Well today has been quite the change of pace with the weather… only 55* by noon is not very warm!! Two days ago it was well over 80* but we’ve had a lot of thunderstorms in those two days which has brought us over three inches of rain! Come and do the happy dance with me to celebrate! Lets just pray that the rain doesn’t completely quit and cause a drought like last year. *sad face*
So this morning I went outside to feed my babies… calves… some creepfeed and I find them all huddled in and around the big bale ring trying to keep warm. Such silly babies.
Bandit, the white-faced bull, is such a handsome little guy. He would make an excellent show steer for 2014. My nephews don’t have the ambition to want to show which is such a shame. I miss those good ol’ days in 4-H showin’ cattle, horses, heck even chickens and not to mention all of the fruits and vegetables along with the crafts and baked goods. We used to have water fights in the cattle barn because we were bored and it was HOT and it never failed that whenever someone was washing their calves and other people were in the wash rack with them.. there was that “Ops, I didn’t mean to spray you with the hose… you were just right in the way” type story. Those were the fun times. Now I’m begging all the youngsters in my family to show, but it’s a no-go so far. *sad face* I’m still hoping I can talk them into it for next year though.
So… on another note since I’m setting here cold I sure wish I had some ground deer meat thawed out to make a big ol’ batch of chili… wouldn’t that warm up the belly?! But you’re probably asking yourself why do I use deer instead of beef? Well simply because deer is much leaner therefore not as much fat cooks out into your chili! But honestly, we use deer in pretty much everything! Mmmm so delicious! Hopefully it’ll stay cool and I can make a pot of chili tomorrow to satisfy my craving and bring you the first recipe!! Anyways… Enough about food… it’s going to make me hungry!
I love the evening hours… The deer start to come out to eat and the turkeys are out headed back to roost. We just had a nice tom out strutting his stuff for the hens. They’re so pretty! He was too far away for a good picture, but maybe I can get one, one of these nights. Turkey season is in full effect and I’ll be damned when you go out hunting is all you can do is hear them. You know they’re there, but they just don’t come close. Smart birds! I love to make turkey nuggets and fried gizzards whenever we snag a bird, but that’s been a few years. What do you like to make out of your wild turkey?? I’ve only been turkey hunting once before and well I’d hate to admit it, but I missed. Shucks! I let my nephews and friends shoot them and then I’ll cook them up. I need to get someone to take me out to get a nice tom, but who knows who or when that’ll be.
Well I guess it’s about that time… time to go out and start chores! We had a new baby yesterday so we have an extra chore to do tonight. Tomorrow I will post pictures of the beauty! He’s a big boy! Well until then… have a good evening!