On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve we received the best presents a pig can give: piglets!  Two of the blond Mangalitsa sows had litters.  They have proven to be good mothers.  They are in loose stalls with deep straw bedding.  The room is insulated and stays...
Winter pigs

Winter pigs

This snowstorm has us all excited about skiing, snowmobiling, and sledding.  The animals just hunker down, though.  The sheep are cruising the garden for leftover goodies.  I had to rescue the remaining brussel sprouts from them–they preferred those to the...
Let it snow…

Let it snow…

The kids, as in generations previous, are cheering for the snow.  They’ve got a few sleds out.  They’re checking the ski reports since they invested in season passes this year.  They complain about how hard chores are now.  All is normal and well. The...

On Soup and Stock

“Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate.  Acidic wine or vinegar added during cooking helps to draw minerals, particularly...

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