Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Adventures of Valerie & Grace

The adventures of Valerie & Grace day two :

The girls are getting out and exploring their world, already curious, there are discoveries to be made everywhere.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The adventures of Valerie & Grace

Starting a new feature today here on our blog: (click on pictures for larger view)
                                     "The adventures of Valerie &  Grace"

I mentioned yesterday that they are named after my sister since they were born on her birthday, April 27. But after a comment my Niece made and as I watched them interact and begin to explore the world yesterday and today. I started to think about my sisters' when they were little and their personalities. So  begins 'the adventures of Valerie & Grace'.
Valerie who always wanted to hang back and be carful and Grace who is much more curious ,outgoing and adventurous ~~~ just like Valerie's younger sister  was.

Meet the babies..................

Yesterday Flossie kidded, twins~~~ One boy, One girl.
Daddy Riley is a Mini-LaMancha (elf ears)
Mamma Flossie is half mini-LaMancha (elf ears) and half Oberhasli/Toggenburg (ears :) )
So we were thrilled to get one of each with these twins~~ meet Flossie and Riley's twins
Mamma Flossie with her little boy

and her darling doe
Follow them here and over on our FB page

Monday, April 28, 2014

Meet the babies.........

Along with the spring storms yesterday we had our first kidding of the year , Button delivered two darling little does!
They entered the world to some good old fashioned spring storms~~  downpours of rain (over three inches yesterday)  with high winds, lots of thunder and lightening and flooding, We were fortunate that the tornado's stayed away from us, but others in our state weren't as fortunate.
These babies are second generation Mini-LaMancha's .Their daddy is our good-natured Riley that you met a couple of weeks ago~~~ shown here as a baby .

Grace is colored just like her mama and is a 'no ears' baby while Valerie is darker with the black tips and is a 'half ears' baby (also known as elf ears) like her daddy.

In spite of the storms the babies were safe and dry in the barn,with their mother keeping an eye on them.
Follow along with them as they grow here and on our Facebook page
Button and Babies

                                                                         Meet Valerie and Grace :)
                      (who are named after my sister since they were born on her birthday)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Goat update.....................

Bulging Button and Fat Flossie............

Any day now our girls will be kidding --you can still guess when over on our Facebook page here:

for a chance to win. Then check back here and on FB for lots of cute baby pictures soon :)
                                                        Here they come with that camera again........
                                                           people, I  just can't understand them!
          "Well, I thought that the grass was greener over here, but now that I'm here,
          I do believe I'd rather be back in my nice snug barn 'nesting' up for my babies"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Workin' out the roommate agreement......

Riley and Bandit have been 'neighbors' for 14 months now and with better weather and more grazing available it was time this week for them to become 'roommates' . Yeah, seems we thought it was a better idea than they did.  Here they are working up the 'roommate agreement' !

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Goat update.......

Check out our Facebook page Jonquiljunction to enter our current contest --guessing when our goats will kid!
"....Remember Button and Flossie's babies are due this day apart, or so we think. We're also targeting the third week of April, but we all know about the "best laid plans"(especially with animals), so you pick the date YOU think they will "kid"................" Click on the link below to enter!

Here are this weeks pictures of them in their 'ever cooperative' states......... NOT!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Better for you Brownie Cake

This has always been one of our favorite recipes, and everyone who ever had it seemed to agree. But the original recipe called for 18 TABLESPOONS of margarine!  So we just didn't feel good about making it, since it was one of our favorites I kept working with it till I got it down to just 8 Tablespoons of margarine.  We don’t miss those 10 extra Tablespoons  at all  and didn’t sacrifice any of the chocolaty goodness!
Better for you Brownie Cake
In bowl combine:
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
In small sauce pan combine until melted:
4 T. margarine
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
Add to flour mixture, stir and add:
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
Pour onto lightly greased  15x10 jelly roll pan.
bake at 350* for 20 minutes or  till tests done.(toothpick inserted in center comes out clean)
while it bakes make the frosting:
Melt together:
4 T margarine
1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 T water
Remove from heat and stir in:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Stir well, and  pour over warm cake.
(We promise you won’t miss the 80 grams of fat and 700 calories we removed! )

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Over on Facebook

Did you know you can buy our items directly from our Facebook page? Safe and securely using Pay-Pal invoicing (and you DO NOT need to have a pay-pal account either) check out this link
for what we currently have available
and you can get in touch with us by using the message button at the top of our Facebook page.
Here's a peek of just a bit of what we have available right now:


visit us today and see what we have for sale !

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Do you know how to keep a goat from climbing over a fence??
                           ............Build it a stile!
                        Today meet two of our three Nanny goats~~Mini-LaMancha's

"Button is 7 and expecting for the fifth time, Flossie is 2 and having her first kid(s).
( If you didn't guess they are mother and daughter) 
Follow their progress to kidding with our "guess the date" contest starting next week on our Facebook page Jonquiljuntion. This won't take long! They are both due in April.
And our Billy goat: Riley~~also Mini-LaMancha
~Shown here at a week old~
We brought him home at two days old and he was our bottle baby last year, now he'll be a father hopefully by the end of this month, we're anxious to meet his kids (his sweet personality mixed with his mothers excellent milk production -we are hoping for some outstanding kids!)
Check out our Facebook page for updates!
Coming soon: Stories based on 50 years of ownership
(still not sure who owns whom)

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The items we offer are as varied as the weather in these hills!
Hand-hammered copper jewelry, handmade wood case clocks, biscuit and rag quilts, handsewn infant gifts, handcrafted soap, & homespun tales and photos of our menagerie of four footed and feathered friends.

Copper earrings

Copper earrings