Perhaps this is what my town would like our little micro-farm to be called......No-Goat Farm. We are not allowed to have goats. Why you ask? Oh, you'll love this. The oh-so-lovely (sarcastic, of course) woman at the Zoning Board told me that in order to have a goat I must have 2 acres per goat. I reminded her I am looking at Dwarf goats, which really seemed to get her going. Her response was a barking/unapologetic/bored answer of "ma'am, it doesn't matter. Whether you want 2 rabbits, 2 dwarf (emphasis on the word) goats or 2 cows, you MUST have 2 acres per animal." I briefly debated expressing my disbelief regarding the 2 acres for 2 rabbits but decided it wasn't in my best interest. Particularly because I found it so ridiculous that it was actually humorous to me. I thought better of it and resisted. Instead, I thanked her for her time and she hung up on me before my sentence was complete. Clearly she had better things to do for the day. Can you imagine 2 rabbits on 4 acres?
The kicker is, that in the zoning literature it talks about how our town encourages farming practices including all homes in our town having the right to have smells/noise/dust, etc. from livestock. Our town is small. Very small. I highly doubt there's even a lot of more than 10 acres which leads me to believe they really don't want livestock since a true "farm" would not be able to afford land to suffice 1 animal per 2 acres.
So, for now, while we live in this town anyway, no goats for us.
It's been a beautiful weekend here. Sun shining, 40's - 50's for temperature, and snow is melting. I'm even thinking of using the clothesline this week.
The chickens have been doing very well with egg production. Jay credits this to his "production meeting" he claims to have had. I credit it to more sunshine. We'll agree to disagree. I made homemade pizza this afternoon for lunch and there was a little crust left, so I brought them out to the girls. They were so excited, it was like watching a football game and the crust pieces were the balls. Those who initially grabbed the pieces took off running with the others right behind. Next, the crust would be stolen because the girls who originally had them stopped to try and take a bite. The new girls took off with all in tow. This continued until finally a few of them were able to quickly choke down the last of the crust. As I've said before, my girls love their carbs.
Jackson found himself in timeout this morning, but only once. He wouldn't stop terrorizing Cait. I'm sure she over-dramatized the whole event but, regardless, he wouldn't leave her alone. Oliver continues to watch tv when it's on, in hopes of seeing his 2 favorite commercials. Even when we go to bed, if Jay isn't tired and turns on the tv (worst mistake I made - agreeing to have a tv in the bedroom) Oliver has to be facing it so he can watch. Yes, I believe the boy has a tv addiction. Not Emerson. If it's not food he just doesn't care.
I caught up on some cooking and baking this weekend. I'll be posting the recipes for Stuffed Cabbage, Black-Bottom Cupcakes and Coffee Syrup this week. I've got 1 more bag of frozen strawberries left from our garden last summer. I'll be making the last of the Strawberry Shortcake Cake tonight. The real Strawberry Shortcake season will be here before we know it!
Speaking of Spring coming, I've been looking for some new inspiring canning recipes and found what seems to be a wonderful book. Canning For A New Generation by Liana Krissoff is the book and I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes. She doesn't use commercial pectin at all. She prefers green apples when additional pectin is needed and states that this enables her recipes to be lower in sugar. Have any of you used this book? I'd love to hear if you have.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!