Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Monday, April 14, 2014
Windy Weekend ~ Layered Dip ~ Goat Gone Wild
I had a bad start to my day today, but hopefully it will get better as it goes by.
There is nothing more crazy than trying to hold the bridge of my nose (to stop a bloody nose that I now get on the worst pollen count days)with one hand, while driving with a baby goat in the passenger seat nibbling on my shirt sleeve.
I'm just thankful that we have a farm vet that works with goats here. We have no experience in the disbudding business, so I do have to drive them there.
The trees are coming back to life, and most of the grass is green again.
I have a few hyacinths and daffodils blooming. I see a few tulips poking up from the ground, but no blooms just yet.
The family gathered for Son's "send off" party, as well as singing him Happy Birthday. He will be gone over his birthday this year too. We ate, laughed, shared stories, and ate some more. Today he is flying to Parris Island for his Marine basic training. It's only been one day, and it feels a bit "empty" here. I know he won't like me asking, but prayers would be appreciated for him.
Easy Layered Dip
1 - 8 oz. cream cheese
2 cloves of garlic minced
1-2 Roma tomatoes (or your choice) chopped
Green onions, snipped
Mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
Set cream cheese out to soften. Once soft, cream it with the minced garlic. Spread it onto a serving plate (I use a regular dinner plate). Top it with chopped tomatoes, and green onions. Add shredded cheese to cover, to your taste.
Refrigerate for several hours for the garlic and cream cheese to infuse flavors. Serve with crackers of your choice.
We love this with my homemade wheat thins. I also chop my tomatoes first, and let the juices strain out while I prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Well. Look at this. It's not pretty anymore. While we were all at the family gathering, our 200 lb. (or so) Buck decided to pull loose and run to the house for safety. Typically he gets loose from something spooking him.
He totally ruined the white garden fencing that was completely around my one herb garden. He had his tie-out tied up around the pots of spearmint on the left, and could not get free. Thankfully, he did not eat all my green onion or other herbs.
However, that goat ripped out my solar lights and made a mess of my herb garden. He trampled some daffodils too. I will have to spend time to re-set my natural rock border, and see if I can re-use that fencing or not. It keeps the chickens out, so it does have a purpose.