• Let’s clear a few things off the ‘what about’ list, shall we? •
What about Bonnie, the prize longhorn that didn’t get pregnant this summer? Well, after returning to the dating pasture for an extra month, she came home last night with a positive pregnancy test. Releasing her from milking her calf really helped. All four mammas are now back home and with-calf. They are starting to get furry-er for Winter.
What about Winter? Many of you have asked what will happen to our girls when the snow flies. I love you. God made longhorns able to survive in some really wicked conditions- low feed, brutal weather, family members with horns. They take Winter up here in stride, with no barn necessary. All they need are some tall trees for a break from the wind and food. We lose our grass up here in Michigan around November, which puts a damper on the whole ‘grazing’ thing. So, they feed on alfalfa grass that’s been baled into huge rolls. The rolls are set in the field in a round-bale feeder, like the red one below. Because of a longhorn’s horns, we had two feeders made special for our cows. Our version allows the bale to be contained (so they don’t pull it all out and lay in it) while still allowing them to stick their heads and horns inside to eat. There’s your farming lesson for the day, Folks. Walk tall and proud.
The feeders also make fantastic playpens. Rylie and Kendall were smitten for a good half hour, pretending and running and climbing and laughing. Perhaps we should have bought an extra. [aside: Is it me, or is Scooter the Kitten always in the ‘acidentally’ in the shot?]
What’s our next game? Here are my thoughts. I am trying to be a better woman. I have no trouble admitting that I need your help. Winter is approaching for most of us, and meal planning will be changing. I’d love to do a re-mix of the Keeper’s Recipe Swap. Lots of readers have come and gone since November 2007, so I think we’d get a great new mix. It would go like this:
- Players would comment or email that they’d like to play.
- Players would come up with 5 main entrees they serve regularly. Recipes should be varied, ie: you can’t contribute 5 chicken dishes. Ideally, I’d like to be able to open this booklet on a Sunday night and say, “Ok. I’m cooking Becky’s menu this week. What do I need to buy?” All planned, all there, low level of brain stress.
- Players would email me those meals and recipes. If you want to include sides and desserts for each entree, that’s your call but PS you’re awesome.
- I would compile the emails and make another e-booklet of the recipes.
- I would pair up each player with a partner. Partners would swap a magnet and an oven mitt, just for fun. Any kind of magnet and oven mitt you want… they’re prolly on the same aisle in the grocery store, and they’ll both easily fit in a small envelope. Easy, right?
- Once players have received their gifts, I would email the e-booklet with menus galore. If your partner doesn’t receive the magnet/oven mitt combo, you don’t get your recipes. Mwa-ha-haaaaa! [That’s evil I-figured-out-a-way-to-make-you-play-nice laughter.]
- For example: If three of us play, our e-booklet would contain three weeks of menus, or 15 recipes. At noon: we’re already up to 10 folks playing! At least weeks of menus coming!
Yes? Minimal effort, major help in the meal-planning department, and we all become better people. Yes. How ’bout, lemme know by November 1st by simply emailing me your recipes. That’s your EMAIL RECIPES TO ME deadline: November 1st. I’ll get your swap partner to you November 2nd. Your MAIL YOUR SWAP GIFT deadline will be December 1st. Recipes can be tried and true from magazines, websites, etc… just be sure to credit the source. Gracias!
Help with a name for this round, please and thank you?