Today started off with such promise! A sunrise, a whiff of accomplishment, and off I went! I put 2-1/2 pounds of beef jerky into the dehydrator, sewed three buttons back onto a sweater, tasted the hard cider and determined that today is going to be bottling day. But first, I'm going to go find the goat dairy in Vermont and find the cow dairy on the way to finding the goat dairy.
Five gallons of raw milk in the car later (3 cow, 2 goat) and visions of cheesemaking dancing in my head, I returned from the dairies, ready to bottle the hard cider. I read the directions on how to sterilize the bottles, looked for the materials to sterilize and realize that I don't have them. OK. Guess I have to get that stuff tomorrow. Now, on to the cheesemaking. What I really want to make is Muenster, my favorite cheese. Read the directions, look for the cultures and realize that I don't have the right cultures. Rats.
Right about now, my great accomplishment day is slowly coming to a screeching halt. I think I have the materials to make goat cheese. What I really want to make is herbed goat cheese. Oh. You guessed it. I don't have the right herbs.
I'm not sure what I can salvage in my big getting-things-done day. It's beginning to look like what I'm going to get done today is a beer, some corned beef from the slow cooker, potatoes cooked in cultured butter, homemade bread and a Netflix movie. That's accomplishment enough ... I suppose. Oh, and I got another egg today. It's so old hat by now (!!) that I didn't bother to take a picture of it. Look at me being an old hat at owning chickens! Hard to believe I've had them exactly a week, to the minute!
Beautiful Day, Beautiful Pond
6 hours ago