Duck Dinner

Well, we finally tried duck meat a couple of weeks ago. I slow cooked these skinned ducks in the back room in our turkey roasters for a few hours. When I walked in the door from being down at the barn that afternoon, I couldn’t believe what I was smelling…. one of the most delicious fragrances I’ve ever smelled before. If you have never had duck meat, you are missing out. It is absolutely delicious. It smells and tastes better than turkey. I thought it would be a strange meat since you cannot find it in the supermarkets much. No, it is such a deliciously rich meat only people like the French would have something so wonderful in their markets as they truly know how to eat.

Mind you, I only ate about half of the meat here. : ) When my husband has more time he will leave the skin on. I can’t wait to try it. I made a wonderfully rich stock with the leftovers and the fat in the pan and had a delicious soup a couple days later.

This Little Piggy Stayed Home

Like I shared, I would take more pictures of our little piggies. Here are some pictures I took the very day we got them as well as some the next day when Matthew put up some electrical wire.

Nestled close together in their sleeping quarters

You can see how little they are compared to daddy. He’s putting a feeder in for them. They are the size of medium/large dogs right now. Within 2-3 months, they will be nearly 200 lbs and ready for the table.

Inspecting their boundaries. When they hit their little noses to the electrical wire, they yelp and run away like little doggies.

You should see this now, it’s really a pig trough. They have burrowed the ground throughout the whole area like no rototiller can.

Elisabeth is watching the piggies. Hannah has other things on her mind.
Here they are digging down deep around a post

I think this picture is cute. Look at their little, curly tails.

Plowing the ground

A happy pig has lots of mud on his nose – so we heard.
: )

Just Look at That Face

Oh, little Leah. Just look at that face. You are so cute! You have your first tooth already and love turning over onto your tummy. You are the most content baby we have had. I thought you would be as you were so quiet for so many hours in my belly. We love you little sweetie!

Just Because

Just because you are so cute (though you look sad in this picture),
I have to take lots of pictures of you…

Getting bigger…
Pretty eyes. I didn’t know a boy could have such pretty eyes. : )
Momma’s boy! We won’t tell a soul. ; )

Elk

Here are some pictures I took of the elk across the highway from where we live. I took these with a close up shot from our kitchen window. I like this first picture as it looks like a painting when you enlarge it.



See the big bull? You can probably see his rack if you click on the picture.

Our Big Order

A couple of months ago I happened upon a place called Azure that sells quality bulk foods online in central Oregon. Don’t mind that this picture was taken in our mud room.
Here is what I purchased:
250 lbs of quality food
15 pounds of the best peanut butter I’ve ever had for only $23.

25 pounds of rye berries for under $12.00. It makes the best bread.

This is the darkest, brown sugar I’ve ever had. It doesn’t take much on the oatmeal.

Yummy barley malt syrup. I put a little on my homemade muesli sometimes. Put a little in your bread dough and it makes your bread delicious too.

GR104 Imported White Basmati (Jasmine) Rice 5 lbs. 1 1 $6.45 $6.45
SW063 Eden Barley Malt Syrup 20 ozs. 1 1 $5.20 $5.20
DF067 Raisins, Flame 5 lbs. 1 1 $8.85 $8.85
NB067 Nat Value Pnut Bttr Cream Salted Nat 15 lbs. 1 1 $23.00 $23.00
GR061 Wheat, Hard, Red, Organic 25 lbs. 1 1 $10.10 $10.10
SW120 Dark Brown Molasses Sugar, Natural 16 ozs. 2 2 $1.95 $3.90
GP034 Whole Oats w/Hulls, Org.(AnimalFeed) 45 lbs. 1 1 $10.50 $10.50
FG453 Stahlbush Spinach, Cut 3 x 10 ozs. 1 1 $4.60 $4.60
HS727 Dropper for 4 oz. Bottles 1 4 oz. Dropper 2 2 $0.80 $1.60
CE068 Oats, Rolled, Regular 25 lbs. 1 1 $10.40 $10.40
QP054 Pears, In Season, Organic 3 lbs. 1 1 $2.90 $2.90
GR057 Azure Farm Rye BERRIES, Organic 25 lbs. 1 1 $11.20 $11.20
NU054 Walnut Pieces (bakers) 5 lbs. 1 1 $22.00 $22.00
DF024 Deglet Noor Dates, Pitted 1 lb. 1 1 $2.80 $2.80
BP035 Coconut, Chipped 2.5 lbs. 1 1 $5.00 $5.00
QP138 Apples, Fuji, Organic 3 lbs. 1 1 $3.00 $3.00
QP050 Cabbage, Green, Organic (random weight) 1 random weight 1 1 $3.50 $3.50
QP165 Carrots, Fresh, Organic #1 5 lbs. 1 1 $4.50 $4.50
QP262 Leeks, Fresh, Organic 1 lb. approx. 1 0 $1.70 $0.00
QP139 Potatoes, Russett, Organic 5 lbs. 2 0 $2.30 $0.00
FL060 White Flour, Morbread 50 lbs. 1 1 $24.55 $24.55
CH066 Parmesan, Grated (Romano) 1 lb. 1 1 $5.15 $5.15
Sub Total: $169.20
Total: $169.20

Just look at the price of peanut butter: 15 lbs for $23. Where else can you find something like that? And it’s only peanuts and salt. And it’s all creamy unlike Adams peanutbutter where you have to stir it for several minutes. The rye and wheat berries I make fresh bread from every day. It is DELICIOUS! Their produce is wonderful and all organic. Why would I want to pay .99 cents a pound for regular apples locally here when I could get the same thing from Azure but Organic? And all the boxed, garbage cereal I used to buy each month… I now make Muesli with dates, walnuts, coconut and raisins. We have hot grain cereals throughout the month along with oatmeal as well. I then buy milk at the store and cheese for our lunches, some few vegetables each week. We haven’t spent anymore than we normally do each month ordering from Azure and it’s only going to build up here. I can’t wait to place my order again at the end of this month.

We Got Our New Pigs Today!!!

We got our first, little feeder piggies today. They sure are big! They really squealed when Matthew and the woman (pictured above) who dropped them off for us took them out of her trailer. I will write some more later… time to go down and feed our little pigs. : )