I hope everyone is having a blessed week so far. Our week has been so busy, and it shows no signs of slowing. On Friday night of last week, we took a load of trash to the recycling center in Brownwood and brought back a load of wood chips for the garden. A huge load of wood chips. So that is due to be spread in the Back to Eden garden in the morning. The greenhouse is a hive of life, with close to eighty tomato sprouts, okra, cantaloupe, various squash varieties, cucumbers, and some potted herbs waiting to be moved to the raised herb bed. Lots of work to do. We had an almost freeze on Sunday night that killed our little peppers, but thankfully the tomatoes, squash, chard, collards, garlic, and onions were all okay.
The cold front was just in time for us to butcher a sheep for Passover, which we did on Monday morning. The sheep we butchered was a cut male, and he was a hefty guy. Sarah called him a polar bear because in addition to an already chunky frame, he had about four inches of winter coat on him. But we got him slaughtered and butchered and on ice before lunch. I carved off the loins and shoulders for Passover, and we canned the rest.
On Tuesday morning I spiral cut the loins and seasoned them with garlic, rosemary, salt, lard, and basil and rubbed them down with lemon juice to cut the musky sheep taste (and it worked!!). I put them back in the icebox until I was ready and then seared them, roasted them and made a gravy for them. The shoulders I merely slow cooked with rosemary and garlic. Everything surprisingly turned out well and the Seder was as blessed as ever. We have been observing Passover since I was very, very young and I would greatly encourage anyone who hasn’t ever done it to look into it. It is a wonderful biblical holiday that is educational for children and adults alike, every year.
Oh! The bunnies dropped this last week, and boy howdy what a bunch of bunnies I have now. It never ceases to amaze me how fast your bunny bunch can grow in a matter of hours. I went from five rabbits to almost thirty in two days. What a profound blessing. And so far we haven’t even lost the runts, so hopefully our good run keeps up. Lots of bunny butchering to do this late summer/fall!!
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I hope the rest of your week is blessed.
Until next time,