Introducing Jayda, A lovely little Doeling.

Juno has a big long legged and very strong lovely brown little female waiting for me, all dry and full in the belly when I went to do a late afternoon check..

she is just a touch on the cooler side and so she now snuggled up in her coat and will be checked a few times to see if she needs to come in for a bit in the coldest part of the night.

Glad she had her today when it was only -11 out of the wind, as its to down back down in mid -26 tonight and tomorrow.. and below 30 with the wind..  but the baby is in a draft free area, but still she does not have a sibling to share her space with. she will need to snug up to her momma.

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Stress-Free way to move the Ewe-Float the lamb..

Todays post is short but sweet..

How to move a mother sheep from the  holding, expecting pen with the least possible stress to her own jug.. pick up baby and “float” the lamb in a slow way about four inches off the ground, stop every few feet and let her lick it, as you move, baby and mom will talk but she will follow that floating baby though gates, down walkways and into new pens.

Farmgal Lambing Tip of the Day.. Float your lamb to move the mom..  keep that baby in mom’s natural eye line, keep it just slowly moving and she will come right along.


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Cranberry Sauce for Roasted Pork Ribs

This recipe did three good size Pork Spare ribs of 4 to 5 ribs each.

  • 1 80z jar of Cranberry Jam ( As you can this was a full berry jam)
  • 2 oz of Soy Sauce
  • 2 oz of the mustard of your choice
  • Pinch of Black Pepper

That’s it.. its so simple but o its good~ Mix it all together and spread it over the pre-cooked ribs, they need to be very slow roasted in my case I did with in the oven with water, onion and garlic with a bay leaf to add flavour to the pot and with enough moisture that they never got the chance to dry out at all.

Into the oven on their foil bed, oven or BBQ at 350 till they are baked on with sticky goodness! I served these with a fresh bun and coleslaw.  A lovely Sunday Feast indeed!



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from miss c

What a beautiful post and such words.. words worth sharing..


I am popping in for a wee hullo. To share a cup of coffee with you.

Just to let you know that while we are warm and still here in California. (No wind – what a joy.) At home on the farm back in Illinois it is freezing – literally.  But all is well – Jake took over for  few days and he says everyone is OK – even the chicks, who I worry about the most. And John is back at the helm today. 

The days will race past here I think.

When I set up this blog I gave myself three challenges. one: Create a page a day and images each day from the farm, only the farm- just my acres.  My idea was to push my mind to find new things to see and comment on from one small space. To extend my photography to see the smallness…

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Baked Squash Soup

Like many fellow gardeners, we have squash on our counters that need to be used up or for the more frugal folks, a good winter squash is a outstanding way to make a thick meaty or not stick to your ribs soup!

This soup has ended up as one of my go too for left over roasted squash, I grow bigger squash and I am sure that there must be others that get really big ones in the garden, this is a outstanding way to use up leftover.. you can cut the soup in half and only need 2 cups or you can make the whole batch and use up to 4 cups..  you can also mix and match sqush with cooked turnip, carrot and sweet potato.. just as long as it adds up to the total amount.

1 Large onion-Peeled and Diced
1 TSP of Olive Oil
1 Clove of Garlic-Peeled and Diced
2 Stock of Celery-Diced
6 cups of veggie Stock
4 cups of Squash baked in the oven first and then added cooked to the soup.
1/2 cup of diced Cabbage
1/2 tsp Salt, Pepper, Ginger

In a pot, cook your onion, celery (if you don’t have celery, use half a tsp of celery seed instead) and garlic and cook together till the onion is clear.. then add your veggie stock, your left over mashed squash (if its oven roasted, it will add a lovely sweetness to the soup) and your diced cabbage, simmer till cabbage is just tender, salt and pepper to taste at the end.

Now this soup can be made just like that and its good but add in a rich smokey type sausage in bits and it takes it to whole new level.. again.. using leftover meat is fine, or scramble in loose sausage bits in the pot at the same time as the onion, garlic and celery..

This soup in the above photo is from a post I did many years ago, and I love it, but I have also re-worked it a touch over the past years and wanted to give you the newest version today.. Enjoy.. its a awesome soup..

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Cream of Celery

Celery Soup

  • 1 Onion – Peeled and Diced -Cook in a tiny bit of olive oil till clear
  • 1 Clove of Garlic -Peeled an Diced-Cook with the onion
  • 2Large Potato-Peeled an Diced
  • 4 Large ribs of Celery-Washed, and Diced
  • 8 cups of veggie or chicken stock
  • 1 cup of milk or half a cup of sour cream
  • Salt, Pepper, 1 Tsp of minced Horseradish
  • 1 tsp of oil or fat, your choice.

Dice your onion, garlic and celery together and cook it till onion is clear, add your stock, salt, pepper, horseradish, potato and cook at a nice simmer for about 30 min till potato and celery are very tender.

Take off heat, using a stick blender..  blend till smooth, then add in your milk or soup cream, whisk it in and just heat back up till steaming (do not boil) I put a touch of green and hot pepper flakes for color.

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Kindle Cracker Review

I had seen the Kindle Cracker on facebook and it certainly caught my eye but at the time it was not available in Canada.. It kept popping up and I thought.. that is interesting.

So I kept my eye on it and put it on a watch list and when it became available in Canada and equally important, that it came with free shipping, I decided that it was a good time to take it from the wish list to the bring it home and put it though its paces.

You set the log on the blade and give it a solid thump..

I was pleased with how sturdy it was (its one solid piece of Cast Iron) and I put a log or to though its paces and then I hauled it over to a friend’s house.. there it got the awesome workout I knew it would..

It will wedge in and now will hold the log in place for you

So this review is in fact a multi person review as it was tested by kids, teens, 20 somethings, older ladies and gents.


  • It does the job its built to do, it nicely splits the wood.. dry wood is really sweet.. green wood will split but not nearly as cleanly with the kindle cracker as it will with a Ax.
  • Its crazy well-built, this was a total 5 out of 5..
  • It’s safe to use, everyone loved that it didn’t send the wood flying out, that it was perfect to use for just learning kids, or for those who have bad aim, or for anyone more elderly that might be a touch more shaky etc.


  • Everyone wanted a bigger size to fit bigger logs (which is coming, they are making it now in the company)
  • The way a Ax fits on its handle, the handle helps take some of the pressure off the arms and shoulders of the person using it, and as they had picked a nice log to use as their hammer, there was comments made by a number of folks that they felt that it was harder on the push back. (I personally used a cut to fit 2 by 4 and felt that it worked great)
  • You had to do one more step.. as per the active fit and ax loving 20 something, I had to take the kindle out as it split, where it would just fall to the ground on its own the normal way..  he had a valid point.. but again for anyone that had a back issue.. the fact that it stays there at the height you set it at, means less bending.. (so 50-50 on this, could be a pro-could be a con?)

Overall review solid 4 out of 5..

This was my what happened next on my full swing and hit.. a very sweet pretty crack and split..

The reason it got a half point off for not being big enough, I heard this over and over again.. and it got the other half point off for the push back on arms when you hit a knot in the wood.

Now the second reason I got the Kindle Cracker is to match it with my Ecozoom Stove.. I often have small tree’s that grow on the farm and they are to small for fence posts, to big for the hugelbeds and yet they are not big enough really for heating purpose for the wood stove, but they are great for regular fire pit use. They are to big for the Ecozoom Stove..

The Kindle Cracker helps me take a single 12 to 16 inch log 4 to 6 inch in size and turning it into 8 pieces of kindling that are perfect for the ecozoom stove.  That is enough wood to easily cook a full meal on the stove..  and that is just awesome!

Farmer T’s Top Tip: When stacking wood, would pull out the right size logs for the kindle cracker and make its own much smaller stack to go with it screwed into a nice higher log for some extra height to the hitting height. That way, you can easily go out once a week and crack a weeks worth of kindle in no time flat.

Its worth noting.. I did not get anything from either company, I did not get a free product.. I paid for both, I have used both, my review is my own..

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Its International Women’s Day

To all my fellow women, cheers!

Its International women’s day, may you be blessed to have been raised with strong women, maybe you live your life as a strong women, may you be blessed to have a sister-friends, and may you help raise strong girls.

May you find the balance between being a wife and mother if you choose to do so and being a driving force in moving forward in regards to women the world over having basic rights.

Stand up for what you believe in, vote because you can, speak from your head and heart because we can! Put your time and if you can money into projects that impower!

Never doubt for a moment that each action you take does not have a effect..

To all the amazing Strong Women in my life.. Thank you! From my Grandmother and mom..

To my aunties and cousins, to my girlfriends, Some of you have been with me for coming or more then twenty years now.. others only meet me since I moved to the farm.. All of you mean more tome then you will ever know.

I lift my glass to you ladies! Rock ON!!! Plant On!! Farm On!! Mother On!! You are amazing and I am honored to call you my friend.

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Seed Starting -Baggy Method -Step by Step -The Set up.

Now you can use this Seed Starting Method for two things..

A) you can test your seed germination rate for a small sampling of home saved seeds or bought seeds or older seeds or gifted seeds.. its always a good idea to do a seed germination test before you plant out rows and then give it the eye as nothing comes up for weeks and you wonder why!? Even if you do as little as five seeds.. if you are counting on those plants for food.. do the seed test.

B) Its the perfect way to control starting your seeds and then moving the started seeds into their little seedling pots of dirt and then depending on timing into bigger pots.

I will continue to take photos and share as we do take these seeds though the process.

You will need paper towel (not tissue or bathroom, they are to fine and will rip far to easy for this process, but tissue is just fine for homemade seed tape.. we will get to that one. A plastic baggy and seeds.  In this case we are starting Brussel sprouts..

Now I put a goodly amount of seed on the paper, you can do it in more tidy lines if you want, or you can do as I did, the key is that it must be on one side so that you can fold the paper over it

Fold it in half and then using water off your fingers or a spray bottle, wet the top sheet till its nicely damp but not to wet or dripping..  the paper should be wet enough that after about 60 second or so, you can see all the seeds clearly though the top layer but the very outer edges are still soaking up the water.. hope you can see what I mean in the above photo.

Fold it gently in half and slide it into the plastic baggy and then open it back up.. it should take up most of the space on the bottom of the bag. if you want to do larger amounts of seeds you can scale up to the point of a full sheet of paper towel and the largest baggy.

Then seal the bag most of the way and then blow in some air into the bag so it puff’s up some and then mostly seal it closed. Place your baggy in a warm spot, dark is fine.. top of fridge or spot by the heater (not on the heater) and watch them go..

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Mudpie No Bake Cookies

Farmer T makes a fine mudpie cookie, they are sweet and so chocolate.. yum..

However I had a craving for the Mudpie Cookie of my childhood, so had to call my momma for this recipe, its just not something I make often. When you read what makes it you will understand why lol

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4th cup butter
  • Half cup of milk
  • 3 tbsp. of coco powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 and half cups of oatmeal

Place the sugar, butter, milk and coco Powder into a heavy bottomed pot and with a whisk or a spoon stir it as it melts and heats up.. bring to a boil, stirring the whole time, Boil for one min, then add the vanilla, salt, coconut and oatmeal, mix well..

Drop by small teaspoon onto wax paper.. allow to cool and harden before eating.. (but don’t worry, we all eat at least one hot, juggling it back and forth between hands)

Its like a candy treat in my mind.. I remember making these as a child because it was done in a pot on the stove..

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