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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Milk Cooling

If you are looking for a way to cool your fresh milk this night help. Cooling the milk down quickly gives it a better taste and it stays fresh longer.
After filtering the milk into jars we put it into rinse tubs with water in them and add ice. (The freezer above the fridge is a funny sight because it is filled with ice trays.) If you only have a jar or two you can do this in the sink. If you have a smaller jar, such as with goat's milk, you can do this in a bowl.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Farm Sale

We got word last night that the farm we have lived on for the last five years is being listed for sale.
Needless to say, there wasn't much sleeping going on around here.
We would very much appreciate your prayers.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After Work

                                                          After work there's play!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bits and Pieces

Normally when I make our homemade bathroom cleaner I use white vinegar, water, a little natural cleaner such as the original Basic H, and add sweet orange essential oil. It smells great and citrus oils kill germs and stuff. My daughter-in-love gave me a great tip a while back. Put your orange peels in a jar and fill it with vinegar. Let it sit a few weeks and strain. Use it as you would the vinegar and now you don't have to add the oil. When I make the cleaner I just fill the spray bottle half way with the vinegar, the rest of the way with water, add a little natural liquid soap, and if you need extra germ-killing power add some grapefruit seed extract.
Unfortunately, you can only buy the original Basic H in five gallon buckets now. We use it for several things around the farm so that works o.k. for us. We have a book, Home Remedies II, that lists over 100 uses for Basic H. We don't use all of them but we do use some of the ideas. We know a lady that is able to order the cleaner for us.
The strawberries came on early this year and we have been harvesting lots of them. This is such a blessing! We have been eating them fresh right out of the strawberry patch (you can't walk by and smell that smell without picking some and eating them and, of course, you have to eat lots as you pick), having them for dessert with fresh whipped cream (out of this world!), and making lots of jam.
We've been harvesting sheep sorrel, as well as continuing to harvest plantain, comfrey, and red clover. Sheep sorrel is a plant that is easy to identify and has very tasty sour leaves. We have been picking the leaves of lambsquarter, also, which is mild tasting like raw spinach. It is good raw and we also like to make wilted greens with it by sauteeing sliced onions in bacon grease, olive oil, or butter and adding the greens and stirring just until they are wilted. So good!
Today as I was very seriously talking about how there was so much to do and so little time to do it in, our attention was drawn to a vehicle slowing in front of our place. The person driving it was looking at the nine cows in our front yard. No kidding. Let the round-up begin....
Quite a while later, as we were visiting with the neighbor who helped get the cows back where they belonged, I realized, once again, that it is not by our strength or power that it will all get done, but by His. (And that we can, and we really need to remember to, enjoy the journey.) I'm so glad those crazy cows got out.

Mark 10:27 " .....for with God all things are possible."  

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Persevere. I'd heard that word before when I was treating our goat Emily's eye after it had been injured by another goat's horn. I was nervous about whether what I was doing was going to work and I heard: Persevere.
I heard that word again recently when we were plowing with our workhorse and everything seemed to be going wrong. Persevere.
We had to persevere through some very difficult things this last winter. Some things are over and others are not. Did they work out well? Not always.  Is it worth it to keep going? Yes.

Ephesians 6:13 " ...... and having done all, to stand."