Thursday, September 25, 2014

And Then, There Were Five


For the last couple of weeks, just about everyday...
we would think "today the does will have their kids"
and every day...
the kids weren't quite ready for their earthly debut


well, here they are
two on one day

mama Snowflake done us proud


and she is turning out to be a good mama to her babies
these will be her first kids


once she had done a good thorough job of cleaning the kids...
and they were nice and dry and had taken their first drink of mama's colostrum...
I gave her some ripe banana treats


and I couldn't help myself...


I must touch


must they be so cute?
and soft, and sweet, and so wee little?


then, the night fell...
and the rains came...


and frogs came out


and honestly...
I couldn't tell if there is a handsome prince inside somewhere...
or if this is just a big, fat toad with a pot belly
perhaps, just handsome in his own way


well, in any case...
we ran down the hill to mama Snowflake and kids with a basket to put the babies in...


and brought them up to stay under the cottage for the night...


where they would stay dry and warm


when I put the towels down to give them a more comfortable spot...
these little kids naturally chose the soft towels over the rocky ground


and the next day, it rained still more all day, in fact...


and my husband took the good opportunity while babies slept to give mama a nail clipping...
and she kept her eyes on her babies just to make sure they were still there 


a ram and a doe is what Snowflake gave us



and then, there were five
the next day, mama Queenie had her triplets
we knew there were going to be more than one by the size of her...
while she has been a mother a few times now...
this will be her first triplet set


all does
it looks like we will have some future milkers


we've got good mamas and these babies are being well cared for by them
while Snowflake is anxiously careful over her babies...
Queenie acts as an old pro with hers
she knows the scoop


over the last couple of years...
the Lord took and He has also given


so far, all is well and we thank the Lord for His gracious gifts


while we are thankful for God's gifts of the goats...
we are still more thankful for His gracious gift of faith
just as He says...

For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8,9

without this gift of faith, how could I have believed in Christ?
He alone has done all the work needed to save me from sin and wrath

May your day or night find the grace of God's gift of faith.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Rosemary and Onion Sweet Potato



My intention was to prune my rose bushes back quite a bit
but, when I saw the roses and how they brightened up the patch under the stairs...
I couldn't bring myself to prune


and sure, while I could have picked the roses and bring them into the cottage to enjoy...
I do so like seeing them pretty on the bushes in the yard
after all, with as much as I go outside, it's rather nice to see flowers to greet me...
with their cheerfulness


 so, instead...
I got down and dirty digging up a few sweet potatoes for dinner
yeah, the dirt was wet but, the mud was beside the point
we were going to have sweet potatoes with the meal after some months of none at all

while these are often known as sweet potatoes by many...
here on this island they are usually referred to as sweet yams...
and they carry sporamins (storage proteins) which are key in giving these roots...
an antioxidant property...
which is good for the body in preventing oxidative damage in the cells
the more orange or purple they are, the more antioxidants they have

God thought of that when He put medical properties into foods


once they were cleaned, the sweet potatoes took on a new look
and with a breadfruit from the tree, we eat well


when it comes to potatoes, white or of the yam kind...
I truly like using herbs to rev up the taste...
and, it's a good excuse to add a little herbal medicine to one's food


these sweet yams were peeled and cut into smaller pieces...
then quickly steamed for about 5 minutes just to give them a slight tenderness...
but not soft


while the sweet yams steamed...
a red onion (or any onion) was sliced and sauteed in some butter and olive oil until tender


the sweet yams were cooled and diced into bite size pieces and added to the onions...
and sauteed until they were completely (not mushy) soft; about 10 minutes
once they were done, the rosemary was cut up (I cut mine with kitchen scissors)...
and added to the dish


today, we have a rainy day
that means...


dogs will sleep
and thus, the day has been peaceful


I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for Thou, Lord,
only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

May your day or night find peacefulness in the grace of God.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pilgrim's Farm Fun Video


When I was hand raising my orphan chick, Pippi...
our dog, Foxie became a bit too fixated on him

that was remedied and Foxie lost interest over time, I'm glad to say

just thought you might enjoy a short video on her fixation of the chick...
and her expressions when I would correct her with my voice...
every time she became too focused on Pippi


Fixation from Jean on Vimeo.

May your day or night find delight in God's grace.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Pleasant Accident by Nature


In the last few days, I have been experimenting aka hopefully learning...
how to make good eats with clabbering raw milk

well, I can't say what exactly happened here...
but, after 3 days of clabbering a half gallon jar of raw milk...
I got what seems to be cheese along with the soft curds of natural sour cream


I understand that cheese can be preserved in olive oil, so I went ahead and did just that...
and this is what you are seeing in the photo above
preserved this way, the cheese does not need to be refrigerated


and this is what my clabbering milk turning into whey, sour cream and cheese looked like...
while I let it sit for a few days to do it's own delicious thing
the cheese floated to the top; the whey in the middle; the sour cream on the bottom



the sour cream is straining into the glass cup to thicken it...
the liquid whey is in a jar to be used for various other things (dogs, chickens, cooking)...
and the cheese is rather a very interesting surprise to me



it came out with a pleasant, mildly tart, cheesy taste...
and a texture between farm cheese and mozarella cheese

now they say cheese just doesn't have much flavor if rennet is not used...
but, I daresay, my milk cultured this cheese all by itself and it's tasty enough for me
all it needs is a little sea salt mixed into it

I'd like to know; was it the warm days of our tropical weather or the thick cream in the milk?
there is no info I could find on this that satisfied my curiosity
but, I have no doubt; this is good

rennet is not readily available here on this island...
and if the warm tropical climate is enough to help out with the culturing of cheese...
from my raw milk simply from standing a few days...
I'll take it



as for the sour cream; it really tastes a lot like creamy yogurt and super good with raw honey
awfully nice as a topping on homemade granola



so, the verdict on all this pleasant accident by nature...?


I'm grateful for the freedom to have a cow and raw milk

thought this short video of a couple who went to pick up their raw milk from a farm was interesting



May your day or night find merciful blessings in the Lord's grace.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sweet Friday


The bougainvillea running along our fence at the front gate...
gives me a sweet pleasure to look at when I walk along it
it stays blooming most times since it started to flower...
and there is nothing like having something blooming in the yard to brighten a day 



the crops down by the river are doing fine...
and we have been harvesting sweet corn which we enjoy in the evening times
we love to roast the corn on it's cob, and while my husband likes his just as it is...
I slather butter and sprinkle sea salt on mine


the corn growing in the garden behind the cottage is growing ears also...
and the honey bees have been busy collecting from the corn flowers



my anise hyssop seems to be struggling a bit...
but, I'm guessing it may be stressed from too much rain
since they are potted, I will be putting them in a drier spot and hand watering for now...
and giving them a little extra feeding to boost them a bit
when a plant is potted, it really does need a bit more attention
someday, I will be planting my anise hyssop into the ground in my future herb garden


but, the butterflies tell me they still find nectar in the blooms of the anise hyssop


the picture of butterflies feeding on the flowers delight me



 I cut back my rose bushes a month ago...
and already they are blooming with new roses



now that our sweet and creamy avocados are ready to take from the trees...


we have been dining quite well on them and adding them to our green salads from the garden
is there anything fresher tasting than that?



every so often, I enjoy a warm cup of vanilla milk sweetened with raw honey


very simple to make, it just takes a cup of milk, about a 1/4 tsp of vanilla...
and the amount of honey to satisfy one's own sweet taste


a nice break from regular tea or coffee to sit and enjoy a preening chicken at the door...
for reading by...
or just to enjoy the new day with


how thankful I am that...

His anger endureth but a moment;
in His favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:5

May your day or night find joy in the Lord's gracious favour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

When the Beach Calls


Sometimes, when I snap pictures...
they often sit somewhere in the computer and do nothing
so, just for fun again, thought I'd put these from our beach excursion with the dogs...
into a little video with some relaxing music

this is a favorite spot to take the dogs because it is quiet and peaceful...
with the beauty of the Lord's natural creation all around
it was early morning and the sun had just risen not long ago when we got there
I hope you get a bit of enjoyment from it



And the work of righteousness shall be peace;
and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation,
and in sure dwellings,
and in quiet resting places;
Isaiah 32:17-18

May your day or night be quiet and peaceful in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.