Forgive the lack of posting the last few months.  Life seemed to get hectic and I just didn’t have the time or energy to devote to the blog.  Between working full-time, homeschooling Maggie, family, home, life, etc I was feeling very overwhelmed and something had to give.  Sadly, it was the blog!  Hoping to change all that.  I just recently quit my job.  I felt that Maggie really needed me to be home with her and to focus more on her studies.  I’m excited about our new adventure and hoping that we can get some good progress going in the homeschooling department!

Also, I am moving my blog from the free WordPress format to a hosted WordPress format.  Exciting.  But it’s taking some time as I am not a computer genius!  LOL  I am hoping to be back in full swing again in the next 2 weeks.

A lot of changes going on for our little family.  But they are all good.  And all exciting.  And I can’t wait to share with you!



It’s Twins!


We FINALLY got baby goats.  We have waited so long for this to happen!  Our sweet little Sunni surprised us Thursday afternoon with two little bucklings.

I knew she was close, but I didn’t think it was going to happen on Thursday.  Typically I come home at lunch and check on everyone.  Thursday I didn’t.  I got home about 3:30 went into the goat house and saw something behind one of the other goats.  I was trying to figure out which chicken it was.  Then it hit me.  It’s not a chicken, it’s a baby goat!  So I looked around to see if there were any more and SURPRISE! found the second one.

I was so proud of Sunni.  It’s her first freshening and I was really worried about the birthing process.  But she did it.

She has been such a good mama.


Meet Jack……



And here is sweet Nixon (aka Nix)




Today Chris made a temporary fence around the birthing house so everyone could come out and play.  They are so adorable hopping around.  What a perfect start to Spring!

Our rabbits, Ivy and Maple are due to kindle tomorrow – which is April Fool’s Day.  So curious to see if they birth early like last time.  If so we will have Easter babies.  Either way we are so excited about all this new birth and happy beginnings!  This is what it’s all about!


I made cheese!

I have wanted to make cheese forever.  I finally made some!  I am so darned proud of myself!  🙂  Of course I chose a very simple cheese to start with, Paneer.   But nonetheless…..I MADE IT!

We purchased The Cheesemaker’s Pantry kit from Hoegger’s Supply Company.  I absolutely LOVE the recipe book that came in the kit!  The pictures are phenomenal.  And the information and directions are great!  If you don’t need the kit, the recipe book would definitely be one you want for your collection!  (I have not been paid to do a review, just really like the product!)

So it all started with a gallon of raw goat’s milk

It’s best to use a double boiler, but you can use a regular pot as well.  Just make sure you stir constantly while waiting for milk to come to a roaring boil.  You don’t want to scald your milk.

Waiting to boil….getting close

Once your milk boils remove from heat and add in either lemon juice, vinegar or citric acid powder that has been dissolved in water

Stir for about 2 minutes.  Make sure you stir in one direction so your curds will form.  If you want salt now is the time to add it.

After your curds form cover your pot for 10 minutes.  Once your whey has settled it is now time to drain

Pour your whey and curds into a strainer lined with cheese cloth over a large pot.

That will leave you with your curds in the cheesecloth and your whey down below in the pot.

Hang your cheese in the cloth above your strainer so the rest of the whey can drain out and the cheese gets firm

This is the whey I got from 1 gallon of milk.  I will either be  using it to make mozarella cheese or I will freeze some for when we have “dry months”.  I know for sure I will be making some fermented whey lemonade.  This is a yummy treat!

And here it is!  My first cheese!  It’s not pretty.  In fact it looks like it would be fun to use for Halloween as a brain.  But it is FANTASTIC! I am so happy with the end result and I am ready to make more!  My next endevor will be a yummy soft spreadable cheese.

And then there were Nine…..

We did it.  We finally bit the bullet and got ducks.  We have contemplated it now for about 2 years.  I’m so glad we got them.  They are the sweetest creatures ever!  We now have 4- 3 week old Khaki Campbell’s and 5- 6 week old Ancona’s.  We have had them now for about 2 weeks and i’m already questioning why we didn’t do this sooner!

The Khaki Campbells are excellent layers.  They typically lay 300 eggs a year.  (Remember, we got 4 and we think they are all hens).  And the Ancona Ducks are a rare breed that lay around 210-280 eggs a year.  We think these may all be hens as well.  So, what does that mean?  A lot of eggs coming our way!  Of course once we got home I did the duck math and realized that we are going to be up to our ears in eggs between the chickens and the ducks.  I can see a “FREE EGG” sign in the yard in our future!  LOL

Once we move onto the new property we plan on making them a small pond.  Right now they have a very cute kiddie pool, but they definitely need something more.  I can’t wait to make our own little Duck Dynasty 😉  The ducks will be as spoiled as the chickens.  I am sure of this!

So, if you are like we were and you are thinking about getting ducks…DO IT!  You wont regret it!

Dinner time!

I’m looking forward to sharing our duck adventures!

On My Mind…..

This is a Friday photo feature that anyone with a blog can join. It opens the door to us sharing our lives through these photos and gives us all a new way to discover each other, and maybe form new friendships. Your photo should show something at home that you’re thinking about TODAY.
To take part, all you have to do is post a photo on your own blog, write a short caption explaining it, and link it back to DOWN—TO—EARTH. Please write a new post, don’t link to an older one. When your photo is published, go back and add at DOWN—-TO—EARTH, with a link to your blog photo so we can all find you. Please visit all the blogs that appeal to you and leave a comment. Slow down, take the time to cruise around and enjoy your cyber visits.
Thank you Rhonda Jean for another On My Mind!
Homesteading August 2011 004 I was watching Maggie pick strawberries out of the garden.  She sat down on a rock and was enjoying her harvest.  It made me think about how wonderful Summer has been.  Every evening we go down to the garden as a family, water the garden, harvest veggies, check feed/water for the chickens and goats, enjoy seeing the bees come back to their boxes or hang out in the yard and then we have a sit in our chairs enjoying our surroundings. 

I was happy.

And then it made me realize how soon this will be over.  School starts in a few short weeks.  After that the weather starts to turn and Fall will be here before we know it.  Now, Fall is my favorite time of year so I am not dreading it at all.  But what I am dreading is the carefree moments that we have enjoyed as a family.  No routines to follow, no rules, no certain bedtime, just enjoying each minute as they come.
This has been a great Summer!

I’m still around!

WOW!  Our moving experience has been one wild ride……and unfortunately we are still on it!  No, we have not gotten into the house yet.    We are patiently waiting though and hoping to be in between now and the next 6 months. 

We moved to a lovely area, but unfortunately I can only get dial up for now.  I am having problems getting hooked up because my computer is too new and doesn’t want to use dial up, but I think we have it figured out now!

Maggie started school in August and couldn’t be happier.  Neither could I.  She has broken out her shell and has blossomed far more than I could have hoped for.  Last night we had a potluck at school and
Back to School night.  She got up with her classmates and sung the sweetest song, The Magic Penny.  Another parent took video so I am hoping to get a copy and share it with all of you.

The school is big on gardening and being outdoors, which is right up my alley.  We are starting a Garden to Table program.  I am on the Garden Committee and am excited about all the things planned.  I will share more when I get my computer up at home.

I just wanted to pop in real quick, I hope I haven’t lost all my readers!  I should be back in full swing by next week!  YIPPEEE!!!