Has it truly been almost a month since I have written on this blog? Just about every day I think, “I’ve got to write about that,” and then I get distracted with life. That being said, you can catch up with us a bit on http://haveadanehilldanes.com as we walk through our days analyzing every droopy face, every burp, every ….. well, go check it out …. there may be new additions to the family soon.
Okay, so where do I begin? Winter is quickly fading into spring out here in the Pacific Northwest….really quickly. The goats are getting “itchy”, literally, to loose their fluffy, winter coats. They are rubbing on trees, scratching their backs and sides with their horns, and enjoying laying down under the mid-winter sun breaks.
The hens went into an egg shut-down this year, and virtually stopped laying. Since late October, we have only gotten 1 – 2 eggs every couple of days….within the past two weeks….production has increased, and we are now up to 3 – 4 eggs per day! Thank you increased daylight…with morning and evening combined, I think we are up to almost two more hours of light in the day than we were in the deep dark of late fall-early winter.
My two young hens have even started their egg laying careers……
…..these tiny eggs are perfect when you want to make a 1/3 of a cookie recipe or something. Who would want to only make a 1/3 of a cookie recipe, you may ask….well it’s kind of like buying already made refrigerator cookie dough, and only cooking part of the package….but I wouldn’t know about that, because I have these little eggs and I just make 1/3 of the recipe. HA!
Speaking of recipes, I’m on a mission to “lighten” our lives a bit. At this point, I’m not overzealous, but just making changes where I can. I’d like to share with you this recipe I made for the Super Bowl….it is a lightened up version of Spinach-Artichoke Dip…
….it was full of flavor. It did feel lighter in texture, not as creamy, but totally okay because the flavor was there…..honestly, I did miss the creaminess a little, but I can live with that. Here is the link to the recipe…. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/09/hot-spinach-and-artichoke-dip.html
Thank you for visiting the farm today after our long absence. We hope you have a most wonderful day.
Your friend from Oregon,