Day One


Maia was dressed up and waiting for cookies in the driveway as people arrived for the first day of the five-day cheese, baking, and herbals/soap retreat!
This is going to be Maia’s favorite week ever.
We’ve got 12 attendees here for two full days of cheesemaking. We started at the barn.
After demonstrating machine milking, everyone got a chance to hand milk Glory Bee. Note Maia “helping” Glory Bee eat her food in the lower right corner.
Back in the studio, everyone made mozzarella.
We also put a queso fresco in the press today, and while I’m back at the house for a quick break, LauraP is teaching a hard cheese. Later, we’ll be having homemade pizza and everyone will get to taste their fresh mozzarella on their own pizza. We’ll also be sampling the queso fresco and making a lactic cheese to hang and setting some yogurt in the dehydrator overnight.
It’s a cheese-packed day! By afternoon, Maia had switched to her superhero cape.
She’s been doing a lot of crying at the studio door, wanting so badly to come inside with her new friends!
But even her superhero cape isn’t more powerful than the health department regulations.
But maybe if she keeps staring, it will happen! I think she’s trying laser vision!


  1. meigseer says:

    I am not surprised at Maia wanting to be with people. I think she would have come home with at the last workshop. Who needs an alarm system when you have farm animals to alert you to every move outside.

  2. cindyinohio says:

    I can’t wait to see Maia in person (and you too Suzanne!). What a sweetie! So wish I was there… Have a great time!

  3. Faith says:

    All those people there and nobody would stay outside and play????? When Maia learns to make cheese she could hold her own class outside, just think of the possibilities! Lets see what other classes could she teach…:)

    It looks like a wonderful retreat, I hope everyone has a GREAT time!

  4. holstein woman says:

    How wonderful, I’m going to have to BE SURE I make a retreat someday before I get OLD.
    I think Maia will be better at dressup than Clover was. I sure like the idea she is people friendly. How large will she get and can you milk her or is she meat breed?

  5. Diane says:

    Maia is adorable in her outfits! Funny how she likes to be around people. lol.

    Have a good time this weekend. 🙂

  6. Joell says:

    How sweet is Maia, now that she has a cape and super powers, it will be difficult to stop her. She is a “people” goat for sure.

  7. Faith says:

    Me too Holstein woman, before I get OLD! 🙂

  8. joykenn says:

    I think Maia thinks she’s really a dog. She greets people arriving on the property, wants to stay inside and get petted. She sees the other dogs in the house and wants inside with her person as well. Poor thing…pet identity crisis is so cruel! 😉

  9. jodiezoeller says:

    I <3 Maia! :purpleflower: The goat pal 2.0! She's a hoot!

  10. NancyL says:

    Poor Maia! You’ll have to invite some human kids over to play with her while the cookie givers are busy in the studio! She’s just like Annabelle.

    Nancy in Iowa

  11. WvSky says:

    Be aware that Suzanne’s Internet is down, and may be for a while. Due to the Workshop, she cant go far to connect someplace else.

  12. meganvirts says:

    I really enjoyed meeting Suzanne this week! The cheese making workshop was a lot of fun and educational at the same time Regretting not staying for the pie making. Looking forward to her book release in October…she let us take a look at her advance copy!

  13. airemom says:

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