest and feed and water our young pullets. They make quite a mess, so I have to clean up the feeder and waterer before I can refill them.
Our young pullets
The whole time I’m taking care of the pullets, Rosie, Samson & Delilah are fussing at me to hurry up. I take them their feed, make sure they have plenty of mineral, replenish their hay and clean and fill their big water bowl.Continue Reading →
I stopped at Providence Road Market the other day on my way home from errands. I love this little produce stand! It’s just north of Waxhaw and everything is displayed so beautifully!
Providence Produce Market
I was picking out a few ears of corn for supper and noticed that the market lady was cleaning extra husks from the corn and dropping them into a box. I told her that I have a pet pot belly pig and asked if I could have her discarded corn husks. She was so nice to put them in a bag for me to take home to Pork Chop. I got out my phone and showed her a picture of our Pork Chop….awww….she said, “He’s never going to BECOME a pork shop, right?” hahahah Right! He’s a pet, not dinner! Continue Reading →
I love African violets but I forgot about my favorite one and left it outside late last fall, and it succumbed to an early frost. Ugh! I wanted another one but I didn’t want to get just an ordinary one from a big box store, and didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for one from a specialty store, either. The solution: make my own baby African violets from leaves!
My friend Pam has gorgeous AVs (African Violets). She had a VERY puzzled look when I asked if I could take a couple of leaves from her violets, but she humored me. I also have a blogger friend, Jo (subscribe to HER blog…I love it), and she sent me a few of her leaves, and one was a variegated leaf!
I made a fresh cut in the stem of each leaf, and tucked the ends into a small pot filled with special potting soil designed just for AVs. I kept it moist and out of direct sun. That’s all you have to do… Continue Reading →
All summer long, our Momma Duck has been trying to hatch out eggs without success. I find empty, broken shells here and there and, except for the first nest, I didn’t know where she was hiding her eggs. A couple weeks ago, I saw Momma Duck sneaking into a hole in the dense foliage in the fence garden! And then, that very same morning when I gathered the dogs to go do chores, Cookie was stand-offish and gave me a look that said, “Not now, I have something else I need to do.” Well, when we got back from the Back Forty (where Cookie had eventually joined us), I found an empty, broken egg next to where the hen had entered the fence garden! I looked inside the foliage, and this is what I found: Continue Reading →
The cute little snap bags I’ve been making are a real hit, so I’m making matching tissue holders for them and will offer those as a set for gifts. The purse set is just $12 and I think it’s a perfect little gift for a teacher for Christmas, or just for a sursy for that special friend or favorite aunt. Right now I’ve made 14 from my favorite bee fabric, and I’ll be making more from all kinds of beautiful fabric.
Snap Bag & Matching Tissue Holder Purse Set
Now, for a surprising cure! For about a year now, my ankle has been bothering me. It’s a ligament or tendon or muscle thing right on the outside of my ankle and it doesn’t ache…it BURNS. Well, I was at the feed store in Elgin a few days ago and there, sitting near the cash register on the counter, were tubes of veterinary liniment for horses. I had a couple people ahead of me, so I had time to pick up a tube and read the label. Continue Reading →
You all probably know by now that I don’t spend a lot of time running to town to shop but, when I do, I like to pop in to our local Goodwill store to see if I might just find a treasure or two. Look what I found for just $3!!!!! It was like new and didn’t look like it had been used at all. I’m such a kitchen-anything collector, and just couldn’t pass this up for only $3! (You can still buy them brand new at Target for about $40.) Continue Reading →
Oh my goodness, you’re going to love this soap! First, it’s BEAUTIFUL. It looks dark in this picture, but it’s really a gorgeous Caribbean blue with pearly white swirls. It smells like a fresh summer breeze, with just a hint of coconut. It feels wonderful on the skin and we are so happy to add this to our line up of premium soaps. Whether you use it in the shower, by the sink for a gentle facial soap, or in the guest bath to add a beautiful and aromatic accent, you will love having this soap in your house! Choose from a colorful array of hand made cotton wash cloths to accompany your soaps, and lovely soap dishes made by a local potter. Continue Reading →
This time of year finding flowers to forage is very hard work for the honeybees because there aren’t nearly as many blooming as there are in the spring. Even though honeybees aren’t native, they do love many of our native flowers. Right now my American Beautyberry bush is in full bloom, and it’s full of happy honeybees!
The flowers are beautiful and aromatic. Here you can see one of the girls just climbing over the top of the flower cluster.