Starting from Scratch

It’s easy to take things we buy or use for granted when they come already packaged and produced. That’s why I like trying to make things from scratch. It makes me appreciate the end result much more. My husband and I continue to grow on our hobby farm (Cordero Family Farm) in order to become more self-reliant. Here’s a picture tour of my continued learning in canning, cooking, and baking from scratch.

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I learned how to bake my own bread with all scratch ingredients. It takes time and lots of kneading, but it is gooood!
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My collection of canned apple sauce and tomato sauce is slowly growing!
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Processing tomatoes from our garden in order to make sauce.
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Italian Tomato Sauce
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Dicing ingredients for salsa

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Salsa with veggies from our garden!
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First time making an apple pie from scratch.
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It tasted heavenly.
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Restocked the freezer with the meat chickens we raised and butchered ourselves.
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A meal all from our own sources. Corn and potatoes from the garden and a chicken that we raised.

I Want a Heifer

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We drink milk like its water at our house. Especially my daughter!

As we move toward a more self-sustaining lifestyle, we are going to obtain a diary cow for milk and making our own butter, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, etc.

The breed I want to purchase is called a Dexter. Dexters are a smaller breed of cattle originally from Ireland. They are tri-purpose, great for meat, milk and draft. They are very intelligent and can be easily trained. Their tender personalities and love of attention make them not only great cows but great companions!  

Dexters also give birth to their babies without need for assistance unless the baby is breached. They must give birth to a calf once a year in order to continue to produce milk.

Everything about these cows make me excited! I really want a little heifer.

MEET ANITA AND ARISTA:

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ARISTA

These precious little girls are located at Shamrock Acres Dexter Farm in Hudsonville, MI! That is only 15 minutes from my house!

I am so thrilled. I want to buy a girl and hug her and love her all day. The only things that stand in my way are needing a proper enclosure and fencing for her. So friends, if you have any lumber or fencing hanging around that you don’t want.. let me know!

Cows…they are a beautiful thing.

References:
http://www.kefircheese.com/cattle.html
http://www.realmilk.com/how-to/have-a-dexter-dairy-cow/
https://sites.google.com/site/shamrockacresdextercattle/for-sale