“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

-Michelangelo

 

This quote embodies all DIY-ers.  Beauty is seen in the things you touch and create.  We all have it within us to create something out of nothing whether it be with words, wires, food, fiber and wood.  Our creativity speaks for us using a silent language.

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New Lambing Season

by DawnAurora on 5:56 AM

in Blog, Our Coopworth Sheep

 

February is the month we start making preparations for the arrival of our precious lambs in March.  Exciting times are upon us.  It’s the sheep version of harvesting.  We love seeing all the color variations of the Coopworth sheep.  Who can resist white, black, dark and light greys, oatmeal and natural.

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The Eleanor Messy Bun Hat

by DawnAurora on 7:02 AM

in Blog, Knitting Projects

 

 

Full of texture and color, this messy bun hat is an eye catcher. It’s definitely a huge hit amongst my daughters and close friends.

 

My oldest daughter is heading for college this semester and she had to have one of these hats for school.  She is  braving the weather on the eastern side of Pennsylvania.

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It is a beautiful snowy morning here on the mountain.

The horses are chasing each other around  the mountainside. My youngest son is making snow angels in the yard, and my daughter is playing ball with our dog, Nellie, who is leaping through the snow trying to find it.
My life is at it’s most perfect state.

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Our Herd is Multiplying

The days between January and March are our most joyful and sometimes heart wrenching months. Our ewes are due with their precious lambs. The last weeks are the most critical and demanding on our Coopworth ewes.

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Episode #3 Why Early Shearing Improves our Ewes and Wool

Welcome to our sheep barn.  We raise Coopworth sheep for both meat and wool.

We learn something new each year.

This year we have decided to shear them early.  It took some research and asking around before I chose to shear in the middle of winter.

I respect that every farm management system does things differently.  Not all management systems will work with all farms.  You have got to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.  The big point to take away from this is find what works for you and makes your management more efficient.

I want to share with you my 4 reasons why I chose to.  Also, at the end of the video I show you a little frugal tip I use to keep me newly sheared ewes warm.

Warmly,
DawnAurora

Happy Sheep Farming

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Make Your Own Homemade Apple Pie Filling

 

I absolutely love this recipe I am about to share with you.  Besides making a mouthwatering apple pie filling, we are creating many family memories. It’s such a delight to work with my family through the whole process.

I suggest to gather 2+ people in your family arsenal to tackle this fun recipe.

My wonderful SIL shared it with me 3 years ago. I have been gathering the family every year since to  whip up  some of this warm apple delight.

It is so much fun to be able to go into my pantry and pull out this apple pie filling that is ready to be served as pie, apple goodie or to be warmed up and poured over vanilla ice cream (my favorite).

Ingredients:

6 quarts of apples (I do put a bit more in mine)

5 1/2 cups of Sugar

1 1/2 cups clear jel

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 tsp of Nutmeg (opt)

2 1/2 cups cold water

4 cups of apple juice (I use apple cider)

3/4 cup bottled lemon juice

Peel and core apples, slice and place in antidarkening solution. (fruit fresh mixed in a bowl of water) drain well.

Combine sugar, large Clear Jel, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large pot with water, and apple juice.  Stir and cook on medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble.  Add lemon juice to the boiling mixture and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Immediately fold in drained apple slices and fill hot jars with hot mixture. Leave 1 inch of head space.

Remove air bubbles.  Wipe jar rims.  Adjust lids and process immediately in a boiling water bath for 25 minutes.

Watch all the steps in action in the video.

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Warmly,

DawnAurora

 

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Episode #2 Chickens, Sheep, Hay & Yarn

October 15, 2014

Episode #2 Chickens, Sheep, Hay and Yarn One of my most favorite places to relax in is my barn.  Nothing beats the sounds of the sheep and chickens and the antics that they do. Let me share with you a project that I am working on and a project that I have processing in my […]

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Episode #1 Introducing Our Coopworth Sheep

October 10, 2014

October Marks Our Coopworth Breeding Season October marks the month that we organize breeding groups,  gather our rams and ewes, and make plans for the upcoming lambing season.  It is a pretty exciting time for us and our sheep.  We cannot wait to see what arrives in the spring and they get their kicks and […]

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How To Make Felted Soap

January 23, 2014

  The Dirt On Making Felted Soap Are you a hands on type person? I am to a fault.  Doing something with my hands is almost required all the time I am awake or I get really tired and fall asleep. I literally took many naps during class in both my high school and college […]

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