Wednesday, July 28, 2010

June browsing, apple sauce, blue-lake beans

June out browsing

Mother-in-law made some delicious apple sauce. See tree in previous post.

I've got a pot of Blue-Lake Beans cooking on the stove. With a little salt and butter added, they're a summertime delicacy. Although it has rather humble origins as a canning bean, many gardeners and growers now consider it a gourmet bean. Its succulent crunch and mild bean flavor are tough to beat. Fine grocery stores and produce markets usually identify it by name (instead of selling it as a generic green bean), particularly when it's harvested at the immature stage and sold as baby 'Blue Lake'. I don't break 'em up but prefer them whole.

Friday, July 23, 2010

under the apple tree and recipe

Think of me in the evenings at 8:00PM est, I've got a special-sittin' spot behind the barn where I watch the deer that come munch on the apples. Yep, along with my own critters, that's my enetertainment.

This is what's for dinner tonight. I won't have the exact ingredients that the recipe calls for, but I'll get pretty close.

Summer Squash and Corn Chowder from the latest issue of COOKING LIGHT.

2 slices applewood-smoked bacon (I'll use Hormel bits)
3/4 cup sliced green onions, divided (I'll use Vidalia Onions)
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 pound yellow summer squash, chopped
1 pound white and yellow baby corn kernels, divided
2 1/4 cups of milk, divided (I'll use raw goats milk)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (hmmm, I'll dig around)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Have a great weekend, I have plans to go to bed early this evening and sleep late in the morning! yipee!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday This & That

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

Delaware Pullet

I found Peaches sleeping like this.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hartford, Ohio Fairgrounds

Yes, two country bumpkins from the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains drove 8hrs up to some serious corn and soybean country, to Licking County, Ohio. We attended a Goat Show at the very nice Hartford, Ohio Fairgrounds [click to read the webpage]. We didn't take any of our goats, the real purpose of the trip to was to pick up GingerBreadGirl [scroll down the website to read her genetics] and Rhubi. However, we waited until they had a Show and made a long weekend out of it.

Some of the sights you see at a dairy goat show are folks sleeping/camping next to their goats.


Although food vendors were at the Show, Mike and I found this little Diner in town, by the third meal, we were bellying up at the big, "local" table.

The fairgrounds has it's own church,


sheriff's office,

and several riding rings.

a motorhome pulling a horse trailer, a little snazzier than what the Wilcoxes have,

but Goat Mote has been doing a great job. The fairgrounds consist of 200 beautiful acres, big-old-shade trees everywhere including the campground.

the Goat Show was in the barn on the right, and we had a nice dinner in the barn on the left

Jill was hesitant to sell GingerBreadGirl and Rhubi, but THANK YOU so much for letting us turn them from Buckeyes to Tarheels!

16hrs roundtrip, had fun, but always tickled to get back home. Brace yourself, many "Rhubi" photo's coming.