Yay! More shelf space!

We are so excited and thankful for the extra shelf space at Yokes Fresh Market! It is great that we have been blessed with this opportunity to share our soaps and lotions with the folks in Northern Idaho!

All of our soaps and lotions at Yokes Fresh Market in Ponderay Idaho.

All of our soaps and lotions at Yokes Fresh Market in Ponderay Idaho.

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Happy Sunny Honey Bear!

Happy Sunny Honey Bear

Happy Sunny Honey Bear

Good evening all! Well we had a most beautiful day here on the farm as you can see by the very happy goat in the picture. The day began very cold, 27 degrees to be exact, but warmed up to 57 and was very sunny so a very good day to get lots done. Of course the goats figured it was a beautiful day to lay in the sun and just soak up the rays. They were all very happy all day and played on the rocks and climbed trees until bed time.
The hens are really stepping up their game these days! We are getting 9 to 11 eggs daily which is really awesome! I am including goat milk in their diet to help them on their road to becoming the greatest egg layers ever…… they are so cute. We do have one egg eater in the hen house, not sure who it is, but I think it may be one of the Buffs. We shall keep an eye out for the notorious egg eating henny penny.
The boys made lovely BBQ ribs for dinner tonight, which they started early this morning. Talk about wonderful! Fall off the bone awesome. And to top it all off, Jake made a killer BBQ sauce to go with them. Delish! So, for a wonderful treat, I made chocolate pudding for dessert made with yummy goat milk which came out totally yummy!
As you can imagine, all the wonderful sunshine, BBQ, and pudding has me very tired and ready to sleep so g’night all….. sweet dreams ❤

Why do we make soaps and lotions?

Display of our Castile Soaps at Bushels Store in Newport Washington.

Display of our Castile Soaps at Bushels Store in Newport Washington.

Well, we had a very busy day bottling lotions and liquid soaps for two large orders. It is so wonderful that so many people are enjoying our soaps and lotions! I know I love them and use them every day so I can just imagine that many feel the same way. I like using clean soaps with no yucky stuff in it and lotions that have ingredients that are familiar and have nothing to do with brake fluid or anti freeze. My daughter told me years ago to watch out for any product that listed propylene glycol as one of the ingredients. It is a toxic chemical which is in many health and beauty products and food as well. It is also used in antifreeze and brake fluid. So, when I had trouble finding products without propylene glycol in them I decided that I would have to begin making my own. So, here I am just selling the goodies that I make for me and my family so that we don’t have to use toxic chemicals on our skin.
Well, that is just a bit of the history of our soapmaking adventure….. I hope you take a moment and check the ingredients on your beauty products and food items and make sure you can pronounce and identify the items in them. You will be glad you did. 🙂

Check out our own little Honey Bear on the cover of Glamor Goat Magazine <3

Glamor Goat cover

Busy Spring Days!

What a busy weekend! Wow! Cleaning goat houses can really be a tough job…. especially with all of our helpers. Starbright loves to inspect my work as I am going to make sure I don’t miss even one goat berry  She is a stickler for a clean house!
The babies are doing very well…. Emelia loves to hang her feet over Reggio while he walks around. She is such a nut. I will see if I can get a picture of it…. it is totally adorable! Honey and Daisy Mae are becoming very good friends now that they bunk together. They love to lay in the shade together and chew…… just too cute. Jim has a new place next to the girls yard now so he can be part of the herd but not in with the girls. He is very happy with his new digs! Soon, in a few weeks, Reggio will be joining him in the bachelor pad.
Starr is doing better every day on her boo boo leg. She walks on it all the time now and only limps if she has to run. I don’t think she trusts it to hold up to running. She is such a love! I love to sing the Starr goat song to her 🙂 
Sugar and Bella are doing awesome on the milk stand! Bella is such a giver…. she gives almost a half gallon of milk a day…. and I still leave some for the babies. Sugar gives about a quart, but she is a first freshner and I expected it to be low, but it is very creamy and sweet milk so she makes up for the low numbers with great quality milk.
We have been working in the garden for many days and have planted about 160 tomato plants, assorted green beans, lettuce, peppers, and herbs. Talk about sore muscles…..
Well, until next time….. take care and happy farming! 🙂

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News from the farm ~ Bella and her babies <3

What a day we had here on the farm! Bella and her babies were integrated into the herd successfully!! Bella is such a good mama that she made sure her babies were safe from harm all day ♥ Her and Starbright had it out first thing so that there would be no herd queen issues. That was an interesting altercation for sure. I think Bella just wanted Starbright to understand that the babies were more important than who the leader of the herd is. Daisy and Honey were really interested in these new babies and were intercepted by mama Bella several times. I am so happy that all went well and babies and mama are back in their side of the house to spend the night ♥
Tomorrow will bring lots of work including a chicken tractor being built and bee hives put in place and made ready for the new bees arrival.
Well, I am exhausted, so I will see you all tomorrow….. good night all…. sleep well my friends ♥

Bella’s Babies ~ Reggio and Emilia

Reggio and Emilia

Reggio and Emilia

New Babies on the Farm <3

Baby girl and mama Bella <3

Baby girl and mama Bella ❤

Baby boy <3

Baby boy ❤

Baby girl <3

Baby girl ❤

Mama checking out her new sweeties <3

Mama checking out her new sweeties ❤

Baby girl >3

Baby girl ❤

Baby boy <3

Baby boy ❤

Hi All! Well, last night was a long one! Bella, our Alpine doe, had her baby buckling at 1:26 am this morning and the baby doeling shortly their after. We were out in the goat barn until after 3 am making sure everyone was dry and doing well. So needless to say we are bushed and in dire need of a good night sleep! Here are some pictures of our little ones….

Playing with goats~ Fun on the Farm

Honey climbing a tree

Honey climbing a tree

Honey Bear

Honey Bear

Daisy mae

Daisy mae

Bella eating an entire tree

Bella eating an entire tree

Happy Starr Goat

Happy Starr Goat

Daisy and Honey having a chat about pine...

Daisy and Honey having a chat about pine…

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae

Honey Bear up a tree

Honey Bear up a tree

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae

Sugar hiding in the bushes :)

Sugar hiding in the bushes 🙂

Starbright enjoying her adventure

Starbright enjoying her adventure

Daisy mae

Daisy mae

Honey and Daisy talking about the yummy greenery

Honey and Daisy talking about the yummy greenery

Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

Stretching the mozzarella

Stretching the mozzarella

Perfect ball of mozzarella cheese

Perfect ball of mozzarella cheese

Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

1/4 tsp lipase powder, dissolved in 1/4 cup cool, unclorinated water and allowed to sit for 20 minutes
1/4 teaspoon liquid rennet diluted in 1/4 cup cool unclorinated water
1 1/2 level teaspoons citric acid dissolved in 1/4 cup cool unclorinated water
1 gallon fresh raw goat or cows milk
1 teaspoon cheese salt

Dissolve lipase, dilute rennet, and citric acid in separate bowls or cups. Place milk in stainless steel pot that has been sterilized. Bring milk slowly up to 55 degrees then add the citric acid solution and lipase. Mix well. Continue heating milk until it reaches 88 degrees and then add the diluted rennet stirring well. Continue heating until the temperature reaches 100-105 degrees. Turn off the heat. The curds should be pulling away from the sides of the pot and should look like thick yogurt. Scoop out the curds, with a slotted spoon, into a microwave proof bowl. Make sure you don’t drain all of the whey out of it. Add cheese salt. Microwave the curds on high for 1 minute. You can also do this on the stove in a pot and just heat it and knead it until it is stretchy. If using the microwave, heat two more times for 35 seconds each. Keep kneading until it looks really elastic and shiny. At this point you can roll it into a ball and enjoy or put it in a zipper bag and place in the refrigerator. Yield is about 1 pound. (this recipe is from a book by Rikki Carroll)

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