“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Shoveling - Snow and Flour

 This has been the snowiest winter that I can remember since childhood.  Yesterday morning we awoke to a fresh, new four inches on top of what was left from the last storm.  And, if the predictions are correct for the next several days, we are in for another 8 or 9 inches.

I spent a bit of yesterday morning re-shoveling paths for the animals.  For the sheep, it wasn't necessary, as they had plowed their way around their yard and settled in for their morning nap in the middle of the snow.

This is their ideal weather, I believe.

As for me, I spent the day indoors, baking.  I started two loaves of sourdough wheat bread which I will be baking this morning.  Whenever I bake bread, I must first feed my starter. 

This process produces an extra amount of starter that I hate to waste.  Luckily, there are many things that you can make with the discarded starter.  Yesterday I made pancakes that were the texture and taste of crumpets.

Because Valentines Day is this weekend, I baked treats for my grandchildren which I will deliver this weekend.  Cookies...

And carrot-cake cupcakes - packed and ready for delivery,

and just a few for Hubbs and me -

My kids had given me these silicone cupcake liners...

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