Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Handspun in July





July is the month for Tour De Fleece, a fun spinning event where you can sign up with a team and spin every day.



A few days of camping wasn't an excuse to miss spinning...the wheel came along! I was able to get a lot of spinning done.




I was able to spin some Border Leicester, Bluefaced Leicester, Tunis, and Romney.




It is a fun challenge and a great way to create some handspun yarn stash.




Spinning total- 8,010 yards! Plenty of yarn for some fall knitting.






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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Simple Homestead Blog Hop #117





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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Homemade Brats




Brats are a favorite around here, especially during summer months when we cook a lot of our meals on the grill.

We had a hog processed so that leaves us with a lot of sausage in the freezer,  we also had a deer processed, so plenty of ground venison. Pork and venison, perfect combo for brats.

The only thing we didn't have on hand is the casings, which we were able to purchase from our local butcher. We had to buy a container, which holds quite a few, so thankfully they store well in the freezer.



There are a lot of recipes online-I just gleaned from them all.

I decided to use half sausage-half ground venison.
The ground sausage I used had Italian seasonings already added.
I added some salt and pepper.
1/4 of the meat mixture, I added some shredded cheese and diced bacon.

To stuff the casings with the meat mixture, we used our Kitchen Aid sausage stuffer attachment.
It works pretty well, as long as the meat is very cold and firm, so we put the meat mixture in the freezer, and  removed the meat from the freezer in small batches. It helps if you have 2 people, one stuffing meat in the processor and another holding the casings and twisting them off as it fills up. It took a few tries to get it right.



The fun thing about sausage/brats is they are pretty versatile and you can make quite a variety of flavors.

Most recipes call for 50-60 percent pork. Next time, I will add more sausage (60 percent) since the venison is so lean.

Some recipes add milk-I added about 2/3 cups to 4-5 pounds meat mixture.

One suggestion is to mix up a small sample and cook it, do a taste test, to see if you like it before making a large batch.

The brats were a big hit, we are already planning our next batch...we are thinking Hawaiian....





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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simple Homestead Blop Hop #116


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #113




It has been a busy week on the farm. We separated lambs/ewes for weaning, which makes for a lot of noise, from the lambs mostly, a lot of the ewes were already trying to wean the lambs off.

We have our second cut of hay in the barn! I am very excited about that since last year was such a bad hay year for us.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Simple Homestead Hop #112


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I apologize for missing last week, we took a last minute family getaway
and did not have Wifi  to post the hop.
 I joined in the fun for the Tour De Fleece,
so I have been busy spinning, using up a lot of my wool stash!
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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Orphan Lamb



We have an unexpected orphan lamb.

I heard a young lamb crying and mama wasn't answering.

I decided it had went on long enough that it needed checked out. We found the lamb, but no mama. Sheep do not tend to wander off by themselves, so it not a good sign when you can't find one among the flock.

Unfortunately, the ewe had died, we have no idea why. :(

So what to do with the lamb? Being only a month old, he was still nursing and a little young for weaning. We were able to catch him and put him in a pen in the barn. He would be super stressed being by himself, so we put an older lamb with him that was pretty tame. I have never had a lamb that needed to be started on a bottle at a month old, I didn't know how it would go.

Surprisingly, he took to the bottle pretty quick, after just a few attempts.  Being with the other lamb helped tremendously, after a couple days he was drinking bottles and eating grain.

He went from the pen to the barnyard and once we knew he would approach us for a bottle, he was put back in the pasture with the other sheep.

He is doing well. Thankfully, it is a rare occurrence to get an orphan lamb.


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