Sunday, March 30, 2014

 TaTa is helping this mom have her baby.
 He was a big little guy.
 Ginger the last of the mom goats to kid.

 Tata had to help this mom too. Only one leg and he was a big one too.

This one is mostly white with black spots on him. We have 9 baby kids 3 girls and 6 males.Kidding started on Tuesday and end on Saturday. Katie was a busy lady.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pip's Triplets

 Here is Pip before she had any kids.
 Here is the start of the second one.


 This is the second kid a girl. And the biggest of the three.

 Hey look at me. Where is Charlie?
 Just hanging around.
 TaTa taking care of the navel. And you can see all three of the kids.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Another kid !!!!!!!!!!

 The new baby is checking out the baby from yesterday.
 The new baby is stretching.
Nutmeg and her new baby.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finally a new baby!!!!!!

 The red thing under him is a clip we put on his navel just like in the hospital on newborns.
 Here he is getting loved by his mom.
 Here he is safe and his mom is licking him .
The baby is coming butt first just like Charlie did when he was born.

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Do.

New hairdo day! I don't have to take selfies because Charlie is more than happy to take pictures of me. Disregard the television; that's what he was doing while I was gone, as Juniper was napping, and Daddy's down with a bad cold. He's pretty independent, that guy.
Ta Ta for Now... Becky

Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring is here??

We've all purchased expensive items (cars, big trucks, shoes, etc.) and have all, for the most part, gone through what some call Buyer's Remorse. Remorse is, according to my computer's dictionary: "deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed." Well, I just purchased and received the largest purchase of my life (cheese vat: $6000, shipping: $300.33) and although I had hemmed and hawed before buying it, fretted over the methods of shipping and payment, and worried and wondered whether it really was the right time to buy a vat, I felt not the least amount of guilt or shame when I opened up the garage door to find this waiting for me:
Can you tell that a farmer packaged this?

Needless to say, I was excited to get my vat home, where it belongs! :) It will be a little while before I am able to put it down in the basement (ahem...Brad and Chad - I need that ledge tuck-pointed asap!). When that does happen, however, I think I would like to throw a Cheese Curd Party; I will invite all of my cheese-loving friends down to grab a (freshly washed) handful of curds from the vat!
Hmmm, what could these oddly-shaped packages be?
All the odds-and-ends that make my vat so special: a temperature probe, agitator, control box, etc.
The vat with the lid open.
The inside of the vat.
The paddle, tucked in securely under the vat's legs and almost unnoticed by me!
I'm still considering many name options. A new thought is: Capra Nera Sotto Terra (Black Goat Under Ground). Not only does it symbolize the love I feel for goats and soil, but as soon as I move above ground and out of the basement, I can just call it: Capra Nera. Added bonus, it rhymes! Or, maybe I should quit over-thinking it and call it: Just Cheese. Hmmmm... You guys better send any comments or suggestions this way to help me out!

Vat with the lid closed; also covered so that while it waits patiently in the garage the birds don't poop on it!
As I was loading pictures from my camera to my computer, I discovered a few that say Spring! like nothing else can. Spring will arrive...won't it?

What says Spring! better than...

Men with flowers! :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We're getting ready for Spring!

 Eating asparagus meal #1 this week (also grilling out brats, which smelled and tasted delicious. Charlie ate a whole brat, asparagus and basil pesto potato salad.)
 Hey! Who are those adorable children in the dishwasher?
Eating asparagus meal #2 this week...which we bought, not grew, by the way. Travis did however grow the greens pictured next to the asparagus. A whole salad full! I was quite impressed and they were delicious. Along with lamb meatloaf and potatoes.Yum.
 Charlie ate all of that food!
 And Juniper loves asparagus. She just chomps the tops right off.
 Old toys in new locations equals lots and lots of time spent playing. We have been rearranging around here, and since Juniper is everywhere, Charlie and I have been setting up little stations for her around the house. Maybe I'll take pictures when its (hopefully) more organized. Charlie helped me fill these "shakers" with pasta, marbles, dried beans, rice, oatmeal and popcorn (he was very stingy with the popcorn and almost didn't let me use it, because he wanted to "cook it", so that's the smallest container).

I think he likes them more than Juniper does. Especially the marbles, that's "the best", aka loudest.

We'll be busy shaking it until Spring actually arrives...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I spent all day chasing after Juniper so she wouldn't get into trouble. She got into the cat food three times. Let the baby proofing begin! ~Becky

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Working out.

This is really cute. I should do the J-girl workout, which would be really tough, but I don't think I could handle the Gnarley Charlie. He's got to do after-breakfast/before brushing teeth and dressing stretches, before nap stretches, bed-time stretches, and various other random stretch times throughout the day (setting the table stretches, picking up toys stretches, you get the picture!). Plus he's constantly planking on the couches, from the tub to the toilet, from the bed to the dresser. And sometimes, just for fun, he runs from the front of the house to the back of the house, oh, about 50 times.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Lota Ricotta.

 I never make anything without my kitchen helper.

Finished product- lasagna for supper!

So easy. I used a recipe from America's Test Kitchen, with vinegar and lemon juice as the acid. Perhaps next, I should try Katie's recipe from her Spring Grove Herald interview in 2009 (this recipe uses apple cider vinegar instead; some recipes just use lemon juice).