As i get older, i’m more aware of how much time and hard work a piece of property can be. Many years ago, my grandpa gave me a 160 acre piece of his land and i now realize that he was about my age now when he gave it. I was much younger and was thrilled, but now i can see that he was probably tired of managing and fixing all its problems. In fact, it is only about the east 80 acres of the farm i now have that incurs 80% of the work i do on the 520 acres i now own/manage. (it is a sad reflection of our time that in north Missouri that is no where near enough property to make a living on). At the same time, it’s the corner of that piece that is the best for working and loading out livestock. (interestingly, my daughter, at about age 11 made the comment, ‘i don’t like this farm, it is too much work!”)
Truth be told, if it was possible for me to control the land to the north of me and to the south, i could all but eliminate the massive erosion and washing problems which cause my little piece to be so much work. But i don’t, so difficult repairs are recurring. Controlling the ‘heads’ of the water by building ponds or dams would practically stop all but the worst rain events which cause such destruction. The biggest help would be to seed down the hills that are being farmed every year. There are no roots to hold any soil in place and increase water infiltration on acres and acres of slope.
So, a point i’m trying to make is – look to your future self when purchasing a property – is this property you are considering fixable? or will it be constant work? We actually looked at a property last year that was adjoining and for sale, but with all it’s deep ditches and no control of the head, it would be more work than what we wanted to take on now at retirement age. It is FAR too much asking price anyway. (It’s still for sale)
My fences are completely dead now with the lack of a tiny fuse. These photos are from the last time it needed changing. I’m going to ask the fellow who installed this if we can turn that panel upside down so that the fuse box is lower to the ground. This is just ridiculous how much work it is and equipment needed to change a fuse!
During this time of sudden hoarding of foodstuffs, my family has not been privy to their Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal. Which is fine – they won’t die. However, this gave me incentive to see if i could make pecan clusters similar to the commercial cereal.
Right off the bat, i found this awesome recipe in a web search. Click through for Karlynn’s original recipe.
My go to recipe for quick biscuits and beef (or lamb) sausage gravy.
Baking Powder Biscuits
2 cups flour
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut butter into flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with pastry blender (or by hand) until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in milk (don’t add in all at once) until dough leaves sides of bowl (dough will be soft and sticky). Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 10 times. Roll or pat ½ inch thick. Cut with floured 2 ½ inch round cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart for crusty sides, touching for soft sides. Bake until golden brown for 10-12 minutes. One dozen biscuits. If using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt.
Today, i tried my 10.25 inch cast iron skillet (Lodge – made in the USA). Place skillet in oven whilst it is preheating to 450°F. Roll out and cut 7 biscuits and place in skillet. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes.