This is a slow-braised beef recipe I made 2 nights ago. It is from my A History of Food in 100 Recipes cookbook. It is from the menu of Real Castello di Verduno.

There was a lot of onions in it. I used dried rosemary as I forgot our rosemary bushes died last winter. I cut up a pot roast from Indy for the beef. I cooked it in a casserole dish at 300 degrees for 2.5 hours. Here it is at the beginning of cooking.

I forgot to take a photo of it when it was done. But it was so good! Tender with unique spices. Very exotic. Will definitely make again.

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Moni was born to our Shetland sheep Jocko and Mona in April 2007.

Moni, April 2007

Here she is one month later.

Moni, May 2007

And with lead training that July.

Moni in 07/2007

Here is John showing her at the Skagit County Fair one month later.

Moni being showed by John, 08/2007

Moni being shown by John, 08/2007

She was also shown at the Puyallup Fair that year and won 2nd place Shetland ewe lamb, first place young flock and get of sire and 1st place ewe lambs with Amanda.  She also won first place Ladies lead junior.    John Park bought her after that, and here is her fleece at the Black Sheep Gathering 1 year later.

Moni’s fleece in 2008

John kept Moni until 2010 when she came back here.  She still had amazing fleeces.  here are her locks from her 2011 fleece.

Moni’s locks 03/2011

And this continued until 2016.

Moni’s locks 04/2016

Here she is in 2016 at 9+ years old.

Moni in 11/2016

But then her health and wool declined.

sheared Moni in May 2017

This spring she became thinner and less active.  She then lost interest in eating and today she died.  It is a sad day here at Schoonover Farm.

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Local Yarn Shop Tour

My friend Pam and I went on this tour. We started with Stilly River Yarns in Stanwood. I have wanted to visit since they opened. Then we went to Perfectly Knotty in Arlington where I bought bamboo yarn and this pattern.

Then we went to to Great Yarns in Everett where I bought cotton yarn. Then we went to Country Yarns in Snohomish where they had these lovely project ideas.

We had a nice lunch at the Oxford Saloon. We then headed to Serial Knitters in Kirkland and Quintessential Knits in Duvall.

We then went to Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation where I have wanted to visit for a long time.

We ended our tour at All Wound Up in Edmonds. Here is my loot.

At each shop they had buttons and free patterns. Most had free snacks as well. Here is my button collection.

The tour was fun, particularly with Pam. I would recommend it to any finery folks in the area.

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