Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. First Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Goats and Chickens

Well, due to finances, we are holding off on the goats and chickens. The goal now is to get these in the early spring of next year. That will give us the rest of this year to get the goat fence installed, build a chicken coop, and remodel the barn with stalls for the goats.

I am using any free time I have to research and learn as much as I can about both of these animals.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

First Produce from the Garden

Turnip Greens! We had some for lunch today. Not too bad. I also noticed that we have small tomatoes coming on, and lots of tiny peas. They will probably be ready in a week or two.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Strawberry Jelly

Ok, I couldn't get to the jelly until today. I got about 6 cups of juice this time, but I didn't process 6 pounds. We ate some, and I gave some berries away, so I probably only started with about 4 1/2 pounds. I just refrigerated the juice until I was ready to process.

I got 5 - 8 oz jars of strawberry jelly! It jelled perfectly and looks so pretty and tastes great!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Strawberry Syrup

I got 8 cups of juice from the 6 pounds of berries I hung last night. I processed this into syrup and got:
  • 9 - 8 oz jars,
  • 2 - 6 oz jars, and
  • 2 - 4 oz jars
This is a slightly thickened syrup that can be used as is, or thickened by adding corn starch and heated. It's yummy!

I got the rest of the berries cleaned and hung to drain.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Strawberry Season

I picked 12 pounds of strawberries today at a local farm. They are beautiful. I will be making strawberry syrup and strawberry jelly.

I cleaned half of the berries and put them to drain overnight. I will make the syrup out of this batch.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Laundry Soap

I made a batch of laundry soap today. I decided to do a powdered batch this time. I grated 2 bars Ivory soap, mixed in 2 cups borax and 2 cups washing soda. The instructions say use 1 tablespoon for each full load. It went a whole lot facter than making the liquid soap, and I no longer need that large 5 gallon bucket sitting in my way in the laundry room. It will be interesting to see how well this works.