Much to the relief of our employees, we got over an inch of rain last night so the hay we had mowed had to be put in plastic tubes. This is a much less labor-intensive process than loading and unloading wagons of small square bales.
I baked chocolate crinkles today and since they are one of Jeff’s favorite cookies, I found out where he was working and took him and his crew some. I found Sonia, Payton, Justin and Raphy with him. They were all busy covering the bunker silo by putting plastic on the silage and then putting old tires on the plastic to hold it in place. The plastic keeps air out that will cause spoilage. The day’s heat lay heavy on the silage as they worked. It’s a hot and hard job and a grueling way to get your aerobics.
Payton, with his boundless energy, seemed to be having a good time though tossing tires to Justin while they did a little goofing off. They were finishing when I got there and were ready to leave when someone noticed there was air trapped in a long silage bag. Jeff punched a hole in it with his knife and Payton and Justin laid into it like a couple of small children jumping into an enormous leaf pile as they began jumping on it to push out trapped air.
Soon Jeff and Raphy joined the fun and then took a short rest before the next job!
4 squares of melted, unsweetened chocolate
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
Blend chocolate, oil and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Chill for several hours. Drop by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar and then roll into balls. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for a minute or two before removing from baking sheet.