Saturday, April 26, 2014

A lot has happened this week. 
A.  I have turned another year older the big 45.
B.  I have decided to continue with a goal I set previously in the year to spin enough fiber specifically for a sweater.
C.  I went to the First Annual Stache Dash 5k in out town that our local high school put on to raise money for school supplies to be sent to Africa.
So I have sorted through my fiber stash for fiber to use to start the spinning in May.  I plan to train for my first 5k in the next year.  I started training last fall but became derailed over the winter.  When restarting back pain limiting me in both the running and walking.  That seems to be somewhat better (we will see how well I can sleep tonight).  I figure there is no better time than the present.  Do I intend to win- no just respectably finish the race.  I plan to start and finish the sweater quantity of spinning.  Then this time next year can find me another year older, stronger and on the way to more projects. 
P.S.  I even bought a copy of Runner's World today.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hello All, 
I should probably confess that I am a little obsessed with the weather.  I think is payback for chiding a coworker years ago that was similarly obsessed.  This is not in the spring only, nor is it just when baby goats are to arrive or during planting the garden.  I plan to eventually get to the weather spotter training but alas two years running it has not worked out.  I felt I needed to make that confession as I am going to mention out crazy weather.  It is Spring here and we have had weather way too warm (yesterday at my daughters track meet it was 81 degrees and over the last 12 hours we have had storms, pouring rain an inch size hail.  Part of the state is now having snowfall and we are predicted to have temps below freezing at night.  Of course as luck would have it our son is to have a tennis tournament and our daughter will have difficulty staying warm during the track meets scheduled for this week.  Our last and final batch of baby chicks due to arrive in the mix as well.  This return to cold has me thinking about warmer food. 
Tuscan Sausage and Potato Soup
11/2 lbs. Italian sausage
3 lbs potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 cans (14 1/2 oz each) chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup chopped sweet onion
2 garlic cloves minced
1.4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 cups Swiss chard
2 cups heavy whipping cream
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1. Cook sausage and drain.
2. In a Dutch oven combine potatoes, broth, water, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat and cover 18-22 min. until potatoes are tender.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until chard is tender. 
This is a wonderful soup that everyone enjoyed today.  I hope you will also.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Just a quick note to let everyone know I am now able to sleep through the night--we are done having baby goats.  The last doe to kid was a white angora that gave us twin all white bucklings!!  Out of a total of 9 does Nubian and Angora we have 16 kids.  Hopefully with more sleep my crafty mojo will improve!  We will chat again soon.