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Random Pictures.

Here are some random pictures and random information.  This is 4 gallons of raw jersey (yellow cream) and Holstein (white cream) milk.  Rosie had to be dried off so we bought a Jersey milk cow and named her Buttercup.  Rosie should freshen soon.  We also sold all of our goats and bought 38 laying hens.



I needed cream so I dumped it off of the 4 gallons and I had approximately 3 qts of cream.  It was very yummy.  Of course, I can’t eat any cream because I’ve begun the GAPS diet.



This is what our freezer looked like after 201 lbs of Jefferson came home from the butcher.  The top shelf is fruits and veggies, the next shelf down is beef and the rest is pork!!!  It’s mighty yummy too.


I have more pictures.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

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37 comments to Random Pictures.

  • Oh, good… you’re still alive. I thought something happened to you or something.


  • Pam

    Wow! Finally back. I never had to go so long waiting a blog.
    Your freezer looks great. Makes me want to move to the country.
    Glad to see you are back.

  • I love the freezer pic. There is something very satisfying about a full freezer!

  • Did you make all the cream into butter? We get a gallon of goat milk weekly, but there’s not enough cream to skim off to make butter. I wish my friend had a cow!

  • What is the GAPS diet?

  • Gil

    Why did you decide no more goats? And yes, please to explain the GAPS diet. Those are all my requests for the moment, but I reserve the right to add more at will.

  • Mrs.MegLogan

    Nice, the quart on the left of the photo is what the milk looks like that we get from the local farm.

    The other stuff looks more appetizing to me.

    I WISH I had three QUARTS of cream!

    Nice freezer, hopefully mine will be looking like that soon.


  • Emily

    I hope you are planning on linking some great pork recipes. I have a pig in the freezer and have not made one successful (yummy) dinner except for a ham. Maybe I just don’t know how to cook pork.

  • Mrs.MegLogan

    Speaking of recipes for your pig…
    I’d also like to know what kinds of cuts you have, how you processed the pig, and what kinds of things you had to take into consideration when butchering a whole animal.

    We are considering buying half a cow in November. What kinds of things do I need to know about that?


  • Whew. I was concerned that the children had learned to tie knots and had tied you and Jeff up somewhere where you couldn’t blog.

    If anyone needs good pork recipes (or beef, chicken, lamb, etc.) get a copy of The Grassfed Gourmet. Really, it is that good. Every recipe is a winner. No affiliation. I resisted getting it for a long time as I have too many cook books. It is the most dog eared cookbook I own now!

  • No, I used a bunch of it to make a gross meal called “Creamy Eggs”. Maybe you are familiar with it? Then the last quart of cream got tossed out when someone saw it in the fridge and thought something had “gone bad”.

  • Because goats are annoying. If they are not going over, under or through a fence they are planning *how* they will go over, under or through a fence when you aren’t looking.

    See the GAPS link above. :)

  • I’m working on it myself. :)

  • You see, we took the pig in and said “Hack it up and wrap it in paper.” Then we got back all kinds of interesting cuts I have no idea what to do with. There are pork hops of course. And Loin Roasts. And Ham Roasts. And Shoulder Roasts. There are spare ribs. And bacon. And Pork steaks. And random capitalization. We love Random Capitalization.

  • Kristin, Knots on Thursday. I promise. :)

  • Meg, we bought half a cow a few years ago. They labeled the paper wrapped pkgs for us. Easy.

    Awesome Katie! You guys are doing great with the farming thing.

  • Jen

    Hope all is well – noticed tonight that blog is missing lots of posts and your other blog is empty. Praying here!

  • Elizabeth

    Praying for you….your other blog is gone, you are not on FB and this blog is missing posts. I pray for all of you!

  • Katie,
    Our family is praying for you and the kids every day. I am a little concerned that all of the sudden a bunch of your posts are missing. Hope things are well with you and you are safe!
    Blessings, Faith

  • BabyMakes5

    yep, i’m worried too….praying all is safe and well.

  • Rebecca

    Praying for you all!

  • Beth

    Thoughts and prayers are flowing your way! Hope you and the children are okay.

  • Suzanne

    Hope things are okay with you all…in our prayers

  • Just checking in to see if you’re okay and saw a bunch of posts missing. I hope it is just a precaution and nothing is wrong.
    Praying for you.

  • artofhngr

    also praying you and the children are safe.

  • Michelle


    I’ve read your blog off and on for years. I am so sorry for everything you and your children are going through. I’ve been praying for you all. Like everyone else here, I’m concerned by the missing posts. Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. Even in the midst of your trial, you are an encouragement to the rest of us. We hope our prayers and (online) support here are a small encouragement in return.


  • I’m trusting in God that your family is safe. You are a strong mother Katie, I know you’re doing whatever must be done!
    In the meantime, I’m re-reading some older posts and thinking about making some NT meals.

  • Jeri

    I am also confused about the missing posts. Still praying for you and your well being and peace for your children. I am going to lose sleep wondering and hoping that you are okay!!! :-(

  • MB

    Also praying for you, Katie. I hope all is ok. I commented on another old post, and it disappeared shortly thereafter.

    Does anyone have a phone number or email addy for Katie so you can check on her and her children?

  • dito on the missing posts. where are you? is everything ok? hope to hear from you soon. God bless

  • Mrs. H

    praying for you and your kids….

    hope that you all are together and safe..

  • April

    Praying here as well, just last night was up a bit praying for you.

  • Renee

    Hi! Im a long time reader who is thinking about you and your kids Katie. If you are still posting anywhere I would love a chance to hear how you are all doing. Many prayers and positive thoughts to you and yours.

  • Lynne

    Still checking in regularly and praying for you all, and hoping that God is working in your lives.

  • Randall

    I wasn’t sure where to comment, but I see you are reading It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado. Great book, especially the last chapter!

  • Megan

    Hi Katie
    Obviously it’s been a while since you’ve posted on this blog. And my comment here (really intended more as an email) may not reach you at all. However I’ve read and re read your blog over the years and wanted to finally just “thank” you for the inspiration. I stumbled upon Team Bettendorf randomly while researching nourishing recipes and have absolutely loved reading about your large, blessed family and through your posts, have been educated and inspired on so many subjects.
    So, from one homeschooling, homesteading, mama to another – I LOVED your posts and really quite miss updates on your family. I only have one child, she just turned one, and am praying for more to join us soon. I can only hope one day for a family as full as yours.
    Blessings and kindest wishes for wherever you are at right now in life,
    Megan & family

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