Home on the Range Blog at Allrecipes.com (9/2009)

Home on the Range

 
Sep. 29, 2009 12:27 pm 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2009 3:12 pm
Having experienced a self inflicted cow tipping of sorts, as a result of tying my cow's hind feet together and incurring her wrath, I found myself without a milking stool.Milking requires a great deal of squatting, if you have no stool, it can be hard on the back, legs, and disposition. So, I… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 28, 2009 6:49 pm 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2009 10:16 pm
About 3 years ago, we took a job as ranch hands on a very large working ranch 110 miles from the nearest small town.In this idyllic spot, the simple life has enveloped us, and consequently, we are once again enjoying "fresh squeezed" milk. I had a cow on Mothers Day...a Jersey, in fact, a gift… MORE
She sings, she dances, she makes milk!
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Future cow wrangler
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note the offending hobbles...
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Milkmaids in training
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Sep. 26, 2009 6:23 pm 
Updated: Oct. 8, 2009 8:27 pm
Years and years after my relationship with my Holstein cow (whom we fondly referred to as "Jugs") we moved to a smaller piece of property, only 2 1/2 acres, and closer to town. The kids grew up, and moved out, my life had modernized as we lived in a real live, less than 100 yr old, contractor… MORE
What a goat looks like a few hours before she kids...no joke
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what a baby Nubian looks like at 5 minutes old
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twins @ 1 hr old
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and at 2 weeks!
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Sep. 22, 2009 10:08 am 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2009 8:53 am
Years ago, living on our small family ranch in California, I was already moving in the direction of becoming more self sufficient, food-wise. I decided a milk cow was in order. I knew I would have a reasonable supply of fresh milk, cream, butter, and maybe cheese. The internet, at that time,… MORE
 
 
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Sep. 17, 2009 10:32 am 
Updated: Sep. 22, 2009 8:56 am
Back in the day, when I was a young mom and discovering things such as chicken parts and turkey guts, that are secretly hidden in the cavities of unsuspecting poultry, I did lots of cooking out of cans. Most of those recipes, have, thankfully, gone by the wayside, but one remains, as it is… MORE
The reaction you get from fixing these beans
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Dinner guests
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mmmm beans!
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Sep. 13, 2009 9:47 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2009 1:50 pm
Too many years ago, when my kids were little, my youngest came to me one day and said "Mama, will you make a cherry pie? I want to watch you make a cherry pie."I was very surprised, because he had never shown an interest in my cooking before. He continued to petition me, so I relented, and off… MORE
Cody, the 1 yr old hunter
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The start of something big
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Cody now, and his family
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our next generation hunter
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Sep. 10, 2009 8:20 am 
Updated: Sep. 11, 2009 11:33 am
Jump out of bed at 5 a.m. Pour myself into a pair of jeans and boots and run to the barn to catch my horse. No time to eat, but that's okay, I am used to this and will be much too busy to have AR or food on my mind.I notice its chili out.Saddle up and throw Wimpy in the horse trailer with the… MORE
5:30 am...start of the workday
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gotta find a bunch of these...
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take them down 4,000' in elevation to the valley floor...which you can hardly see here
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steep country, and that is dust, not overexposure
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Sep. 7, 2009 1:23 pm 
Updated: Sep. 23, 2009 10:39 am
One thing about living out in the middle of nowhere...you meet the most interesting people!! Part of the ranch sets on a very large dry lakebed. The women's landspeed record was set on this lakebed at 512 mph.People show up to do all kinds of things...camp, landsail, hike, take pictures, use… MORE
sunrise ballooning
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We are getting in THAT???
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airborne! Our flying neighbors in the sky
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she is not scared, she is thinking "get off the floor, you are embarrassing me"
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Sep. 3, 2009 7:52 am 
Updated: Sep. 23, 2009 10:48 am
One of the greatest things about the ranch is the boss' five kids. They love to sample a success, and have no need to know about the many failures behind them...so they think I am a great cook!There is just something heartwarming about a teenager who knocks at your door whenever they pass by,… MORE
one of the triplets
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The youngest daughter, at 11
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Ground crew in training
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Littlest Bull Fighter
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Kids are raised, we are ranchhands on a 250,000 acre working cattle ranch 110 miles from the nearest small town, so we raise a lot of our own food, vegetables, fruits, milk,eggs and meat. Love riding and working cattle, but find myself spending a lot more time in the kitchen, and the garden. forpeteysake.blogspot.com http://throughthedarkestvalleys.blogspot.com/
My favorite things to cook
Having 2 Jersey cows as well as milk goats, playing with fresh milk is a hobby, making our own butter, yogurt, sour cream, cheeses, soap and all the other great stuff you can do with fresh raw milk.
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Homemade from scratch...anything! All traditions are sort of gone by the wayside, as we live so far from family now
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Most things from this site, this has been the best thing the internet has had to offer!
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A layered Jello dessert...the middle layer never set, so it did the 'ooze-wiggle'...and...well..I liquified a couple of chickens on 2 different occasions, turning them into a black gel. Moral of that story is, don't start cooking then go clean barns!...and there was the time that my kids were helping me make Thanksgiving dinner and SOMEbody (who resembled my youngest son) forgot to put the sugar in the pie!!!
 
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