I took some real nice photos and entered them onto my computer. But, lo and behold, when I went to blog today they were GONE. All of them! Oh well, if aliens got them they’ll know how much we enjoy our good homestead feasts! We had a full house. David and his girlfriend, Bill and his family, Javid and an elderly lady who lives at the assisted living where he lives, and of course, Will and me. Our big table stretches out pretty big and we all ate plenty — probably way too much. No one had room for five pies and two cheesecakes until later on. Now I have the rest of the turkey to get canned up.
I sliced up one of the Gila Cliff Dweller squash and was really impressed. There are two main types: one a round, white, pumpkin-shaped squash with speckled green stripes and a butternut shaped white squash. The one I opened up this time was a butternut-shaped one. The neck was all fragrant light yellow meat! It was good sliced fairly thin and fried with onions and a bit of garlic. Yum! Unfortunately, I have few mature seeds this year. But enough to grow it again and maybe next year I’ll have a bounty of seeds besides tasty and pretty squash. (By the way, Glenn Drowns at Sand Hill Preservation Center has seeds!)
We’re gearing up for a snow storm tonight that’s supposed to drop around 6 inches of the white stuff on us. Will went to the auction barn Saturday and picked up four young, weaned Angus calves cheap. They’re pretty darned thin and have snotty noses. So we started them immediately on antibiotics and are feeding them everything they’ll eat and keeping them in the goat shed so we can keep a real close eye on them. I hope they’ll survive and thrive. Will was also able to buy two 300-pound butcher hogs REAL cheap. Pigs weren’t bringing anything! So we will have our pork even though we didn’t raise any pigs this year. We need to get a butcher date; our butcher’s calendar is pretty full for several weeks. Oh well, for that price I’m sure things will work out fine. I can taste the pork chops and bacon now! — Jackie