Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our Week

The past few days have been 'cow-focused'!

We have been very thankful for our stanchion that Crandon built.

Our first shot at milking went surprisingly well, considering AnneBelle, Crandon, and my lack of experience in this department!  We got a good quart that first try.

The next time around was a bit (a lot) more challenging!  We had an unhappy cow who was moving around, swinging her tail and upsetting her feed pan.  That morning we got well over a half gallon, but her foot ended up in the bucket so it went to the chickens.  The chickens weren't too sure about this liquid white stuff at first, but they finished it up eventually!

The next few times have gone progressively better, which is a good thing because I'm on my own tonight!  We aren't getting a whole lot of milk, only about a quart each time, but it's still adding up in our fridge!  The cream is delicious in my morning coffee, but neither of us have ever been big milk drinkers so I made some chocolate syrup last night to flavor some of it for straight drinking.  Yum!  I think I'm going to make yogurt next.

Crandon also finished up a beautiful olive wood cutting board!  It's pieced from wood that he cut down, dried, planed, and cut into planks.  It is so silky smooth it seems a shame to actually use it!


RD Youngs Contractor said...

Very pleasant cow alright. I got to watch the evening un-feeding tonight. And, the milk is really quite good. It's almost as close as the local supermarket for many of us, but much more fun (and work). C'est la vie!

RD Youngs Contractor said...

The cutting board is almost too beautiful to use Crandon.

Sarah said...

This is all very exciting!!! :-) Sounds like hard but rewarding work.

Your cutting board is lovely...a true work of art! I think hand carved and homemade wooden pieces are very special. I imagine you'll be thinking of the maker of it often as you use it!

Jordan and Rebecca said...

I love the cutting board... neat color and texture. I'm looking forward to meeting Annabelle.

Carrie said...

Hi Angela,

I am so thrilled to hear your news! Congratulations!! It's an amazing season of life and I know you are going to love every minute! How are you feeling?

And yes, I've often thought the same thing - it would be such fun to live a bit closer and share more of life. Can you believe that it's been 15+ years since we did Teen Fellowship? But, I am thankful we live in such a time that blogs and emails are common... and I'm thankful that we've been able to reconnect, even in a little way, through blogging. :)

Sending love and prayers,