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Soapin’

Jun
20

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I did a soap-palooza last week and made six batches of goat’s milk soap, including a few new ones for my soap store–orange zest, cherry pie, rosemary, and a beer soap. If you haven’t seen my soap store yet, you can check it out here!

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Whispers of Winter

Jun
15

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Dogs looking on as the first trailer of hay for the year is unloaded at the farm. I don’t even want to think about winter yet, but we have to!

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    Looks like I’ve got some work to do!

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    Cow’s milk Jarlsberg cheese, air-drying before waxing.

    Sour cream, draining.

    Goat’s milk Jarlsberg, in the press, and a soft cheese draining (cow’s milk).

    And that’s what you can do with raw milk, people!

  1. IMG_8247 June 7, 2016 - All Three, Again

    I actually had all three of my kids here this past weekend, which hasn’t happened in a few years! Ross is out of the Navy now, and living at home this summer after six years on a fast attack submarine. He’ll be starting at WVU in Morgantown this fall. Morgan is home from her second year at WVU, working again this summer as the … Continued…

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    What happens when Maia gets out of the goat yard.

  1. IMG_8234 May 31, 2016 - Mother Duck

    Here she comes.

    Mother Duck (see her duckling story here and here) has been doing a fantastic job with her eleven ducklings (four of her own, seven adopted).

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  1. IMG_8230 May 26, 2016 - My Mornings

    What it looks like when I’m headed for the barn:

    Cart loaded with goat milker, cow milker, egg basket, and baby bottles.

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