Hold Your Loved Ones Close
I haven't been really in the Christmas spirit, but time marches on and so does Christmas. Tomorrow I'll go down to my mom's for dinner and stop in at the in-laws on the way home. We are lucky that Stan's brother and sisters live pretty close to my mom so we can go to both places on the holidays.
The boys are out finishing up their shopping, they haven't even wrapped anything yet (5:45 on Christmas Eve). They come up here to do that. :-) They've got a puzzle started and I'll help with that tonight after I finish up a couple more batches of pizzelles. I've got a cherry pie cooling and I put a duck in the oven for our Christmas Eve dinner.
I love duck, but I didn't want to butcher my female muscovies this fall, so I re-homed them with the promise of getting one back in the spring. Then I spent $3.49/lb. on a duck from the grocery store. It smells so good, I use a recipe called Shanghai Duck, it's very good, 3/4 cup soy sauce and sugar, 2 cups water, 2 cloves minced garlic, one chopped onion and the duck of course. I'll make some wild rice to go with it.
The cherries were from the cherry tree I planted when little Bandit died, I think it was 2005. He was such a cute lamb! A moorit HST twin out of my favorite ewe, Cocoa. She was pretty milky and not fully vaccinated for CDT, the grass was green and lush, and little Bandit died of overeating disease. The only case we've ever had, and it was such a shock. I found him just minutes from death one morning. There was nothing I could do to save him. It was so sad to lose him, but the good thing was that Cocoa still had his twin sister Lily to raise.
Anyway, that cherry tree is producing pretty well now. I froze the cherries I picked in July and made jelly with the juice yesterday and now this cherry pie. Yummm! I also made some strawberry, blackberry and raspberry jam yesterday. It's good to get all those berries out of the freezer.
Speaking of lambs, I gave up and Hansel is in with the ewe lambs now. He was going absolutely nuts trying to get in with them. It's just not fair to try to keep a ram so close to open ewes. I can't get him in to the butcher until January 9th, so they will be together for two weeks and any lambs will be born in late May. I used him two years and that's plenty. I'm beginning to think he is indeed Bb/Bb not BB/Bb. Mia, the little black gulmoget ewe lamb he sired out of a moorit ewe, is looking like she could actually be dark brown. And his face is quite brown now, not black like it was before. His fleece is still a beautiful grey with the bown tips.