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More From My Long Weekend

29 Nov

In addition to winterizing on the long weekend, I did some routine work on the goats.  I had several of them come in to get their hooves trimmed.

Bambi even came in to get her hooves trimmed!

I also canned another batch of vegetable stock.  This should last me most of the winter.

I’m still milking Zinnia and Joy.  I’m still drowning in more milk than I can go through, so I decided to make mozzarella sticks.

Joy

My mom came out and we set up an assembly line to get them done.

Of course, Sky (and Tiger) were mostly underfoot the entire time.

Sky

I’m also still making and delivering yogurt to the family, but they need to eat it much more quickly.

Healthy Eating

11 Nov

Over the last year, I’ve really tried to improve the healthiness of the food I eat.  I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 1/2 years thanks to my animal family. Let’s face it–it was MJ.  I just couldn’t eat meat after him.

MJ (from 2013)

That means I have way less cholesterol in my diet, only from my dairy products.  I do love my dairy though, and I don’t think I could ever give it up.  The homemade mozzarella and yogurt are so much better than store bought.

Adding blueberries to some of the yogurt I made last weekend.

Seriously, I never want to go back to the over-salted mozzarella you buy.

Still milking Zinnia!

After my mom’s heart attack last summer, it really put the pressure on to cut the excessive sodium out of my diet, especially since I have heart disease on both sides of the family.  All of the prepackaged meat alternatives I was cooking with have tons of sodium.  I’ve spent the last year figuring out how to make my own meat substitutes.

slicing turkey seitan for sandwiches

I can do a pretty passable turkey, chicken, ham, roast, hamburger, and bacon.  They have no cholesterol and very little sodium.  But it’s hard to find the time to make it from scratch.

perfect for pizza, quiche, or sandwiches

The hardest part of cutting down on sodium was looking at my beloved vegetable stock and realizing it had to go.  I cannot believe the amount of sodium in basic vegetable stock you buy in the store.  One of the reasons I planted such a big garden this past summer was to raise the vegetables to make my own.

The garden largely failed this year, but I got my turnips and tomatoes, and I bought the rest of the vegetables, and my homemade vegetable stock has no sodium added.

Last month, I saw a news report on a new push for the food industry to cut back on the amount of sodium they add to foods because people can’t even cut the sodium out of their diets the way our food industry is set up.  I will attest to how hard it is.  The french fries we made from the potatoes we grew had no salt added, but the time it takes to cut, parboil, dry and freeze them compared to just opening a bag from the store is very restrictive.  But they are delicious.  You can actually taste the potato!

I’ve finally made the compromise to just do one potato when I want fries and deep fry it in the fry daddy instead of freezing a bunch at a time.  It might not be quite as healthy, because of the fat, but it is still way healthier than the store bought.

It makes me grateful to be out here where I can have a big garden and the goats and chickens to provide me with so much of my food.

Milk and Tomatoes

12 Aug

My tomatoes seem to be ready a bit earlier than a lot of other people’s this year.  It’s probably because I got mine in just before  a week of rain and cool temperatures. It didn’t work out well for my seeds–many rotted, but it was just fine for the tomatoes.

I’m canning.  I’ve done cold pack tomatoes.  I’ve done a bit of roasted tomatoes.

I’ve done taco sauce.

While I have tomatoes ripening on my desk, I am doing things with my milk.

 

I haven’t had the energy to add Cutie to the lineup, so it’s still just my four girls.  I can barely keep up with what milk I’m getting. And Pretzel cracks me up.  Sometimes, she comes up from pasture with my milking girls because she knows it’s bottle time.  Of course, by the time I get my milk filtered, in the refrigerator, and her bottle made, she’s also gone back out to pasture with them, so I have to deliver it.  But, hey, it’s a good sign when I want to train her for milking.

Astra, Caroline and Pretzel, and Joy  (Ava was following behind)

I have done a lot of mozzarella cheese.

before it even looks like Mozzarella

I have been making soap.

Top to bottom: tea tree, Tahitian vanilla, lightly lavender, cornmeal scrubbing with tea tree, and black amber and lavender

I’m trying to get as much done as possible before I go back to work. All I’m doing is milk and tomatoes.

With a side of zucchini.

I am freezing it as zucchini patties for the winter.  I also did some homemade frozen pizzas that were broccoli and zucchini.

At least I have help with the zucchini if I need it.

Sky

What a good dog.