I hadn’t made this favorite of my children in several years, but since there was an opened package of beef hot dogs which needed using, i decided on a trial to see if they would be acceptable substitute for sausages. It worked out great and was a hit with my 93 year old father-in-law and husband’s 100 year old aunt this past Sunday lunch.
1 lb beef or lamb sausage links (or beef hot dogs)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Drizzle olive oil in an 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish and place sausages/hot dogs in baking dish and bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Whilst those are baking, mix the remaining ingredients until smooth. Remove baking dish from oven and pour batter over links/dogs. Pop dish back into the 400ºF oven uncovered for about 30 minutes until golden. Cut into squares.
Allen is working his calves today and Monday (mine are tomorrow) – it’s time for their second round of vaccinations and some fall calving cows need pregnancy checking. Weather is perfect except super windy. My job is to prepare lunch for the guys for whenever they arrive. It’s ready now (11:30), and i was notified that they’ll be in probably about 1p. Hopefully, all will go smoothly.
Beef short ribs offered with BBQ sauce
Homegrown slow simmered green beans with onions and garlic
Paraguayan Corn Bread (this is a new recipe for me i’ve made a few times this week – adding this one to my lineup and will post recipe soon)
One of the negative aspects (and i’m NOT complaining) is that with this unexpected warm weather, vacuuming or sweeping dead face flies and Japanese beetles off the floor around windows and sills etc is a daily event.
Each morning and evening, I have 5 orphaned peewee calves to feed along with two orphaned bottle calves. A nuisance to be sure. Once they are started good and I have time, I’ll take them to the auction before winter. Someone else will like the chores more than we do.
Last night, after dark, Dallas, Allen, and I mustered 12 calves from the TT place across the road to their mums who Allen had moved earlier in the day. He should have checked them before dark! We were able to move all but one blind calf. She’ll be up waiting today.
The electric company guys came yesterday whilst I was gone and cut down these two dead trees from near the power lines. I had only called them about a week ago and here they are so quickly. I was glad they were willing to do this dangerous job for us.
Need to get back to these birdhouses I cut out from an old barn gate using a pattern for bluebird house from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Boy, repurposing lumber is a challenging undertaking, but it is rewarding to keep this lumber from just burning. Still need to screw on the tops and cut out the hole. I’ll leave the decorating to Dallas – he’s more creative than I am. We have a lot of small antique farm junk to use. Not sure what we’ll do with so many birdhouses – maybe Dallas and I can hone our skills enough to make something worth selling. I lined these up today – does that count for doing something?! 😉
Rolled up about 875 feet of polywire and picked up the posts, giving my ET cows and some late calving heifers of Allen’s another break of fresh grass.
Lunch was such a hit yesterday with beef fillets and broccoli, that I made the same today. Which was quick and easy since I had sliced the whole loin yesterday morning when it was still somewhat frozen. Being partially frozen, meat is much easier to slice. These fillets I sliced about 1 1/2 inches thick. Pan broiled in butter from grass fed cows is our favourite way of preparing beef fillets and lamb noisettes.
Since it may rain tomorrow and i need to go to Chillicothe, I headed to my farm to shift the cows. That sure made them happy. I opened another paddock as well since I can’t get back up there until Tuesday. Took out mineral and drove the perimeter to make sure the fence was all cattle tight. Finished my fencing project at my farm this afternoon with driving another 10 or so fiberglass posts and attaching the two hi-tensile wires with cotter pins. I’ll be feeling that tonight – I can see some Tylenol in my future – the ground is really hard right now. Tightened it all up – done.
The guys are nearly done with building my perimeter fence. They finished today’s plans in the rain. It was not a full day of working since Allen took his dad to the doctor this afternoon. If the weather holds, probably tomorrow will see it done.
Upon my return home, i found the peewee calves in the yard waiting for me! Guess i accidentally left a gate open. So glad the bulls hadn’t wandered up to the barn and out as well! Got some feed and they followed me back to the barn easily. One of the bottle calves is not feeling well – i noticed her not being up to par this morning and she is worse this evening, so i pushed her into a corner and shot her with Red mix and a vitamin B complex. Hopefully, that will knock whatever rattles out of her. She has a good appetite, though, so that is a good sign. She and the other calf sucked down their bottles in good fashion.
Enough chatter for today!!
Nearly dark, Allen and Dallas pulled in. Dallas collected eggs and we all sauntered back to the house, enjoying the lovely evening.
Now, a long evening before bedtime – maybe i can talk these two into playing a few games of UNO. We are all tired, but it just gets dark so early.
Had to move my cows behind the barn since they are running low on grass – bummer, now i have to walk outside often to check for heat. I get stuffed up everytime! STILL no sign of heat – I fear nothing is going to happen – it will be a real mystery and a real disappointment.
Listing more items on Ebay – we have some real sunbleached cow skulls and will see if there is any interest. Shipping is going to be a challenge because of the size of box needed and quite a lot of packing materials will be required to keep the item safe to its destination.
Lunch today – fried okra, chicken fried minute steaks (why is it called chicken fried?!), smashed potatoes, and chocolate spice zucchini cake. Okra, zucchini, and potatoes from Louise Ann at Heavenly Acres organic produce, our own organically raised grass finished beef, and farm fresh eggs (used in cooking) produced by pastured hens from Macstead Farms, and organic milk produced by grazing cows from Green Hills Harvest. All other ingredients used are also organic purchased through United Natural Foods, Inc food coop.
Since i have such allergies, I volunteered to go into town to sign all the USDA-FSA paperwork for our farms. If you want to receive farm subsidy payments, there is the paperwork – well, actually the girls at the FSA office do all that – we just sign where we are told. A lot of people will be critical of those of us bout accepting payments, but it’s there and you, the taxpayer, has supplied the monies. The idea is to keep food and commodity prices down by helping the farmer pay his bills. Not sure it really works, but there it is. When you hear about the farm bill in news, please note that the percentage of monies actually going to farmers is about 21%. The rest goes to food and nutrition programmes such as, SNAP (food stamps) and nutrition.
Allen is sick and so is sleeping, so I’m trying to stay quiet about the house. Although, I’m not in the mood, I’ll fix cheese filled ravioli and the probably freeze them. Depends on how everyone feels tomorrow. May just be making a thin vegetable soup. Rick won’t be here and with Allen sick – i may just slack off tomorrow!
Continued high winds and hot sun – the grass is withering away. This is the time of the year we rely heavily on fall growth for winter stockpiled grazing. Good thing we were given a healthy hay crop!
Out walking with my recips at 7pm – they are starting to get restless and one starting to think about mounting – usually means she is coming into heat. Hope, Hope – I’ll be out checking them all night.\
8 pm – cow numbered 250 orange tag in standing heat! hooray. two cows chasing her, typically means those two will be in heat soon.
My ‘stuck in the house’ routine continues as the pollen count rises due to excessive wind!
Couldn’t sleep well last night due to allergies, but laid on the recliner from 5am to 7am before finally giving up on more sleep and just getting up.
Had found a package of beef stew meat in the refrigerator freezer that was four years old! I absolutely do not recommend keeping meat frozen that long – it doesn’t actually go ‘bad’ but it does not taste as good – especially coming from the frig/freezer which does not keep frozen as hard as a deep freezer. So, not wanting to waste it, i planned lunch around it with browing it in olive oil and simmer for tenderness, then closer to lunch time, adding enough flour to thicken, then plenty of milk to make a tasty white gravy. I also scrambled farm fresh eggs with butter from grass fed cows and garden raised spinach. Whipped a batch of baking powder biscuits for the gravy and that was lunch. It’s weird only fixing for four.
In the meantime, I drove to the seed plant to do some paperwork (always that..:-( , picked up some apples from the tree as well as a water tank float and a short hose. The latter two to set up a small tank for my recip cows since i’m getting tired of going out to fill up the water tank twice a day. After repairing one end of the hose, I hooked up the fittings to the hydrant and moved the water tank in place and filled. Working great – no leaks. Awesome. Now they won’t run out of water and I don’t have to work so hard.
The apples were to cube along with a butternut squash, mixed together then poured over with a bit of orange juice and maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon, then baked. I don’t think i’ll keep this recipe – it was okay, but well, it’s just not chocolate…….
I did manage to wash the front storm door – it looks great, but later when i tried vacuuming the spider webs built between the glass and screen of the windows, i was totally overcome with allergies – it’s like breathing sand! So didn’t do that anymore, but did manage to vacuum all the furniture under and between and around and beneath. And wipe down one of the ceiling fans Really feels a lot cleaner in here.
No cows exhibiting heat today; tomorrow is supposed to be the big day, so gotta hang around the next two-three days for observing.
Drove to north and west of Purdin this afternoon to pick up our weekly allotment of milk and return the empty glass bottles.
Watered the mums that I meant to transplant today – best get that done in the morning.
Spent about an hour removing items from the silver garage. Hope to get it torn down and removed sometime this fall.
My early morning is catching up with me since I feel quite sleepy.