Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy St. Nick's Day!

The Eve of Saint Nicholas' Feast Day.  Celebrating St. Nick's Day is a tradition that has been carried over from when I was a child. It is a much looked forward to event in our house! The tradition actually dates back to the time of St. Nicholas and the legend of him helping the daughters of a poor man, by anonymously providing their dowries. The bags of gold, were tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas

Only 9 pairs? 

 All of our kiddos have carefully prepared and left their Christmas wish lists in their shoes, err, I mean boots. Boots are the popular choice cause they hold more. A couple years ago I had the kids start making their lists a little differently. They are to list something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.  This year I adapted that to Want, need, wear and something to do (as in an activity/outing).   It's always so much fun to see what they come up with. 

Found the missing one, never too old!

Among simple little treats left in their boots, a candy cane is always included. The Candy Cane represents Bishop Nicholas' Crozier.  
Happy St. Nick's Day! 

Filling the Freezer-Compound Style.

Mikelle's first deer
Today I packed away all the orange. It gives me a big sigh of relief to get it all washed and put away again until next year.  We can rest.  Well, as much as one can around here.  You see, it is tiring, back-breaking work, all the hours of cleaning, cutting, grinding, packaging. Sure, it is very satisfying to fill our freezer for the year with some very good sources of protein.  But, by the time deer season comes to an end, needless to say, we are usually ready to be done. And Done we are.  Until next year. 

Chicken Masseuse. 
 Due to the generosity of some great neighbors we didn't have as much freezer to fill.  We only processed 6 deer this year.  To top it all off we butchered 37 chickens yesterday.   As well as the 24 Chickens we had been raising specifically for this, we had some old hens that had quit laying, so we decided we would do those as well.  Knowing they would be too tough for anything, Aspen and I ground them into chicken burger. I was anxious to see how much meat we would get out of 13 laying hens.  9 and 3/4 lbs.  Yeah. Not sure that was worth it....there must be a quicker, easier way to debone raw chicken that I don't know of.  You tube that for next time. If there is a next time. 😏

Staying Warm.
Steve fried up all of the helpers a yummy Lupper (so called because of the time of day we got around to it) of fresh fried chicken and okra.  By the time it was all wrapped up, the clock said 10:47pm.


The Crew!