February

Some days are warm (hot if you’re working in the sunshine), and some days are cold(and still feel hot if you’re working in the sunshine). Our temps will act as a yo-yo for a few more months.

We take advantage of the warm days and get work done outdoors. The sunshine feels great, and you work until you’re sore.
I tore down the old metal swing set piece by piece, and Quentin hauled it off to the dump. To replace it Quentin built a new wooden swing frame that is way nicer than the metal swing sets.
I tore down the old duck pen that was falling part. I just need to salvage the wire off of it, and Quentin will haul it to the dump along with all the other trash that has blown around the yard all winter.
We built a straw bale house for Willow in the kidding pen. Bernard has taken over last years kidding pen so I will need to put up chicken wire around the other pen to keep the babies nice and secure, and Quentin will build a gate using the wire from the old duck pen.
My father-in-law brought a basketball goal to us last month, and we have also got that put together. We replaced some bolts, the net, and refastened the back board. Everyone has enjoyed shooting ball in the warm weather as well.

While it’s too cold to be outside we occupy our time inside with school work, cooking, and playing board games. Our favorite games have been Monopoly, Life, and Apples to Apples. We laugh until we cry every time we play Apples to Apples. We were stuck at home for 9 days straight during our big snow storm. We were really ready to get out of the house on that ninth day. I spent the day before shoveling a path down our driveway to get to Quentin’s car because mine was still snowed in. We used my path the next morning to get safely to the car, but by the time we got home it had warmed up so much that the sun had nearly melted all the snow. If you knew how long my driveway was you would know how disappointed I was after shoveling it. Anyways, it still felt good to get out, and Quentin took us all out to eat for Valentine’s Day. I had also received my gift the day before. It had been delayed because of the snow.

We have also already got our baby chicks. We got 6 chicks-all pullets. 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Partridge Rocks, and 2 Brown Leghorns.

I hope everyone is enjoying the last of winter and enjoying the warmer days too.

:)Vicki

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Loaded Nachos-Everything goes :)

Loaded Nachos-Everything goes:)

Chicken Wings-One of our Favorites

Chicken Wings-One of our Favorites

Chocolate Cream Pie. Because sometimes you just need chocolate.

Chocolate Cream Pie. Because sometimes you just need chocolate.

Imitation Fried Ice Cream? I don't know, but it was good.

Imitation Fried Ice Cream? I don’t know, but it was good.

The boys got this ten with a back-packing hunting trip in mind. Maybe it could be a doggy tent also. :)

The boys got this tent with a back-packing hunting trip in mind. Maybe it could be a doggy tent also.:)

We still have to fill the base with sand, but Bub is loving it.

We still have to fill the base with sand, but Bub is loving it.

Still looking good after being stuck in the mail for almost a week.

Still looking good after being stuck in the mail for almost a week.

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Kidding & Milking

We are anxiously waiting for the time to come for Willow to kid.

Last year was her first year. It was an easy delivery. The kids arrived without us even knowing. Willow gave us one doeling and one buckling.

015She was very easy to train. It only took two times of dragging her to the milking stand, and she learned to run to it on her own. We would just open the gate and around the house to the milking stand she would go. Goats LOVE to eat.:)

Madison was doing a fantastic job at hand milking.

052After a while, Quentin built us a milking machine. It made the job a lot easier!

007Willow should give even more milk this time around. We used the milk to make a soft cheese, in cobblers, and drank it raw. I couldn’t tell that it tasted any differently from raw cows milk.

We were able to trade the kids for hay. It has come in handy with all the snow we have.

057We are thinking about keeping any does that are born this year and just replacing our buck even though he would be missed.

Our buck, Buddy

Our buck, Buddy

Spring dreams,

:)Vicki

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wish I could share a cupcake with you!

I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!

We are snowed in and will go out on Monday to celebrate. I am thinking we will have some yummy Mexican food.:)

The snow is beautiful. Just a bit of a bummer since we are really ready for spring. This Tuesday should bring temps around 60º and it should stay in the 60s for a few days.

We are expecting goat babies next month and need to get to work on their pasture. Can’t wait for those kids to come!

Here are a few snow pictures for you to enjoy. We will enjoy it too since we are stuck with it anyways.:)

002004008Hope everyone is safe and sound and cozy!

:)Vicki

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Catching Up With Pictures

We are busily awaiting spring’s arrival working on school, cooking, and keeping warm. We are still having some really nice temperatures also. That means we head outdoors for fresh air and sunshine whenever we can!

We celebrated two more birthdays in January. On January 20 we had a small birthday party for everyone.

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My kids with my niece

Happy 15th Birthday, Madison!

Happy 15th Birthday, Madison!

Happy 14th Birthday, McKenzie!

Happy 14th Birthday, McKenzie!

Yummy foods that we have enjoyed. Once summer rolls around it will be too hot to cook!

Homemade Pizza!

Homemade Pizza!

Homemade seasoning salt with breakfast potatoes. Recipe here http://www.littlehouseliving.com/seasoning-salt-recipe.html

Homemade seasoning salt with breakfast potatoes. Recipe here http://www.littlehouseliving.com/seasoning-salt-recipe.html

A yummy omelet made with our eggs(chickens are laying again!). Green peppers are from last summer's garden.

A yummy omelet made with our eggs(chickens are laying again!). Green peppers are from last summer’s garden.

lasagna ready for the oven

lasagna ready for the oven

Molten caramel chocolate cupcakes

Molten caramel chocolate cupcakes

A growing puppy

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He loves his evening TV time.

Such a lap dog!

Such a lap dog!

Madison crocheted him a harness because he chokes so easily.

Madison crocheted him a harness because he chokes so easily.

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Today on the Homestead Jan. 16

A Little Snow

A Little Snow

 

Some not so happy hens

Some not so happy hens

Poky loves to be brushed

Poky loves to be brushed

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January 15

Our weather is still warm for this time of year. It doesn’t chill you to the bone to go outside. And the wind that usually cuts you in half has not been present. I like it!

In the morning we plugged along at our school work. I worked at some house work that I had been putting off.

Before lunch we finished spelling and grammar.

I made these refried beans for lunch, and they were so good. We will make them again for bean burritos. I put on a deer roast to make BBQ for supper.

001After lunch we worked on math & science. While my kids worked on math, I made a snickerdoodle coffee cake for something sweet to eat.

002Quentin got home from work around 4 and started working on our water line again. He had bought the wrong size pipe last night. We now have running water!!!!

When I took Poky out for the last time tonight there was about an inch of snow on the ground. He thought it tasted quite yummy.:)

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January 13 & 14

Monday morning we went to Christiansburg. I wanted to thrift shop, and Quentin needed to pick up a couple more pieces to get our water fixed. He worked under the house getting all the corroded pieces to the pressure tank replaced but water was still not flowing freely into the house. He decided that the pump would have to be pulled which led him to find the pond in the back yard. A broken pipe was our problem all along.

This morning we went into our little town. We visited Schoolhouse Fabrics, the thrift store, and Family Dollar. In the afternoon I cleaned the living room windows and decluttered my bedroom and den. I cleaned some in the laundry room and threw out all of our old shoes that no one wears anymore.

We had someone come this evening to dig down to our water pipe. It was impossible to find it with a shovel. And we tried pretty hard!

I am hoping for running water tomorrow. It will be nice not to have to use a bucket of rain water to flush the toilets!:)

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