Friday, March 30, 2012

More Pics

I spent some time outside yesterday after doing the normal feeding and watering.  I moved the sheep and goat fence so they had a new area to graze.  I also took some pictures of all of the babies around the place.  

The pig loved her treat of a too-ripe banana.  She's 9 weeks old now (born on Feb 3rd). 

The lambs are just about 5 weeks old now (born on Feb 27) and getting cuter by the day. 

This guy below is my favorite of the two  He's got darker points, and look at his cute little "mutton chop" facial hair. 

The goats are hard to photograph, since they never ever stand still.  They're 6.5 weeks old now (born Feb 15th) and I'm counting down the days until they're weaned.  Some people love bottle feeding babies, but I cannot stand it!  They're just so darn obnoxious about it and it's a hassle.  I've always been this way though.  You either love it or you don't.  It just reminds me that I like sheep better than goats. Don't get me wrong, I love my does June and Ida, but if it wasn't for the goat milk I wouldn't hesitate to have only sheep. 

I took this video when I let the kids and the pig out to graze a little bit.  The pig loves her time out, and luckily she doesn't stray too far...although she did meet the electric fence yesterday!

I really like having the pig.  Maybe one day when we have more space we can breed and raise them.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Soaps!

Three new soaps in the shop!  I'm really excited about these.

The Coconut Lime Verbena and the Citrus Cilantro are two of my favorites.  They're fresh and not to sweet like some floral scents.

This shaving soap is something new.  It contains bentonite clay, which gives the lather a nice slip, so it's perfect for shaving.  The scent is gender neutral, so it's great for men and women alike.  This soap also has castor oil, which makes a really great lather.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Play Time Outside

I haven't showed the lambs lately, so I wanted to include a picture of them.  They're growing fast and getting cuter by the day!

The weather has been so nice lately, so I put the pig and goat kids in the outdoor pen to see how the liked it.  They all really had fun, and the pig loved rolling around on the ground and splashing herself with water.

The goats behaved like goats and tried to climb the wall.


The goats were so funny jumping all around.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Joey's Ride

Joey, my brother in law, just bought a scooter to drive back and forth to work, since his truck doesn't get the best gas mileage. He was nice enough to bring it over so we could all take it for a spin around the yard!

Here's Joey and his girlfriend.

My brother, Chris, came for a visit and took it for a spin.

David took each of the kids for a ride, and let them steer.

And I took it for a few loops! It was pretty fun to ride, and will definitely save him gas money. Luckily he doesn't work too far from home.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Are we there yet?

This picture was taken a couple weeks ago.

Every year around this time I start getting antsy. Things are looking so bleak and drab, but the weather is warming up and it just doesn't match. In my mind, if the weather is warm we should have green stuff. You know, like leaves and grass. It's messing me up that we have weather in the near 80's but there's nothing growing yet, besides the daffodils.

I was looking at some pictures from last year, and I love how green everything looks. These pictures were from the end of April.

Look how green! I can't wait for it to green up, and I'm sure the sheep feel the same way.

I know in a few more weeks there will be a noticeable difference, especially if we keep having warm days! I am waiting on the results for my soil sample (from the pasture), so I know whether or not I need to fertilize. I need to maximize my production since we have such a small area.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Piggy Love

Piggy, Pig Pig, Ziggy Piggy, whatever name we happen to call her, is getting big! Well, to me she's big, since she was so young when I got her. It's like your don't realize how big they've gotten until you look at old pictures of them.

She loves to flop over on her side, especially for belly rubs.
(She wasn't getting a belly rub in the pic below though.)

And you know what she did the other day? She rooted all around until her nose was dirty...

Then she came over to me and wiped her dirty nose ALL over my jeans.

Uh, geez, thanks a lot!

Then she came over for a snuggle.

And then she said, "Look how cute I am! Don't you want to kiss me?"

And I told her not really, but I still love her.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New in the Shop!

Two new cozies in the shop!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Silly Pig!

She's so funny!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


The chickens love to ride on the sheep. I'm not sure why...maybe their toes get cold and the wool warms them? :-) I caught this picture of the hens on Bean before the chickens decided to hop down. And I'm not exactly sure what Barley is doing on the left..sticking out her thumb.

And Darla's boys are doing really well. They're filling out and getting to the really cute stage.

This video is cute...I love watching baby animals hopping all around!

Lip Balm Winner!

I'm a little late announcing the winner, but according to, the winning comment was Lorraine! Congrats! Just email me with your address and what kind of lip balm you'd like!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Shaker Lemon Pie

I bought a bag of Meyer lemons last week. Partly because they were packaged in a cute little bag (sucker!) and partly because I'd heard of a pie that used the whole lemon, rind and all.

It's called the Shaker lime pie. Apparently the Shakers did not want to waste any of the precious lemons, so they made the pie with the whole thing (minus the seeds). The lemons get sliced very thinly, then mixed with a generous amount of suger, some eggs, and vanilla. I was excited to try it!

I added the ingredients...

...and made the pie with my interpretation of a lemon branch.

It looked so good and I could not wait to try it!

The result? Eh. David hates it. I think it's just ok. The lemons were SO tart and bitter. Maybe I didn't slice them thinly enough. Also, most recipes I've seen call for 2 lemons and 2 cups of sugar. The recipe I used called for 3-4 lemons (I used 4) and 2 cups of sugar.

So since the crust is delicious, and the lemon curd itself is good, I've been eating it and just removing the lemon slices. I wish I had peeled the lemons first, because I think I could handle that.

Here's the recipe for the crust (but I did use my food processor to make it). The crust and the curd is really good a little vanilla ice cream on top!
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