Monthly Archives: April 2010

Goat’s Milk

This past week I checked out a co-op a couple miles away from our town in Stillwater after an employee of the Trader Joe’s that I frequent recommended I check out the non-homogenized cow’s milk that they offer. I was so excited to find this, since I’m planning to start making our own yogurt and also kefir (along with sourdough bread and kombucha… I’ll try and keep these adventures documented on here!).

BUT, the most exciting thing for me was actually when I noticed that the co-op also sold goat’s milk!  I’ve learned lately how goat’s milk is much better for you than cow’s milk. How it’s much more similar to human milk and is much easier to digest and assimilate. People who have allergies to regular (cow’s) milk tend to not be allergic to goat’s milk. Did you know that more than 60% of the world drinks goat’s milk, not cow’s milk? Interesting, huh?

So I bought us a quart of this goat’s milk, which happens to be from a local goat dairy farm only 45 minutes away from where we live. This thrilled me! I checked out their website as soon as I could and was even more excited to see that they offered raw (unpasteurized) goat’s milk at their farm. I sent them an email to inquire more information regarding their milk and was told to give them a call. Right away I called the lady and she was SO nice and informative. The raw cow’s milk we had bought about a month ago was from a farmer who was so hard to get ahold of to ask questions…. made me not want to buy from them again since I questioned their safety and credibility.

Flash forward to today. My husband and I drove up to the dairy farm and visited to see for ourselves how this dairy farm works and if we want to try the raw goat’s milk they offer. We were pleased to see how well they run the farm and how happy the goats are! (THEY ARE SO CUTE!!) Not that we know much about goat dairy farms or anything, but to our knowledge, right now this is the absolute best milk we can get for our health. Local… raw (unpasteurized and non-homogenized, both which make milk actually harmful to you), from happy and healthy goats…  :)

I’m hoping and planning to take a drive up to the farm (which happens to be a very pretty drive along the river!) every couple weeks to pick up a gallon of the raw milk, and once it’s June-October I’ll also be picking up our CSA share of vegetables in Stillwater along the way. The final amazing plus of all of this is that this milk also happens to be cheaper than if I bought the same milk (but pasteurized) at the store!

Here’s one of their goats!

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A New Goal… the Monthly Reading Plan

We’ll be switching topics from food for a bit…

Over the last couple years I’ve noticed a not-so-good habit of mine forming… starting a book and not finishing it. As someone who really hated reading up until around 19 years old, I would have never imagined to have such a habit as this! But here I am, with book shelves overflowing and thousands of pages that are waiting to be read.

My solution? (And I REALLY hope I stick to this!)

Create a monthly reading plan!

Each month for the rest of 2010 I wrote down 4-5 books that I plan to tackle, hopefully one a week. In order to keep my reading well-rounded, I picked a book from each type such as theology (such as Knowing God by J.I. Packer), a Biblical book on womanhood (Womanly Dominion by Mary Chanski), organization (From Clutter to Clarity by Nancy Twigg), finances, food & nutrition, and fiction (Harry Potter… I’m only on book four and it’s been over 10 years since I started the series. Next up? Chronicles of Narnia!).

No doubt there are over 25 books that I have started and intended to finish but have not gone past page 63, so I’m really hoping and praying this better do the trick. For one, I don’t want to keep buying books and not reading them, since obviously this is a waste of money (my next step, learn to use our library more, DUH!). And although I’ve learned tons of valuable information from the many many blogs I’ve found online, I often get side-tracked on the internet and end up wasting too much time, or simply getting overwhelmed by it all! Also, I yearn to finish books and benefit from quality focused reading on subjects that will help to mature me as a Christian, a woman, a wife, and a home-maker.

If you’re curious what my plans are for April, here you go:

  • Real Food by Nina Planck (almost done with this one!)
  • A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
  • Debt Proof Your Marriage by Mary Hunt

I’m excited for next month… Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis! One that I started a LONG time ago and got stuck in the middle somewhere…

What books are you reading or planning to read? How do you keep yourself on track?