I can't believe it's been close to a month since my last post! It has been a busy few weeks here on the homestead. We have had several nasty storms blow through with damaging winds and torrential rains. A lot of time has been spent cleaning up the mess they have left behind.
We have also gotten a good bit of the gardens in. The beans and cucumbers are up and the plants have settled in nicely.
Strawberries are beginning to ripen. We are picking daily. Jam is definitely in the near future.
Life goes on...on the homestead.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Oh boy. The heavens opened up today. We got about 1 1/4 inches. The only ones that were happy about that were the ducks!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Our farm intern arrived this morning and we tag teamed the first of the flower beds that needed cleaning out. It took about 3 hours but the final result was beautiful. I have a load of mulch slated to be delivered Friday, weather permitting. Another rainy weekend is in the forecast. ;-(
Monday, April 8, 2019
I finally got all the soap sliced from last week. It turned out nicely. Even the grapefruit scented one is going to be ok. I wish the scent was a little stronger but you can definitely smell an essence of grapefruit.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Hubs headed out early this morning to shoot in a skeet tournament. It was a cloudy foggy morning and I am nursing a pulled hamstring so I decided a morning of kitchen therapy was in order. I pondered what to fix for our weekly family supper tonight and decided meatloaf sounded good. The boys are usually big eaters so I laid out 3 pounds of meat for that. Then I hung another batch of clabbered milk for cheese. What I have left will get wiped out tonight for an appetizer.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
The last of the goats kidded late yesterday. A beautiful set of twins, a doe and a buck. I love the moon spots on the little girl!
Friday, April 5, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
It is a misty moisty morning here on the homestead. Thankfully it is not supposed to amount to much since tomorrow's chore is getting some things in the garden. After my morning coffee I got an urge to make some soap. This tends to happen on gray days! I poured 7 blocks before running out of lye. The story of my life ;-(
Sunday, March 24, 2019
We have been impatiently waiting for enough dry weather to get our early spring crops in the ground. Sis has been lovingly tending several types of broccoli, cabbage and purple kohlrabi in the greenhouse. It is past time to have planted because these plants will simply not make anything once the weather gets hot and they need time to grow. Earlier this week I checked on the small sandy plot we have on top of the hill.Though wet, it looked like we could possibly plant by digging between the rows left from last fall. Our thinking is once it is finally dry enough we'll just till the existing old crops in the ground. So that is what we did!
|Purple Vienna Kohlrabi|
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Finally some nice weather has arrived. Today one of the interns arrived to help deal with the berry patches. First we cut all the old canes out of the blackberries. They should have been long ago pruned but that just didn't happen. We will just have to see what happens this year.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
My sanity has been restored... for now.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The new love of my life is clabbered milk. It is basically an old form of letting raw milk naturally ferment. It is a bit tangy, a little like kefir but easier to do in my opinion since you can make on an as needed basis and not have to feed it constantly like kefir.
My first jar took about 4 days to clabber, I used that as my starter jar. Sometimes the first round can be a little strong. I used that clabber to start the next round that clabbered in about 36 hours. This was much sweeter smelling and quite delicious.
Taking a spoonful of the second round I stirred that into a half gallon of raw milk and put in in my laundry room because that is the warmest room in the house.
It was ready in 36 hours. I poured in in a bag and allowed to drain for 24 hours.
I then added salt and let drain another 24 hours. After that I rolled the cheese into balls then Italian seasonings and drizzled with olive oil. It was divine on crackers and warm sourdough bread! For long term storage I dropped the balls in a jar and covered with olive oil (making sure all the cheese was under the oil so it won't spoil!) It will keep several months this way either in a really cool place or the fridge.
I am now keeping several jars of clabber on hand for using in the place of buttermilk, yogurt and of course for making more cheese!