If you follow Cultured Palate on Facebook, you already know that last week we sold Buttercup, one of our family milk cows. It was definitely a more emotional experience than I was expecting. I cried. Some of the children cried. And, the other cows cried. Really! Brisket and Emme moooo'd off and on all night and even the next day! It definitely caused unrest in the barnyard! … [Read more...] about Unrest in the Barnyard
It is that time of year again - time to de-bud the vineyard. We have prepared for planting and planted 5 new acres but now it is time to take care of the older vines. You might wonder what de-budding means - and, I can't wait to show and tell you! The trunk of the vines should be clean and free of any green shoots. These green shoots (or suckers) take energy from the vine to grow, produce and … [Read more...] about De-Budding the Vineyard
Having a large family and farm animals makes for educational opportunities almost daily. This week, however, our attempts to maintain a G-rated barnyard have been almost futile! We have had not one but two family milk cows in heat. That's right - both Buttercup and Emme came into heat. We had thought that Buttercup was pregnant and I will be taking her to the vet for a double check but our … [Read more...] about The G-Rated Barnyard?
We have a new dog. Not just any dog - we have a new great Pyrenees. As I have shared before, we have a big coyote population here in west Texas. Not only are they a threat to our cows and chickens, but we have lost a dog and a cat to them. The day after our beloved Bob went missing, our 19 year old son shot a coyote circling the chicken pen which is not more than 100 feet from the house - in … [Read more...] about Snowball
It has been quite awhile since I gave you an update on the coyotes which have claimed the lives of a beloved dog, cat and numerous chickens. In "Coyote Update", I relayed the story of our 19 year old son's shooting a coyote who was circling our chicken pen in broad daylight. This happened the day after our corgi, Bob, had disappeared. We also strategically placed poisoned meat around, since there … [Read more...] about Cotton – Our New Coyote Defense
I have returned from nearly 3 weeks away, visiting my mother and sister in Macon, Georgia. It was a wonderful visit but there is no place like home! I returned to a new face around here - Sprinkles. Sprinkles is a shih-poo, half shih tzu and half poodle. … [Read more...] about Sprinkles -The New Face