Milk and Sanitation Video (Cheesemaking Part 4)

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly, at first” ~Joel Salatin Milk quality and sanitation are the two areas that I failed. The first two years I made cheese, most of them did not turn out due to milk quality and sanitation! Thus, I’m doing an entire post on the subject. You must have clean […]

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Equipment for the Home Cheesemaker (Cheesemaking Part 3)

Equipment for the Home Cheese-Maker Amazon.com Widgets LARGE STOCK POT   You need a big stock pot that can hold up to four gallons of milk (a 20 qt pot).  Look for a non reactive material, stainless steel is best. I have two types of stock pots, I bought two at Wal-Mart which work fine, […]

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Cheesemaking Resources Review (Cheesemaking Part 2)

When I started cheesemaking I had no idea which books and resource I’d need, so I bought all of them, I hope to spare you that expense unless you just want lots of cheesemaking books 🙂 I’ve reviewed and highlighted my favorites in this video and post below. Enjoy! 🙂   Amazon.com Widgets BOOK: Mastering Artisan […]

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10 Reasons to Make Cheese at Home (Cheesemaking Part 1)

Making cheese is like mastering a foreign language. I’m not gonna lie, cheesemaking can be difficult to learn. You must understanding WHY you should make your own cheese, otherwise you’ll quite after you read the cheese make recipe! If you have access to the best cheese made from artisanal farmstead cheese makers, by all means buy […]

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New Baby Preparations and The Baby Registry

This is a blog post for all parents-to-be and parents who are still adding to their baby gadget inventory! 🙂 It’s been almost a year and a half since we prepped for the arrival of our first baby, Isabella. My entire pregnancy was an investigation of what baby stuff we needed and how to set […]

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Part 4: Hallelujah, we defeated the Africanized honey bees!

Wonderful news, we have docile bees! We could have worked our bees without a suit. Gentile well behaved bees is a 180 degree change from our summer with Africanized killer crazy bees. If this is what beekeeping is like, we’ll keep doing it! This is our first year keeping bees. And it’s been a bumpy […]

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GNOWFGLINS featured our Farm on “Down Home Farm Tours”!

One of my favorite website blogs is called GNOWFGLINS with Wardee Harmon. She featured our farm on her recent post, Click HERE  to view the post. Wardee has a fabulous cooking eCourse, blog, author of several eBooks and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods” Amazon.com Widgets

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Part 3: Off with her head! The queen is dead in our Africanized honey bee hive!

Off with her head, the queen is dead!!! Before you read this post, you need to read Part 1 and Part 2 to understand what’s going on in our honey bee yard. The below video explains what happened when we opened the crazy africanized hot honey bee hive! Last weekend, we did the first step in dealing with our […]

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Part 2: Our battle plan to deal with our “hot” Africanized bee hive!

You’re not going to believe this, we’re not going to kill our whole colony of crazy hot Africanized bees. Instead, we’re going to do what all responsible beekeepers and real men and woman do, re-queen! Aaaahhhhh. Yeah. Notice in the above picture, we’re not in the mood to let any bees in our suits… duct […]

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Part 1: Disaster strikes new beekeepers in East Texas: Africanized killer bees

WARNING: Don’t read this if you are looking to start keeping honey bees. We might be done with bees. We’re contemplating knocking over the hive and spraying pesticide in the entrance. Which coming from a girl who really tries do it all ‘NATURAL’ is saying a lot. We have two hives, this spring we started […]

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