Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dreaming of Spring!

SO glad it is February! I have not whined all season so I am entitled, right? For me this month is usually the toughest to get through. At least in March you get the warm thaws and the longer days and you know April is right around the corner. MM and I have been talking lots about our animal plans come spring and what new items we plan to have in the garden. We would like to plant several berries patches and put in an aspargus bed. Things we had on last years agenda but never happened. As far as animals he has already placed an order for ducks, I think he said khaki campbells. We will also get some more broilers & turkeys...my freezer supply is dwindling. We are looking into breeding the 2 pigs we have. I did not breed my goat because I am really not set up to have a buck here, maybe next year. MM has done lots of reseach on meat rabbits and it currently looking to buy 3 does and 1 buck(Californians and/or New Zealands). We would also like to get some cows but the fencing must go up first. I am looking forward to that because the goats will have a big area to run.


This weeks Sunday Stills theme is Zoo/Museum pictures. Since I have previously posted the only zoo pictures I have I will just put the link here when went to Rhode Island this past summer. The picture I love the best is one that MM took of Leah up against the glass with the bear.


I am off to bake some bread and start working on that pantry project I previously mentioned.

I will leave you with a dry mix recipe for chili that I recently made. We are big chili people and I use to buy the packets but now I make my own, much cheaper!
Chili Seasoning Mix

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
Mix all ingredients; store in a small airtight jar in a cool, dry place. Makes about 1/4 cup.
I used 1 Tablespoon of mix w/ 1 lb of deer, 1 can of kidney beans (once my pantry is set up I am going to start buying dry beans in large quantities), and 1 can of chopped tomatoes.

12 comments:

citygirl said...

Ah...February the 1st. Somehow I managed to get up this morning and not realize it was time to flip the calendar!

Nice photo. Is that in your backyard?

When you get your pantry put together I will have to come over and check it out!

Erica said...

I agree, February can be really rough some years! Just depends on how much snow we will get.

Patrice Farmer said...

That sounds really good that you'll have a huge variety of animals. I also have been freaking out because of these constant snow...ugh! But it sounds like you're keeping sane by thinking ahead.

GreyWolf said...

Yes February is a rough month here also. We too are thinking of new animals and moving the garden space and ordering seeds. It's a good month to start planning for spring.

Tracey said...

My family would fall over in shock if I were to actually create something in the kitchen, but I may just try that chili mix!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I'm wishing for a June-like February but the weather man says, no such luck.

We like chili too. I like preparing a well-balanced meal in a bowl - chili, soup, stew, etc.

If we lived closeby I'd loan ya Nigerian buck. I've got two good ones.

coastrat said...

If I lived a bit closer, Kim, I would come up and help you build some fence; I've done quite a bit of that in my lifetime.

Hang in there!

Don said...

I don't know what it is about this winter, but I am feeling the same as you. Maybe it's all the snow and very cold temperatures. Or, maybe it's all the plans for spring and summer that sound like more fun than plowing the driveway and shoveling a path everywhere!

It will be here in no time! Then we'll miss the cozy, long evenings by the fire with nothing to do.

City Mouse said...

Dreaming of Spring indeed! I think I started in January. Course, at least now I can begin realistically thinking it won't be too too long. That chili recipe looks wonderful - perfect for a pre-Spring warm up.

Country Girl said...

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS ONCE AGAIN.

CG, THAT IS THE FENCE BESIDE THE BARN. WE HOPE TO REBULID IN THE SPRING OR SUMMER.

PF, WE ARE TRYING TO STAY SANE.

GW, IT IS A GOOD MONTH FOR PLANNING.

JOANN, I WISHED YOU LIVE CLOSER TOO. I COULD USE A GOOD BUCK.

CR, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

DON, YES I ALWAYS MISS THE DOWNTIME.

PIE said...

I too am starting to seriously have issues with the 3 feet of snow in my front yard, and as I look at my window it is flurrying right now...NOT OK.

We must be on the same schedule, I am putting my asparagus patch in this year, after putting it off for 5 thinking we would move before we got any...(I know, I could have been having aswesome asparagi by now...) Also doing berry bushes...we can use eachother for reference this summer! lol

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

Pretty pictures! I agree for a short month, February sure does seem long sometimes.