Cheese and Honey and Beer and Everything!

Gah! I just cannot seem to get my blog on lately. Things have been bumpin around the Domestead, but it’s not like I’ve been so busy I couldn’t spare a moment to write about it. Just not feeling like writing I guess.

But that’s just nuts, because here I am, with so many of the goals and dreams I have been working towards for so long finally coming to life! And I’m just like, meh. I also haven’t been taking many pictures, which is the very most effective way for a blogger to self-sabotage, because a post without pictures just hardly seems worth the trouble.  Sad really, because I started the blog more as a record for myself of all the progress I’ve made on my different projects and schemes.  It’s a nice place to visit and reflect on where I started and where I am now.

So stop being such a lazy schmo and write a damn post, lady!

Okay, here goes:

CHEEEEEESE!

*doing the cheese dance* (very sexy)

Wonderful delicious chevre!

Wonderful delicious chevre!

The last ball of my second batch of fresh mozzarella. Hard to keep on hand during tomato season!

The last ball of my second batch of fresh mozzarella. Hard to keep on hand during tomato season!

So far we’ve made mozzarella and chevre and both are just so so good it hurts.  Roomie Paul’s ultra homemade margherita pizza with fresh from the garden tomato sauce, basil right off the front porch, and our own goat’s milk mozz? Yes please! Or would you prefer the flatbread with garlic and herb olive oil, shaved summer squash and whole padron peppers from the garden, and homemade chevre? Umm…are you kidding me?

*more cheese dancing*

Peaches and our new doe Lily are producing about 2 quarts a day, although we’re trying to dry off Lily because we’re hoping she’s prego.  Kind of too bad as Lily is a dream to milk, the only hard thing being getting her off the milking stand once we’re done.  Peaches has finally settled into a much less violent milkstand routine, thank goodness.  I think she didn’t like sharing her babies’ milk with the humans.  She found it offensive and wrong (regardless of how much grain and adoration we plied her with).  But now the babies are gone and Lily is here and things are working well. We haven’t had to buy milk for weeks! Our 3 little wethers all found wonderful families to live with, and although it was sad to see our little buddies go, we have plenty of baby goats in our future. Which makes it a very bright future indeed. And cheese!

Look at all that milk! And we're splitting between two households, so that's just half a week's worth. Cheerios anyone?

Look at all that milk! And we’re splitting between two households, so that’s just half a week’s worth. Cheerios anyone?

My bees are going gangbusters right now which is so good to see. We harvested one frame from them and after one million years (I’m pretty sure) of straining the crushed up honeycomb, we now have a very cute amount of dark, delicious Ranch honey! Yay! And I only got honey all over myself like 5 or 6 times throughout the process, so hey, lookin good.

Cute amount of honey. And credit to sister for the adorable little honeypot!

Cute amount of honey. And credit to sister for the adorable little honeypot!

Next up: the Fella and the Pa have become brewing buddies! They currently have a batch of IPA fermenting in the bottles and 5 gallons of honey porter (YUMMEH) to get started this weekend. Unfortunately 5 gallons of honey porter requires significantly more than a cute amount of honey, so they might have to be un-homesteadly and go retail for that part of the recipe.

American IPA, currently hiding out in the dark waiting for the big reveal in two weeks.

American IPA, currently hiding out in the dark waiting for the big reveal in two weeks.

And other stuff, like I won my case in the California Supreme Court and was in the newspaper and got interviewed on the radio and everything (still waiting on the paycheck though…anyday now guys…for real). And we’re almost finished redoing one of our bathrooms, taking out the junky vinyl and putting in real tile and all that jazz.

Phew! So that’s a pretty comprehensive update. I won’t be a phony and promise more regular posting, but I will say that I will try.  Adieu for now!

4 thoughts on “Cheese and Honey and Beer and Everything!

  1. Great to read your update! I totally get that feeling of having lots to do, but not posting on the blog…maybe more next winter? ;-) Tell me more about your supreme court case! (if you’re able) I see you just read my latest post, so you know I also had a small interaction with an attorney this past week. DM

    • Yes, I did read your post – it was hilarious! I’m sure it was not at all funny while you were going through it, but sometimes when it’s just one thing after another like that you have to laugh. My case was about immigration and criminal law. My client pleaded guilty back in 1992 for selling $8 worth of marijuana and when he did, the court didn’t warn him about immigration consequences like it was required to do. Fast forward almost 20 years, he tries to apply for a greencard based on his marriage to his (blind and totally dependent) wife, and he instead gets put into deportation proceedings because of the old conviction. He tried to get the conviction vacated because the court didn’t warn him as it was required to do, and he was denied because the court said he couldn’t prove he would have won at trial if he had been warned and rejected the plea offer. We appealed that and lost and then appealed again to the CA Supreme Court and they agreed to take the case (very big deal all by itself). I argued that the lower courts used the wrong legal standard based on other cases from the CA Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court and they agreed! It’s a huge victory for my client and anyone else in a similar position in California.

  2. I wondered what you were up to and it was really nice to hear how you are doing. All that cheese and honey and beer sounds too fantastic really! Posting regularly can be a burden when real life is going on, but I know what you mean about wanting to have that record of what you’ve done.

  3. I have been a very bad blogger as of late too! Glad to see your update here. It looks like everything is going brilliantly!! Happy cheese munching and beer sipping celebrating your win. ;)

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