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Home Canning

I was busy this past week with some home canning. I made an absolutely amazing tomato salsa and apple jelly.

I started with the salsa, the recipe I found uses canned tomatoes instead of fresh since that would have required me to buy tons and tons of tomatoes, that gets expensive, I did use fresh onion, garlic, jalapenos, lime juice and cilantro. Hubby cut up the fresh veggies for me ( he has better knife skills than I do) and after I combined all the ingredients, pureed it until it got to a nice non-chunky consistency ( I don’t like the chunks)  It turned out great, it yielded 7 pint jars, not nearly enough for me, and I’ve already gone through a jar and a half in 5 days, and it only took about 2-3 hours from jar prep to processing.

I can’t share the recipe since it is someone else’s and I’m pretty sure there is something somewhere that says I can’t do that.

The apple jelly was a simple one as well, I used unsweetened bottled apple juice from the grocery store, Sugar and fruit pectin, that’s it.  I bought everything store brand so after buying the jars it equaled out to be about a $1.00 per jar of jelly, which I’m pretty sure is cheaper than store bought jelly.  The recipe I used, which again I can’t share on here, yielded 7, 8oz jelly jars and took about 2 hours from jar prep to processing.

 

Next week I will be trying my hand at some more jelly and will let you know how that works out.

Vacation

I was on “vacation” the last couple of weeks,  during that time I was going to spring clean the house. Well my best made plans didn’t work out as I’d hoped. I ended up spending the first part of the vacation sick, and not the normal sickness, it took a little while for me to finally get to the DR to realize what was actually wrong with me was viral meningitis (Inflammation of brain and spinal cord membranes) sounds scary I know. It’s not fun and I don’t recommend it. I suffered from severe headaches, nausea, some vomiting and coughing that kept me and my husband awake at night. Needless to say it took the whole first part of the vacation just to get the bedroom and bathroom done, with the frequent breaks I was having to take just to get through the day I wasn’t getting a whole lot done. After the DR gave me something to ease the inflammation I started doing better and was able to try and get things done. What was supposed to be cleaning the whole house turned into cleaning just the main parts, since I ran out of time. The house is cleaner and some what decluttered but not at all what I had in mind when I went into this.

Things you realize when you’re sick, stuck on the couch.

  • You notice how unclean the house is, especially when you want to be cleaning.
  • You get very good at making plans on how you want to do something, but never get to practice them.
  • Animals don’t stop needing your care, and they don’t understand why your not so receptive to their “love”,  the dogs drove me NUTS!
  •   Animals on a routine, ie. goats, don’t care if you’re busy being sick,  ‘we eat at 4 o’clock  that’s when you need to be here not a minute after.’
  • There is nothing on TV midday Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The kitchen on Food Network is kinda funny and I like it. ( It’s a talk show  with chefs cooking and being silly)
  • Food network, HGTV, and FYI play a lot of reruns.  I think they are on a loop.
  •  And I didn’t miss work one bit, sick or not.

It was a long vacation but unfortunately not long enough. I love being at home and only having animals I need to please. Just so tired of working indoors stuck behind a computer. If I had it my way there would never be any posts on this blog cause I would never be at a computer again.

 

 

 

Goat Antics

Just about everyone knows the old stereotype about goats, they eat everything. I remember a book I read a long time ago and the only thing I remember about it was an old billy goat ate tin cans and old cars, not logical right. Well I have found this stereotype to not be true,  while my goats do like to “check” everything out, usually with their mouths, they don’t always eat it. They don’t eat feed bags, rags or dewormer, they definitely don’t eat tin cans or cars.  If I’m sitting at kid level the kids like to pull my hair, they grab it in their mouths and they pull.. ouch, but they don’t eat it.  Goats are curious, very.. very.. curious,  leave something where they can see it they will walk over or jump up to check it out, and if there is another animal that’s not of the same species like ducks or dogs they are super interested in trying to start a new friendship, well sometimes, our mama doe is not so keen on dogs.

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Aphrodite the goat meets Honey the chihuahua

My goats recently discovered the front porch. While I had them out and about in the yard I stepped away to get something to drink when I came back they had climbed the stairs and were waiting patiently for me at the door.

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The herd waiting for me at the front door.

A great thing about goats is they never cease to amuse and entertain me, with their goat antics.

I never saw myself as someone who would raise goats, now I don’t know why it took me so long.

Keeping Records

Record keeping is a very important part of raising animals of any kind. Keeping track of goat records is no different. Birth dates, breeding dates, vaccinations, deworming, along with breed, color and identifying marks, will at some point become necessary information if your doing everything right.  And should you decide to sell your animals you will look more professional and not just a fly by night operation if you know your animals.  I made my own forms That I will share with you.

The doe form doe-record has sections for vaccinations/deworming dates, medication used and the dose. Hoof trimming date and kidding date plus there is sections for minerals and supplements. The buck form buck-record is the same minus the kidding date section.  For the animal specifications I have a line for name/number, breed, DOB, Dam, Sire  number in the litter, birth weight, purchase date, color/marking and if the goat is horned.

There is also a section for remarks, and this could be anything.  Each one of my goats has their own needs and personality, if it was ever needed I could jot down a simple note, Sugarfoot is prone to bloat, Artemis is loud and follows me around alot, Iris and Hera are spunky. If at any point their attitude changed either from a sickness or they were close to kidding I could review my notes and see the personality changes. Speaking of close to kidding, Junes attitude changed slightly the closer she got to her kidding date, now for her next birth I can pull out my notes and see what her tell tale signs were when she had me going crazy with impatience.

You could also use the section for feed amounts, what the does get may not be what the buck gets or needs.

And should anyone ever animal sit for you, these will come in handy.

You can make your own forms or simply write it down in a notebook. Since I’ve started buying goats, I’ve seen different ways of record keeping, mostly notebooks seem to do the trick, but I’m a picky person who just had to have a fancy form.

I should mention my forms have our ranch name on them so you may not be able to print out and use, but you should be able to change that before you print if you enable editing.