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Get Your Goat

July 14, 2014

Hello, friends!  Happy weekend—did you have a good one? 

Ours was fun.  We spent Friday night relaxing at home—Ryan actually made pulled pork in the slow cooker, which he wrote a blog post about.  It will be up later this week!

On Saturday, we went to a pump class at the gym (ouch) and then escaped the house to dinner and a movie with one of our friends.  We saw ‘Neighbors’—ummm, hilarious.  Hilarious, despite our relating to the Seth Rogen/Rose Byrne characters wayyyyyy too much.

Sunday truly was our fun day.  We headed to Elkmont, Alabama, which is about 45 minutes away.  First, we walked along the rails to trails path that starts right in the middle of town:


After walking for about 45 minutes, we headed back to the car to go see…goats!

Elkmont is home to Humble Hearts Farm—a goat farm!  They’re always at our local farmers market, selling delicious cheeses and ice cream.  On Sunday, they had an ice cream social out at the farm—you got to play with the goats and tour the facilities.  It was HOT:


…but still a lot of fun.  Lila was pretty wary of the big old billy goat (“I don’t like him! He has a beard!”), but she loved the smaller ones:


Ryan has (strangely) always talked about wanting a goat.  Maybe some day—these guys were awfully sweet!

They also had a small farmers’ market set up.  We bought ice cream (of course) for the ride home, plus blueberries, peaches, and some cheese.

We got home, ate some quick lunch, and then crashed—all that hot sun really wore us out!

For dinner, more farmers’ market goods were on the menu—Ryan picked up some purple hull peas on Thursday, and we were excited to cook with them.  We cooked them, along with a bunch of torn kale (probably about 3 cups), some organic chicken sausage, and an onion, in chicken stock.  Brought it to a boil then simmered for about 30 minutes—delicious!


I thought Lila would love the peas and cornbread muffins, but surprisingly, she went CRAZY for the kale!  She kept requesting “More kale! More kale!” 

Not sure what all is on the agenda for today.  Gym this morning, and then probably some travel prep—we leave for Portland on Wednesday! 

Have a great one!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2014 4:41 pm

    hahhaa…he has a beard. I love this age (minus the tantrums). A goat hmmm? I would like to have a pig- I think that’d be awesome 🙂

    • July 14, 2014 7:38 pm

      Oh, he wants a pig too. I think he secretly wants to move us to a farm… 😉

  2. July 15, 2014 7:03 am

    I used to dog sit these two huge German Shepard/Chow Chow mix dogs. One was named Goat, because the owner really wanted a goat but living in NYC, goats were not allowed… moral of the story: tell Ryan to name your next dog (or rename?) Goat 😛

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