Weather Coming In

Sun is shining in front of the house and fog is rolling in behind the house.

There’s a front rolling in here this morning around 10:00 or 11:00 so the cattle are being fed before the farmer is. He wanted to feed the cattle their hay and grain before it’s covered with rain and probably ice because it’s 32*.

The number on the top left is outside, on the right inside and in the middle is the wind speed. We love our weather machine!
Rolling out bales of orchard grass for one herd of cattle.

While hubby is taking care of the stock I prepared breakfast.

French toast using our chicken eggs.
Crisp bacon that we buy from the Cattleman’s Store in Lexington VA.

My French toast recipe is six eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, all beaten together until frothy. While I’m beating this up, I’m also melting a half stick of butter in my electric skillet. I dip slices of bread into the egg mixture and lay them out in the melted butter, growing each side. This makes a dozen slices of toast and when they’re done I fry the bacon in the same skillet. Everything is done and setting on the table when hubby walks in the house.

Normally we would use our own maple syrup but Mother Nature hasn’t been kind for two years, so we use Mrs. Butterworth’s until we can harvest our own. If all goes well we’ll be tapping trees and making syrup in the sugar house in late February or March.

Maybe not breakfast of champions but close!! 🙂

At the end of the meal when I’m cleaning up the kitchen I also clean up those used egg shells. Once they’re washed out, I put them in a pan on my dryer to dry thoroughly. The next day I drop them in a clean bag, crush the shells into small pieces and store them until garden time. We drop the shells around our plants in the each row of the garden to get rid of any unwanted creatures eating the plants and to add calcium to the plants. Last spring our garden was “almost” bug free!!

Cleaned egg shells waiting to dry.
Crushed egg shells waiting to be used in the garden this spring.
Sadie waiting patiently watching the cows being fed and for Dad to come in for breakfast.

8 thoughts on “Weather Coming In

  1. tonytomeo

    Eggshells are piling up here! I do not use many eggs here, but when I do, I save the shells for the coffee that the crew gets. (I get mostly eggs that are too dinky for the neighbors, which is not many.) No one seems to know why eggshells go into coffee, but it is how I have always done it. The coffee is made by an evil plastic contraption in the galley, which spews hot water through coffee in a filter, so there is no need to settle the grounds out of the coffee. Even if there is no need to settle grounds, eggshells are thought to make the coffee less bitter, but no one can confirm that claim. Anyway, without the crew here, the shells are accumulating. I suppose that if too many accumulate, they can go into the garden. However, there is no need for them there either. Not much bothers the garden. The compost includes eggshells from the big cafeteria kitchens that dump greenwaste into it anyway.

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  2. Colin

    Rita
    Looks very nutrious and morish.
    Sure looks very bloody cold outside. Not for me, I can assure you.
    I much prefer our warm sunny beaches here at present, but the sharks are having
    a field day………….far more attacks last year than usual and I am sure Covid 19 has
    nothing to do with that – ha ha.
    Stay safe…………..things WILL soon improve I hope.
    Cheers
    Your Aussie Mate
    Colin

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  3. Carol Trutt

    I starting collecting my eggshells after being with you. Teddy’s going to love anything you make and it sure looks wonderful.
    After having your own maple syrup, looker the ingredients in Mrs. Butterworth🤦‍♀️

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