Off grid living
One of the questions I am asked the most by customers at the farmers market is how long does it take to make soap. The truth is it does take a while! I have implemented a few tricks over the last year that has cut my soap making process in half, non the less it takes about 5 hours to make a batch, and that is spread over three days.
Here are the stages of soap making;
Milk the goat (OK I know, too much details, right? but the truth is that every bar of soap begins with the care...
A path well travelled
I took the cover photo to this blog last week during our crazy rainy week. After having no measurable rain since October it RAINED. It felt like our crazy spring rains had arrived early (February). Our dirt is heavy clay and doesn't absorb rain very well. For several days it rained off and on, and then the day this photo was taken it rained all day long, the ground couldn't take any more and we started to flood.
I know this is not a fantastic picture but I like it because on the left you can see there is...
Rain, rain and more rain!
Life with goats is very entertaining to say the least. I love to observe their quirky ways. Each has their own personality, then there are things common to their breed. Lets talk about rain for example, goats do not like rain. At the slightest sprinkle they sprint directly to the barn as though poison was being poured down from the heavens. It is very comical to witness.
Then there is the trauma that comes after the rain.....wet feet. Oh boy, they do not like to step in mud and will avoid it at all costs. Now this is where personality comes into play because some of...
Hello from the milking barn
When I say we make each bar of soap completely from scratch, I really mean it! "We milk the goats and make the soap" is more than a cute catch phrase, we really do just that.
Each bar of soap starts with me in the barn sometimes as early as 5am. Milking season runs from spring through the end of the summer, which means both the beginning of milking season and the end is when my kids are in school so mornings are BUSY! I like to have milking and animal chores complete before my kids get up, or at least...