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My Insistent Girls

24 Nov

Whenever I go out to the barnyard, I have a couple of girls who think they should get to go into the milk room to eat sweet feed.

Haley heading for the. milk room door

And neither one is getting to go in there on a regular basis.

Pretzel

Haley just stands there so I have to make Zinnia and Joy go around her to get milked.

Pretzel rushes the door and gets thrown out every time I let someone else in.

“Are you coming, maa?”

They are rather annoying actually.  It’s a good thing they are sweet and cute and I adore them.

Still Milking Two Girls

23 Oct

I am down to milking two girls.  That honestly, is why I put Joy and Zinnia with Xerxes.  It made it easier for me to call them up to milk.

Joy coming up to get milked

Although, the scent the day Joy got bred was a bit overwhelming in my little milk room.  I’ll be sure to freeze that for next year’s kids.

In the milk room.

Zinnia wasn’t as bad.

Zinnia’s turn

I’m not getting a lot of milk, but that’s okay because I don’t need that much right now.

I’ve got the freezer almost full, so it’s mostly just what I need for my daily use.

Broccoli Chicken Penne with Cream Sauce

In a skillet sauté

  • 8 oz. white mushrooms
  • bag of broccoli cuts
  • 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Put this in a 9×13 baking dish with 2 cups cooked penne and add the cream sauce.

Cream Sauce:  In a medium sauce pan, melt 3 Tbsp. margarine and add 3 Tbsp. flour.  Stir until the flour is all damp.  Add 2 cups whole milk and beat with a whisk (or stick blender) to get rid of any lumps.  Add 1 cup vegetable stock, 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper, and 3/4 cup parmesan cheese.  Stir until it is thick and bubbly.

Once it is thick, add it to the baking dish and bake at 350ºF until it is hot completely through.

I will say, I do love this time of year for making creamy soups and other yummy dishes with goat milk.

Onyx and Pretzel

8 Sep

Since I weaned Lemuel, I thought I’d try milking Onyx.

Onyx and her mom, Victoria

On just her fourth time of going in, she stood perfectly for me.  Now I just need her to learn to come up at milking time.

standing perfectly

She was obviously already cutting down feeding her boy because she doesn’t have a lot of milk, but this is more about training for next year than it is about me actually getting the milk.

So what did I do with a cup of milk after I was already done milking everyone else.  Well, Pretzel got it.

Pretzel

She was not happy with the idea of not getting her bottle, and she was so certain that I was trying to starve her that I couldn’t even get her attention to show her that I had a bottle for her.

She did finally notice and drained the bottle.  Then she went for the sweet feed.

That girl.