Where’s The Egg?

December 25th, 2011

It’s in the nog! That is if you make it yourself. The FDA classifies Eggnog as “a milk product consisting of a mixture of milk or milk products of at least 6.0 percent butterfat, at least 1.0 percent egg yolk solids, sweetener, and flavoring. Emulsifier and not over 0.5 percent stabilizer may be add.” That’s not real eggnog!

Holiday Cheers!

It has been a while since we have posted a recipe on the blog. It has been even longer since we posted a recipe for an adult beverage. So, in honor of the holiday season and because we are drinking it, right now, here is a Happy Holiday Hobo Brew. Many call it eggnog. We do too.

Eggnog Ingredients

1/2 gallon milk
8 eggs*
1 cup sugar
4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg
Rum to taste
dash of cinnamon

Step 1. Buy a gallon of milk. Drink lots of White Russians until you only have half of your gallon of milk left.
Step 2. Combine eggs, sugar, and spices. Whip until the mixture is no longer runny – ie. homogenized. In our off-grid home, this is done with a whisk and can take around five minutes. If you have a magic bullet or mixer, it will only take a couple of seconds.
Step 3. Pour egg mixture into 1 gallon container containing only eight cups (half of a gallon) of milk. Shake well.
Step 4. Add rum (spiced rum if you aren’t a hobo) until mixture is combustible or to desired taste.
Step 5. Add a dash of ground cinnamon.

Enjoy!

We hope this recipe keeps you nice and warm during your holidays. Best wishes to all of you. Love one another. Cheers!

* Since we are all adults, and it should be obvious, I wasn’t going to mention it, but for the sake of safety (and lawyers)… If you make and consume this drink, you will be ingesting raw eggs. If the risk of samonella concerns you, you may want to use pasteurized eggs or another recipe.

But She’s Not Broken

May 22nd, 2011

This is serious business

She knows something's up

I’m not looking forward to altering my dog. Unfortunately, spay day is fast approaching. Sigh.

*the spay link is graphic… pictures of innards.

I know it’s against the grain and might ruffle a few feathers, but in general, I am not for “fixing” dogs. At least not mine.

I have always felt that it is our responsibility, as her owners, to make sure that she doesn’t get a chance to become “with puppies”. I’m not saying it’s not the boy dog’s owners responsibility too, because it totally is, but first and foremost, it’s ours. And really, it’s pretty darn easy to prevent. Dogs come into season on a (mostly) regular schedule. In general, they start bleeding least a week before they will accept a male. At that moment, you slap on the diapers and put the pup in 24/7 lock down for the next month. Completely doable. Been there, done that. Heck, Rain’s first estrus happened while we were at the slabs, a place notorious for roaming males and unplanned pregnancies.

On the verge of being obsessed

Not interested in growing up

We started discussing the pro and cons almost immediately after she came into our lives. We researched and talked about the increased risk of cancer (osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, etc.), incontinence, weight gain, possible mood changes, and surgery complications if we do modify her. The pros are mostly obvious. It would mean less stress for us, a lower chance of breast cancer, no chance of her dying from pyometra (an infection of the uterus), and of course a 0% chance of an unwanted litter.

In addition, Rain requires more run around outside time than my previous dogs who were quite happy chilling and snoozing until it was time to go hunting. It feels cruel keeping her on lock down for the length of time needed to guarantee 100% that there wont be any pups. This reason has more weight than almost all of the others. What good is a long life if she has to spend 1/6 of it on restriction?

We had decided, when she was about two months old, to wait until she had had her first reproductive cycle and was a year old to spay her. It seemed to be the best way to negate the negative effects. But, now that time is here, and I am not happy about it.