Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Life On The Farm...

Yesterday went by in a blur. :) It was dairy day here on the farm. I keep thinking about what I am going to do when the other cow comes into milk. :) I am going to run out of jars. We will probably get at least one more calf to keep with hers. We are feeding the pigs some milk. We will probably increase that as they grow. That will help use up some milk.

I made some sweet cheese out of 1.5 gallons of milk. I used lemon juice instead of vinegar as my acid. I want to make a raspberry cheese danish. The last one was good, but the cheese was not as good as it could have been. I am going to try this cheese and see what it tastes like. I made jalapeno cheese using 5 gallons of milk. It is so good and so versatile. It is a great snack, especially on homemade crackers. It is great on top of salads, or spread on a sandwich as a condiment. It freezes well too. I also made butter. I had some little 1/2 cup canning jars and I bought another dozen. I am freezing my butter in those. I really don't like using the plastic wrap. I would like to get some more jars, but want to find them a bit cheaper.

I made bread yesterday. I made Michael's sandwich yesterday morning on the last of the bread. It was really only enough for one slice, but I managed to cut it in two. :)

I did 3 loads of laundry.They were not hung on the line though. It looked like it was going to rain, but we just got some sprinkles. We really need rain and are praying for it. This is the third dry year in a row. the pastures are not looking good and if we don't get some soon, then we will need to start feeding hay.

Today, I hope to make mozzarella, kombucha and some crackers. I also want to make some soap this week, although that is not happening today.

We finished our Bible study, "The Walk of Repentance." We all got so much out of it, we are doing another one by Steve Gallagher of Pure Life Ministries. This one is called "A Lamp Unto My Feet." It is a 12 week study about the Word of God using Psalm 119. We are all looking forward to it.

Last night the Wonderful Neighbors milked for us. After they took the cow back out to the pasture, the WN girl came in and she had brought me a really tiny George. Here is a picture of George in the palm of her hand with a dime. He is now in a jar on my counter. He will be hard to find among the leaves, until he grows a bit.

Here is the empty chrysalis from Fennel George.
The WN girl and boys were as fascinated with it as I was. :) I love it when I get to be a kid too!!

What is God doing in your life today, this week, this month? Is there something new and fresh that He is showing you, teaching you or working in you? We should always have an answer for that. I do not always have an answer I am ashamed to say. Times are getting tough in this country and around the world. People are losing their jobs, companies are folding, and people are becoming homeless. I read an article that said many familys are living in campgrounds right now, because they lost their home. We need each other as brothers and sisters in the Lord. We need to lay aside our differences and come together and share what we agree on. We all need encouragement, love and to be needed by others.

1 comment:

Peggy said...

what a wonderful post! Hope your day is full of blessings