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Day Fifty Four

A Foot of Snow

Yesterday’s snow came with a lot of wind, resulting in four lanes of highway being usable for the amount of snow piling up, a 35 minute drive taking 2.5 hours, and ending up with a foot of snow to gaze upon this morning. It came just as the Christmas snow was disappearing…Birds in the Bush

…and the birds are finding something to sing about!

Cake Donuts for Breakfast
Last night’s dessert, cake donuts, were today’s breakfast.

Melted Snowflakes

And there was not enough time today (or wherewithal to tolerate the cold outside) to catch snowflakes, so they melted.

Today, we discovered the male hair sheep getting increasingly aggressive with one of the Boer goats (who aren’t exactly all sweet and pretty with the Nubian goat), ramming her into the wall of their barn. This explains why she just runs when he merely wanders her way, and why she backs away from the feeding trough when he comes in, and so it was time to separate all the bullies into their own little living spaces. So, the sheep is with the Nubians, and the Boers are now by themselves.  Ah, life in Animal Kingdom.


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Day Fifty Two

Popovers with Three Berries

Woke up with a burning need to try popovers this morning. So I blended the ingredients together (egg, flour, milk, and salt), tossed in some chopped berries, pushed them into a 425 F oven, and hoped for the best. They rose, and were all nice and hollow inside, perfect for filling with any kind of favorite sauce.

But there was one glitch. The recipe said to grease the muffin pan really well, and I am always hesitant to put batter directly into muffin pans–cleaning up after isn’t my favorite activity if things happen to stick to the pan. So, I used cupcake cases in the pan…and the popovers stuck to them really well!

So, next time I’ll grease the muffin pan and hope for the best, because these were totally worth it. Except for the paper stuck to them! Peeling off paper while eating is a bad idea, so I gave these to the chickens, and all was well in their little world.

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Day Fifty

Two cups of sugar, eh?

Two cups of sugar, eh?

It was a long day: chasing goats, fleeing from flying chickens, and then I made a lemon meringue pie that wouldn’t set. So, I figured, the easiest thing to do would be to make baked pudding: simple, satisfying, soothing. Things didn’t quite work out as I planned, and while I was thinking it had everything to do with the wonky oven temperature…no. The baked pudding didn’t quite work out because I miscalculated the amount of sugar I needed: rather than 2 ounces of sugar…I used 2 cups of sugar.

Sorry, mama. I’ve insulted the baking heritage you tried so hard to instill in me. Oh well. Better luck tomorrow! (inshaAllah!)

(Mama might be happy to know that I did salvage this sweet disaster.)

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Day Forty Three

Catching Snowflakes

I am loving catching snowflakes with my camera. They are absolutely enchanting and make me long to purchase a lens that can capture their perfectly formed beauty.Catching Snowflakes

… but I won’t because that would be completely frivolous!Triple Layer Cheesecake

And dessert today: Cheesecake!Triple Layer Cheesecake

Devil’s Food Cake in place of a crust, Chocolate Cheesecake and plain lemon-flavored Cheesecake above that, all hidden under Awesome Sauce.

Seriously, this Three-Berry Sauce really is an awesome sauce!