Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Branding Day

We finished up Branding ( Got all the late calves ) this week end . The weather was just right couldn't believe the wind wasn't blowing a million miles an hour like it has done all week.  
My Brother came up to help with his  kids and my cousin came up also, she hasn't every seen this done she had lots of fun, we even let her try to brand a calf.

 The kids love being able to pet the calves.

Katie is pushing the calves up into the ally way some of the calves have a mind of their own and keep trying to go any way but the direction you want them to go.

One of my nieces who is scared of cows got in the alley and pushed the cows to the shoot was very proud that she got in with them and did a great job. Although the last three were the largest calves and she got out then and said she didn't want to do the larger calves lol.

My nephew trying to ride on of them. Thats one of the fun things on branding day the kids trying  to ride some of the  larger calves they don't usually last to long before they fall off.

My nieces just love the calves I think they petted almost every one that came through the shoot.

After we got done with branding  we had to move the horses to different pasture so we let the girls have a ride. Rosie ( the horse)was being a little stupid so they didn't get to ride very long but I told them to come up this summer after we have worked them a little and ride again.

As you could see when we brand we use a calf table, run the calves in give them their vaccinations and then brand them. My brother and sister in law do it the old fashion way, catch them on horse then tie them and brand them.

Joleen and Katie always try to go and help.
Here they are giving vaccinations.
Branding is a lot of fun and a lot of work. Its probably a good thing it only comes once a year.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Canning Frozen Orange Juice

I have been reading a lot about food going up with all the droughts ,viruses and all the things that are going on. One thing that is also going to go up is oranges. And I really like my orange juice. When I canned oranges last fall I didn’t do much juice, so I have been buying the frozen and canning it. My freezer space is pretty limited so I just can it. Very easy to do.

First get you OJ then let it thaw. I just use the cheap store brand.
Pour in to a large pan. Do not add any extra water, warm up and simmer for a couple minutes.
Pour into sterilized pint jars. And Water bath for 5 minutes ( Be sure to adjust for Altitude I have to do mine for 20 minutes).


It will darken a little with age but still taste good. I opened one the other day from 2 years ago and was great.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Week 17 Food Storage Challenge

50 pounds wheat/ 25 pounds Rice

50 pounds wheat or flour

25 pounds Rice

This month try together extra sewing stuff like needles, thread, patches, buttons, pins and scissors.

If you don’t already have your 72 hour kits try to get them put together.

The skill for this month is gardening if you haven’t had a garden now is the time to get that going and if you have a garden you may want to enlarge it this year. The way things look produce may be hard to come by this fall because of the droughts and all the viruses that a lot of plants are getting.

Put some more into you money stash.

Add some more water to you water supply.