Engaged!

Well, I have to apologize for being such a absent blogger this year. This has been a very exciting year for me! Back in May, I began a courtship with a wonderful man by the name of Donnie Kiele.
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We had an amazing summer. Lots of memories made.

So, we got engaged September 20th on a backpacking trip in the Seven Devils.

Getting married January 2015!

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My cheese-making adventure

Recently I made two batches of cheese out of fresh goat’s milk  and cow’s milk.
I captured each step of the process.

I brought the raw milk up to temperature

Added yogurt

Set over night at room temperature

Dissolved half a tablet of Rennet in water

Tested for a 'clean break'

Cut the curds

Brought up the temperature to tighten the curds

Drained off the whey

Added a teaspoon of salt

Mixed in salt

Placed the warm curds in cheese cloth in a form

Pressed the curds for twelve hours

Goat --- Finally I had fresh cheese --- Cow

Then, I rubbed on salt and wrapped them in cheese cloth

I could have cured my cheese at that point,but I ate it fresh before it had a chance to get a rind.

I immensely enjoyed making and eating my cheese.

 I will be making more just as soon as I get more fresh milk.

We’re Beekeepers now!

These are the pictures from our first checking of our hives, newly installed with bees.

We drove them deeper into the hive with smoke.

The five darker frames in the middle are from the nuc. box that the bees were in when we bought them. In the middle of them you can see the tab of the queen cage.

By lifting the queen cage by the tab we see that she and the workers ate away the candy plug. She is now free to go about her duties as queen.

 This is brood comb. Where the eggs are laid,fed and hatched. It also holds honey and pollen to feed the young bees.

They have already started building comb on this new frame. We added one more at this time to make ten removable frames.

Here is a close up of one of our frames.