Sunday, February 2, 2014

Today we find ourselves digging out from the most recent snow, filling feeders, checking automatic waterers and giving vaccinations. Six weeks before the doe goats have babies we give booster shots and supplements to protect them for another year and give their babies the boost they will need after birth.  We have fewer goat numbers than we have had for many years primarily because my 4-Hers (aka teenage children) are becoming so involved in other things that  I have less help getting the work done.   The funny thing about this time of year my mind goes into overdrive about what to add to this years routine.  I get seed catalogs and have grandiose ideas of what to plant and harvest.  I am usually looking to the farm advertisements for chick days to purchase more chicks.  As well as I look at breeds of livestock and dream about the time when I can start a spinners flock of sheep.  My husband is less enthused on all fronts but I continue to check websites for breeders for just the right breed of sheep.  What will most likely happen is that I will instead shop for a fleece or two this year to get my fleecy fix.
Today football reigns as it is the day of the Superbowl.  My favorites are the television commercials and the food.  This recipe is from my mother in law and the recipe card looks well worn and much loved and it will be served during the game.

Hot Dog Appetizers
Take 1 pound package of hotdogs and cut into 1 inch pieces
Mix in a pan 1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 pkg (approx.1ounce) brown gravy mix
1/4 tsp. tabasco sauce
Bring ingredients in pan to a simmer to dissolve sugar then add hotdogs.  Heat through and serve with toothpicks.

May your plans for 2014 take shape.  Let me hear some of your ideas.

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