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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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Wrapping Up

3 Sep

I am getting things wrapped up in the garden.  I still can’t believe I got anything as bad as it is overgrown.

Can you see the row of okra?

I have frozen okra and hot peppers.  I did get some of the plums frozen too.

I’ve canned all the roasted tomato sauce I’m going to.

I have even canned some by cold packing them.

I’m glad I did as much canning as I did last year, and the garden better do well next year again, but I think I have enough to make it through this winter with home canned tomatoes.  I also decided to dehydrate some tomatoes!

I already have a plan for their use.

Even though the garden is pretty much done, the milk room is going strong!  I actually had to buy some half gallon jars because I was running out of containers to hold my milk before I got to doing anything with it.

I’ve been making soaps–some just need restocked; some have been out of stock for a while and it’s time to bring them back; a couple are brand new fragrances!

Neroli and Clean Coconut

They’ll all be ready in time for the September farmer’s market (You know-the one for the month. I really need to find another market for next year).

Island Escape, Butter Mints, and Energizing

I’m excited to have my own Mozzarella again.  I’ve gotten a good start on freezing enough for the winter.

Since I’m getting so much milk right now, I thought I might even get creative, so I’m reading this book.

We’ll see if I get brave enough to try a new cheese yet this fall.

Beets!

2 Aug

One reason it was pretty easy for me to simply not care about my garden is the fact that I have a generous sister with a huge garden.  She brought me a bucket of beets.

I’ve perfected the roasted beets, and I did a couple of batches.

Then I froze them for easy fixing this winter.

I also prepared some by boiling them.

I thought about keeping the water to use as dye, but then I decided I’d never get that far, so I just drained it down the sink and peeled them.

They will get smashed for later use.

I also peeled and grated some.

It kind of looked like I killed something in the kitchen.

I’ll use those two batches of beets to play with some new recipes.  If they turn out, I’ll share with you.  If not, you’ll never know what crazy things I attempted to concoct.   When I finished preparing the beets, I took the tops, roots, and peels out to the birds.

The chickens appreciated them.