Our family's homesteading adventures in the mountains

Soap and lip balm

Soap and lip balm

Recently I spent the morning in the kitchen creating.  I made peppermint cocoa lip balm, powdered laundry detergent and two kinds of soap.    I love making things like this and have considered making a business out of it in the future.  The laundry detergent is cheaper than anything I could buy and always comes out on top when I put it to the test against store bought detergent.  I am excited to try the soap (it just finished curing) as I experimented  little.  My two soap creations are lavender goat milk soap and oatmeal cinnamon goat milk soap.

6 years ago · By Melissa Read More >

Katy’s new outfit

Katy’s new outfit

Katy found a McCall’s pattern for an early american outfit.  She was so excited about getting the pattern and supplies and digging in to make it.  She started the pattern on Thursday and completed it by Monday night.  She made pantaloons, a bonnet, a apron and the dress.  There were some challenging moments during the project, but she stuck with it and has a beautiful outfit to show for it.

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Finally earning her keep!

Finally earning her keep!

She spends most of her time under the delusion that she is a queen and deserves royal treatment.  She fills her time by seeing imaginary things to chase.  When she is not chasing figments of her imagination, she lounges around taking baths and naps.  This week, however, everything changed.  So far this week she has caught and killed two mice.  This of course only adds to her overly large ego, but I am thrilled that she is finally serving a purpose.

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New Goats – Day 2

New Goats – Day 2

1.  The day starts with me convincing myself to get out of bed.  I am slightly dreading what the day might bring.  As I am putting my clothes on, I get a panic feeling – call it mommy intuition.  I pick up my pace.  I learn Katy is already outside. 2.  Katy is outside with a loose Llama and a loose goat.  Had I shown up a minute earlier, it would have been two loose goats. 3.   We try to herd the Llama first.  Our attempts are less than successful so I had for the house to get Drew.…

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New Goats- Day 1

New Goats- Day 1

We got our first two goats yesterday.  I am going to be posting about our goats’ first days in their new home. 1. Day begins with Brian and Katy leaving at 6:00 a.m. to drive two hours to pick up goat #1 (what a great hubby!) 2. Brian arrives home.  Goat was good on drive but the tarp and blanket didn’t catch all the goat pee. 3.  Brian heads for the shower while Nick, Drew and I frantically scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse, scrub, rinse Brian’s car. 4.  Brian is pretty relaxed about his car and reminds me that we used…

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