Tom saw a recipe for vegan picadillo empanadas in the Friday edition of our Skagit Valley Herald and wanted to try it for dinner that evening. He ran to the store and bought an avocado, fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, jalapeños and puff pastry. Then he started making them.

Not being vegan he substituted ground beef for the pecans.

Not liking olives, he skipped them.

He couldn’t find pickled jalapeños so used canned ones. Here they are all cooked up.

They were so good, especially with the avocado dip. An amazing Friday night dinner!

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Babysitting Saturday

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Crowing, Cutting and Washing

I was doing the animal chores this morning and noticed the young roosters crowing for the first time.  This is the first one I heard, crying from inside the shed.

Then I heard another younger rooster crowing from inside the barn.  He needs to practice.

While I did the chores, Tom started cutting our grass to make hay.  Here are videos of him on our tractor using the sickle bar mower he bought yesterday.

It worked well.  He said he got better as he used it and adjusted to it.  So the first step of hay making is done!

It was warm again today.  The hogs are enjoying their mud,

And the cows are enjoying the shade from the trees.

This afternoon I washed 6 wool fleeces.  That is a lot for me to wash, but I wanted to take advantage of the warm weather to dry them.

I washed Dete’s white Cotswold fleece (the last one since she passed last month) and Ewegenie’s mioget katmoget Shetland fleece.

I also washed Jewel’s grey katmoget and Amanda’s moorit Shetland fleeces.

I washed Diddley’s black Shetland fleece,

and Madonna’s black Shetland fleece.

Madona fleece drying

The plan is to dry them and eventually process them into batts for rugs or rovings for me to spin.

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