Friday, November 20, 2009

The Ducks have landed!

They got here yesterday late morning....
Will put up some pictures shortly. They are so pretty! :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Can't Wait!

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of two new Butterscotch Call ducks! These are a nice pair coming in from WapsipiniconWaterfowl in Iowa.. Should help get our foundation flock off to a nice start I think. Will post pictures as soon as I can! In the mean time you can visit Dennis's website here.. He has some beautiful birds, and I am super excited to be able to add these guys to the farm!

Monday, November 16, 2009

You might be wondering...

how I decided on our farm let me tell you the little story that goes with it.. ;)

When we first moved here years ago, our "funny" neighbors used to tell us we lived 'down there in that hole'... well, that's not really a very positive connotation, is it? So, in my mind I have always called our spot a Hollow... now isn't that much nicer? In the summer, I hardly ever ever wear shoes at home and in honor of my momma who loved bears so much... came up with Bearfoot Hollow..
Picking out a farm name is such a fun and personal experience. For your goaties to be registered with any sort of Association or Society--you have to provide a herd name. And Bearfoot Hollow is it for us!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's been a rainy morning

but with the cracklin' fire, snorin' dawg, and moody candles--it's all very cozy. I am peeking out the window, watching the ducks enjoy the gentle sprinkle of rain... the chickens are huddled under the hen house. I am sure the goats are also in their shelter--away from rain. Goats hate wet, they melt you know!

They have all been enjoying their snack of punkin' seeds, carrots and apples sprinkled with a little garlic.. it's all good natural dewormer this time of year. I cut a large pumpkin in half, slice up some carrots and apples and press garlic over the whole mess, then stir it around with my hands--viola!- peep and goat treats on the half shell.

One of our favorite breakfast treats this time of year would most definitely be a recipe from my friend Tina... My kids enjoy these with maple syrup
or the cider syrup.. I like them with whip cream and cinnamon apple jam! :)

~Punkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup~
2 C flour
3 TB brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 C milk
1 C pumpkin puree
1 large egg (or if you have my chickens-- 2-3 smallish eggs *wink*)
2 TB veggie oil
2 TB vinegar
Combine flour, sugar, spices.. add wet ingredients and mix. Cook on your hot griddle, enjoy!

Hot Cider Syrup
3/4 C cider (or apple juice)
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C corn syrup
2 TB butter
1/2 tsp lemon juice
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
*Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes until slightly thickened. Let stand 30 minutes before serving. ...on a personal note-this syrup is a little on the thin side, you may choose to thicken it slightly with cornstarch...