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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.

The Land of Milk and Tomatoes

3 Sep

I really hoped to get caught up with the three day weekend.  But I am absolutely drowning in milk and tomatoes.

Astra waiting to go in and be milked

Over the weekend, I made two batches of Mozzarella cheese.

I made two batches of feta (which uses some of the buttermilk I made overnight Friday into Saturday).

I finally gave up and just froze a couple of gallons for next year’s kids, and I still have more in the fridge.  I still have soap and mozzarella sticks to make.

Of course, Aurora has to peek in the milk room and see whether or not she’s going to get a treat.

Aurora

I roasted tomatoes Thursday and Friday evening.  I canned them and roasted more on Saturday.  In total, I canned 20 1/2 pints of roasted tomato sauce over the weekend.

I also canned 20 pints of cold packed tomatoes.

Then I decided to go pick the garden on Monday.  I figured I might have some to ripen throughout the week.  It takes two pictures to show you what all I have sitting around waiting to be canned yet.

Holy never-ending tomatoes! You can’t even tell I’ve picked any tomatoes yet.  They are still completely loaded.

I washed, cored, and froze three and a half gallon bags that I will turn into juice at the end of the canning season.

Up next will be salsa, more sauce, and more cold pack tomatoes.  I’m pretty sure my family and I will have enough tomatoes to survive the zombie apocalypse.

This and That Around the Farm

30 Aug

Things are busy as usual.  In the soap room, I’m making feta and Mozzarella.

I looked like a heart when I cut it. I couldn’t resist having fun.

The feta is something that I have to do on weekends because it’s not hard, but it does take all day to get a batch done.

I’m still getting a few strawberries.

strawberry blossoms

Yes, I’m still feeding them to Mama Phoenix.

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do with her once the weather turns cold.  There’s no way I can leave her out in the barn, but I’m not sure how I can bring her in the house (cats and dog).

The silly free-range chicken is still doing whatever she wants.  I’m fine with it as long as she stays away from the dog and goes back so I can shut her in to stay safe at night.

right side hen, free-range hen

I still have a counter full of tomatoes ripening.

I’m keep working on canning them.

roasted tomato sauce

Sometimes, I feel really guilty because I don’t spend enough time tending to my yard, but sometimes I see that I have a flower going to bloom that is really just a weed.  I’m going to call it a flower though and enjoy the benefits of neglecting the yard.

Snickers is hanging in there. I’m cooking him an egg twice a day.  He enjoys lounging on the deck in the evening.

Snickers

Fionn is still in the Love Shack.  I think he’s feeling better because he’s back to his old hobby of trying to beat the walls down.  Seriously?

Fionn–by the way, the sway back is also a sign of the copper deficiency.

Sky misses me with the school year starting. He lays by the gate and gives me those sad puppy dog eyes every time I have to go out to the barnyard.

Sky

I’m looking forward to a three day weekend to try and get caught up a little bit.