Friday Favorites

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Welcome to Friday Favorites, a place where I talk about some of my favorite things right now.

The Hogwarts Collection from BlackMilk Clothing

I just discovered that BlackMilk Clothing has a line of Harry Potter themed clothing items, and they are fabulous.  A lot of the pieces are sold out already, but if you’re interested, you can sign up to be notified when items are restocked.  I’m super in love with the owl post button down, so I’ll be signing up to hear when/if they get more in.

Bacon Seeds

Our local county fair was last week and one of the families that exhibits swine brought in a sow (that’s what you call a female pig that has had a litter of piglets) with her 2 week old babies.  They were so freaking adorable I could hardly handle the cuteness. It almost made me feel bad for eating bacon, but then I remembered how good bacon tastes.

So, what about you?

What has caught your attention lately?




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  1. anna on July 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I always thought a sow was just an adult female pig, not that she had to be in farrow. Shows how little I know.
    (BTW, what is a shoat?)

    Just lately I have learned to make edible scones. The first two tries were horrible, so I Youtubed and found Annabell White’s scones. Yum! And you can tweak the recipe as needed. Yesterday I made some with “Christmas spice” (clove, cinnamon and ginger) and currants. We don’t have buttermilk here so I mixed milk with Greek yogurt.

    • Andrea on July 28, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Yep, adult female pigs are “gilts” until they have their first littler, then they become “sows.” Cattle are the same way. An adult female is a “heifer” until it has it’s first calf, at which point is becomes a “cow.” Adult males are “steer” or “bulls” depending on whether they were castrated just after birth. Shoats are young pigs, newly weaned. This is the size the swine often are when sold by breeder to the farms where they are housed until they reach market butcher weight. You rarely hear that term “shoat” used unless you work directly in the industry though.

  2. anna on July 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

    My dad was from Arkansas, b. 1920, and he used the word “shoat” a lot. Thanks for explaining that–now I know what a “gilt” is, too! We used to have “the hog report” on ISU’s public radio station–to most kids, they were all just “hawgs.” If someone burped in class, someone else would pipe up, “Scuse the hawg–a pig knows better!”

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