Tag Archives: goat milk soap

Still Milking

31 Aug

Every evening when I go out at 6:00pm, I have four girls waiting for me on the hill.

Astra, Caroline, Joy, and Ava

Well, sometimes, I have a couple more girls who think they should get to come in too.

Haley

They are really annoying, especially in the morning before I go to work.

Dolly and Haley outside the door. They literally try to push their way in when I switch milking girls.

After we are done milking, they head back out to pasture to rejoin the rest of the herd.

Ava, Joy, Caroline, and Astra

I am currently working on filling the freezer with milk for next year’s bottle kid(s) if I need.

I only have a tiny bit of milk left from last year.  When it’s gone, Pretzel will get weaned.

Pretzel running (and yelling at me) for her bottle.

Don’t worry, she’s plenty chunky.

And a couple of evenings, when she’s come running for her bottle, she’s already had milk on her mouth.

Pretzel

I think she and Hera have an arrangement so that Hera’s udder isn’t so full and Pretzel will try sucking anything that might give her milk.

Hera

Anyhow, I’m also still making a bit of mozzarella with the milk. That is for my mom. I’m still making soaps for sale.  I’ve almost restocked everything, and I’ve added some new fragrances to replace the ones I can no longer get.

Sunflower Sandalwood is new.

I’m hoping the soap room will be fully up and ready for sales again by the first of October.

Most of the soaps curing

Of course, I have a lot of soap labels to make now.

Cheese Break

25 Aug

Cheese break sounds good.  It conjures of images of sitting on the deck in the evening with a chunk of homemade mozzarella and a nice glass of homemade wine.  Well, I’m out of the wine I like, and it really means I’ve changed what I’m using my goat milk for.  I took a break from making cheese.

Because things this time of year aren’t busy enough, I agreed to join with a couple of other local crafters and my dad to take our stuff to a consignment shop in Des Moines.  That means I had to get soap boxed up.

Then the real work started.

I had to make nine batches of lotion.

I finally got it all ready to go, but I didn’t get to go to the store myself because I went back to work.  Hopefully, I’ll get down there once the products are out on the shelves (on September 1st).  In the meantime, I am switching to soap making.  I had a special order for a baby shower.

I am also restocking my soap room for Internet sales (I’m out of stock of several items since I sent it to the consignment shop) and direct sales from the soap room.  I counted fifteen batches I need to make and another two or three that I should make.

I’m also busy with making this stuff, so I’m back to just freezing gallon bags of milk to finish filling my freezer for any bottle kids next year.  But I must say, sitting on the deck snacking on fresh cheese does sound good.

Ode to an Immersion Blender

30 Dec

Oh, I remember the day I first brought you home.  That hard plastic case promising to keep you safe.

Immersion Blender

I’d never seen an immersion blender before.  I was nervous and tested you tentatively in a bowl of water.

Stick Blender

Oh, the power!  Would I be able to control you and not send caustic soap flying across my kitchen?

Dishes in  Drainer

It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.  I’ve cherished you through hundreds of batches of soap.

Soap on drying shelves

You’ve been there for every new variety I’ve tried.

Neroli and Nag Champa

Neroli and Nag Champa

Even this morning, when it was obvious you were dying, I hated the thought of soaping without you.

Apple Mint, Full Moon, and Tea Tree

Apple Mint, Full Moon, and Tea Tree

Sadly, I can’t have you filling my soap with air bubbles.  Honestly, air bubbles?  I’m not trying to make floating soap, so I have to move on. Still, I’ll always hold you fondly in my memories.

Immersion Blender

Maybe this will be the beginning of a new great relationship.