A Week of Wiggles

This fall we made a trek to a near by goat auction. We were in search of a buck (billy/male) goat to breed our doe (nanny/girl) to. In true fashion of us, we bought a buck plus another doe. Now if you’ve never owned a goat before let me warn you. They’re kind of like chickens. As in only owning one won’t do!

The buck did his job and moved on to a new home. If you’ve ever encountered uncasterated male goat you know they aren’t really an animal you want hanging around. Talk about a stink! So we were back to our happy, non-stinky trio of goats.

A goat has a five month gestation period and we were eagerly anticipating baby goats (kids) from Donna and Jasmine early this spring when it was warmer. Wrong, wrong, wrong….

Miss Jasmine came to us as an “open” or not pregnant doe. Jasmine lies. While shutting up the barn one evening when temperatures were supposed to dip I bent down to rub Jasmines belly. She loves a good belly rub. During this evenings rub I made an interesting discovery. Our little Jasmine had developed quite the udder. Unknown to us she was bought with a baby on board.

Fast forward a few weeks. After many late night barn checks and much anticipation, Jasmine had Wiggles last Wednesday!

Wiggles first photo op!

Wiggles first photo op!

Now Wiggles is a big boy and he exhausted Jasmine when he went about his business of being born. She was unable to initially care for him.

Tom drying off Wiggles while I helped his mom recover.

Tom drying off Wiggles while I helped his mom recover.

Once he was dried he wasted NO time getting on his feet!

Up and at 'em!

Up and at ’em!

After a little doctoring and encouragement Jasmine was ready to feed Wiggles his colostrum.

I think he had the wrong end at first.

I think he had the wrong end at first.

The first few days we checked Wiggles and Jasmine every few hours to make sure both were doing well. Once Jasmine got her energy back she took to mothering very easily.

Two peas in a pod.

Two peas in a pod.

Our constant checking on these two led to several cute pictures. I mean seriously, what’s cuter than kids and kids?

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I need to explain this next picture. One may wonder, why does this crazy lady not have socks on her baby in January, in Ohio? No, I have not lost it. Henry may have toddled in to some goat after birth… yea nasty. So we stripped his wet socks and snapped a quick picture before heading in. Farm kid problems. Let me tell ya!

Look at those little cheeser's!

Look at those kids cheesing for the camera!

So after a week of eating and growing we have one happy kid!

Mr. Sassy

Mr. Sassy

Oh, and he’s figured out how to attack the other kids…

What cuties!

What cuties!

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Socialization and a Farm Mom

I think some times being a woman who works in the field of agriculture can be hard. It can be challenging mentally, physically and emotionally. Long hours, hard physical work, then there’s all the stress coming from about fifty different directions (finances, time, working with your spouse/family, etc). However, I think one area that can be especially challenging is often over looked. The social aspect.

I’m not someone who suffers from a lack of socialization from the farm. I get out and about. I’m a semi-professional soccer mom these days. Which means I encounter a lot of other moms. Herein lies my problem.

I know a great group of moms. They are funny, friendly and have a nice bunch of kids. Here is my problem. I can’t get past small talk with any of them. I get lost in “mommy chat”. Truth be told, I’m just no good at it. This leaves me struggling to make conversation. While everyone is talking about crafts or coloring, I’m more comfortable discussing how the last index adjustment made bull proofs plummet. Great conversation topic when you are the only one who even knows what that is.

I’ve actually sat at home before and pondered what to talk to other moms about before going to a play date. I know, I’m crazy. In an attempt to avoid awkward silence, I’m scouring social media to see what other moms are talking about. Here’s a clue, it’s not the best remedy to treat a scoured calf.

My husband and I joke about how anti-social our middle child is. I’m starting to believe the apple may not fall far from the tree. I don’t consider myself anti-social, more socially challenged. I don’t have strong opinions on cloth diapering, breastfeeding or screen time. I’m not following trendy things. Some days I feel like I need to in order to converse long enough to actually enjoy a play date. After all talking tummy time is a little more socially acceptable than asking someone what they did to improve their conception rate.

I enjoy small talk. Honestly I enjoy spending time with other moms. But it would be nice to get past small talk some days. I tell my kids to go play and make new friends all the time. Maybe it’s time to start taking my own advice, even if they aren’t worried about their calving interval.

Pumpkin Donuts

We are a family who enjoys a good donut in the morning. In our area there is a donut trailer that sells donuts at several fairs and events. This is a summer time treat this family enjoys indulging in.

A few years ago they started selling pumpkin flavored donuts at activities in the early fall. These are by FAR my favorite. I’m not a hard core pumpkin nut, but these hit my taste buds just right. This year our county fair even happened during my birthday, so logically, what better to have for a birthday breakfast?

It could have only better if someone had chucked a few candles in there for me!

It could have only better if someone had chucked a few candles in there for me!

The problem with these little delightful delicacies is after the first week in October they are gone. This leaves months of waiting until the return. Such a problem.

I have been on the hunt for a donut pan for a while. Finally I found one shortly after Christmas. A nice little 6 well pan, even textured so the little breakfast confections pop out easily. I snatched it up. This was much to the delight of Emma. She loves donuts second only to her chickens. Seriously, she’s a donut nut.

After surfing Pinterest for a tad bit, we found a recipe to try that we had all the ingredients for. Lo and behold, it was pumpkin. Score! They were quite tasty and it’s a good thing the recipe made nearly 3 dozen so we were able to share our bounty with a select few. With no more delay, here’s our pumpkin donut recipe!

Pumpkin Donuts

  • 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon (I poured a little heavy)
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg (I may have added a touch more)
  • 1 teaspoon Allspice

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl until blended. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients.

  • 1 cup Canola Oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 15oz can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Milk

Pour the combined wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. Frankly at this point in time I could have just eaten the batter. But anyways, I suppose baking them is important.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the donut pan. This is important and must be done every batch to insure they pop right out with out tearing. You can be all fancy and place your batter in a pastry bag to fill the donut wells. OR a regular teaspoon used carefully works fabulously . Fill the wells half full and bake for 10-12 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean when inserted.

Patiently waiting for them to bake.

Patiently waiting for them to bake.

Remove from pan immediately and place on cooling racks. Once cool enough to handle dip the top of the donuts in melted butter (this will take approximately half a stick), then in to a cinnamon/sugar mixture (1 cup Sugar/4 tablespoons Cinnamon).

Finished product!

Finished product!

These are good hot or cold, with milk or coffee. Who are we kidding, these are pumpkin donuts. Pretty sure they’re always good!

So after you’ve read this recipe and you’re thinking wow, these sound great but I don’t have a donut pan…don’t worry. These can be baked in muffin tins as well. Pumpkin donut muffins! I personally haven’t tried it this way, but have seen many notations on donut recipes that they are easily baked as muffins. While you don’t get the classic donut shape, you still get all the flavor. I would bake a few minutes longer, then top with the cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy!