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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.

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Soaping

28 Jul

I have to say, it’s just the last week or so that I’ve started relaxing and feeling like I’m on summer break (and now it’s almost time to go back).  With the bottle kids getting weaned, I’m getting to keep all my milk from the girls.  They know exactly where to go.

Cinnamon

I always have a line waiting to come in.  There’s usually a couple more there too.  Sometimes even those that are not currently getting milked (like Haley).  Once I even had Casey trying to convince me he should get to come in.

Ava (back) and Clover

Sometimes Ava gets a little impatient.

Ava

I’m freezing gallons for next year’s kids.  Also, I finally have gotten around to making soap.

I have several that are out of stock.  I don’t know the last time my shelves were so empty.

It’s been hard to get motivated to make any when the farmer’s market I used to go to isn’t being held now.  I need to find a new market or something.  Of course, when my garage is fully cleaned again, I can open on the farm on weekends.  First, I need to get everything back in stock.  I made five batches to start with: violet, almond biscotti, plain, lilac, and candy.

I have another thirteen batches before my soaps are fully stocked.  I better get busy!

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The Soap Room

20 May

I love my soap room.  I always have my soaps in there and lotion, but it also gives me the freedom to be creative and fun and you never know what all I’m going to have for sale.  I have some of my book art, and I have lots of good ideas for more creative things (if I ever have time to do them).

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to be open on Saturdays yet this spring because of my driveway.  Seriously.  I have been afraid to take my car through it with all the rainy weather we’ve had.  I’ve been trying to get through planting season before bugging my nephew about it.

On Thursday, however, I didn’t have work because of power outages, and I figured it was too wet for the nephew to be doing anything so I gave him a call.  He had a load of rock delivered.

Then he came out with the backhoe.

By the time he left, it was amazing!  I won’t have to park my car up north and take the Ranger with its swamp tires through the driveway now (Okay, I hadn’t actually done that yet, but I was afraid I would have to if it didn’t have gravel before the additional inch or more we had on Friday and into today.)

Even better, I can open the soap room again for next Saturday.  Although I have a lot of work to do before it will be ready.  I’ve been in a soap making mode lately.

spellbound woods, cherry blossom, clean coconut and magnolia

I did plain soap and five new kinds today.  The new ones won’t be ready for sale for three weeks.

rustic woods and rum, grass smoothie, dogwood and ginger, plain, apple and sage, and Tahitian vanilla

I’ll just have to get everything put up and set things out for selling mode.  But also want to make another four or five batches of soap tomorrow, and I have to restock my insect repellent lotion bars.  I have a lot of work to do this week, but I’m excited to be back open again!