It's been a really dreary and windy and rainy day here on Christmas Eve. We have the day off, as we traveled yesterday for one side of the family and tomorrow we travel again for the other side and Tuesday we travel once again for another smaller get-together. Yesterday involved my family and while we were all sitting around after a large meal and exchanging of gifts I happened to spy this old cookbook.
This is my mother's cookbook which was a wedding gift in 1962. What was interesting about it is that all of the recipes are all really simple, with all basic ingredients. Also, everything is explained really well as far as spices, basic definitions, measurements, etc. It's kind of refreshing really. I like the layouts too.
I joked that I was going to cook every recipe in the book and in fact I did make a meatloaf from it tonight. However, for some reason they had some kind of fascination with gelatin back then and here is a recipe that just baffles me. I mean, who would eat this? Perfection indeed.
There was another thread about growing gardens for free in which I responded that no such thing existed.
And today kind of emphasized that with a major score in compost. There is a horse training facility near my home and I've been watching what they've been doing with all the stuff (hay and poop) that comes out of the stalls when they clean them. I stopped by the other day and asked about getting some of it and the guy running the place was very gracious and offered me the finished compost for free! That really surprised me so after getting a couple of trailer loads today I gave him some homemade beer and Christmas candy. Look at this stuff, it's like gold for a garden.
I spread it on my garden around the chicken tractor. Every week or so I move the chickens so they can poop and dig in a new spot. In the spring I'll get rid of them when I'm ready to till the garden up, and the cage that holds them will be made into a 40 foot fence to hold climbing plants and support others like tomatoes. I tried really hard to find a used dog kennel for cheap but it just didn't happen so I had to buy a new one, which I considered a fail but it should last me a long time with care.
Did anyone notice the dog on top of the compost pile? That little guy was a hoot and fast as lightening. He's the horse trainers dog and I'm assuming he's a Australian Shepard or a mix of one.