Had to go to the office today, so no cheese - but I did whip up a batch of shaving soap. One of my customers buys 3 or 4 bars every time he sees me, and I discovered I'm out. I won't see him again until October (maybe), so it's all good - I have time for it to cure.
Banded the 3 Cashmere bucklings today - this way we can keep 'em. More Cashmere for *me*!
Tripp is still hanging in there...but it doesn't look good. I gave him Gatorade today - what the heck, it can't hurt (at this point), and it might help. :fingers crossed:
And I found something interesting in the Dragonsblood:
Do you *see* it? That's the coolest swirl I've ever done - I never would have expected to have a DRAGON in my soap!!!!! Unfortunately, I have no idea how it occurred, and it's the only one....and no, this particular bar is NOT going to be sold. Or used. :lol:
Here, let me give you a view of the rest of the bars:
The yellow-and-green is Cedar and Saffron (we need to come up with a name for it), the red-and-green is Dragons Blood (soap name: Chimera, because a chimera is a goat-headed dragon. :wink:), and the solid rose is Rosehip-Jasmine (soap name: Grandma's Flower Garden) - it was supposed to be a rose-in-natural swirl, but, well.....stuff happens. It's sill good soap, just not as "pretty" as I wanted. (Huh. In the photo, I can see a faint swirl in the front one.....guess I need to reserve judgement until it cures. Sometimes the colors shift a little bit.)
Today's cheese: Wensleydale. The first batch of Wensleydale I did kinda flopped - it didn't press into a nice, coherent block; it was just pieces of curd squished together. Not sure why - usually 50 lbs of pressure makes a nice, solid block - but there was no way I could wax it neatly, so it got tossed and I started a new batch. :shrug:
Yesterday DH made me a lovely batch of chocolate cherry ice cream. :mmmmmm: 8 oz of Penzey's Dutch Process Cocoa, 2 oz of Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate, 2 bottles of Marashino Cherries, Fresh Goat's milk, Cream......:mmmmmmmmm: It's yummy! And all MINE, since no one else in this house likes cherries. :heh:
Tripp is hanging in there - he took a little more milk this AM. I've got a lady coming out Wednesday to look at the 2 Alpine bucklings; she's told me she's got her crate in her car, so she's pretty sure she'll be taking one home. :yippee!: I got an email last night from someone else looking for a buckling......I HOPE they both sell. That'll leave me with 3 boys to re-home....
I need to go work on labels. Fun stuff!
We're just a family living the good life in the country. With goats. (And horses, chickens, and dogs. But the goats outnumber everybody else!)
Cast of Characters:
SG: short for "Sweet Geek", the man of the family