December 16, 2016

Started this blog three years ago and WordPress is hard to use so didn’t continue.  Will try again.

Felt like a spice cake but didn’t have a spice cake mix.  Made something out of what I had and it turned out really good.

  • In a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, put ¼ C rolled oats and ¾ C water, nuke 90 seconds.  Add 1/3 C butter, 2 T cream, ¾ C muesli breakfast cereal, and 2 T chopped dates to hot oats.
  • In a mixing bowl put:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t honey
  • 1 banana, overripe is good
  • About ¼ to ½ t each:  Cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, nutmeg.
  • 1/8 C water
  • Add the oats mixture and beat with electric beater.
  • Grease/flour 14×9 pan.
  • After putting mix in pan, drop spoonfuls of raspberry preserves ontop

Put in oven preheated to 450 for 5-10 minutes.  Turn heat down to 320 and bake about 30 minutes or until just passes toothpick test.  Just slightly done, not pulled away from edges like a usual cake.

Turned out great! The yellow cake mix had plenty vanilla.  Despite the added oatmeal and stuff, cake rose well.

The vet I like, Dr. Sowell at My Family’s Pet Doctor, sent a coupon for 30% off any procedure and so yesterday Haggis got his teeth cleaned and a large lipoma removed from his chest for $432.  The benign tumor was partly under muscle.  A drain was used.  He’s sore today and although he ate well and jumps up and down off the bed/couch, he did not go outside with the rest of us to do chores, which he otherwise always does.  He has gotten tramadol and cephalexin.  I rubbed a lidocaine/aloe gel over the entire shaved area on his chest and he visibly relaxed.  He didn’t seem to want to lick it off and is now sleeping.  Usually the dogs aren’t so affected by lipoma removal but this one was rather large.

Ming kept looking at me all evening.  Dean went to his company Christmas party and is then off to his mom’s as he always does around Dec. 18th as he always spends that time with her on the anniversary of his dad’s passing.  I think Ming was wondering where Dean was tonight.

The floor of the chicken house is wet.  The roof is leaking along the edge, I think.  I need to dry that out but don’t want to run a milkhouse heater in there.  Will work on that tomorrow.  It has been 15-19 degrees when I do chores in the evenings for the last several nights.  Snow about a foot deep.  I have one trough heater and the goat is using that so have been carrying water to chickens/ducks.  They don’t go through more than a 5 gallon bucket per day so it’s not a problem.  I think they eat snow, as well.  As usual, ducks prefer to sit outside with their feet tucked up in their down than go in the warm house.  Except for Retarduck, who was hatched/raised with a group of chickens and thinks she’s a chicken.  She spends all her time with the chickens, not the ducks.

Goat doing well in little house Dean built for her.  Giving her extra sweet molasses feed in this cold weather.  Ivermectin dust slows lice down, but not working well to eradicate lice.  Our last goat did not have lice like this.

I forgot to rotate some cans of refried beans and chili and there are about a dozen outdated cans and am giving those to chickens, about two cans per day.  I learned not to give them a bunch of unusual food all at once when one time I gave them a bunch of outdated canned spinach and their eggs were green for days.  Might be ok for St. Patrick’s day.


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