Monday, January 21, 2013

A busy day and a chocolate chip cookie recipe :)

Homemade Butter!


This is what my day looked like yesterday:
  • Get up at 6:00…
  • Milked Rosie and Petunia. and clean up equipment.
  • Fed the lambs, sheep, and cow and finish in the barn.
  • Strained and put away the milk in fridge and freezer.
  • Skimmed off cream from last couple day's milk. 
  • Ate breakfast and fed Richie.
  • Made mozzarella cheese. (Didn't really turn out right, but made great pizza and tasted delicious!)
  • Feed the lambs.
  • Made butter!
  • Made cottage cheese (sort of...the curds turned out huge and much too rubbery.  Will try again!)
  • Sell the lambs and send them off to their new home in a dog crate in their new owner's fancy little car. 
  • Clean-up!
  • Made low-ish fat chocolate chip cookies!:-)
  • Made pizza with fresh mozzarella!
  • Milked Rosie and Petunia, cleaned up equipment.
  • Went to bed rather tired?
Anyway, that's my excuse for not blogging the last few days.  I haven't hardly had the time or energy to do anything but check my email!  It's so nice to be busy again.  Sitting still for hours is not an easy thing for me to do.   

As you can imagine, we have milk coming out our ears now.  It's pretty exciting for someone who's used to squeezing out maybe a few quarts of milk a day out of a sheep to get more than a gallon and a half at every milking . 

The lambs went to a really good home.  Sounds like they're going to be spoiled pets.  I like that :-)   Looks like my next ewe will have her lambs any day now.  Yay!

These cookies turned out really good! 
Lower fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lower Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites, butter, and vanilla; stir in the brown sugar until smooth. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by the tablespoon onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes.   Makes 16-18 cookies


  1. Wow! What a day! That is awesome!!! I know you're enjoying every minute of it! It is sooo cool that you're able to start making all you're own dairy products using Rosie's milk. The butter is beautiful! And the pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese sounds delicious! Good job!! Ah, how nice to enjoy all those fruits of your labor!

    Love you,

  2. Oh, and how could I forget the chocolate chip cookies!! Those look amazing! We'll have to try them! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Love you,
    P.S. And also glad to hear that the sale of S & W went through! That is so neat that you were able to sell them so early, and as pets! What a blessing!

  3. Lydia,,,that is all so cool,,our Mom's (your great grandmothers) both used to make butter when they were young and living on the farm. Richie looks great!
    Love, Grammie and Papa