Good Morning Joes and Janes;
After working almost all of the weekend the days are starting to blur a little, but I did realize that it was time to post one of “Regular Jane’s” stories. This one may give you second thoughts if you have been thinking about raising goats as a way of preparing. The neighbors have one that I pass by every morning and I must admit the thought has entered my mind once or twice. Now…..well, I will spend some more time thinking. If you live in a town or city where having a goat is out of the question, it is still a good read.
So here I kneel on the couch, pressing my face to the window while watching a goat’s butt. It has been an hour and eighteen minutes since i first noticed tiny hooves peeking out of her rear end We have only had one other baby goat born here, and we lost it. A beautiful rust and black male that died because we didn’t know enough. We had been told by friends who have goats that labor can take up to two days and DON’T TOUCH. We weren’t told to watch the time after the water breaks.
Man ‘o man did I read everything I could get my hands on after that heartbreak! So as Buttercup has neared her time I’ve felt more confident. Until today – at one hour and twenty-three minutes after I noticed those hooves. She’s hunching again! Push, girl! Push! …… Nope. All the websites say don’t wait more than half an hour after the water breaks before you help. Our goat farming friend with experience says 1-2 hours is ok. Me, I’m wondering how long I can hold my breath … How long can that baby hold it’s breath? My cousins daughter (a 4H marvel) texted her best friend who lives on a goat farm. The teenager’s Dad also says 1-2 hours. Buttercup has laid down again.
- Downloads How to Raise Goats book (ildayykz.typepad.com)
- The Health Benefits of Goat Cheese (lushtoblush.com)
- Cuter Than a Lawnmower: Would You Let a Goat Mow Your Lawn? (apartmenttherapy.com)
Situation: Power Outage, dealing with cold foods
What are your plans for all that food in the refrigerator in the case of a power outage? Or if your fridge stops working – which is usually about 4 days after the warranty wears out. Many people believe they can just put everything in a cooler – so how big IS your cooler?
This week we’re going to see how realistic our plans are for salvaging the food in the refrigerator.
Pull out your cooler and start loading it up. Do you have room for ice? What are your priorities? What really needs to be kept cool? What can you realistically eat before it goes bad?
Something to consider is having two coolers. One for your more critically cooled items like milk and mayonnaise, and one for items like brick cheese and ketchup. Another thing to consider is that the longer a cooler stays closed the better it retains it’s cooler temperature. With this in mind, it may be best to divide your items according to what will be needed often vs. items which are rarely needed.
This is a deceptively simple challenge. The whole point is to physically check your resources for weaknesses. Besides, this may be a good opportunity to clean out the back of the fridge! Good luck
Good Morning Joes and Janes;
It is already Friday and I realize that with the Monday holiday and having lots of work, I have gotten out of my normal patterns. As my regular readers know, I usually have a post on Mondays by “Regular Jane”. Somehow I missed it so here it is at the end of the week. One aspect of preparedness is being able to make low-cost meals and she has one you may enjoy. Also if you have the means to boil water in your bug out bag keeping a few of these in there too isn’t a bad idea. They are light weight, have a fairly long shelf life and take little preparation. As you will read below, you can always add other items to them for variety.
I’m always looking for cheaper ways to make meals. While making one of the cheapest ones I know I decided to share.
Back when I was in high school, (long, long, ago) my Dad came up with the following recipe.
Ramen and eggs
1 pkg of Ramen Noodles
2Tbs butter/margarine (or 1 Tbs Olive Oil)
Boil ramen until soft.
Put noodles back in the pan and add butter and seasoning packet that came with the ramen. Coat the noodles.
Add the eggs and scramble them into the noodles.
This meal costs about .50! If you have chickens , like we do, it’s .17. Even though my husband eats a double batch we can still feed our family of four for under a dollar.
As for the flavor of ramen, it’s personal preference. My husband prefers beef, and I usually like chicken. Sometimes, if finances aren’t in question, I will get the shrimp flavored and add a handful of cocktail shrimp.
Over the years I’ve only met one person that didn’t care for the texture. During hard times it is a great cheap and easy meal.
- Eat Ramen Without Guilt! (geeksaresexy.net)
- Cook Fast, Live Young: Six Ways to Spice Up Ramen Noodles (savings.com)
Many of us have chosen to supplement our food storage with live animals. There are a few good small animals that can even be housed in suburbia which provide a variety of food sources. Chickens, for example, provide eggs on an (almost) daily basis, while also providing an obvious source of meat. Goats are not quite as welcome in “town”, but are another multi-purpose animal that gives a lot for a small space requirement. One of the best meat for space animals is the cute, fuzzy bunny. However, it is arguably the most likely to test your squeamishness when it comes to harvest time.
In the past week, we have finally started having baby bunnies from our California rabbits. Unfortunately, one of the mommies apparently didn’t know what to do and I was a bit heartbroken when we lost the whole litter. At this point, we’re not sure if the loss was due more to her inexperience or ours. We had some bad thunderstorms (which can apparently stress the momma), as well as the fact that her nest was placed where the kids could see the kits. They could not touch them, but it still may have been too close for her. We thought about moving it, but we weren’t sure if the movement of the nest would be just as upsetting.
As you can see, having rabbits is not a guarantee that you will have plenty of babies- at least, in the short term. We are learning fast, and I fully expect to have them in good “production” in the coming months.
For now, we have the advantage of living on property with resident wild rabbits. They may not be as plump as our domestic rabbits, but they take care of themselves and are a nearby renewable food source. My husband has brought a few home, and recently he shot another one. In the past, he has cleaned them. However, I decided it was time for me to step up. I am getting to be a better shot, and I feel it’s important that when I finally shoot one myself that I am knowledgeable on how to dress it out. My goal is to take one from forest to table by the end of this summer.
So, I did a YouTube search on how to clean a rabbit and got to work. It took about 10 minutes and I was done. I’d say the biggest thing I learned was that I need a better butcher knife. What I have does the job, but a good cleaver would have made certain things go faster.
At this point, my biggest concern is killing the rabbits we raise. Admittedly, I do have a heart, and although I’ve harvested chickens, they aren’t as cute and cuddly as a rabbit you’ve watched grow from a baby. It is not the issue of turning fuzzy sweetie into dinner. It is the issue that I don’t want to cause any “unnecessary” pain/stress. Between hand and shoulder damage I am concerned that I may not have the requisite strength or technique to dispatch them with one swift movement.
For now, I’ll just keep gathering recipes on how to fix them and counting weeks for when Jezebel can be re-presented for mating. Hopefully, Juliet will turn out to be a good momma and I will have new pictures of cute cuddlies that I can post. No matter what, I have a couple of months before I find out how I do with the harvesting phase.
Easy Rabbit Dumplings
Clean and quarter 1 rabbit
Place in pressure cooker with about 3 quarts of water and:
Cook for about an hour
Debone meat and put it back in the pot
Add a Knor chicken broth packet
Mix 2 Cups Bisquick with enough water to make a sticky dough
Drop dough by spoonfuls into boiling soup
Add 1 cup milk
Keep at medium boil for about 20 minutes
- Rabbit Wrapped in Fennel & Bacon (smcwrites.wordpress.com)
Good Morning Joes and Janes;
It appears all of our bad weather predicted for the Bitterroot occurred over night. This morning the wind is blowing strongly; signs that a new high pressure front is coming in and to the West there is only blue skies. I hope the weather where you are is just as great!
In today’s devotional I would like to talk about what the implications are of taking a boat out on the water with a rudder that doesn’t work. (I realize that all boats don’t use a rudder to steer, but play along with me.) It won’t take long whether on a river or the open ocean before your rudderless boat will get you in deep trouble either in navigating a narrow channel or making the proper approach to waves getting out through the surf. The ultimate destination for your rudderless boat is the rocks.
For humans, God intends our rudder to be his Word, the Bible. It will give us the answer to the most difficult questions. Using the Bible and the direction of the Holy Spirit once you have received Christ as personal Savior, we can be assured if we seek God’s will in a situation, for clear direction and leading.
Yesterday President Barack Obama, gave a speech on his latest stand on same sex marriage. He has decided that he now does support same sex marriage. You can see his taped message on video here: “President Obama Affirms His Support for Same Sex Marriage”
This is not the stand he has always had, (I guess, it is a little hard to tell with the President). In 2008, he went on record opposing gay unions, saying, “I believe that marriage is the union between one man and one woman.” Of course in 2008 he was running an election campaign for President of the United States. Read the rest of this entry