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The To-Do List

22 Sep

Usually, I wake up with an idea of what I want to get done each day.  Most days, I don’t come close to finishing my list.  But there’s the rare day like yesterday when everything actually gets done.  Yesterday, I started the day with putting on a batch of tomatoes to roast.  While they were roasting, I made two batches of soap.

Black Amber & Lavender and Almond Biscotti

I like the way the design turned out in the soap.

And two batches of mozzarella.

In the afternoon, I put another batch of tomatoes on to roast.

Then I made five batches of goat milk lotion.

I managed to get the tomatoes processed.

Then I started a batch of relish.

I admit.  I had my mom help me with the relish, but we got it ready.  I hadn’t even planned on the roasted tomato sauce when I got up.  So I’m really happy with everything that got accomplished.

Soaping!

18 Sep

One of the reasons I had to take a break from canning tomatoes was because of soaping.  I shared that I had sent a bunch of soap and lotion to a store in Des Moines, and that left a lot of empty space on my shelves.

I’m working on filling up those blank spaces.

Last weekend, I made eight batches of soap on Saturday.

I’m also working on keeping up with the milk from the goats.  I am getting just about a gallon a day from the five girls I’m milking.

I have to make lotion.

lotion making and soap making

I got a start over the weekend, but I still have more to make.  I will also get it back on my online market to ship to people.

The small town where I used to go to the farmer’s market is having their fall festival.  I’ll be taking my soaps and lotions there.

It will also be my first opportunity to take other items.  I’ve already sold a few sets of llama balls (for the dryer), so I need to make more and take them.

I’ll also take my knitted dish cloths and coasters.

I’ll also take my rugs.

It will be nice to get to set up and see everyone whom I used to see weekly throughout the summer.

Cheese Break

25 Aug

Cheese break sounds good.  It conjures of images of sitting on the deck in the evening with a chunk of homemade mozzarella and a nice glass of homemade wine.  Well, I’m out of the wine I like, and it really means I’ve changed what I’m using my goat milk for.  I took a break from making cheese.

Because things this time of year aren’t busy enough, I agreed to join with a couple of other local crafters and my dad to take our stuff to a consignment shop in Des Moines.  That means I had to get soap boxed up.

Then the real work started.

I had to make nine batches of lotion.

I finally got it all ready to go, but I didn’t get to go to the store myself because I went back to work.  Hopefully, I’ll get down there once the products are out on the shelves (on September 1st).  In the meantime, I am switching to soap making.  I had a special order for a baby shower.

I am also restocking my soap room for Internet sales (I’m out of stock of several items since I sent it to the consignment shop) and direct sales from the soap room.  I counted fifteen batches I need to make and another two or three that I should make.

I’m also busy with making this stuff, so I’m back to just freezing gallon bags of milk to finish filling my freezer for any bottle kids next year.  But I must say, sitting on the deck snacking on fresh cheese does sound good.