Monday, February 19, 2018

White-banded rocks

I've always loved rocks.
Even as an adult, I have a nice collection of white-banded rocks on my dining room table. 
Gneiss? Migmatite? I don't know what they are, but I love them. :)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tapping Box Elder Trees

The day that I found out that I'd be dead before any Sugar Maples I planted would be big enough to tap and get syrup was a sad day for me.
 How wonderful would it be to get your own maple syrup!!!

Well, a few years later we learned that Boxelder trees, which are oh-so-plentiful here in Southeast Idaho, are acutally "Boxelder Maples" and can be tapped for syrup! Yay! 

Apparently the flavor of Boxelder Maple syrup is a little more butterscotch-like. Sounds good to me! 
My mom has a lot of Boxelders in her yard, so we are giving it a go! We bought spiles, food-grade tubing and glass jugs to put the sap in. 

It was quite the fun day for the kids; they loved tasting the sap that came out of the spiles. Although, don't tell them, but it tasted just like water. :) 


Quite the little adventure for us!!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

First Attempt: Goat Milk Soap!

We have been happily enjoying our baby goats for several months now--so long in fact that they don't look so much like babies any more!

Here is the post from when they were born, but now they are not a whole lot smaller than their mothers.


I've said it before, but goats are just the sweetest, most gentle animals I've ever been around. Truly, there is no better pet for kids! (haha, no pun intended!)
Pretty much every morning I head outside with my girls and milk the goats while they collect eggs, feed and water all the other animals. We finally had enough extra goat milk that we decided to try making some goat milk soap. 

We used the recipe from DIY Natural, and so far it seems to have worked just great! We are still waiting for the pH to balance out and for the soap to be usable, but the recipe was simple, easy to follow and by all accounts has worked well so far. 

  I can hardly wait to try the soap out and see how it feels!