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Browned Butter Syrup

Browned Butter Syrup

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When you think of a homestead breakfast, what pictures does that bring to mind? Bacon sizzling, bright yellow/orange eggs cooked to your liking, fresh squeezed juice, perhaps a glass of raw goat’s milk, and waffles flowing with newly-churned butter and pure maple syrup? Admittedly though, this is not a typical…

Ways of Learning

Ways of Learning

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These past couple weeks at GHR have been full of new experiences. We’ve learned how to process chickens and now we have also processed a steer. Since these things were not passed down through our family, we’ve had to learn through different methods. There are many resources available: Library: Yes,…

Chicken Processing

Chicken Processing

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As with every week here at GHR, there’s always something new and exciting going on – a project that requires a learning curve. This past week, we decided it was time that we learn the process of processing chickens, from step one all the way to the end (of the…

Taking Time to Make Time

Taking Time to Make Time

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Every day it’s the same old routine: get up, get ready, feed the animals, try to avoid stepping on the cat, accidentally step on his tail anyway, treat your scratch wounds, and rush off to work. Arrive, go through the motions, run your errands, and head back home. Clean the…

Embden Geese II

Embden Geese II

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Now that the little Embden goslings have hatched, it’s time for them to move on to bigger and better spaces. After drying off in the incubator, the goslings move into the living room and are placed in a square wire cage. We put a heating lamp over them since the…

Embden Geese

Embden Geese

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Well it’s THAT time of year again. Almost. OK, close enough for our geese anyway. Time to start a family! Here at GHR we have a gander and two female geese. They are a breed called Embden – a beautiful white goose with a bright orange bill and feet and…

Working Together

Working Together

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One of the nice things about having a large family is that everyone has different interests and talents. With so many of us here at Grace Heritage Ranch, it’s easy to compartmentalize and assign people to what they enjoy and are skilled at doing. Things tend to run smoothly, until…

Coffee

Coffee

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As you lie sleeping peacefully in your bed, the raucous scream of the alarm clock suddenly snaps you out of your happy dreams into the cold and darkness of reality. You fumble to turn the alarm off and groggily make your way to the kitchen. “Once I get my coffee,…

Animal Nomenclature II

Animal Nomenclature II

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In our last article, we discussed the various names for cattle. Although many other animals have specific names, they are not quite as diversified as the cattle. Goats: A female goat is called a “doe”, while a male is called a “buck”. The young goats are called “kids” with female…

Animal Nomenclature

Animal Nomenclature

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You may have noticed that apart from the general name of an animal, such as a “goat”, they may have many other names such as “buck”, “billy”, “doe”, etc. As it turns out, once you get involved with the breeding, selling, and purchasing of animals it is important that you…

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