November is a busy month for celebrations in our family. One grandson’s birthday is early in November, then it is quiet for a couple of weeks, but then WOW! Friday was my step mom’s birthday, yesterday was mine, Tuesday is N’s (the grand that lives with us), Thursday of course is Thanksgiving. The 28th is a nephew’s birthday and the 29th is K’s (our daughter). It doesn’t end there as one DIL is December 4, then it will quiet again until we celebrate Christmas.
Yesterday, being Saturday, is also Farmers’ Market Day and the last Saturday that many of the vendors will brave the weather until spring. Knowing that most of what we need for our Thursday feast is already in the house, but also knowing that we are going to have a house full for 5 days, some breakfast sausage, a green leafy veggie, perhaps some other meat and a few apples were on my list. J and I left to have breakfast and do the market. He usually sits in the sun on a bench while I visit and shop, but it was too cold yesterday. Because yesterday was also the last home game of the season and the last home game for the retiring coach, we knew town would be crazy with out of town football fans. J found a parking spot, not exactly a legal spot, so he sat in the car, prepared to move it if necessary. The provisions were obtained and we came home to see if the rest of the household members were going to go with us the hour over to the farm where our Thanksgiving and Christmas pasture raised turkeys were to be picked up.
Turkey pick up is from 2 to 5. They are fresh turkeys, very, very fresh turkeys. Off we went with coolers in the back of the car, all 6 of us loaded in to get our birds. Two birds totaling 36 pounds, one to cook Thursday, one put in the freezer for a month. As the farm is in Floyd County, we ventured on to the town of Floyd and had wood fired pizza, flatbread and German style pretzels to celebrate my birthday, too late to be lunch, too early to be dinner, but delicious all the same.
Once home again, K and A made fudge brownies, my “cake” choice to end the day of celebration.
Mountaingdad purchased me a hand mill as a gift. I have been making my own chicken feed mix for a while and T, eldest son, told me I should be grinding or at least cracking the grains for better nutritional absorption by the birds. I had been using cracked corn, but the oats, sunflower seed, flax and split peas or lentils were whole. Knowing that whole corn would keep better, I had to switched to it with the last purchase.
The mill set up and being used to grind the whole corn, oats, Black oil sunflower seed, flax seed (they just seem to pass right through) and split peas. Once ground, it gets a tablespoon of oil to help hold the kelp granules, a few tablespoons of crushed eggshell for calcium and a half cup of freeze dried meal worms. The girls love it. They still have the run of the garden for the winter, but finding anything green now is getting more and more scarce. The neighbor dog that was killing the chickens is no longer there, so maybe the hens and Cogburn can have some free range time in the yard and fields as long as we are home and our dogs are inside.
My celebration is past, now on to the other three that we will have this week. Hope you have a wonderful and thankful week.