Speaking of time flying - my "Christmas" babies are now 3 months old! And, boy, have they grown!! They no longer look like baby goats! The two saanens, Noele and Holly, are turning out to be real pretty goats! I wonder if they will be good milkers like their Mom, Elissa?
The nice thing about having the babies born so early is that I have had a lot of goat's milk available to do some experimenting. When Market Season is in full blast, I don't have a lot of free time. So I have been experimenting with some new goat cheese recipes and having so much fun!! I made a mexican cheese (which my husband didn't like) - it was OK, sort of like tofu. I did make a goat's milk mozzeralla cheese which was WONDERFUL (if I must say so!! - as I pat myself on the back!!). Of course, I make the usual Chevre (soft goat cheese) and goat's milk yogurt. Occasionally, I get my ice cream maker out and make a batch of goat's milk ice cream.
This Winter did take its toll on my bee hives. I think I did lose one hive. Not a huge loss, it was the hive that had the aggressive bees. Sometime in the next week or two, I will don my makeshift bee suit, smoker in hand, and clean out the hive. I will try to establish a new bee colony by taking some frames from one of the existing hives and placing them into the new hive. Sometimes this works and sometimes . . . .
As always, life continues on the farm!