Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Getting ready for winter hibernation

It's November 1st and it might just snow. So I have no choice but to admit that my beloved summer is over and it's time to get ready for winter hibernation. I hate being inside but there are a few things that make it more agreeable.

This is how Nicholas plans to spend the winter.

The first thing I need to do is get all my baking supplies freshened up and ready for action. A while ago I wrote that this was my favorite rolling pin. And it is... for pastry doughs that need to be kept as cool as possible. But I just got this one andI really really like it. Especially for pizza dough. It is much longer and smooths out the whole dough easily.

Next, I needed to get some spices and I've been trying to find something like this nutmeg grinderAnd since I'm thinking about making bacon I needed some more Juniper Berrieswhich I can never find in the store. I also needed to get more Pink Salt or Instacure #1. Note: if this is not your thing I am already clear on your position.

Little Mo says, "Really? Again with the arguing over pink salt? Just no."

So aside from making pies and bacon what else am I gonna do? I'm going to soak up the benefits of Amazon Prime.Instead of glaring out the window at the accursed snow I'll be catching up on some TV shows and movies. I kinda forget that in addition to the available shows and movies, and the 2 day free shipping, there are other benefits... like special discounts, and free ebooks.

Next I gotta prep for having a cold house. Actually it's more like a "cool" house. Downstairs by the fire is always nice and warm but we keep the rest of the house cool on purpose. About this time of year folks start posting ominous and sometimes overly theatrical warnings about keeping your dogs in the house during the cold weather. Yes. If you have a chihuahua please crank up the heat, put a sweater on that little dog, and keep them in the house. But for folks like me who have nordic style dogs? My crew can't stand a warm house. So we like a cool house to ensure happy dogs - and we save a lot of money on heating.

Kai is very fluffy and hates to be inside during the winter. So I wear a hat.

But I have to stay warm. One of the ongoing battles in this house is "who has my hat?" I have one knit hat that I like for "inside only." However, someone keeps hiding it. Or wearing it to work. Or taking it outside to get covered in spiderwebs. It's very annoying. So I'm going to order spiffy Life is Good hat like this to spread optimismand keep him from wearing it.  And I really love these...so I should probably get another pair.

Of course, when I snuggle in on the couch with all the cats to watch my shows online.... we need to have popcorn. I tell you the truth, we love the Stir Crazy Popcorn Popperso much you can't even believe it. We never make microwave popcorn anymore. Ever. To us it just kinds of smells weird. What about the convenience? We say, what about the burned microwave popcorn smell in your house? Ew! We never get that with the Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper. Plus it's totally fun - and it keeps the cats entertained.

So movies?? Check! popcorn? Check!  Now all I need are the cats and my favorite snuggle socks and I am all set to ride out this winter.

Happy Saturday everyone! Are you ready for the winter?

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Unknown said...

Great idea with the nutmeg grinder. I always mess them up when I use a nutmeg grater...

Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

Oh I'll trade you for some of our "spring" weather where it is already between 100 - 104. I'll take a few cool days before summer gets here. In fact I will get that wish as we head over to New Zealand for 2 weeks.

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