Friday, June 5, 2009

Our Crazy Life!

I am sure many of you already think I am a bit on the loopy side, but here is the proof! This was not a typical day, but it was so outrageous I just had to take pictures and show you!

We had butter making, cheese making, bread baking, water Kefir and milk Kefir making, kombucha making and crackers soaking! All in one day

Here we have already brewed kombucha and a few of the 10 loaves we made.

Here we have the cream cheese hanging to get all of the whey out of it. We use the remaining whey to soak our grains and beans with. We make this cheese out of our raw milk. I usually mix in some herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and use it for a veggie dip. Or, sometimes we 'water' it down with milk and it becomes a ranch type salad dressing. Very, very good for you!

This is a picture of our jars of Kefir to be fermented. The large 2 quart jar in the back of the picture is the completed Kefir from the day before. We use this for our Kefir smoothies and soaking our grains. Also, for pancakes and muffins.

These three bowls are our cracker recipe that we soak for 24 hours before we roll them and bake them. Oh, we use the Kefir to soak these too.

The two glasses are 'juiced' ginger that we put in our kombucha. We love ginger Kombucha! the three bowls in the background are the 'tea' cooling waiting for us to put the kombucha scoby into it to make a new batch of kombucha. Am I freaking you out yet?

This is where we keep our water and milk Kefir while it 'ferments' or 'brews'. My very capable 13 year old daughter is pretty much in charge of Kefir making.
Okay, that was one busy homemaking day! While these tasks don't all usually happen in one day, they do happen all through the week. We have been doing them for so long now that they are just part of what we do!
I am extremely passionate about healthy eating, especially for Mamas who are to nourish and feed their families. I have been working on a series on Nourishing Eating. I pray the Lord allows the time to post it. Pray for me too, will you?


Muthering Heights said... have been BUSY!!

Tina said...

Whew!!! What a day!
I'd love to see some of your recipes. (I'd love to know how to make my own cream cheese. I can't get raw milk but I do get nonhomogenized, which I'm thinking would probably work also. I'd also love your cracker recipe. I've tried one I found from La Leche League's cook book but would love to have another recipe to try.)
I must admit, some of what you're making (kombucha) I've never even heard of - others (kefir) I've heard of but aren't really familiar with what exactly they are. Please share if you find a moment. :)
Thanks for your wonderful posts. :)
In His love,

Anonymous said...

I admire you so much, I visit your site quite a bit. WOW...busy busy busy! I just keep thinking "how is this possbile"...
Wonderful life you have and the bond is obvious....unfortunately to many homes have gone commerical on "all aspects of home"...Microwave groceries, television family time, .....
I admire you very much...

Joyfulmomofmany said...

You have been industrious! You must be a Nourishing Traditions fan. We are blessed to have our own goats and so I, too, have had great fun experimenting with lots of cheese, kefir, yogurt, etc. So yummy and good for our family too!

Yes! Please share recipes if you have time~ I'd love to read your recipes.

Thanks for such good content!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Tina, I would love to share some recipes! Most of what we do is from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

Joybug56, thank you for your sweet comments, but I cringe when you say you admire me...if you only knew, LOL. You have got to know, any good is by the grace of God! Thank you though, and I am thrilled you like it here.

Joyfulmomofmany, yes it was a busy day, thankfully not all days are like that! Yes, Nourishing Traditions. Working on the recipes!

busymomof10 said...

Wow! You are impressive!!!!

simplebeauty said...

Oh my goodness! You are one very busy and amazing woman to do all of that!!

Oh my :O)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I just found your blog off my sister's blog list. We do raw milk, too. I love Nourishing Traditions although I'm not good about soaking my grains. We make our own soured cream cheese, buttermilk, butter, sour cream, yogurt, feta and queso fresco.

We use the soured cream cheese in our lasangua as a subsitute for ricotta. I also make cream cheese pies out of it. It is so easy, yummy and a great way to use up raw milk that is going sour. It is nice to see other people making their own dairy products. Makes me feel like maybe I'm not all that weird. LOL!

Love your blog, I'm adding it to my list.

WesternWoodburner said...

I just started making cheese this year. I am not so sure I could do all of that in one day!