“Finding Joy” - Our Intro to Farm Animals
By Joe Cowan
Director of Operations
Over the weekend, we brought home the first of many farm animals. She is a two-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog and her name is Joy. Joy enjoys long walks through the woods and sniffing the wildlife. Her job will mostly consist of drafting; pulling a cart or sled with George in it as well as firewood, maple sap, small stones, manure/compost, soil, and many other things. She will also be responsible for guarding our chickens and bee houses (from afar). Additionally, she has already proven herself to be a sweet and loveable companion for our family; our walks through the woods are noticeably more enjoyable now.
We didn’t have time and energy for a puppy, so a trained and very mellow dog with good social skills was a great idea. Although Joy is still acclimating to her new surroundings, she is thoroughly enjoying the meat scraps that we produce, as well as cold days in the Maine snow. We are new dog owners, but we are optimistic that Joy will be an easy intro to farm animals, and quite literally pull her weight for us as she gets used to her surroundings. She is good natured, and started bonding with us almost immediately.
Is your ovenproof dish buried at the back of your cupboard collecting dust? If so, dig it out, blow away the dust, and give it a good clean; you will need it for this baked fish recipe. This super versatile recipe is a complete meal, especially if you pair it with mashed potatoes; more on this later. You will also love this recipe if you like to keep washing up to a minimum. Although this recipe is made with red snapper, it works equally well with any type of white flaky fish such as cod, tilapia, bass, grouper or haddock.
What pies are on your family’s Thanksgiving table? Are they the usual apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and pecan? Why not change it up? After all, variety is the spice of life and cake reminds us of celebrations.
This celebration cake is packed with fruits, dried vegetables, healthy fats, and spices. It is similar in texture to carrot cake yet tastes like Thanksgiving. Due to the moistness, mini cake and muffin pans are used, as a standard-sized cake would crumble too easily during the filling and frosting stage. Mini cakes and cupcakes are festively fun and small enough to sample other desserts without feeling overindulgent. (Like that's not going to happen on Thanksgiving 🦃.)