Raw Milk

Raw milk is a delicious food. Food you say? Yes! Raw milk is a food not just a beverage. A good source of raw milk from a trusted farmer is a healthy addition to your diet. Do your research on your farmer, visit their farm meet the cows. Here are a few good sites to read on raw milk (no need for me to repeat what has already been done so well).

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/About_Raw_Milk.html

http://www.realmilk.com

 

I used to drink a TON of milk, the pasteurized store bought kind. Organic milks are not any better as they are UHT (ultra high temp) pasteurized and make the milk sterile. My stomach would cramp and complain every time I did, but I loved milk so I kept drinking even in pain. I had no idea I was lactose intolerant because as a kid I didn’t have this issue but the older I got the worse it got. So I researched….. found that raw milk does not cause issues like it’s pasteurized version. I found a local farmer who sold herdshares (so I could legally get raw milk) and bought one to try out. AH!!! My stomach pains went away! We have a small farm of our own with pigs and chickens so what was one little ole milk cow. 🙂

 

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I got a milk cow! Her name is Mistletoe but we call her Missy for short. We got her at Christmas time so that is how her name was picked. She is a Jersey cow.

Right now she is dried off and her calf is due any day!! I’m so excited!

There are so many things you can do with raw milk. Make cheeses and butter! It never really goes bad just turns into something else like clabbered milk. When it gets to that point or even sooner since we always have a fresh supply each day (why not drink the freshest) I throw whats left to the pigs. It cuts down on my feed costs for them and they LOVE it! So while I understand not everyone can get their own cow you can find a herdshare that might work for you.  We will more than likely offer them in the near future.

Happy Milking!!

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Birthday Girl

So Serious just had her 2nd birthday. Where did the days go? She was just a baby and now she is such a big girl. Full of No mommy’s, arm’s crossed and kisses. ha if I acted like this I think my husband would have me checked out. The life of a 2 year old… So since I like to bake I have to make each of my children cakes for their birthdays, so for So Serious’s I made a girly cake I made fondant roses and and put fondant ruffles around the base. This cake was very simple and easy to make yet it was fun!

ruffle cake

ruffle cake

roses on cake

roses on cake

Well Hello!

We are still here, I have haven’t forgotten you all. Spring and early summer is a very busy time on our little farm and with Hondo’s new work schedule he is not around to help with the farm duties as much so I’ve had less time to be here. So what has happened since my last post well let’s see….. we have gotten turkeys, 2 different batches about 3 weeks apart, we have more meat chickens and the layers are much bigger and the garden is in full swing. 😀 We had a tree in the front yard cut down that had a big hole in the bottom (every time I think about a hole in the bottom of the tree I start singing that song, you know “there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea”, I know it doesn’t make sense but it is what it is 😉 ).  Hondo built this wonderful chicken tractor, it was our first attempt it’s nice but heavy. I get the mower out to push it to a new spot everyday so it’s not too bad. Small Warrior is in swim lessons and we have joined a homeschool coop, even though the classes don’t start until August we still meet for play sessions and meetings. So very busy but never boring. I am so thankful for what we have, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Meat chickens and younger turkeys

Meat chickens and younger turkeys

Mr. Turkey

Mr. Turkey

one of the four pigs

one of the four pigs

Laying hens and one of the three roosters (he's in the lead)

Laying hens and one of the three roosters (he’s in the lead)

some lettuce and beans , only a small part of the garden

some lettuce and beans , only a small part of the garden

Kohlrabi and squash

Kohlrabi and squash

carrots

carrots

head lettuce and salad lettuce

head lettuce and salad lettuce

green beans and snap peas

green beans and snap peas

 

 

The Romeike Family

This family lived in Germany and came to the United States because of homeschooling. They were threatened with fines, removal of their children and possible imprisonment for homeschooling their children.  I would write a long post about this but I can’t say it any better or give you more information than the HSLDA site can so read this link

http://www.hslda.org/legal/cases/romeike.asp?src=email130322

Here are a few more blogs/articles that have written about it:

Ordinary Happily Ever After

Fox News

Liberty News

Writing About Anything I Want To – because I can

and sign the petition to help this family.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediate-action-requested-romeikes—grant-permanent-legal-status-persecuted-german-homeschool-family/06vqtgCp