Monday, August 27, 2012

Shearing the Rams

A gorgeous morning…time to shear! I started with Tuff and was rewarded with a beautiful variegated grey fleece.. he is also really thin and now going on a new feeding routine… We have moved Fiona back over to the pastures in case her diet routine is causing too much competition for the rams- they all had their feet done, vaccinations updated and worming right on schedule.
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Darrell, my gotland ram gave me a nice fleece…he had to talk about his shearing predicament the whole time

O.B. (you know it is darrell and his other brother darrell) my Gotland wether was an angel this year!!!!
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Our guardian dog was not impressed by the whole scene….

gotta get on washing those fleeces!!!  Next week the Navajo Churro ewes are on schedule and then it is Breeding time!! Looking for some February Lambs.

Create a great day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Liongate hosted Fiber on the Farm

Yesterday was an amazing day at Liongate Farm. The temperature was great-not too hot. We hosted the ultimate “garage sale” for fiber people and learning experience for non-fiber people who came out.  We had tatting demos during the day. Fiona the donkey captured the kids attention.
There was lots of beautiful handspun
Barbara was there with her huck towels-amazing work!!
A Beautiful setting
we had a shady place set up for people to work, chat and hang out
Liongate had their usual booth
BillyGoat  Mountain Ranch had lots of fiber, yarn and rovings
We had a station set up for learning felting, carding and dyeing
Here you can learn the difference between a sheep and a goat and meet Rosie our little blue faced lamb…

Here we featured info to understand the process from the animal to the finished product
snacks and drinks in case you were hungry

Farming fish was there with their beautiful produce and orders for their Tilapia that will be ready Sept 1st
More BGM ranch

Beautiful hand dyed locks

Next year same time!!! See you all there! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Typical Tuesday

A beautiful evening...started
by coming home to find two dogs inside the yard
harassing our animals.
The poor Blue faced girls were tired and freaked out.
Chased the dogs out. Then they chased them along the fence line..sigh
 Took about an hour to calm the girls down.Thank goodness
it wasn't too hot or they would have had heat exhaustion from running around so much...
and just lucky the dogs did not go in with them. I have already slid a piece of panel under the 
gate to the road which they dislodged trying to get in.
Dogs are the number one predator of sheep.
Thanking my lucky stars that the chicken coop half door was closed or
we would have had another day of the chicken slaughter like we did about
11 years ago when a neighbors dog came in and killed every single one of the 
chickens....not a pretty sight.
Needless to say our guardians were going ballistic...

Out to feed the churros Mary...wants to know where her "candy" is
That is what Jon calls their nightly special treat of grain, black oil sunflower seeds and a few
other yummies to keep them healthy.

Moons fleece is lovely....shearing will start soon

Tink had a foxtail in her eye and developed an ulceration-
foxtail removed she hates her medicine...
She is nice and shiny,

Mary and her daughter Mouse are like carbon copies...

 Sniffles and that lovely ginger color fleece

Have a great day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fiber on the Farm

Happy Monday!
It was a busy weekend with the fiber booth at Fasturn where we roasted
in the 100 degree weather...thank goodness our booth was one that had a breezy  location!
I picked up some local honey and home canned hot fudge sauce YUM!
While Ellie and Deb spun I worked on finishing some more  needle felted pinkeeps

This weekend we will host Fiber on the Farm.... We are really excited
last time we had a fantastic time and the weather will be on our side in the comfortable 80's.
This is a garage sale exclusively for Fiber people!
Come on out! learn about fiber, visit the animals, learn about passive predator protection.Sit and knit or spin, or felt or just come visit! 
Create an Amazing Day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Creating a great weekend

We started the weekend with dye…and just about died in the heat but we ended up with some HOT colors . Ellie dyed some of her gray mohair roving and a mohair wool mix and some sock yarn that was beautiful.

Dye day surprise was a beautiful Lavender color
Sunday we created a great day with the crafters meeting at Debs housefor food and creative stimulation! Barb made this awesome orange raspberry cake.

Everyone was working…or eating

 Deb has some really interesting cacti

We went down to admire the new barn and the fleeces that are growing there!! Look a that grey shetland…yum

And her new Alpacas

and Arlo the Pygora

 I created some little whimsical hearts….just because

This is Josephine county Fair week. Come on out, enjoy the fruits of your county’s farms and creative residents. We are in the pepsi building-where all the art and home goods are displayed, come see us demo fiber arts. I am there most evenings this week!!!
Create a great day

Happy Monday Scones

This morning I am baking scones for my team at work.  There is no better way to start the day or even the week than with some fresh warm scones and coffee.   Raspberry and Blueberry. I do not cut mine into scone shape until after they are baked. (what you see here is a double batch)
Here is my recipe.  I have used several different recipes and adapted them to this one, tweaking it till perfection!
in a big bowl mix
4 c flour
2 t cream of tarter
1 t baking soda
grated lemon rind of one fresh lemon
in a big measuring container mix
3/4 c milk + 2 T fresh lemon juice let sit 5 minutes (use the juice of the lemon that you grated the rind from)
1/4 c honey ( I use half agave)
1 egg
1/4 c sour cream
1 t almond extract
splash of vanilla extract
melt 1/2 c butter  

add wet to dry and just mix till it comes together (like biscuits do not over work the dough)
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment, make two mounds then pat into circle shape (about 6-8 inches around)
I push frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries into mine
then brush with egg wash and sprinkle liberally with raw sugar.
Bake 350 degrees (325 convection) 15-20 minutes until golden brown
cool cut into wedges…or do not wait cut into wedges and enjoy!!!!!
Create a great day

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New sheep design!

A pretty Place to store your Pins

Repurposed wool that has been needle felted, sewn, stuffed and embellished !  Can you say cute!  

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There are more in the works...

Create a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Or Muffins if you prefer:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
if making in loaf pan, grease and flour or do what I do-cut a strip of parchment paper the width of the pan, push it in and let the leftovers hang out. , I do not even grease the sides of the pans.  Then when it is coolong you can just loosen the sides and lift the bread out onto the wire rack.  If making muffins get the liners ready-I use the extra big ones so that I can fill them up to the top edge of the actual muffing pan lip.

Mix together in a bowl:
3/4 c cocoa
3 c flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
optional 1T cinnamon
optional 1/4 c expresso powder

set aside
grate your zucchini and drain in colander

In a big bowl-I use my kitchenaid 6 quart mixer
4 eggs
2 c sugar
1 1/2 c salad oil

add flour mixture and mix until smooth

3 c grated zucchini

add (optional) 1 cup nuts
Pour into 2 loaf pans, or 1 bundt pan or your muffin pans

Bake 40-75 min until toothpick comes out *just clean-super clean it will be a little dry

I then sprinkle with chocolate or white chocolate chips

Bake a great day!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Too Many Zucchini

After a sweltering day and a night that stayed above 75 degrees I decided to get up early and take care of outside chores-watering, feeding, weeding, raking, new batch of fiber in the wash all before it warmed up.  The sunrise was spectacular. I was looking at that thinking I need to take a picture and recreate that colorway on a roving for spinning-that would be yummy….but speaking of yummy….
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I ventured out to the garden and discovered that we had, as usual too many zucchini…. well after a few other ingredients…this is what happened to them…baking for winter desserts (or when you have unplanned company and need a snack.)
These will be frozen for lunchbox snacks
Do I need to take a picture of the stuffed ones that are cooking in the oven for dinner….mmmmmmmmmmm
Make your day Amazing!!!