Our First Completed Yarn!

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It took almost 9 months to get it back, but our first batch of mill run yarn from our sheep has come back!  We sent in 10 pounds of fiber from our sheep and goats and got back 25 skeins of a beautiful, soft fingerling 2 ply yarn!  It’s fairly thin, not exactly what I normally work with, but I’m working on a little scarf with it and it’s so delicate and beautiful.  IMG_2790

Now, we have sent our fleece off to be made into roving, which is the first step in making actual yarn.  And once that comes back, I’ve been spinning it myself and also selling some of the roving as well.  But just never had a mill finish it all off.  It’s not cheap.  25 skeins cost us $160.  That’s $6.40 a skein before you figure in a lick of feed, care or shearing costs.  Considering it takes a year to grow a fleece, I would say our cost is nearly $11 to $12 a skein!  Wow!  IMG_2793

I know some folks would say that it’s not bad considering all the input and time invested.  I just think that we won’t be going this route again because if we double it again to actually make a little for our efforts, we’re looking at $20 to $24 a skein!  That just sounds a little high to me.  When we do all the processing ourselves, for our small flock, it’s an enjoyable task and we can sit and watch tv and spin or card and thus sell the yarn at a more economical rate and still make us a little coin for our effort as well as the enjoyable task of creating the yarn.  IMG_2794

But, that being said, it was wonderful to see how our flock’s fibers could compete in a commercial market and how lovely the yarn would be!  I can’t wait to dye some and perhaps give it a spin with some other fibers and make 3 or 4 ply yarns!  How lovely!!!  What a cool experience…  IMG_2795

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Farmhouse Quiche…

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Our friend Kerry taught us all about the joy of quiche!  Believe it or not, we had never had such a wonderful thing!  She brought us over a pair of them one day as a gift and we have been making them ever since!

Our recipe is easy.  Fresh farm eggs, homegrown pork sausage or bacon and good veggies from the garden!  Add in a little butter, and a lovely pie crust and you have all the makings of a wonderful dish!

When we have a lot of eggs, we make quiche. Simple and easy. I’m sure there are much more complicated recipes but this is how we do it.

1 Package of ready to use pie crusts

Veggies of choice… (Onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, green onions, hash browns…)

Meat of choice… (chopped, fried bacon, little chunks of ham, crumbled sausage)

Cheese of choice… (shredded cheddar, swiss, colby, colby jack, mozzarella, or mexican blend)

Lots of eggs
A little cream or milk
Butter

Spray the pie pans with a little butter spray, helps to get them out cleanly.

Lay your crusts in the pans, one for each. You can pretty up the edge if you’d like.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees.

Chop up your veggies and add to the pie pans. You want about 2-3 cups of goodies. Kind of fill the pans.

Sprinkle meat on the top. When we do two, we will use one 16 ounce package of bacon, fried and crumbled, split between the two…

Add your cheese. A good handful, as much as you’d like really. It’s very easy to make. I usually just kind of cover up the goodies with cheese.

Crack and whip the eggs with a good dash of milk or cream. Like you would do with french toast or scrambled eggs. We usually use at least a dozen eggs, up to 14 or 15 for two pies. I usually start with 10 and see how that goes. You just pour it into the pie pan with all the goodies. If it looks a little shallow, add more.  :-)

Sprinkle with a touch of salt and pepper.

Slice a half a stick of butter on each one. Thin slices, dotted all over it.

Pop in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then turn down the oven to 350 and cook for about 25-30 minutes more. Just watch that they don’t brown tooooo much.
If you overfilled them, you might want to put a cookie sheet under in case they poof up too much and dribble over.  :-) Usually, they don’t but sometimes, they can, if you were a little overzealous with the goodies.

Let cool a bit and slice and consume!!! Keeps great in the frig and also freezes well! We often will slice and freeze slices individually for quick yummy breakfasts!

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New Drawing Tool…

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It’s been a while since I got a new toy…  For several years now I have wanted to be able to use something to input illustrations into a computer by drawing on a screen or tablet.  I’ve tried various things but they always left me feeling awkward.  I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid and I just could not get the right feel, pressure or coordination between a tablet, stylus and a screen.

Until now.

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I finally got an Apple Pencil!  It works with my ipad and OH MY GOSH…  it’s so wonderful!  Oh dear, it’s everything that I always wanted in being able to draw straight into a digital file.  I’ve been busy just learning the touch and feel of it and of course, watching a ton of YouTube videos of people using this tool in so many amazing ways!

I found that one of the best programs to use with the Apple Pencil is ProCreate!  It’s a wonderful drawing program and has so many options for illustration.  And the best thing?  ProCreate is under $10!!!

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If you are looking for a great drawing stylus, I really think that you need to check on the combination of an Ipad Pro, Apple Pencil and ProCreate!!!  It’s just so much wonderfulness!!!!

(And one really fun thing is that ProCreate allows you to create a little video of your drawings!  It’s so fun to watch what you draw!  Enjoy this little my Little Pony drawing!)

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