Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dairy Goats

The first thing we purchased for our homestead after moving in were chickens cause we love farm fresh eggs & meats. Once you have had them you won't go back to store bought. We have Turkeys as well but the hatchlings haven't survived being free range so we're in the process of constructing an enclosure so they can nest in safety. Its nice to know what we're eating no growth hormones and such. We also have meat rabbits and soon as we get the fencing done we will raise some beef cattle. 




Oh yeah this was supposed to be about dairy goats. Well just like the eggs & meat once you had fresh goats milk you won't go back to store bought whole cows milk. I can't taste the difference and we don't have to worry about hormones or pasturuzing as goats milk is naturally pasteurized and better for your belly.  We have one Nubian & one LaMancha and we yield about one and a half gallons a day. Yes I hand milk at 7 am & 7 pm. So what do we do with all this milk. Well we drink it. 




I also make cheese with it. Still working on getting the hardness correct and not looking like ricotta but it tastes awesome. 


Yesterday I made my first batch of yogurt. I especially like it with granola and raisins. 



Props go out to Hanby Dairy & New England Cheese for all their products & equipment. Everything is well packaged with instructions. Their kits are great with easy 
recipes. I highly recommend stainless steel pots, strainers & utensils. A candy thermometer is a must. I also purchased a YogoTherm to help make the yogurt. Since we are on solar this product does not use any electricity. The Yogurt packets have instructions which make it very simple. 


Next I will be making lotions and soaps. Just waiting on the supplies to come in which I purchased from Bulk Apothecary so stay tuned. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rockin G Ranch in progress

Been a while since my last post; but been busy with Pat being sick. It's hard with us both being disabled so it's going but very slowly. See

These were born this spring




Also got to make these:



Bagheera is expecting:


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Homesteading Continued......

Had to go to the property to meet the septic man (county is forcing us to have septic, we wanted to do composting, to save water and to nurture our soil).  Septic man got ill and was so apologetic have to meet up with him again at another time.  Trip up was successful as we got the trail up to the ridge cleared and cleaned up the Outdoor Kitchen area.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let the Homesteading Begin

The time is coming near.  All is packed and ready to go.  Tiny Home, Shop Cabin & Sewing Cabin built and on the way.  Land cleared and ready for them to be delivered.  I'm so excited to begin our new life off the grid.  Homesteading here we come.

Tiny Home will sit on this pad just like this.  So our back yard view

This will go on the pad like this.  So our kitchen living room view

Sewing Cabin (it will have a red roof) on this pad 

Shop Cabin on this pad

Haven't had time to create but did manage to get my grandson Theo's birthday socks done.