As our first year on the homestead is coming to a close and the Holidays quickly approach. I find that I keep getting more and more drawn in by the desire to be home and be with my family. And with these days, as the Homestead continues to push forward, it leaves us with more and more to do and less reason to stray away.
Changes Going On
This weekend we made some new additions, thanks to our friends over at Twisted Branch Farm.
Oreo is a Berkshire / Hampshire Cross and she loves to long baths in the mud and banana peels.
We haven’t named these two, a boy and a girl, but they are both Durock / Hampshire Crosses. They are brother and sister and I’d like to give them names that go together.
I am tempted to name them Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum or Fiddle and Faddle or something along those lines but I want to keep to the food names spectrum.
We also said good bye to our lovely Brown Billy Goat but we are happy to know that he goes to a place where he will be loved and taken care of.
My head has been mostly geared towards working on creating and trying out new traditions for our budding little family, having had few due to the nature of how my husband and I grew up. We both agree we want to find our own way, build on what we have from our families and focus on things that bring us together.
We haven’t done a Christmas Tree but I do think I want that to be part of our tradition in the future. We also plan to tell our son about Santa Claus but we plan to make it clear that they are just that, stories.
We also plan to up hold some of our families Culinary Traditions. So far we have made Pasteles, a puerto rican dish traditionally made during the holidays when the whole family is together to help since it is rather labor intensive. And Coquito is right around the corner, another Puerto Rican tradition of making a spiked coconut drink which I plan to use to make a Flan and of course save some to drink! We also plan to celebrate our Cuban heritage making Creama de vie (a sweet egg nog), Moros y Cristianos (White Rice and Black Beans), playing Dominoes and teaching baby how to play his Bongo Cajon.
We will post pictures facebook and instagram as the fun unfolds.
We also complied with the Grandma’s request to get the traditional Santa photo.
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