It's been a while since I've posted and I must say that I am much better about keeping my Etsy shop up to date than my blog and Facebook page. Life has been extremely busy keeping up with Scarlet and Madrone (2 and 4) (check out my friend's jewelry shop named after them- Scarlet & Madrone), the chickens and goats, my side jobs of making mason jar cups, tutus and photography, teaching Transitional Kindergarten and of course trying to stay on top of housework! The last one I tend to just keep the laundry and dishes done and everything else I get to when I can squeeze in time because as most of you know, it will ALWAYS need to be done so it can wait. ;o) Currently, my 3' x 6' island is covered in gift baskets filled with a 24 ounce mason jar cup, several recipes I canned this year (peach butter, roasted pepper dipping sauce, all fruit plum jam, grape jelly), venison jerky as well as jam filled shortbread cookies. I love homemade items for presents so I am hoping that others do as well. Also on my island are the last of my Christmas cards that need to get sent out, movies, mail and a whole bunch of other miscellaneous other items. Unfortunately it is a catch all for everything and it is also a huge pet peeve of mine to have clutter on it! Kind of a vicious cycle!!
Anyway, we are loving the country life we live and are continuing to add more work to our load. My husband is currently building a greenhouse so he can easily grown produce year round and I want to start growing fodder for my animals. It is seed that you sprout and then grow for 8 days and feed it to all the animals. It reminds me of wheatgrass. It does not grown in soil and the animals eat the green and rootmass. It is super nutritious and way less expensive than corn based bagged feed and alfalfa. I just recently started researching Dexter Cattle. They are under 1000 pounds and are a dual purpose breed: good milk production as well as a good meat breed. Currently we drink raw goat milk and I make cheese, but I would LOVE to have fresh butter and cow milk cheese. My friend who makes the most amazing sourdough (I get a loaf every week in exchange for eggs) wants to go in on the cow with us so that'd be great! Well I hope I didn't bore everyone too much. If you are interested in homesteading or any of my products or photography, send me an email or message. I would love to chat! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have got to get back to work. It's going to be a LONG day! Thankfully the sun is out so the girls can go outside and play! Doesn't get much better than winters in CA. :o)