Ahhh! What a meal! There's nothing like enjoying a feast from the fruit of your labors. The kids and I cooked and prepared a knock out supper tonight. I know that because Creg said so. It wasn't just good, it was delicious and fun and special too, because ALL OF IT was grown on our land and ALL OF US pitched in to help. The pigs, the goats milk, the fruits and vegetables were all products of our tender loving care.
Sierra started us off by creating her own marinade recipe for the pork ribs last night. Not only did she raise those pigs herself, but she thawed the meat, seasoned it, put it in the fridge to marinate overnight, and cooked it in the oven all day without any help from me.
While that was cooking, Steele and I worked together to slice, season and saute the squash, onion and zucchini in the skillet on the stove. But we didn't just prepare and cook the veggies. We spent many a morning pulling weeds, checking for squash bugs and their eggs, and picking the tender vegetables and putting them in the baskets.
Samantha made fresh peach smoothies for dessert from our own delicious peaches she hand picked from our tree. She also milked her goat and used the raw goats milk to make kefir (which is similar to yogurt but much healthier). Not only did she milk the goat, but she also had to bottle feed the two kids several times a day for 12 weeks. Thankfully the kids are weaned and we get all the milk now.
Sterling set the table. That doesn't sound like much, but he is one reliable, hardworking hand around here: Weeding in the garden, taking care of chickens, washing dishes, hanging out the laundry, working with daddy. He didn't help cook this time, but he does his fair share and always does it cheerfully.
To do the finishing touches on the meal, Samantha sliced fresh tomatoes and salted and peppered them to perfection while I grabbed a handful of fresh sweet peppers from the garden and placed them on the plates.
We blessed the food and ate our fill. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort. It was a feast fit for a king. Mmm, Mmm, good!