I would like to introduce you to our new family milk cow. She is 1/2 Brown Swiss and 1/2 Jersey. The problem is the spelling of her name! How would you spell it? Hilde, Hildie or Hildy? My preferred spelling is "Hilde"! So, while our family disagrees (playfully of course) about the spelling, everyone agrees that Hilde is possibly the best family milk cow we have ever had! … [Read more...] about Hilde, Hildie or Hildy….
Have you ever noticed how situations, circumstances and lives can be changed in a matter of minutes? Life is fleeting and this was brought home in a very real way to our family this week through our little shihpoo, Sprinkles. For our family, Tuesday began like any other day. We woke up and began preparing breakfast. While breakfast is being prepared, our 5 yr old feeds the outside dogs, Snowball … [Read more...] about Heavy Hearts
"Butchering a Cow" might sound like a step-by-step tutorial, but I really just want to share with you how we butchered our steer Brisket (while encouraging you to also branch out beyond your comfort zone). We purchased Brisket when he was a few days old from a local dairy (and steer-ified him soon thereafter). As his name implies, we considered him not as a pet but future meat for our table. … [Read more...] about Butchering A Cow
It is sad. Then again, it is good. First, the sad part: We are no longer milking Emme, our family milk cow. Needless to say, we are really missing the fresh raw milk... and cheese... and yogurt... But most of all - the ice cream! That's right, no more ice cream for dinner - I mean literally, dinner consisted of ice cream many nights. If you remember, we had many flavors of ice cream like … [Read more...] about No More Milk!
Who knew - dogs and porcupines don't mix! Well, ours don't anyway! After losing Bob, a much loved dog to coyotes, seeing a coyote not more than 80 ft from me in the vineyard in broad daylight, and waking to a coyote circling our chicken pen one morning, we decided to get pro-active in protecting our farm. About the same time, friends were leaving the area and offered us their great Pyrenees, … [Read more...] about Dogs and Porcupines Quills
I thought I would give you a break this week on Family Friday's from the vineyard work/harvest and update you on our family milk cow, Emme. Well, almost. Let me just say before moving on to our escapades with a family milk cow, our last harvest is scheduled for tomorrow. We will be harvesting all of our Italian reds, Aglianico and Montepulciano, at one time. They will be harvested separately but … [Read more...] about Emme