Sunday, February 17, 2019
We bought a cow to put in our freezer last Spring, and when talking with the butcher about how we wanted our meat cut, I explained to him I wanted whatever by-products I could obtain (heart, kidneys, liver, tail, etc....) as well. I use these parts of the animal to enhance our dog’s diet and because I like to use as much of the animal as possible. As we were making room for the winter cow, I realized I needed to hurry and do something with the organ meat I had on hand in order to free up freezer space.
So this weekend’s treat recipe is a simple recipe made out of liver. Liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat that can provide your pup with protein, Vitamin-A, and is an excellent source of copper, iron, and Omega 3-6 fatty acids. This recipe is a favorite here with our dogs, and they go nuts for these homemade treats!
For this recipe you will need:
1 lb. of beef liver (chicken, lamb, or pork will work too.) **
6-8 cups of chicken broth
1) Rinse liver in cool water.
2) Fill a large pot with the chicken broth, and bring to a boil.
3) Add the liver to the boiling broth and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until done.
4) Allow the liver to cool.
5) Cut liver in 1/2 inch cubes.
6) Spread on greased, foil lined cookie sheet.
7) Bake at 250. F for 2 hours.
Liver should be stored in the refrigerator for approximately one week, or for about 2 months in the freezer.
Liver should be fed in moderation do the possible overdose of Vitamin A. If you have any questions about how much liver you can feed your dog, please consult your veterinarian.
** Do not use deer liver for this recipe. Where venison is an excellent muscle meat to feed your dog, deer can have “liver flukes” therefore making their liver unsafe for consumption.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
What I realize now is that Valentine's Day is all about love, and in a world where hate, and negativity seem to be the new norm, we could all use more love!
So today, instead of running from Cupid and his arrows, what if we run towards him with our arms open wide, ready to receive love, and more importantly give love?
Today I encourage all of the Valentine's Day skeptics to go into the world celebrating the love you have for your significant other, family, friends. and anyone else who crosses your path. If you have the chance today, spread love.
Treat that stranger to a cup of coffee.
Buy the roses.
Hold the door.
Hire the baby-sitter.
Thank the people who matter the most to you.
Eat dessert first.
Proclaim your love loudly.
Whatever you do, do it out of love, and spread kindness like glitter today.
Make it rain!
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Today is The Nurse's birthday, and as I reflect, I'm reminded just how much I love her.
To know my Nurse is to know a strong, fierce, talented, independent woman, with a wicked sense of humor and infectious laugh. She has the tenacity of a lion, the heart of a lamb, and the mouth of a sailor.
Truthfully, I could talk about her all day, and all night, and still never run out of things to say about her. Too many words become meaningless though, so I will just leave it at: She's the most amazing woman I have ever met, and I can't imagine not having her in my life.
Happy Birthday to the love of my life, to the woman who holds my heart, and rocks my world.
I love you forever and always.....
Sunday, February 3, 2019
I have a confession to make: I don't cook with ease. What I mean is, I am not a natural in the kitchen, therefore, I follow a recipe to the tee. I've been working on my fear of mistakes in the kitchen, but I have noticed I find myself being freer when I'm cooking for the dogs. When it comes to dog treats or food, I am a rock star! Check out these amazing dog treats I made yesterday. The pups LOVED them!
Ander's Apple Cheddar Dog Treats:
1/2 cup natural applesauce, no sugar added
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of enriched white flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. backing soda
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder (Wonderful antioxidant!)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 medium-sized apple, peeled, chopped and cored
1/4 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. With a teaspoon, drop the dough onto greased cookie sheet, allowing about 1 inch between each treat. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Cookies should be firm to the touch. Let cookies sit 2 hours to harden.
Makes approximately 40 treats.
Remember, because there are no preservatives in these treats, store in an air tight container for up to one week. Freeze if going to keep for a longer period.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Saturday night The Nurse and I were driving home, and as we approached our driveway, 5 deer sauntered out into the road and in front of our car. We both immediately got as excited as kids seeing Santa for the first time, pointing and giddy. We finally saw the deer that have been making their rounds through our yard!
Right now it's common for deer to expand their "home radius" as food is scarce and they have to range wider in order to survive, and with the below freezing temperatures and snow we've had recently, these critters have been working overtime trying to find a meal.
We decided this week to set up a feeding station for the deer, and the other critters that eat from beneath our bird feeders. It has taken them a few days, but this morning when I went out, there were deer, raccoon, rabbits, and skunk tracks all over! Hopefully our donation to the woodland creature's grocery-fund helps them through these rough months.
May they will return the favor by helping me with my laundry or housework, just like on those Disney movies?!
Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Polar Vortex is upon is here in the Midwest and to say it's been bitterly cold would be an understatement. It's so cold outside that it hurts to breathe and if you're outside for even a few minutes your fingers are numb and you can't feel your face. This morning, as my feet hit the snow, I expected it to be the usual soft snow, but instead it crunched under my feet, too cold to even give to my body weight.
I was most worried about Chloe this morning. The barn temperature runs about 10 degrees higher than the outside temperature, which isn't too warm when the outside temperature is -9 degrees!
I shouldn't have been worried though.
As soon as I got to the barn, I was greeted by a hungry horse demanding breakfast, and she was warm as toast under her insulated blanket.
There are very few joys in life as blissful as the sounds and smells of a horse contentedly eating, even when it's below freezing outside....
Thursday, January 24, 2019
We live right smack in the middle of town, but our lot of land is 3/4 of an acre and it's semi wooded. Across the street from our house there are more woods, and last year we found the skeletal remains of a fairly large buck, so we figured there were deer in the area. Kay was so excited when we found that skeleton and really wanted us to have deer on our property. Sadly, we have seen no signs of deer though ever since.
And then Mother Earth dropped over 14 inches of snow on us in the span of about a week.....
Along with the snow, it has been bitterly cold many days, and truthfully it hasn't been fit outside for man or beast.
The other morning I noticed a bunch of tracks in out front yard. They zig-zagged back and forth between out yard, the neighbors yard, and disappeared into the woods behind the neighbor's house. At first I thought they might have been the tracks of a rogue dog, however when Kay and Piper Ann went outside to collect the mail, Piper made this delicious (To her!) discovery. Our new friends left us: BUTT RAISINS!
It appears our front yard had a visit from several cloven hoofed animals! The snow must have been too deep for them to find forage, so they came over to our yard to eat a little shrubbery, and take advantage of our always stocked bird feeders. Can't blame a beast for wanting an easy meal! We've added chopped apples and carrots under the bird feeders for them and their raccoon counterparts to help them out.
I'm not sure who's more excited in our house.
Kay because her deer friends are back, the deer because he has an easy meal, or Piper Ann because her new friends leave her delicious "butt raisins".
Everyone is happy here on the Urban Farm!