It is a bit warmer this morning then it was yesterday morning 16 degrees this morning, was 8 deg yesterday.
As I have said before I don't open the chicken coop untill it at least gets to 24 deg. or the waterers just freeze up.
I go out yesterday to open the coop, put more Hay in Fer.'s hay drough and give her a treat of grain. No Feb. the calf anywhere so I start calling.
I walk out the front barn door and there she is way down in the lower field that is supposedly gated off so she can't get down there. She is standing by the garden fence staring up at me.
Well the little/big minx chewed the rope tie that holds the gate closed and got it open enough so that she could slip through. It is behind the chicken coop down across a field from the barn.
I start heading over and down there to get her and she meets me 2/3's of the way, which I thought was great. She was excited jumping kicking her back legs up in the air. She must have seen me take her bucket to her part of the barn.
Just think of that movie Dantes Peak and when the coffee was brought into the motel and the one scientist and how he started in with capachino, coffee, coffee, coffee but make him 5 to 600 hundred pounds with 4 legs, bouncing up and down and kicking at the same time. That is want Feb. thinks of her grain. (oats and all stock mixed) She turns circles and wants to smell me and this and that and jump and so I head for the gate and she takes off for it and goes through and continues running all the way downt he hill and back up to the barn and inside.
And silly me hadn't planned on being outside that long so my toes and face were cold when I got back in.
A manged to get 5 quarts of pickled beets and eggs pickled together Tuesday.
New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Forty Two
This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.
5 gallon buckets: 2 at the very least, 1 for washing clothes or other and 1 for waste (sewage wise for toilet) Hard ware stores have multi purpose buckets. ( More buckets are better)
Trash bags: 4 large boxes of large (get as you can) use for inside toilet bucket and other things as needed.
Dried Beans: 20 to 30 pounds: You may purchase more as you wish, This can be a verity as before, red, navy, northern, pinto, black etc.
Cheese: 2 cans dried
Apples dried: 4 large packs if possible or in cans
Do you have old dry beans? DO NOT throw them out; they can be used in many ways. Go through them and pick out rocks, bad beans etc.
Old beans can be ground for bean flour to add to everything from soups, breads or as a thickener for casseroles.
And if you are going to try and cook them also try soaking your beans from 3 hours to over night after rinsing.
Lentils and split peas do NOT need soaked.
Dried Apple pie
In a large saucepan mix the following:
4 cups dried apples
3 to 3 ½ cups apple juice (water if you don’t have juice)
Simmer this on low for 15 to 20 minutes.
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Roll out you pastry crust for top and bottom, place bottom crust in pie pan.
Put your filling in your pie pan.
Drop tiny bits of butter on top of filling.
Place top crust on and crimp edges together and trim off excess.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes at 400 degrees. Crust should be golden brown. If edges are getting to brown put aluminum foil around edge.
My mom always took the crust trim and put them on a cookie sheet and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked 8 to 10 min. for treats for us kids.