Monthly Archives: April 2016

Time Well Spent 

I have started packing the house which is extremely stressful, I took this opportunity to learn something new.  I have started knitting!  I started with a hat then for my next project I decided on some nice relaxing…lace.  Right, so a giant lace blanket may not have been the most appropriate stress relief.  I have ripped out the same row twice now so I moved onto working on the fabric basket tutorial to take a break.  This basket is turning out very nicely  and I can’t wait to post the tutorial!  I also got to meet the farmers that I am get my wool sheep from today, my future sheep are very cute and very large.  I hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather!

 

Lambless

Well it finally happened my girls went back to he farm until we move. Ewestace and Lamb Chop were getting big and we leave Tuesday for Florida. Jeff and I decided it be easiest if they went back now. I am sure hey will be fine but I got aweful E attached to having my little lambs in the garage. 

Eat Your Wheaties!

Gus and Olive start sheep camp again today at Cherry Hill Training Center.  When Jeff fed Gus his breakfast I heard him pronounce to Gus “Eat up you, got to perform well today!”  Without even thinking I walked into the room and spoke up for Gus “Dad I don’t perform sheep herding, it’s a way of life.”  After Gus and I straightened out Jeff’s line of thought I realized he didn’t say anything to Olive.  I have decided this means one of two things; 1 Jeff has lost all hope that Olive will be useful for anything but a couch dog. 2 Olive is so amazing that she doesn’t need any encouragement or pep talks.  I can’t wait to see Olive and Gus work after all winter off for Gus and Olive’s first real herding lessons.  I will be sure to give you all an update after camp.

Slippery Slopes

Last night I made a vat of Chicken Chile Verde, which made enough for dinner as well as to can 8 pints.  I love having canned dinners in the fridge for nights that I don’t want to cook.  This is a recipe I have never canned before so I won’t post the recipe to can just yet (I want to make sure it does’t kill anyone first ;).  Today I went to a knitting class that was delightful.  I decided after many many years of quilting that If I was going to have sheep I better learn to knit, it turned out to be much more fun than I had anticipated.  As I am typing this I realized we have embarked on quite a slippery slope.  We got a border collie who needed sheep, now we have a farm and sheep.  We bought a farm so clearly we would bring Ace our horse home and he needed friends so we have bought 3 Nubian goats.  I wonder what we will get next…

Wood Stove

Our new farmhouse has a wood stove in the house which we are super excited about.  I was supposed to be researching how to replace the bricks inside the stove when I found these super cute wood stove steamers.  They have steamers in cast iron and so many different styles and shapes you can get yours here or here.  I most definitely will need one of these!

woodstove steamer

 

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Family Time

April is a month of many birthdays in the Cacia family, my own birthday as well as both my father and mother in-laws birthdays.  Yesterday we celebrated another birthday by going to Painting With A Twist with friends and family.  We just happened to be painting one of my favorites flowers the daffodil.  They make it very easy for everyone to follow along and paint their canvas perfectly.  Katie was our instructor this time and she did a wonderful job!  My daffodils turned out wonderfully!

 

Squeaky clean

I have been making soap for our home for about a year now, today I tried a new recipe.  I used almond milk instead of water, we will see how this turns out in about 4-6 weeks.  For those of you who have never made soap this is how I do it (I am not a soap expert but it gets us clean).  First I measure out all the ingredients by weight in plastic cups.

The next step is to mix the lye with the water or milk.  I used and ice water bath to keep the lye mix from heating up to much so that I can add it to the oils.img_3671  After lye is mixed set aside and melt solid oils in a pot.  Once the lye and the oils reach between 90-110 degrees you mix them together.

I use a hand mixer to mix the soap, the soap is mixed until it reaches what is called “trace” which is like runny pudding.

At the trace point you add essential oils and colorants (I added vanilla oil and calendula petals to this soap).  At this point you place the liquid soap into the mold (grease the mold with oil to help release the soap later I used coconut oil).  I added some extra flower petals on the top to make it pretty.

 

Spring Time Busy

We have been busy here with spring time, not only do we have the two bottle lambs but we also brought all the rabbits home this last weekend.  I love having my bunnies back home where I can spoil them and love on them.  One of our adult breeders Sly got to retire and went to a wonderful pet home.  Sly will have other rabbits to be around as well as cats, I am so happy he went to such a good home!  The lambs are getting big and will probably go back to the farm sometime next week.  I brought Gus and both the bottle lambs out to the farm where we take our herding lessons yesterday to walk and get some energy out.  Gus was beside himself to be back at the farm and didn’t understand why we were not doing any work.  Ewestace and Lamb Chop were excited to run like crazy all over the pasture, both lambs seemed a bit confused by the other lambs nursing off the Ewes which made me a bit sad.  I love both my girls and can’t wait until we can bring them home to our future farm.  I have started packing the house here in town and started planning moving details.  It is only 61 more days until we move (not that anyone is counting)!  The picture below is my future view from the backyard of the farmhouse.IMG_3555