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A Chevre Treat

10 Jul

Since I’m milking the girls and getting a lot and my freezer is already half full, that means it’s a good time for me to play and experiment.  I decided I need to find a way to replace the cream cheese spread that I like so much with my bagels.

my chevre on the left; purchased cream cheese on the right

I made some chevre and added strawberries and a bit of sugar and mixed it all together with my stick blender.

I have to say, it’s pretty amazing.  Luckily, chevre freezes well, so I can make a big batch and have it all year round.

I’m also going to play with other additives, so it will be more like dip, but that is later in the cheese-making season.

Chevre is easy and what people typically think of when you say goat cheese.  I love that it is so versatile–I use is as a substitute for cream cheese, ricotta, or sour cream.

They Aren’t Helping

15 Aug

We finally woke up to some rain on Monday morning.  We didn’t end up with a lot, but it was enough to keep the goats and llamas in the barn most of the day.

Aurora (a couple of bucks just before they left) and Maybeline in back

That means I didn’t get to do any scooping.  That’s okay.  I kept busy with making cheese and preparing and freezing beans and making zucchini chips.  Tuesday would be better!

But, Tuesday morning started foggy.  It was so wet that it felt like it was raining even though it wasn’t  That means the goats were in the barn again.

I can’t scoop with them in the barn because some of them act like I’m going to use the potato fork on them.

Cupid

Others want to know where their treat is or just rub their face up and down my backside (seriously Casey).

Harley and Casey

Still others seem to think the spot I need to scoop is a nice place for napping.

Mary with Tootles and Bubbles

Again, I kept myself busy with canning and preparing and dehydrating foods.

chevre draining

By late morning, they went out to pasture and I could get some scooping done.  Sadly, my deadline of going back to work is getting here faster than I would like, but it will be done! How do I know that? Yesterday, we had unseasonably cool weather and the critters went out to pasture early, so I took the opportunity to work on the last section.  It’s done!

All I have left to do is touch up the floor and clean out the manger in the second section (behind Hera and Gidget) and put down a layer of cornstalk bedding.

Hera and Gidget

I think it will fit on the spreader.

Seriously, theis is the second full spreader from the barn.  Those llamas really need to keep their poop piles out of the barn.

Another Macaroon Cake

2 Nov

It’s fall!  I had to try something new with pumpkin.  This year it’s Pumpkin Spice Macaroon Cake with Caramel Glaze.

Cake:

  • 1/2 Cup margarine
  • 1 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 Cups pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Start by creaming the margarine, sugar and egg.  Add the vanilla and pumpking.  Mix in the dry ingredients thoroughly.  Set aside and make the macaroon filling.

Macaroon Filling:

  • 8 oz. chevre (or cream cheese)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Cups coconut

Mix everything thoroughly.

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.  Add a small layer of the pumpkin cake batter.  Spoon the macaroon filling around the pan and cover with the rest of the batter.  Bake for about 50 – 60 minutes at 350*F.  Make sure the cake is completely cooled before removing it from the pan.

Drizzle with the caramel glaze.

Caramel Glaze:

  • 1/4 Cup Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup of powdered sugar

Do not start the glaze until the cake is out of the pan.  Then mix the margarine, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk in a sauce pan.  Cook until it boils for one minute.  Remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar.  Start with 3/4 Cup, and you can add more if it is too thin.  If it gets too thick, just add a tiny bit more milk.  You might have to reheat it or it will cool quickly and not make a pretty glaze (especially if you are taking pictures), but it will still taste good!

Perfect for fall get togethers!