Season 2, Episode #3~ Winter Chores and Good Eating!

Episode #3 is going live 1/17/2021: Winter chores mean feeding hay, bringing in firewood and baking yummy treats. How about some Icelandic gingersnaps ( recipe here) and a big batch of elderberry fire cider (recipe here)…

And that rooster we processed? 3 meals and 7 pints of chicken stock. All from one bird. Excellent!

Pressure cooked chicken with purple sweet potato salad, brown rice and chick peas!

Season 2, Episode #2~ Interesting Times, but Same Old Same Old on the Farm

Going live Sunday 1-10-2021: Blind Hog and Acorn have enough to do on the farm.  Selling some goats, whipping up dogfood for Sam and blueberry-pumpkin muffins for the farmers- the recipe of the week. Click here for the muffin recipe.

Ozarks geology means goats must have selenium booster shots to avoid white muscle disease. Vaccinated half the adults, the other 24 will be done soon as Acorn prefers to do this 4-6 weeks before kidding.

Fixed the washing machine- replaced the drain hose and drain pump.  YouTube videos to the rescue. $65 in parts, but 4 hrs in very deliberate labor.  Removing rusted screws took up most of the time.

Winner winner chicken dinner– need to butcher a rooster tomorrow. Good eating to follow later in the week! But Acorn, how do you butcher a chicken?  Listen and find out!  No- I don’t do that “running around with the head off thing…”

Fun fun…

Need a great yoga or meditation app? DownDog is pretty darn good. Helps keep Acorn on her feet! Plus, their meditation app is fun too… 75% off as we speak!

Season 2, Episode #1~ Happy New Year

This is how we get our head caught where it should not be…

Blind Hog and the Acorn had a very nice holiday: usual farm chores, goats getting stuck in things, machinery to be fixed, hay to be set out. You know, all the typical things that go on regardless of holidays… New episode will be live 1/3/2021.

New Year’s feast of cornbread, black eyed peas, collard greens and plenty of hog jowl for seasoning!

Acorn has some new plans for Season 2 of Blind Hog and Acorn.  Dare we mention the m-word?  (merch!)

Farmhouse Brownies with extra dark chocolate ships and craisins!

Starting a new feature of weekly recipes from SteelMeadow Farm.  This week’s installment are Farmhouse Brownies– they are freakin’ easy and so gooooood. You can find the recipe link here, which will take you to the farm’s website:  www.steelmeadowfarm.com

Episode #31~ Art and Astrophotography

Just a little farming done this week, as in “Bonehead is still alive and doing much better,” but also art and telescope magic. Episode #31 will become live at 5am on 12/20/2020.

Blind Hog has a commission for a wall sculpture.  He has a lovely piece that he is cutting in half, making a free standing sculpture into a wall mounted piece.  So far, so good.  The saw blade was awesome. Cut the stainless steel plate like butter.


Acorn is going out at sunset to view the planetary conjunction.  Jupiter with its moons and Saturn with its rings.  Such fun.  Too bad it is cold out there!  A couple more nights and the two planets will be practically 1 degree of separation apart!


Blind Hog and Acorn are going to take a break next weekend- they will be back with a new episode January 3rd. Hopefully by then they will have more interesting things to talk about…

Episode #30~ Halycon Days are Over, Winter is Coming

New episode airs Sunday morning, December 13, 2020! Blind Hog and Acorn enjoyed a lovely week of record high temperatures, got lots of outdoor chores done in the process.  Sticks and limbs picked up, auto mechanic skills honed, experiments in the kitchen with tepache and homemade dog food (score a loss and a win).


Also, find out why you should never by chickens in the dark- you won’t know what you paid for until the light of (the next) day… Ha!

Acorn goes into detail about meningeal worms. Seems old Bonehead has contracted them. Bonehead is comfortable, eating up a storm, but her legs won’t work as desired. Hopefully she will respond to the treatment.

New recording equipment used for this episode- let us know if you can tell a difference, good or bad. Feedback from listeners is always welcomed!

Episode #29~ Weaning Day

Blind Hog and Acorn checked the Old Farmers’ Almanac and today is the optimal day for weaning livestock, with the least amount of stress and fuss. Podcast episode #29 will be released 12/6/202!

It was also a most unusually nice afternoon, so it was hard to pass up an opportunity to sit in the sun for a bit.

Turkey stock canned, experimental turkey pastrami a success, calves separated, goats combined- does not sound like a busy week but you know what? Even a couple farmers can have a nice slow week for a change!

Episode #28~ No Rest for the Weary, or How to Burn Off that Mincemeat Tart

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Episode #28~ No Rest for the Weary, or How to Burn off the Mincemeat Tart

Posting live Sunday Nov 29th- Thanksgiving has come and gone, Blind Hog and Acorn took advantage of some nice days to get YET MORE CHORES done.

Wood got split, food got cooked, and we ate  ate ate.  Badger came and spent the night, said it was her ideal  Thanksgiving.  Nice and quiet, something we have in abundance here at SteelMeadow.

Episode #27~ Shopping for the Long Winter, Yet More Barn Work, Acorn Does Repairs and Makes Corned Beef

Another rainy Saturday, two in a row?  Crazy!  Just in time too as Blind Hog and Acorn finished off with the new ditch at the old goat barn.  Drain laid, gravel dumped and cross drive trench dug/piped/filled.  Done!  AND, water is officially draining out of the pipe. Episode #27 releases 11/22/2020…

Blind Hog and Acorn went to the Big City and shopped as if they don’t want to go back for a couple months- they might not want to!  Staples were purchased; pantry and larder are groaning.  All is good, especially in the mincemeat department… Corned beef turned out super good, and pastrami even better…

Acorn earned an advanced plumbing merit badge with the kitchen faucet- now to see if her skills extend to the clothes washer which is acting up.  At this writing, no more water was leaking onto the floor.

kitchen faucet surgery

Fun Fact- you never, ever want a skunk to spray your car.  The paint and finish will not recover..

Skunk spray, etched into the plastic bumper… Acorn did get a few spots off the trunk and other metal parts, but not the back end…

Episode #26~ A Rainy Day and Time for Ice Cream

Blind Hog and Acorn had enough to keep them busy this week but today it is raining, so they get a bit of a break. Episode #26 goes live Sunday morning, 11/15/2020.

lavender flowers from a couple seasons ago…

Blind Hog had a birthday and will be eating cake all week long, hence the need for some vanilla ice cream.  Acorn has plans to add lavender flowers to it.  “Honey lavender vanilla”...

Nothing super exciting this week.  Blind Hog is tired of picking up rocks, Acorn’s guitar chords are improving (well, she thinks she is getting better…)

Oh… The skunk.  How could we forget about the skunk???  Guess we did have a bit of excitement last night after all…

Episode #25~Barn Work, Dowsing Rods, and Super Nice Weather

Blind Hog and Acorn have not stopped- cleaning out the pig barn, ditching a drain line on the old goat barn. Blind Hog even had to use his dowsing rods to locate buried electric lines.

Want to find out more? Take a listen! Sam will protect us from all kinds of intruders, even dried up snake skins…