When you are micronuking the custard, make SURE it doesn't volcano. It will if you overheat/overcook it. Just cook it until it's hot enough to be annoying. Seriously. You're trying to ensure the eggs are cooked properly. Not trying to ignite it. :o)
Taffy and Snowflake. Notice Taffy's height in the milk stand... The NEXT picture will be Rachel Rae, the monster Nubian doe...
If you notice, Rachel Rae's front legs are buckled a bit so she can fit in the milk stand! What a huge doe! I'm still hoping she's pregnant. With her deep, wide body it's hard to see babies if they're kicking. No udder yet and she's extremely quiet and laid back. She's must be around 150# or so and being quiet so laid back is very much appreciated... Or at least it seems like she weighs that much when I had to lift her onto the milk stand...
MayBelle and her buckling. She's an Oberhasli, a Swiss breed that's listed on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy listing as 'recovering.' Oberhasli are noted for their smaller size, mahogany brown color with black 'points' and are said to have the least goaty flavor of milk. They're also noted for their hockiness (their back legs are structured to make them good candidates for pack and cart goats).
Here's the website for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy: http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/wtchlist.html#goats
This website is dedicated to American Livestock breeds that are in danger of being forever removed from our planet by extinction. Listed are horses, cattle, hogs, poultry, rabbits, asses (American Mammoth for one), sheep and goats. If you have an interest in preserving old-stock, please check out their website!
It's chilly here again in NW Indiana... Rachel Rae is in the barn with the other two does. MayBelle's son is bouncing off his momma and she seems to be tolerating it well. Taffy's daughter, Snowflake, is starting to bounce off her too. I'm milking out 2 quarts morning and evening. That's a lot of milk! If the does had delivered twins or more, there wouldn't have been extra for the table. But with singles I have plenty for my table! I plan to make some ice cream base later today. With whole, fresh eggs, fresh goats milk and a vanilla bean. Wonderful, rich, creamy.
Gailann Schrader - Frugalista
I live on a Smallholding farm in NorthWest Indiana. I have American Guinea Hogs, an Arabian horse, a punk mule mare, a donkey, dairy goats, honeybees, dogs (one of which is a Livestock Guardian dog learning that cats aren't varmints), cats, guineas and chickens. I've owned geese, meat goats, cattle (on the home farm), sheep, llamas and rabbits. I'm as self-sufficient as possible and enjoy it!