Today’s the Day

Any time now for Heavens sake!

“You might as well call in to work today and sit in the barn. Today will be the day.”

I rolled my eyes at Mike. “It’s been “the day” for the last how many days.”

We were in the barn doing morning chores and checking on Caroline. She was huge, obviously uncomfortable and showing every sign that she was ready to go any time now.

“I will check on her before I leave for work.” I have been for the last couple weeks and there has been nothing to report.

We kept on with our chores and that was that.

I had everyone loaded in the van and ready to go, pulled up to the barn and you guessed it! There she was standing over a very fresh calf. I let my boss and daycare know that I was going to be late and started checking everyone out.

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Holy Cow! 

Oh Thelma! It was the week of the county fair, that time of year that I end up completely ignoring household duties and spend all of my energy at the fair. I had picked Monday as the day that Sweet Caroline would have her calf. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, nothing. Thursday morning Mike went out to take care of morning chores and the phone rang. The only time the phone rings that early in the morning is when Mike is calling from the barn.

“You’d better come out here!”

I was out the door in my flip flops, bathrobe and work gloves. I’ve learned to always go right away and always bring gloves. I have yet to get the proper footwear to sink in to the process. This is it! Caroline is finally calving! I rushed in to the barn and there she was, big, uncomfortable and pregnant. I found Mike out by the corral gate, on the other side was the rest of the herd eating their breakfast same as any other morning.

Caroline followed me out of the barn and there the three of us stood looking through the gate at a little black calf that was born within the last few hours.

“Are you kidding me?!”

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My Straw-Chef Hat

Wheat Field

I had planned (we can pause here for a good laugh) to trade my chef hat for a straw hat when we moved to the farm. I had for a while and now I wear both and I’m not sure how it has happened. Slow garden and waiting to harvest the wheat field I guess. I still am out early doing chores with Mike and I’ve started to spend more time in the kitchen again too.

Saturday I had planned to do a little baking; fill a few orders, prep for the next farmer’s market and some bread for home. I had the oven on and the mixer running by 6:30 in the morning. I was off to a good start mixing and rolling and baking. Mike was going to pick up a couple gallons of milk on his way home for me but I ran out long before he was going to be home. I called my dad and he brought up the milk from their house so I could keep going until Mike was home. Mom was up the night before with a new block of yeast, as I didn’t realized I was a low as I was when I was at the store.

The kids were in and out and lunch time came, they ate and Mike put them down for naps. I kept right on baking. I guess I lost track of time because all of a sudden everyone was crowding my space in the kitchen looking for something to snack on. I’d find them something and send them on their way. Finally Mike asked “What’s for supper?”

I gave him a blank look and “I don’t know.”

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Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes
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Ingredients
  • 1 each Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Scoop the batter onto a well-seasoned cast iron griddle and allow to cook on medium heat.
  3. Once bubbles have formed on the top of the cakes, they can be flipped and cooked a couple more minutes.
  4. Serve with fresh berries and whipped cream or your favorite syrup.
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Honey Spice Cookies

 

Honey Spice Cookies
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Honey Spice Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 2 cup Butter
  • 3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 each Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cloves
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 6 1/2 cup Flour
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the honey and beat until mixed.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time mixing in between.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the flour. Mix until everything is will incorporated.
  5. Mix in the flour.
  6. Scoop the dough onto a parchment lined or greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes or until your desired “doneness”.
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