So, Joe got what I had. And it was no good for him. He didn't drink the super duper drink...and he should have.
So. I was left to man the battle stations.
Let it be chronicled here that I milked Clara all by myself, start to finish. 2 whole gallons, thanks to the new green grass. You may not think that is all that big of a deal, and it is not, physically. I have been able to do it for a while.
It was a mental victory. Because, some of you may remember the last time I milked by myself.
So. It was good.
And then, since Joe wasn't quite up to eating yet (he really should have drank his garlic and pepper broth, I made a supper just for me. You know, things I like to eat and to heck with the meat. (Dont worry, I let the kids eat, too).
Fresh honey oat bread and cream of potato and cabbage soup. Mmmm. It was rainy and windy out, so double yum.
Recipe for soup:
In a large pot-Saute a chopped onion and two minced cloves of garlic in about 2 T bacon grease. (Whenever I fry bacon, I pour the leftover bacon grease in a coffee cup and keep in the fridge for frying. It saves me a ton of money on butter and adds rich flavor to whatever I fry. Imagine how good my fried eggs sandwiches are.) Add some cubed potato (8 medium, peeled) and shredded cabbage (about a half a head). Let the flavors mingle a bit, and then add 4 cups of chicken broth (enough to just cover the potatoes and cabbage). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook until the cabbage is just tender. Mix together 2 T of flour with 1 C milk, add to pot. Return to boil, then reduce to simmer. Let it bubble until thickened. Don't forget to stir it. Add some spices- like salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder...until it tastes good to you.
Recipe for bread:
3 C occident flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 C buckwheat flour (or any kind of flour you have on hand)
1 C oats
2 t yeast
1 1/2 t salt
2-3 T honey
10 ounces of milk
2 T butter
I used a bread machine on dough setting. When it beeped, I made two loaves in greased loaf pans, let them rise on the back of my hot stove for, oh, 20 minutes (till doubled in size), and then baked at 350 for 25 minutes. YUM.