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Welcome, Peony!

Welcome, Peony!

We have our third doe! We brought Peony home on Friday evening. After losing to the odds and winding up with all buck kids this spring, we had no choice but to outsource. We found a wonderful couple who helped us with disbudding our kids, and they happened to have a few doelings available. I don’t really believe in things that are ‘meant to be,’ but when we found out her name was Peony when we had decided to have a plant…

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How to Make Gjetost

How to Make Gjetost

This post should really be called “How NOT to Make Gjetost.” It took us four times to get it right. FOUR. This is such a simple recipe to make, yet we bungled 3 batches of it before winding up with the cheese we were hoping for. I’m glad we persisted, as gjetost has a flavor unlike any cheese I’ve ever had before that is nothing short of fantastic. Yes, I know, it doesn’t look like much, but trust me in…

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Pomology

Pomology

We have a new category here on the blog: Pomology! The definition of pomology is the science of cultivating fruit. We’ve alluded to our fruit trees only in our About Us page and perhaps a few fleeting mentions here and there on some posts. Yet the fact of the matter is that pomology has always been of great importance to us. Our family consumes a lot of fruit, and we make many trips to local U-pick farms throughout the summer and fall to get…

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How To Get Wool From Angora Rabbits – The Easy Way

How To Get Wool From Angora Rabbits – The Easy Way

With all the excitement of goat kids, we’ve all but forgotten to mention the other animals on here (and the newly started garden – more on that later.) Today, we’ll talk about our French Angora Rabbits. Frequently, people ask us if we shear our rabbits to get wool from them. You could shear them with scissors or clippers, but that leaves a blunt end on the fibers that makes it just a little more difficult to spin. We employ a different method…

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Crying Over Spilt Milk

Crying Over Spilt Milk

… no goat kids yet. Flora has been separated from the others so that she can have some privacy and rest these last few days. Still, she continues to keep us guessing. Who do you think will deliver first: Flora, or April the giraffe? I’m not holding my breath over the giraffe calf, but I am eager for Flora to get down to business.  You guessed it: a freshened goat means more dairy! Milk has been our running theme as…

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