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My Mess

25 Jan

I had planned on packing my soap room up to thoroughly clean and paint the concrete floor over winter break.  That didn’t happen because I ended up living in there until after break was over.

leftover chair and mattress in the soap room

When I moved Tony into the garage, I had to get shelves and stuff out of the there to make room for his pen.

Tony and Aurora

That means, I threw everything back into the soap room. Now it’s just a mess.

shelves (good grief, I need to dust)

Hopefully, things will settle down and I can at least clean so I can find soaps when people ask for specific scents.

Where I was digging through soaps looking for specific scents.

I also need to make a couple batches of soap.  I got a start on putting things back together finally (thanks to snow days from work that will be made up in June).

(Edited to add the picture I forgot to upload and add before it posted as scheduled)

I have no idea when I’m going to find time to finish cleaning and putting stuff back together.

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A Third Knitting Project

19 Dec

After finishing the baby blanket, I wanted to try a dish cloth, but I didn’t have the right kind of yarn.  I’m not very patient, so I decided to try the pattern with the left overs from my scarf.

It kind of looked like a Barbie bikini to start with.

I kept with it, and it turned out pretty good.  I’m thinking this one would be better as a hot pad, but I can live with that.

Of course, I still have way too much help.

Snickers

Since I liked the pattern, I got some 100% cotton yarn and tried it again.

I really like it now!

It has an eyelet design at the edge.

I want to keep making these and be able to add them to the soap room for sale.

I always wanted to have a store with a lot of variety, something a person could visit over and over and always find something new.  I think this will be a good addition.  I’m working on getting enough made to put them out there.

I also plan to do a lot of work in the soap room over my winter break because I really need to get it back to a point I can be open on the weekends again.  It’s been a rough year to keep up out there, and the lack of farmer’s market did not help.

I miss that.  I need to find a new farmer’s market for next summer.

First, I need to worry about cleaning and doing a floor job, and I might need to make some more soaps over break too.

Cheese Season

9 Aug

I am still milking.  I have a nice amount of milk in the freezer for next year’s kids if needed.  That means I am using the milk to make yummy stuff now.

feta and chevre draining

I started with yogurt.

plain and vanilla yogurt

Once I add fruit, it’s delicious!

peach, cherry vanilla, strawberry pineapple, and blueberry

Then I did a quart of buttermilk.  I need to start another quart because this one is pretty much gone now.  I am using it in baking as well as starting cheeses.

Some of the buttermilk went to chevre.  It takes a bit of time to make, so I want to get all my chevre made and frozen before I go back to work.

I also used some of the buttermilk to start making feta cheese.

It’s another one that takes quite a bit of time.  Again, I’ll make enough to freeze and use throughout the winter.

I’m also planning on using some of this good chevre for my next beet recipe.  How’s that for a teaser?  Then I’ll also start making and freezing Mozzarella.  That one is fast enough I can do that any evening after work, so I’ll be patient on starting that.  I also will finish filling my freezer with gallons for next year’s kids.