Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part LXXIV

 
 
Spring has finally sprung at the ranch, and we had an urge for fresh ink to match, so... 
we got new tattoos...

mine on the inner right and Kyle's on the inner left...
they say 'Omnia Possibilia' which means 'all things are possible' in Latin.
Baby Loki is getting big...
and very spoiled! Since I feel sorry for him since he's kind of a loser in the goat world...

I take him out and let him hang out with us while we do chores every night...

so cute!

We introduced him to the pigs, which he was afraid of at first-it's funny, the pigs are cool with all the other animals...

but all the other animals are freaked out by the pigs, at least at first! 
The pigs are growing like crazy-hopefully we'll have piglets in a few months!
Baby Loki follows me faithfully, even into the chicken coop, lol!

He's almost the same size as Chicken George, only way fatter, lol!

And just because he's darn cute...GusGus!

Springtime in the Rockies means snow, and we've had several good snow showers this spring-hoping it brings lots and lots of May flowers!

When the snowdrifts melt, there are always new discoveries to find-like these Muck boots I looked for all winter lol!
Loki got to go out and experience snow for the first time...

He was a little leery of it at first lol!

Honestly, I don't know what it would be like to walk around without a critter or two following me around lol!
Until next time, happy spring and happytrails!



Monday, April 14, 2014

Quote of the Week

"I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows, or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room."  Ray Bradbury

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Eggs

 
Yum! This is one of my new favorite things to make-so easy and delish! The 'classic' way to make Carbonnara is with a fried egg, bu I think it's SO much better with a poached egg! You can make this with prepared spaghetti sauce, but it's really easy-and I think tastier-to make the sauce from scratch-here's how...

The key to this sauce is the imported Italian tomatoes-I don't know why, but it's not as good with any other kind of canned tomatoes-I'm looking forward to making it this summer with Italian tomatoes from our garden! The key to this dish is making the sauce slowly-I let mine cook on low all day-stove or crock pot, either one work great. So season your 15 oz Italian tomatoes with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, chili powder, a couple dashes of Tabasco and whatever else makes you happy...

 

Cook 4 slices of bacon with 4 chopped garlic cloves until the bacon is crispy...













like this, chop it and add to the sauce along with the garlic...
Peel a medium onion and add it to the sauce whole, along with 4 tablespoons of butter and let it cook on low alllllll day!

When you just can't stand it anymore and you have to eat that yummy sauce, cook thin spaghetti al dente, then add to the sauce along with about 1/2 a cup of the pasta water, and let your spaghetti finish in the sauce. While you're waiting...

poach a regular egg, or two bantam eggs for each serving...
and top the noodles with the poached egg, fresh grated Parmesan and pepper-SO GOOD! The bacon flavor is delicious, the sauce is so much greater than the sum of its parts, and the poached egg just turns the whole thing into a delicious, creamy, saucy fabulousness! Throw the sauce together in the morning, then you don't have to think about it again until it's time to cook the spaghetti and eggs! Abbondanza Delicioso! happy eating and happytrails!
 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Time for Chix Fowl Doings

Even though it doesn't feel like it most of the time, spring has sprung here at the farm, and this hen decided to make the most of it and set on eggs-I didn't realize until she was several days into her set, that at some point before the chicks hatch, I'm gonna have to move her down to a lower level of the layer, so the baby chicks don't fall out and die...

Giant bought us a incubator, so we decided to inaugurate it and make some Americanas-fingers x-ed for hens and NOT roosters! I've always had bantam hens that were broody make new chickens for me, so we'll see how this works...it's mostly a trial run for turkeys, which we'll be getting in a couple of months-let me know now if you want free-range, heritage turkey this Thanksgiving, they go fast!
 
 
And just because it amuses me every time, here is Chicken George with all his friends...

The chickens love George...
and George loves the chickens!

And just because I know you can't get enough baby goat-here's Loki in the chicken coop...

and 'helping' me gather eggs; Loki is very very helpful, and also a close-talker, he's not really satisfied until he is all the way up in your grill lol!

and just because it's funny, here's a bantam chicken and a bantam dog hanging out together...you can see the yucky Yucca is starting to get green-not much else yet though...

Yes Orchid, I see you, so you better not be chasing chickens lol! Until next time, happy brooding and happytrails!
 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Quote of the Week

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Laozi  

Friday, April 04, 2014

2014 Week by Week-weeks 10 and 11

I am still loving my new format for 2014! Even when I get behind, I can whip out a couple of pages in nothing flat, which is giving me time to work on other paper projects too, hooray! The first week in March was all about Dinner Dates and Oscar parties...and of course bantam chickens posing perfectly for a pic! I collaged a bunch of scraps of patterned paper to make this background, green will be a theme on all March pages!

And of course, when you have a baby goat living in your house, he tends to get a lot of pix taken of his crazy cuteness!

More collaged patterned paper and doily scraps for this background...

But all things must end, and Loki had to go back to the barn to live...awww...Until next time, happy scrapping and happytrails!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch; Part LXXIII

More fun and games at the ranch! Last weekend we went to the Museum of Natural History to see...
 
Secrets of the Maya!

Why, indeed?

It was an excellent exhibit...

and we had a lot of fun making up our Maya names and finding our birthdays on the Mayan calendar...
but mostly we had fun reading aloud about what the 'Maya' did lol!

Giant even found an exhibit he thought applied to me-very funny Giant lol!
And now for Cocktail of the Week! This weeks cocktail is Key Lime Daquiri-easy and delish! Combine 2 oz light rum, 1 oz fresh Key lime juice and 1 oz simple syrup in an ice filled cocktail shaker, stir and pour into frozen glasses, garnish with 1/4 Key lime...

'Monkey Make Tool' Kyle ingeniously used the cork from the rum to juice the tiny Key limes!

Yum! Sweet and lime-y without being cloying and oversweet-very nice spring cocktail!

I know you want it, so here it is-Baby Goat Time! Although Loki has gone to the barn to live, it was so cold one night last week that I was worried about him, and brought him inside for a sleep-over, which he was very excited about as you can see lol!

And while Loki is getting bigger, he's not necessarily getting smarter-he spent a LONG time pushing up against this bar stool-he can jump over the top of the lab with no problem, he can jump from the floor to the coffee table to the couch to the back of the couch back down to the floor in seconds with no problem, but he could not figure out how to get over this stool...

finally even Orchid felt sorry for him and tried to help lol! I don't know what he was doing, but it was darn entertaining lol!

He's gotten so much bigger...

and more rambunctious...

he's almost too big to lay on the footstool anymore...

and came close to falling off when he tried to stretch out...

but saved himself at the last second! He was fun to have in the house for a while, but as he is bigger, it also makes a bigger mess when he potties, and so after the sleep-over, back down to the barn he went!

Hope you all are having a happy spring, and until next time, happytrails!