Goat Update and 2017 Seed Order

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming, Garden, Goats, Homesteading, Spring, Uncategorized | Posted on 13-03-2017

Exciting news… We sold all 4 of our baby goats this year! This is our first time selling livestock and we’re very pleased that it went so well! They will start going to their new homes this Sat. (3/18/17). I’m happy that we found good homes for them.

Now, moving onto our garden. I purchased our 2017 seeds from Fedco again. We ordered from there last year and were pretty pleased with what we received.

Here is a list of what we ordered for 2017…
Provider Bush Green Bean
Sugar Ann Snap Peas
Golden Gopher Muskmelons
National Pickling Cucumbers
Black Zucchini
Saffron Yellow Summer Squash
Eastern Rise Buttercup Winter Squash
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
Luffa Gourds
Red Core Chantey Carrots
Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beets
French Breakfast Summer Radishes
Speckled Amish Bibb Lettuce
Solstice Broccoli
Golden Acre Cabbages
Snow Crown Cauliflowers
Peacework Sweet Peppers
Early Jalapeño Hot Peppers
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
Amish Paste Tomatoes
Genovese Basil
Santo Cilantro
Lavender
Common Mint
Rosemary

We also have seeds of various kinds left over from previous years that we’ll be using. I’ve kept them in the deep freezer so hopefully they will still be viable.

Now I need to sit down and plan out our garden plots, and get seeds started. So much to be done at this time of the year!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming, Goats, Homesteading, Spring | Posted on 25-02-2017

On February third we had a wonderful surprise. Our 6-year-old son ran in the house to announce that we had baby goats. Our Nigerian Dwarf doe, Popcorn, had her first kids. Two little bucklings. They are both tri-colored (brown, black & white) and one of them has blue eyes like his mother.

Then on February fifteenth our other doe, Buttercup, surprised us with two more kids. This time two little doelings. One of them is marked like her mother (tan & white) and the other is marked like our buck (black & white).

All four are absolutely adorable. We are leaving them with their mothers for now to make sure that they’re getting adequate nutrition since we’re new at this. They are nursing well, nibbling at their goat feed and hay, and are thriving.

We have sold the blue-eyed buck, but the other 3 are still available. We are selling the buckling for $200 and the doelings for $400 each. They are all able to be triple registered with the ADGA, AGS, and NDGA.

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2015 Seed Order

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Garden | Posted on 19-02-2015

This morning a local tree service brought us a load of wood chips

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And four nice size oak logs.

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Although it is still cold outside, and there is snow on the ground, I am so excited to get our garden started this year. I’m looking forward to getting my hands in the dirt and having the children out there helping me, enjoying the fresh air and warm weather. I’m a hopeless romantic about gardening this time of year.

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All of our seeds were ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. It’s a wonderful family owned and operated seed company based here in the midwest. I placed our order on January 30 and they arrived on Feb. 5. Their $3.50 shipping rate is very reasonable.

Here is the list:

bean-landreth-stringless Landreth Stringless Bush Beans

 

Bean-HendersonsHenderson’s Bush Lima Beans

 

Beet-Golden-Beet-BT102-DSC058101 Golden Beets

 

Purple-Sprouting-Broccoli-web Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli

 

ca104 Giant of Naples Cauliflower

 

brussels-sprouts-long-is Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts

 

cabbage-glory-of-enkhuizen Glory of Enkhuizen Cabbage

 

carrot-cosmic-purple Cosmic Purple Carrot

 

Carrot-Amarillo-CR114-web Amarillo Carrot

 

carrot-danvers-126 Danvers 126 Half-long Carrot

 

Corn-Dakota-Black-Popcorn Dakota Black Popcorn

 

a689ed1df166451998b7a5b7441d354b1 Golden Bantam 12-row Corn (2)

 

Cucumber-Boston-Pickling Boston Pickling Cucumber

 

Oriental-Greens-Cabbage-HILTON-Chinese-Cabbage-Hilton04407 Hilton Chinese Cabbage

 

salad-mix-rocky-top-w-red-wing-mix-IMG_3907 Rocky Top Lettuce Salad Mix (2)

 

Root-Crops-Kohlrabi-Early-Purple-Vienna Early Purple Vienna Kohlrabi

 

Kale-Red-Russian Russian Red or Ragged Jack Kale

 

blue-curl-scotch-kale Blue Curled Scotch Kale (2)

 

LT106_01 Big Boston Lettuce (2)

 

Leek-Autumn-Giant Autumn Giant Leek

 

Iceberg-lettuce-web Iceberg Lettuce

 

Onion-Augusta-ON132-webAugusta Onion

 

Onion-Stuttgarter-ON116-DSC06302 Stuttgarter Onion

 

Pea-Garden-Little-Marvel-GP102-DSC_2601 Little Marvel Garden Pea (2)

 

Anaheim-Pepper-103-web Anaheim Pepper

 

rd140 Jutrzenka Radish

 

GIANT-NOBLE-Spinach-web Giant Noble Spinach (2)

 

Vulcan-Swiss-Chard-web Vulcan Swiss Chard (2)

 

Pearly-Pink-Tomato-web Pearly Pink Tomato (cherry)

 

San-Marzano-Lungo-Tomato-web San Marzano Lungo No 2 Tomato (paste) (2)

 

Turnip-Purple-Top-White-Globe-TN103--DSC04283 Purple Top White Globe Turnip

 

Orange-Glo-watermelon-web Orangeglo Watermelon

 

Herb-Basil-Genovese-HB101-20140605_0058 Genovese Basil

 

Herb-German-Chamomile-LSS-0864 German Chamomile

 

Cilantro-DSC04192 Cilantro

 

Fotolia_65803883_Subscription_Monthly_M Cumin

 

Dill-Bouquet-Herb-HB126-web Dill Bouquet

 

Echinacea-Purpurea-Herb-HB119-web Echinacea Purpurea

 

Fotolia_42674063_Subscription_Monthly_M Lavender

 

Herb-Lemon-Grass-HB162-DSC06224 Lemongrass

 

Marsh-Mallow-Herb-HB190 Marsh Mallow

 

Herb-Oregano-Vulgare-HB131-DSC06111 Oregano Vulgare

 

herb-rosemary Rosemary

 

Sage-Broad-Leaf-Herb-web-HB147 Broad Leaf Sage

 

Herbs-Spearmint-HB199-web Spearmint

 

Eggplant-Antigiua-EG189-web Antigua Eggplant

 

Giants-of-California-Mix-Asters-flowers-web Asters- Giant of California

 

Pink-Surprise-Calendula-Flowers-web Calendula- Pink Surprise

 

Unwins-Mix-Dahlia-flowers-web-fl300 Dahlia- Unwins Mix

 

Apricot-Beauty-Foxglove-flowers-web-fl340 Foxglove- Apricot Beauty

 

Dwarf-Queeny-Mixed-Hollyhock-flowers-web-fl429 Hollyhock- Dwarf Queeny Mix

 

Henry-Wilde-Sunflower-flowers-web-fl745 Sunflower- Henry Wilde

 

Illumination-Zinnia-Flower-fl808- Zinnia- Illumination

 

Blue Lake Bush 274 Bean 1/2 lb.

Wade’s Giant Indian Flint Corn

Alabama Red Okra

And we ordered these plants from the same company for fun:

pl105 Dwarf Everbearing Mulberry

 

pl110 Edible Ginger Root

 

Total Cost was $181.25

 

Farm Fresh Eggs

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Farming | Posted on 17-09-2014

We don’t currently have eggs available, but we should have some in the next couple of weeks. Our hens will be 5-months old this weekend, which is the age when they should start laying. Feel free to give me a phone call or send me an email if you’re interested. These are pastured hens… they are getting fresh air, sunshine, and eating lots of bugs and greens!

Wood Burning

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Homesteading, House, Wood Burning | Posted on 10-03-2014

Wood Burner    We only heat our home with a wood burning stove. I love the independence it affords and the cheaper electric bills. It is a lot more physical work than just turning up the thermostat, but physical work provides exercise and satisfaction from a job well-done. This will be the fourth year of heating this way, and every year around this time we start to wonder how much longer we’ll be burning. I thought this would be a great place to keep record of that.

This has been a particularly harsh winter. We’ve gone through most of our firewood so this summer will be spent harvesting a new supply. Just this week it looks like the weather is going to finally warm up a little. Up until now we’ve only had a handful of days above 60 degrees so we’ve still been burning all day & night. It looks like most of this week we’ll be able to just burn for a short time each day to knock off the chill, but the sun and warm temperatures should warm the house during the day. Praise God!

Making butter

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Farming, Food | Posted on 05-03-2013

Usually we use up all of our cream in our morning coffee, but this week we actually had about 2 quarts left over (I still haven’t figured out how that happened). The best use for leftover cream is butter of course.

Jars of fresh cream

Jars of fresh cream

I’ve been using my blender to make butter, but I think this is pretty hard on it. Once we get a cow of our own I’d like to look into buying a nice butter churn.

Cream in the blender.

Cream in the blender.

After a few minutes you end up with whipped cream.

Whipped cream.

Whipped cream.

Wait a few more minutes and the solids will separate. You’re left with fresh buttermilk and butter.

Butter in buttermilk.

Butter in buttermilk.

I strain this into a bowl. The leftover buttermilk will be given to the chickens, although you can also drink it or use it in baked goods.

Draining butter.

Draining butter.

Buttermilk for the chickens.

Buttermilk for the chickens.

After draining it is then washed with ice water until the water is fairly clear. We go through butter quickly around here so I don’t worry too much about washing out all the buttermilk.

Use very cold water while washing your butter.

Use very cold water while washing your butter.

Lastly, I add some salt to taste, measure it out in half-cup servings, and roll it in wax paper.

Finished product. Yummy!

Finished product. Yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012-13 Homeschool Plans

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family, Homeschool | Posted on 25-09-2012

Due to the addition to our family we are getting a late start on school this year. My plan is to start next week, and we’re going to begin slowly. Math and grammar will be our initial focus for the oldest child (second grade), and then we’ll slowly add in other subjects as I feel we can handle them.

Second Grader

We are still using Saxon Math 2, and are on Lesson 61. There are 132 lessons in the book so that means that we have 71 lessons left which is a little over 14 weeks of lessons. That will take us to around the end of January. Then we will start Saxon 3.

For grammar we are using Shurley English level 1, and we’ll be starting back-up with chapter 12 lesson 1. There are 28 chapters, each with 5 lessons. So with 16 chapters left that will take us to the beginning of February, and then we will start Shurley level 2.

Our bible studies will include all 5 children. We will be using the Veritas bible cards for Genesis through Joshua; The Westminster Shorter Catechism Songs (some of the children will still be working on the Children’s Catechism); Greenleaf Guide to OT History; Journey Through the Bible; & the Student Bible Atlas.

We will be using the Veritas Press Old Testament and Ancient Egypt History Series at home for History. This will include the flashcards and all that comes with them, The Ancient Egyptians, A Child’s History of the World, & The Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World. I’m not very familiar with this series but I understand that the bible flash cards go along with the history flash cards to teach the children (& myself) the chronological order of biblical & historical events. I will have all of the children participate in this as well.

For Latin we will be continuing in the Song School Latin book and adding in Prima Latina.

Literature will include all of the second level 2 & 3 books out of the Veritas catalogue. Some of them will be read by my son, & some I will use for our read aloud time. We’re going to start out with the Adventures of the Northwoods Series. I’m hoping that most of these books will be available at our local library.

We will be using Excellence in Spelling: The Phonetic Zoo for Linguistics. The price tag is kind of steep on this so I’m hoping that it’s worth it.

If the children are interested in Art we do own the Drawing with Children book. For Music I will try to keep a steady stream of classical music CDs from the library in the house to expose the children to the classical composers. I might also get a few books from the library about various composers. We are also considering teaching our kindergartener piano. I have some piano knowledge but I would like to find someone to teach her.

Kindergartener

We own the Rod & Staff kindergarten workbooks so she will continue with those. We’ll also be working on her alphabet recognition, maybe some phonics, and some memorization (scripture, catechism, poems, etc.).

Preschooler

We also own the Rod & Staff 3-4 year old preschool workbooks so the preschooler will be working on those. I think that he’s also ready for alphabet recognition, phonics, and memorization as well. We are thinking about schooling the “kindergartener” and “preschooler” together.  I’ll assess how things go over the next few months before making that determination.

Toddler & Baby

These guys will just be present for some of the lessons & will pick up on things that are interesting to them. I plan on doing lots of read alouds (we’ll be making frequent trips to the library) and we have plenty of educational toys around for them to occupy themselves.

I would like to work on basic skills with all of the children. Things like laundry and cooking skills.

Our diet changes

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family, Food | Posted on 21-05-2012

I decided that on May 8 we would transition to a Paleo diet cold turkey. It went okay for about a week, and then we started going downhill. We are still eating fairly well, but we’ve cheated several times. I think that for us it will be easier to make the change slowly. For now I’m going to concentrate on cutting out the gluten. We will still have plenty to choose from, although I won’t be buying any of those gluten-free  baking mixes or treats. I will still try to make treats from scratch. So that’s the plan for now. I figure that by getting all stressed out about our diet I’m doing myself more harm than good. I’m responsible for feeding 6 people and I need to take their needs and wants into consideration when I make these huge changes to our diet. I’m still reading a lot of paleo blogs and books,  just trying to understand more about the diet and keep myself motivated. Now, if I can just find an exercise plan that would work for me…

Spring Days

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Family, Farming, Garden, Spring | Posted on 15-05-2012

We have stayed pretty busy around here. There were some trips that happened. Most notably we enjoyed a weekend at Patoka Lake to celebrate Alex’s birthday with some of the family. We stayed in a cozy little cabin for 2 nights,  rode a train on the scenic railway in French Lick, and went for a tour of Marengo Cave. The kids got to enjoy some quality time with their cousins, and everyone had fun!

The chickens are growing like weeds. It’s amazing how quickly they change. I keep trying to discern who’s a rooster and who’s a hen. I’ve determined that we have at least 1 rooster (out of 50). Unfortunately we’ve lost a few older chickens to the neighborhood fox. The chickens will fly over the fence very early in the morning, when the sun is still rising, and the little vixen will grab them. It’s been frustrating to keep finding random piles of feathers. When we catch her out in the yard we quickly run out there to chase her off.

We finally got our garden started over the weekend. Twenty-three tomato plants. That’s quite a few for a family that doesn’t much care for tomatoes. Lord willing, there will be lots of sauces and salsas. Around 10 pepper plants of various varieties, 4 yellow squash plants,  4 melon plants, 2 rows of sweet corn, and 1 row of popcorn. I still want to get in green beans, cucumbers, and more melons. I have so many seeds to plant , but I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy when I do have some limitations, mostly exhaustion, and I know it will only get worse in the upcoming months. Andy has actually done most of the work, and I’m so grateful for that!

That’s about it. On Thurs. I will post a pregnancy update, and I plan on posting an update on our switch to a lacto-paleo diet in the upcoming week. Hopefully I will also get better at photographing happenings around here and getting those posted on the blog. Lots of goals as I figure out how to juggle everything, and learn how to use WordPress.

Book: The Urban Farm Handbook

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 23-04-2012

We just returned from an extended weekend trip. How lovely it was! The children’s grandparents kept them for the weekend while Andy & I went to Nashville, IN and Bloomington, IN. We had a reception to attend Saturday evening, but the rest of the time we had to ourselves. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Janko’s Little Zagreb in Bloomington on Friday evening, walked around the Indiana University campus, and did some relaxing. The weather was a little rough so we didn’t get to spend as much time outside as we had hoped, but that’s okay. Friday night we stayed at the Brown County Inn. I made a mistake in booking that room… I though that it was in Brown County State Park. It was actually in Nashville. The price was too steep for the quality of the room and the walls were paper thin… we could hear everything in the hallway and in the room next door. So on Saturday night we stayed at the Artist’s Colony Inn in Nashville. It was much nicer… clean room, nice staff, very quiet, and our stay included a breakfast buffet in their restaurant. We had a great time, but it was so wonderful to see the kids when we returned and get back to normal today.

Today I just wanted to write a quick review of The Urban Farm Handbook. I heard about this book from the GNOWFGLINS blog, and checked it out from the library. I got sidetracked with Paleo information while having this book so I didn’t get to read it cover to cover. But after browsing through it I’ve decided that it’s one I would like to add to my personal library. It isn’t just for the urban farmer. There are great tips in there for getting started eating healthy and local if you live in the city, but there are also more extensive tips if you want to implement these practices yourself. There was a small section on beekeeping that I would like to explore more thoroughly. Great recipes including those for bacon, ham, sausage. Lots of information on canning, including fermentation. The list goes on. Unfortunately, the book is in high demand so I have to return in to the library, but it’s already been added to my Amazon wish list.