Join us on our journey of homesteading!

Welcome to our farm blog! This blog is going to be a place where we can learn and grow together on various homesteading topics. Whether it be about raw milk, goats, gardening, chickens or milk products, there will be some teaching and sharing as I talk about our journey on how we live. I want this to be a dynamic environment where we can share ideas and help eachother learn about shared topics of interest.

Our farm has been raising Nigerian Dwarf goats for 8 years and we have been consuming their milk for almost 6 of those years. We have made a lot of mistakes along the way and would like to think that we know what we are doing, but we are always learning new things to make what we do on the farm easier or more efficient. We finally have an abundance of milk and have been enjoying trying new things with it. It has been a remarkable superfood for our youngest child who had a lot of allergy issues when she was younger and just thrives on the raw milk.

Next week will be our first blog post about a specific topic which will include a how to video. I thought that I would start with something that would appeal to a vast majority of people and one I get asked about all the time…homemade Greek yogurt! Please share this blog with anyone you feel would be interested and stay tuned for next weeks post!

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Have a great day!

Cristen

A perfect Birthday!

As a child I always dreamed of having a white birthday, but that rarely happened. Well this year, it was my whitest birthday ever! On Friday, we woke up to about 5 inches of snow, it was so pretty. Below are a few pictures of what our place looked like covered in snow as well as some of our critters having fun. 🙂

Looking to the South of our property

Looking to the South of our property

Looking toward the Sheep shed

Looking toward the Sheep shed

Looking to the East

Looking to the East

Looking down Bellfountain Road

Looking down Bellfountain Road

The girls trudging through the snow

The girls trudging through the snow

Nutmeg in the snow

Nutmeg in the snow

Melas, Kodi and Bentley

Melas, Kodi and Bentley

The dogs catching snowballs!

The dogs catching snowballs!

Even at 14, Kodi still has a playful puppy streak in her!

Even at 14, Kodi still has a playful puppy streak in her!

When I got home from work, Jesse had cooked a prime rib and yorkshire pudding, something my dad used to always fix for my birthday dinner, it was very sweet of him! He also made me a chocolate cheesecake, which I love, it was delicious!! All in all, it was a wonderful birthday!

My cheesecake

My cheesecake

SNOW!!

This week has been very white and very cold! I enjoy having the snow, but it certainly makes my work commute a lot longer. I spent 3 hours in the car on Monday getting to and from work because all of the roads were so icy. The roads have been getting better, but we still have quite a bit of snow on the ground. This picture is blurry but the only one I could get as it was too dark to take any good pictures. Bentley absolutely loves the snow and it has been so hard to get him to come inside once he is out there, it is fun to watch him pick up the snow and throw it around.

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Memories from the past…

One of my best memories as a child was being able to go into our garage and choose from an over abundance of canned dill pickles to enjoy all year long. I have always had quite the addiction to dill pickles! We had shelves that I always thought were custom made to hold quart jars, until just recently I found out they used to hold our toys when we were little and eventually made there way to the garage.

Last weekend, Jesse built a couple of shelves that are custom made to hold quart and pint jars. It is so awesome to see all of our hard summer work in one place. It is incredible that we just about filled the whole thing!

We have tomatoes, green beans, dill pickles, sweet pickles, dilly beans, salmon, pears, peaches, apple sauce, salsa, peach butter, plum jelly, fruit leather and various dried fruits and vegetables.

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Winter Preparation for the bucks

Jesse added some structure to the buck pen about a month ago to prepare it for the rainy, wintry months ahead. This gives them quite a bit more shelter from the elements.

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Crystal’s Triplets…

Well, we have been quite busy recently and I have not blogged as much as I have wanted to. These are Crystal’s kids that were born in October. They were the last set of kids for the year. The buck will be retained and probably be a replacement for his sire. His mom contributes a lot of dairy character, which should make him an improvement on his dad. He is polled like his dad and such a sweet little guy. The 2 girls will be going to their new home in January.

Here is the buck kid, I am still thinking of a name for him.
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This is one of the little does, from birth she has always been full of personality and quite curious. When the kids were first born I thought there were only twins, then after a few minutes I noticed a little kid outside of the kidding pen under the ladder to the loft. She was fine and her mom didn’t think twice about taking her back.
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Here are all 3 of the kids cuddled together.
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The Sullivan Crew…

We have 3 wonderful dogs and 1 cat that are a big part of our family.

This is Kodi, she will be 14 next week and has been my loyal companion for all of those years. She loves helping with chores and keeping everyone in line around the place. One of her favorite things on the farm are the baby goats, she is very sweet to them and loves to give them kisses.

This is Bentley, he is 4 1/2 and full of life, he is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. We have done a lot of agility in the past and hope to have a spot on the property to practice in the future.

This is Jesse’s dog Melas, he is a black lab, chow cross, with a slight underbite! 🙂 He is a sweet natured dog that loves to hang out with his Dad.

This is our cat, Monty, he is a Bengal cross with really neat markings. He is a great mouser and loves hanging out with the dogs.