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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.

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.

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.