The weather here continues to be excessively hot. The heat has taken a tole on the animals here. We have been doing everything we can to keep the animals cooled, shaded and well watered. Unfortunately our efforts haven’t been enough. Two steers have died and two of my chickens. I am hoping as we check the pens today there will be no more dead animals.
I decided to clear my brain a bit I would iron by triangles and finish tearing the paper off my string blocks for my Jamestown Landing quilt.
That’s all 840 half square triangles and all the string blocks. I am eager to get on to the next step.
Being it was so hot I didn’t want to heat up the house and make the air conditioner work harder so I found a new to me recipe for refrigerator dill pickles. They aren’t what people call “refrigerator pickles”…they’re actually dill pickles.
They aren’t heat sealed by water bath or pressure cooker…just hot liquid over the top and put in the refrigerator. I’m letting them cure for a few days before we try them. If the pickles are good, I’ll pass along the recipe.
I had lots of extra eggs and green peppers in the garden so I tried a new to me recipe for Freezer Quiche in a Bag. It’s a freezer cooking recipe. I made up four batches and put them in the freezer to save for this winter when the chickens aren’t laying many eggs. Here’s the link to the recipe. Try it at your own risk though….I haven’t ate the finished product yet.
Today I’m packing up and loading the vehicle to go see Bonnie Hunter. I am SO excited but nervous at the same time. I hate being gone with the weather like this. Hubby has assured me that he will watch the chickens and that yes…I do need to go. As sad as I am about our animals, it was MUCH worse for other farmers. On the news we heard one farmer lost 40 steers yesterday…another 100 steers. I can’t image how many were lost all together in farms across the Midwest….sad…so sad.
To answer a few questions that have been asked…No, the meat from the steers is not good. There is no way to save the meat from a dead animal. Even if it were salvageable, the meat would not be tasty. It would be tough and stringy. Anytime an animal is stressed, the meat becomes tough.
Thanks for all the well wishes for Gracie. She’s doing much better. I can tell her eyes aren’t completely normal but I am not worried about her anymore. Keep your fingers crossed for a good Thursday….