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!!

Farm Update

Peek a boo!!  It’s Amaryllis peeking around at me, with Echo (Echinacea) wondering what she is doing!DSC_0223

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The summer has flown by here – crazy how fast time is
going, how fast my kids are growing and how we can not find much time to rest!!

Baby goats started arriving last week – we had a baby doeling (girl) on Monday, she is a Nubian and looks like a perfect blend of her momma and daddy!!  She loves to have her neck scratched and to snuggle with us!!  Her momma is giving us almost a half gallon of milk every day and we are about to start making cheese, ice cream, and yogurt, along with drinking this yummy milk!!

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On Wednesday a little buckling arrived, a little boy and he is a Nigerian Dwarf.   He will become a whether here before too long (castrated) and we will raise him to serve on the dinner table in the future.  Yes we do eat what we raise sometimes!!  His name is Frank (he is the 6th baby we have had here and we go in alphabetical order).  The kids name the boys, and he is Frank after Frankfurter – food!  He is super sweet and cute as a button!!

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Our doeling is Echinacea and we call her Echo.  Our girls are also in that alphabetical order, but they are named after flowers.  Next if G – not sure what it will be!!  But we are hoping for two more batches of babies!!


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Our boy Opie came home this week.  Jacob and I trekked out to get a final lesson on him and bring him home.  We brought home a completely different horse!  We got some spurs to help encourage him to listen – and we are all learning to communicate well with each other!!  We are both excited to see how well he listens and how much fun we get to have with him!

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Jacob finally got to rid him a bit – I am so glad he likes Opie now and is helping me work him!!

Our turkeys are gone.   The raccoon got one of them, and our sweet Digory got the other.  Digory now lives in Arlington with some great friends and the raccoon was caught and killed yesterday!  The other two turkeys were processed and one is in the freezer and the other we enjoyed after smoking!  Not too bad.

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We’ve added a few rabbits too – and two kids will be showing them next month at the East Texas State Fair – so that is fun!  The rabbits are really easy, just food, water, and shade is all they need.  The kids are enjoying learning about them and getting to know them!

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We have a bunch of new chickens here too, some black, and blue Marans.  The problem is we are not getting the eggs we think we should.  Every so often we smell something bad – and find a stash of rotten eggs, or we egg hunt in the barn and find some there.  Today we were re-arranging our coop, changing the yard to another side of our coop to help keep them in better (they were slipping through an hole).  So they all got out for a bit, but when it was time to round everyone up we were missing many!!  So after finding 6 in the barn behind the hay, with 30 eggs we knew we found the mother-lode!!  Oh my!  At least we know they can lay, and now that they cannot escape maybe we will start getting more eggs!!  We hope!

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Not too much else going on animal wise.  We seem to be staying busy but still find time to snuggle baby goats and offer Opie a scratch when we can!!