Simple Saturdays Blog Hop 8/1/15

Dillinger Simple Saturday

Join us for ideas on living a Simple Lifestyle and being Self Sufficient! Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about … [Continue reading]

Reasons To Buy Raw, Local Honey

Raw Local Honey Collage

When we think of vegetables, we know that raw, unprocessed vegetables have higher nutritional value than their cooked counterparts, and honey is no different. Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heated or pasteurized, and it contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants, and other important nutrients. Raw honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, and promotes digestive health. Raw, local honey also … [Continue reading]

Blooms for Bees

Please Plant Bee Blooms Collage

One of every three bites we eat is made possible by bees. Without their pollination of plants, there would be a lot of foods we've grown dependent upon that wouldn't be available. So, it's important to support our honey bees by providing them with abundant food sources. We can do that by planting flowers that provide blooms that are good sources of food for them (as identified in the lists below), and make sure that we have plants that they like … [Continue reading]

Bramblestone’s Last 2015 Nigerian Dwarf Kids

Bramblestone's Final 2015 Kids Collage

Late last night/early this morning, Old Mountain Farm Taylor Quinn freshened with the last kids for our 2015 Nigerian Dwarf kidding season. In the spring of 2013, we drove to Maine and back to pick up their parents - Old Mountain Farm Field Mouse (info HERE) and Old Mountain Farm Taylor Quinn (info HERE). So, I've been waiting about two years for these kids, and am quite excited that the event has finally occurred.  At around … [Continue reading]

Calligraphy Is Growing Up

Calligraphy Growing Up via Better Hens and Gardens

Last year I was very excited when we had the opportunity to purchase Buttin'Heads Calligraphy from the Buttin'Heads Nigerian Dwarf goat herd. She has wonderful bloodlines, is the daughter of the 2012 National Grand Champion (Buttin'Heads Paperclip), and she's polled. She has some extraordinary ancestors on her sire's side too (you can see her pedigree HERE). But, the Nigerian Dwarf breed is young, so it's not a given that even though a … [Continue reading]

New Goat Milk Soaps!

Goat Milk Soap via Better Hens and Gardens

In addition to selling eggs, honey, and goats from the farm; we're now adding new goat milk soaps! And, we're working on a blog and website upgrade so they can be ordered on-line, and be shipped or picked up. Goat milk soap is such a wonderful product, it really is a little bit of luxury and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.  Unlike most commercial soaps where the glycerin has been removed, our goat milk soaps are the real … [Continue reading]

Controlling Squash Bugs

Squash Bugs Collage

At first glance (in the photo below), the zucchini looks like it's doing great this year - right? It looks so nice and lush, I'm sure there must be a bumper crop of zucchini on the way. And since it's been a year since we've been harvesting zucchini, we're ready for them.  I like to use them in lots of casseroles that we eat all fall, winter, and spring - until it's zucchini time yet again. But if you look a little closer, things are not … [Continue reading]

Eggcellent Breakfast Bake

Eggcellent Breakfast Bake via Better Hens and Gardnes

I particularly like this overnight egg bake recipe because it doesn't contain bread like most egg based breakfast casseroles.  It can be prepared the night before, kept in the refrigerator, and then baked in the morning for breakfast – my favorite way of fixing eggs for a crowd of overnight guests.  I also like this recipe because the ingredients can be varied to accommodate what you have on hand, and it … [Continue reading]

American Small Business Championship Winners Training & Awards!

Small Business Championship Training

Last February, I entered Bramblestone Farm into the American Small Business Championship contest and was proud to announce that Bramblestone Farm was chosen as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club.  The American Small Business Championship ( awarded the title to 102 small businesses, two in every state and the District of Columbia, for their sacrifices and dedication to … [Continue reading]

Cheese 101: Homemade Goat (or Cow) Milk Cheese

The Easiest Homemade Cheese via Better Hens and Gardens

This cheese is so easy anybody can do it, and it's delicious too. Since we have goats, I use goat milk for this cheese, but it works with cow milk just as well. The recipe is also very forgiving, if you overheat it or underheat it a little, it still  turns out fine. Also, the times for sitting and hanging seem to be fairly flexible; however, the longer it sits after about 8 hours, then the tangier it seems to get. The ingredients are … [Continue reading]