We have made some MORE progress in our new building! I am so excited to see the milk house and milking area take shape! Jason has worked SO hard to make dairying with goats as easy as possible. He even tracked down a pump and milking equipment. I currently milk by hand as I am not milking enough does to justify using the pump.

We had TRIPLETS born February 19th. Seeing brand new life never gets old!  We have two more does expecting and I will be happy when the next few weeks are over.

The cold temperatures have proved a little bit of a challenge for us this winter. We are used to the changes of temperature living in the great state of OHIO brings. We are NOT however, used to Minnesota!  I am hoping that all the sub-zeros are gone from our forecast. 

I do appreciate snow along with the cold. It makes a great insulator for the barn! You just gotta get out there and shovel it up against the sides!  Jason and the boys were happy because we finally were able to use the blade for our 165 gas Massey Ferguson tractor. 

I am currently tossing around the idea of starting a snail mail newsletter for KIDS! It would probably be 3 or 4 times a year and include the more fun/interesting things that happen here on Hostone Farm! I would love some feedback on this idea
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Today in my attempt to feed my children more "real" food, I altered one of our favorite pancake recipes.  I mixed up 1C oat flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp baking soda, 1/4tsp sea salt, 1/8C raw honey, 1C milk 2TBS coconut oil, and 1 egg! They liked it better than the old recipe!

I really do love honey and we use it for nearly everything. We use it as a sweetener, as a facial cleanser...I encourage you to Google all the wonderful uses of RAW honey!

We will be getting an early start to the morning as we are loading up our first farm raised hog for slaughter. I am hoping to be able to have some pictures to post tomorrow of our triumph or, most, likely, our folly.