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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.

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Preserving the Harvest

8 Aug

I’m at the time of year when my garden keeps me busy.  I’m lucky that the weather has been good here for keeping the weeds out, and I’m also grateful that I have water close by so that I can water the garden.  We’ve been horribly dry for the last six weeks or so.  My trees are losing their leaves because of the dry conditions.  I’m kind of worried about a couple of my old oak trees.

I’m still getting a few cucumbers and zucchinis despite the dang squash vine borers.  I’m working hard at preserving the harvest.  I have been making and freezing zucchini brownies and bread.

I’ve also been freezing zucchini patties.  When they are frozen, I’ll switch them into a ziploc bag, but they stay separate by freezing on the baking sheet first.

I think I’m going to move on to zucchini chips next.

I have already canned green beans for me and my mom.

Snickers has been my expert helper.

Snickers

Now I’m playing with green bean recipes.  I must say the balsamic roasted green beans were yummy.

The tomatoes are just starting to get ripe.  That means I’ll soon be canning roasted tomato sauce, cold pack tomatoes, and tomato juice.

I’m also making lots of mozzarella cheese to grate and freeze for winter use.  I also plan on making and freezing more mozzarella sticks.

If I find time, I still want to make more yogurt, buttermilk, chevre, and feta, too.

Edit: Here is the recipe I use for my Mozzarella.  It is exactly as a friend sent it to me.  I do use liquid rennet, so I had to make the notation at the top.  I decided 1/4 tsp. in the 1/4 cup of water works best.  You might only need to heat it twice in the microwave.  When it is glossy and stretchy, that’s good.

Just a reminder, if you use store bought milk, you might need to add calcium chloride.  You can read all about that HERE. (Just scroll down to where it talks about processed milk and click on the calcium chloride tab).

The Garden

2 Jul

It was so late when it dried enough to till the garden that I pretty much planted it and have forgotten about it.  I’d see when I drove past that the tomatoes were still there.  About the time I decided I was going to have to start weeding it, we got rain again.  By the time it dried out enough to get in the garden, we were horribly hot and the weeds were tall.

But I started weeding around the plants.

green beans

Most everything is looking good!

It won’t be long before I start getting cucumbers and zucchini.

cucumber blossom

I did lose a few tomato plants, but I’m pretty sure there’s still going to be plenty. I hope so, anyhow, because my pantry is nearly emptied of canned goods.

tomato with blossoms

The one thing that doesn’t look very good is the pepper plants.  My sister said the same thing about hers, so I guess it’s a weather issue.

bell pepper

To help make my weeding task easier, I borrowed the cultivator from my mom.

As a bonus, she came out and helped me pull weeds.  Thank you mom!

After three mornings of working in horrible heat(before the worst of the heat), the garden is looking much better!

Although, I need to go through it again really soon to really get it looking like it should.