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post #161 of 346
I got plenty. Come get 'em.
I'm getting a quart of fresh kefir every 12 hours! I think that means I have too many! See blog for pictures.

I have to say that finally being in MY HOME after a few roaming years has felt really good to do things like this. I've missed it. I'm sure I will calm down after a year or two of tending the kitchen, garden, livestock again... but I have to make up for all that I missed!

I will pm my phone number and addy to you guys.
post #162 of 346
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Originally Posted by salt_phoenix View Post
I have to say that finally being in MY HOME after a few roaming years has felt really good to do things like this. I've missed it. I'm sure I will calm down after a year or two of tending the kitchen, garden, livestock again... but I have to make up for all that I missed!
I know what you mean!!! This is the first time in a long long long time that I have lived in the same place for more than a year... it feels good to be able to invest time in my garden and know I won't be leaving it behind!

Wow! Every 12 hours??? Do you have to use raw milk or is pasteurized okay?
post #163 of 346
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Wow! Every 12 hours??? Do you have to use raw milk or is pasteurized okay?
Pasteurized has been working for me. At least so far! I've been using 365 whole when I don't have raw goat milk. I didn't like the result of using skim/lowfat though. I do make a trip out to the goat dairy when I can. (I used to milk the goats at that dairy ) For one, I love goat milk and for two, I guess the whole, raw goat milk is like extra nourishing for the grains as well. She said the only thing better would be camel milk.
But at 6 bux a half gallon of raw goat milk? I really need to get my own goat.

I've had to put all those grains to bed in the fridge. I was getting overrun already with them! It was seriously kefiring my milk so quickly, I felt like I was always straining kefir & washing equipment.
I've already converted some of them to water kefir. Used them in some apple juice. Tastes fine. Just added a little "zing" to it.
post #164 of 346
Just sent out the phone number and address of the next meeting!
PM me if you didn't get it!

THIS WEDNESDAY! December 10th 3pm MY HOUSE
post #165 of 346
Julie-Wonder!

What do we bring so that we can participate in all our fun activities?

Yay!
post #166 of 346
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What do we bring so that we can participate in all our fun activities?
I have everything we need for these activities. If you have a favorite essential oil blend or type, bring it for your salts and/or soap. I have lots of choices, but can't guarantee your personal favorite/s. A dollar or two for each bar you want to make is helpful, but NOT NECESSARY, as I will end up using these supplies eventually anyway. Really, you NEED nothing but yourselves and kiddles.
post #167 of 346
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Julie -
I am so excited about next Wednesday. I will be able to make good on my offer of child proofing etc if you still need it
post #168 of 346
Yeah! My first batch of Kefir looks like it's ready!

Thanks Julie!!! Yesterday was so much fun!!!!!
post #169 of 346
I've had a crappy last couple days, and so I couldn't make it I am totally bummed, so if anyone wants to spontaneously hang out with me, let me know!
post #170 of 346
sorry you're bumming, lizzyq!

I've got time next week if you want to get kids together... PM me!
post #171 of 346
I'm interested in doing this. We're moving to Sugarhouse next week (!!!) and will be in an apartment for a while, but once Chris gets back from Afghanistan (he might be going in July) we want to buy a house with enough land to grow all our own food and have a few chickens for eggs. :-)

Meanwhile I want to grow a few basics (tomatoes, squash, a few herbs) in pots while we're in an apartment.
post #172 of 346
Hi Jessica- Welcome to SLC!!!

I just finished my semester this week, so I've got more freetime besides the days I work.
post #173 of 346
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I did it!!!
First batch of Kefir in the fridge and Kombucha brewin"!!!:
Thanks ladies for all your wisdom, inspirations and friendship. and welcome Jessica!
post #174 of 346
Hi! We're closing on place in lower sugarhouse this week and I just came across this great thread! We've been talking about how we can squeeze as many edible plants as possible into our postage stamp yard this spring (my husband is getting a grow light system for Christmas so we can start seedlings inside!). We would love to be involved with some of these get-togethers/how-to fests. Sad I missed the December one, but please let me know about the next!
post #175 of 346
Hi guys! Alyssa & Deborah told me about this group and it sounds wonderful! Hi Julie L. & Cindy My husband, 2 sons (6 &3) & I live in the Millcreek area (just barely west of Sugarhouse) on a 1/4 acre. We've been here 12 years and have a huge garden (50 x 50 feet). We have a semi-xeriscaped front yard, but now I'm thinking that plants that we could utilize (native if possible) would be great to put up there. That being said, there is soooo much more that we want to do with the space that we have (chickens, fruit trees, rainwater catchment, greenhouse, ect. ect...).

Looking forward to meeting you all

Julie v.
post #176 of 346
HEY JULIE V. and other new mamas!!! :

We may have to find some mamas with bigger houses for our meetings! Bring on the spring & yard space to meet!

I was wondering if there are any mamas that want to go in with me on a raw milk co-op? I am LOVING that raw cow milk (thanks alyssa) although I LOVE goat milk, the cow milk cost half as much as the goat milk. I have to get a goat... but until then, if we get a few of us on a regular schedule, (weekly run for milk) maybe we would only have to drive to Utah County once every couple of months or so as individuals. If not, maybe I should ask a broader Salt Lake Valley group? LMK! (or put me in the loop, if I'm missing something )

I've been having some health problems and I will probably be cutting any NON-raw milk out of my diet.

On homesteading news: My first attempt at home-made kraut was a lonely, unsupported, family nose turning, absolutely delicious SUCCESS! :
I've got a 5lb. bag of carrots I have to use up before Saturdays delivery of Food Co-op. Guess what's getting fermented next? :
post #177 of 346
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Julie (SaltPheonix) are you okay? Health problems? Heres a bit of heart sparkle to help lighten your spirits. :
post #178 of 346
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Raw Milk- I will have to talk to my hubby about it! Sounds cool though.
post #179 of 346
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Julie (SaltPheonix) are you okay? Health problems?
Thanks for the sparkles.
I don't really know what is wrong with me. Maybe thyroid probs. and/or adrenal fatigue. I've seen an ND, but it's not a quick fix. Just always feel like I've been hit by a truck. Achy, stiff, weak, headaches, exhaustion, irritability, sore, tired all the time. Worse than being pregnant.
no, i'm not pregnant. lol
I was getting really scared that when you turn 40, you suddenly fall apart, but I've been assured that it's not "normal" to feel like 80 when you are 40. For that I'm thankful, but now I WANT MY ACTIVE LIFE BACK!
The ND fully and wholeheartedly demanded I keep a diet in line with NT. :
He was EXTRA excited to hear how many things live in my kitchen.
There's tests to run, but the saliva tests (which he prefers to blood) are really $$$ so this may take some time. My insurance won't pay for them. so until then, really good food, supplements, and rest, rest, rest.
If I went to a regular endocrinologist, I'd be in and out with a prescription on next to NO $$$. I don't know that I'd be "cured", but I bet they'd give me SOMETHING to instantly take the pain away. :
Can I just say I really wish that I could afford the kind of health care I want? Don't get me started on the sorry state of this country's health care system.

On to something interesting...
What have you mama's done with your kefir? smoothies? cream cheese? cooking?
I made a sweet cheese spread today. A little raspberry jam stirred into goat milk kefir cream cheese.
I have all this whey left over. I use it in everything that needs a little liquid.
post #180 of 346
Thread Starter 
I can relate to you Salt. I too have thyroid issues. Comes with the territory of mommyhood I guess. I go to Leslie Peterson and the saliva test I took was not as expensive.

As for Kefir... I need recipes. As I stated food and cooking are not my forta so I have been limited to smoothies which my family is getting tired of. I would love to learn how to make that kefir cheese with herbs.

Also, my kefir is way sour tasting. Is this normal? I don't recall Julie's being as sour. Any tips?!
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