Introducing Jade & Kerria

These sweet girls arrived at our place on Wednesday morning about 4am.

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Needless to say, we are smitten!!

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They are super cute, very attached to one another, and they love to get scratched and loved on!!

img_2449Both are girls, Jade is the brown one, first born, Kerria is the black one and second.  Both named after flowers!!

I am afraid both may end up staying, so hard to say goodbye when they are so cute and might make great mamas!!

The County Show

What an exciting, wonderful, and exhausting week we just had!  Wow!

 

I do think this is one of our favorite weeks of the year, but by the end we are seriously exhausted!!

This year we did a bit more than we have int he past, and will probably do even more next year!!  First, we added rabbits to our show-line up.  Eli and Anna both showed Mini-rex breeding rabbits.

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Getting the rabbits checked in

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5th place Sr Buck

Of course we showed our broiler chickens.

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Eli’s holders!

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Jacob and his holders Jonathan and Patrick

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Judging time

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Sweet girls holding chickens

Then we actually submitted projects and listed them for the auction.

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Eli’s cupcake Stand

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Anna’s Flower Pot

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Peter’s Hanging Herb Planter

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Jacob’s Observation Hive

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Anna’s Decorated Jar

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Auction – see that beekeeper selling his hive?

We did it again!

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Well, we have another baby to introduce!!

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We added sweet Iris to our farm last week when a friend called to see if I wanted her.  Her momma would not let her nurse, or really have anything at all to do with her.  So sad.

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But we are excited, we are already smitten with her! She has no idea she is a goat, and right now that is ok with us.

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We are bottle feeding her.  She lives with us, sleeping in a dog crate in the laundry room.

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Not sure she is going to like finding out she is a goat.  But we will cross that bridge when we get to it!    Meanwhile we love this little blue eyed beauty!!

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Herbal Healing Salve

This is our family’s favorite product, well maybe next to the soap, we sure love that soap!

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This healing salve is something I saw on pinterest, I think, and then when I had the chance to buy a start for the plant I grabbed it!!  So we started growing it.  Then, I started making this wonder-product!!

This is our favorite because we use it on everything from cuts, to bug bites, to burns.

I made this and we were using it for minor cuts and scrapes.  Then a friend had a grease fire and had severe second degree burns.  She came over to grab some essential oil that was supposed to help, that I had.  While here, I offered her this salve to try.  I had read all the great things about it but had not experienced them much first hand other than on our scrapes and cuts.

She told me this was the only thing she wanted to put on her burn because it was the only thing that helped.  I was thrilled!!

Then another friend, who I gave a small jar to, told me a bee stung her near the eye, and again I suggested this salve.  The next day she told me it was the only thing that felt good and the swelling and irritation was down tremendously!

Since then, my kids are fighting to have their own tin of this salve in their pocket so when they are out and about a get hurt they have it!  Crazy kids!

Anyway, we love this stuff, and hope you will try it yourself!!

Goat Milk Fun

Oh my goodness we are loving out goat milk!!

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We are drinking it, making smoothies, making a soft chess and recently we made Mozerella and Ricotta!!  Oh my!!

We are loving these sweet girls!

Here as a few pics of our mozzarella – who knew it only takes a few hours to turn milk into cheese!!  We loved our dinner of Eggplant Parmesan (more like lasagna) with our fresh cheese!! ( I forgot to get a pic of the final log of mozzarella that we sliced for our dinner – but it looked like the stuff from the store!)

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Here are my girls after getting milked, their babies trying to get their breakfast!!IMG_3930

We have been eating this yummy cheese on our eggs at breakfast, sprinkled on greens for lunch and over grilled chicken at dinner!!  We mixed some with a dried Kale spice blend and we loved it!!

I wanted a milk cow, but quickly realized that milk goats were the way to go with Eli’s Asthma issues, but I was still worried that milking goats every day would be a bit bothersome.  Honestly, I love milking in the mornings.  No matter how rushed my morning is milling takes the same amount of time.  I cannot rush it.  I have to slow down and just milk.  And for this type-A rush rush rush person, milking time is a time to take a deep breath, enjoy the calm barn and just milk my girls.  I love it!  It is almost therapy!!  But free, and I get milk!!

So come on by and try some fresh goat milk or cheese!!