The warmer days have gotten our chickens excited and moving into high production mode. Even senior hen Maizie has started laying her popular, pale blue eggs again. Nothing makes us happier than collecting, eating and sharing glorious fresh farm eggs. Thank you, ladies!
Every February and March, a feeling washes over us as the winter rains hit their peak, the creeks flood their banks and the animals stand in muck for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. Will the mud ever dry? Will the horses know clean again? Will we see that beautiful blanket of green spread across all of the pastures soon? Of course, the answer is Yes. Yet, as we await the confirmed coming of spring, and mostly on the rainiest days, we still sometimes have our doubts…
So before posting the happy “Spring is here!” photos in the weeks ahead, here’s a little look at Mud Season at Cerakko Farm.
May all your ‘pastures’ turn green soon, too. 🙂
While we wait out this deep freeze down South, we’ve been playing with recipes that warm the body and soul. This drink is so nice, we made it thrice. : ) To make your nights and time by the fireplace a little bit warmer, here’s a fine little recipe for Winter Spiced Wine.
Winter Spiced Wine
4 cups spiced apple cider (we love Trader Joe’s)
1 bottle hearty red wine, like a Cabernet
1/3 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
Fresh zest of 1 orange
Fresh-squeezed juice of 1 orange
5-10 whole cloves
Pinch of whole allspice
4-5 star anise/whole
Orange peel for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Pour into warmed mugs and top with orange peel. Drink up, warm up!
Recipe (slightly) adapted from Ina Garten