Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Made wonderful with Herbs

Beautiful Chives

 I've always loved herbs but over the past year I have become somewhat passionate about cooking with them. If I'm not able to cook with fresh cut ones, I use ones I've flash frozen or dehydrated myself. I wouldn't know where to begin with comparing all the differences in herbs you've grown yourself over store purchased I won't :) But once you try the difference, you'll get a taste of why this is a newly discovered passion for me!

Whipping up a simple potato/milk based soup - I added fresh parsley, chives, the blossoms & celery that I dehydrated. If you haven't tried chives blossoms won't be disappointed when you do. They add a completely different taste/texture to your dishes than the chive itself and that touch of color is stunning!

Here's my simple little soup recipe made wonderful by herbs:

5 large potatoes - peeled/diced and put in a stock pot. Fill with just enough water to cover the potatoes. Cook until potatoes are soft and water is nearly gone. 
1/2 - 3/4 gallon of milk (I use goat milk of course) - add to the pot
3 tablespoons of butter (I've used sheep milk butter & ricotta - whatever I have) - add to the milk
On low heat, stir often and simmer for 20-30 minutes while adding your herbs: I used parsley, chives, chive blossoms, celery.
If you like a heartier soup, you can thicken with a bit of flour. Garnish with a few chive blossoms and serve!

Herb & Chive Blossom Soup

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

house dog to farm dog..

From childhood till now, I can never remember a time where I was not completely owned by a dog. I know that animals are what I was born to journey along side through my paths of life...and I am very grateful for such a calling. Animals have taught me more than I could have ever learned without them.

So there are farm dogs, house dogs and house/farm dogs! Libby is a champion bred Lhasa Apso. I had her and her long pedigree flown in from Oklahoma and convinced, even myself, that maybe I would show her at some point. That was over 5 years ago and Libby is still no show dog but she is one very happy farm dog! All the dogs tend to be my shadow but Libby is the one that is under my feet with every the house or at the barn, Libby is in sync with my feet. Farm life means her gorgeous full coat is now a short practical do! She used to be all about the fuss and muss of her long blond locks but now its fresh warm milk, hanging out with the hens and long walks. She can also find an egg nest faster than anyone and is my number one cheese fan. There's so much to love about Libby and she always loves unconditionally in return.

Libby the champion sired house to farm dog :)

There's always a little milk left over for my shadow

She firmly believes this is why I have legs!

Making do with napping in a basket when my lap or legs are busy

Dogs & humans equally loving our walks

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.  ~Author Unknown

Sunday, April 8, 2012

milk and plenty

New paint!

Did you bring coffee?
New parlor


With labor, delivery and all things prenatal all behind us, we find ourselves quickly filling up our days with a few other things and taking full advantage of the beautiful Spring sunshine! The veggie garden is also underway, as well as the weeds. Tommy's planted some blueberry bushes,  fruit trees and a WONDERFUL little blackberry patch! I can for see this little patch of briars becoming one of my future favorite spots for me and the canines to unwind.
My newest hatch - what's Spring without a few baby chicks?!

Most of the girls are still nursing babies but the weaning process has begun. So morning milkings are busy and the milk pails are overflowing! With plenty of milk to go around, our Share season is in start up mode. And where there's milk...there's marvelous cheese! Our retail shops are also now stocked with my luxurious Sheep's Milk lotions. The season of milk & plenty has arrived!


Triplets :)

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What's in the bed I make

For those who know me well, this will come as no surprise...but I am no housekeeper :) My house and all that's in it, is basic and no frills. At any given moment, I'd rather be outdoors in the garden, with the animals or taking a walk, than concerning myself with anything indoors. There is no sweeter sound than birds singing first thing in the morning or the frog serenades at bedtime. I really do love everything about the outdoors! Even though there's allergies...the windows in the house are nearly always open.

Many years ago, as a young married mom, I struggled much with my role as the homemaker. The endless laundry, diapers, dinner and clean-ups. Much of my time was spent hoping the days would pass quickly, so I could get back to doing the things I enjoyed and felt I was missing out on.

Then an opportunity arose through a group of church ladies, to attend a Women of Faith conference in a nearby state. I reluctantly said I'd go, simply because I felt like I needed the time away. On the 2nd day of the conference as I sat in the middle of a massive stadium with women from every race, religion and background, I heard God speaking directly to me. The words from Matthew 25 were being read by someone I had never seen or heard of before but she spoke straight from my heart. Conviction showed how I rarely even made my bed. If I could not be cheerful and obedient in the smallest of things, how could He ever trust me with more?! How could I move onto the next phase of my life without surrendering my attitude, my heart and my home to Him at this phase. I have always taken much joy from the really simple things in life and did not realize until that very moment that I had been missing out on joy by not doing even the simplest of tasks, like making my bed.

That was nearly 15 years ago and my bed has not went unmade since, unless I am in it. Even in a tent, a motel, sick days...the bed gets made. The rest of the house, I won't get into :) but the bed is made! The powerful promise in that verse has blessed me far beyond what I could ever deserve, to be faithful and obedient. To surrender even the smallest of things, not only changed my attitude but my life. Reap joy my friends..and make your bed :)

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matt 25:23