Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

Truly, we’ve been blessed with such enjoyable weather. Allen and the boys have been cleaning up the seed plant and hauling 4 loads of scrap metal to the recyclers. Clearly a huge undertaking. I’ve been preparing the garden areas for spring planting and pruning grape vines and fruit trees. Planning another row of grapevines since we like grapes so much and they are so good for you, especially the seeded type.


With such warm weather, the stock simply turn up their collective noses at hay and keep right on grazing. Hooray. We don’t like to offer hay anyway.


Since sales of the wool blankets is so successful, we decided to ship all the fall crop of wool to Canada to have 100% wool socks made. We are very excited about this endeavor since there are so many great qualities to wool and socks are very popular and encourage healthy feet! So, the other night, in our newly remodeled garage, I skirted about 55 fleeces and stuffed them into gunnysacks for their 4-6 week journey from Laclede, through customs to Carstairs. To make the task even more enjoyable, popped in a Charlotte Church CD. Wow, she and I sound so good as a duet, though, admittedly, I let her hit those high G# ’s on her own; she needs the practice you know. HA! Those of you familiar with Charlotte’s singing are already laughing at what you know to be my pathetic attempt to lend my vocals to her rendition of The Holy City.


It’s that time of year to vacuum tops, bottoms, and sides of mattresses and re-stuff our wool pillows. Two beds have box springs so those get vacuumed as well. It is shocking how filthy those all get during the course of the year. After a year, wool in pillows becomes too felted to be comfortable, so it is replaced by new wool whilst the felted bundles go to the cats and dogs. The animals seem to prefer wool bedding above all others! Our animals are all outside, so the wool is placed on the garden beds and there the animals can all be found in the morning, winter or summer. Felted wool makes fabulous mulch as well.


For old time’s sake, I thought warming up a can of commercial chowmein for my kids might be interesting. I simply loved that stuff when I was growing up. They were not impressed. In fact, once they discovered there was a chuck roast in the crockpot, the chowmein was quickly abandoned in favour of that succulent, melt-in-your-mouth beef cut. Oh, well, at least my children have good taste!


I tried to give blood this month, but was turned away because of low iron; that hadn’t happened in nearly 15 years! Better eat more beef and lamb!


Here are two more recipes for moving out that excess turkey, then I’ll move on.


Turkey Salad


Finely chopped turkey

Hard cooked eggs, chopped



Pickles (optional)


Make this in the same fashion as the roast beef salad. Combine half turkey and half eggs, than add a sufficient amount of mayonnaise and mustard to make it spread able. Add chopped pickles if you like them. Quickest way to move all this is to make plenty and give some to your neighbour who may not be able to get out for a few days because of weather or other reasons.


Turkey Casserole


1 ½ cup soft bread crumbs

1 ½ cup cut-up cooked turkey

½ cup chicken or turkey broth

½-1 cup real milk

1 farm egg, beaten

½ cup chopped onion

1 cup green beans or peas

¾ teaspoon salt

Dash of pepper


Mix ingredients in a 2-qt casserole or ovenproof pan. (I use a cast iron kettle). Cook uncovered in a 350° oven until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean, about 1 hour.


Tauna Powell, her husband Allen and three children manage cattle, sheep, and chickens on their property near Laclede. Contact her at The Master’s Ranch, 19554 Fort Road, Laclede, MO 64651 or







Posted: 2007-01-15

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