How much does a goat cost?
This is important to know if you are thinking about getting goats. I mean, you can’t really add something to your life without knowing what the cost will be….
Unusual vegetables can be a really fun addition to your garden. Of course, you will probably always have your standard go-to’s like green beans or romaine lettuce. However, if you want to add a little color or some cool shapes and sizes to your crops, there are some fun and funky crops you can try growing.
There are so many easy zucchini recipes to make! If you garden, eat gluten free or just LOVE zucchini then you might be looking for new ways to use zucchini in your everyday recipes. Our first year gardening we quickly realized that zucchini is one of the crops that just produces in abundance. This is great, but no matter how much you LOVE zucchini, it can get boring eating it the same way every day.
We are so excited to welcome a guest post this week! Goat milk soap is a great product that you can easily make at home. Below, you will find an awesome recipe so that you can make your own. But first, a little about our guest poster.
Kelly is the creator of SimpleLifeMom.com and author of The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners. She’s been making homemade bath and beauty products for almost 15 years (find them in her shop) and regularly shares recipes to replace unhealthy and overly processed foods and home products with handmade and healthy items that anyone can make.
I’m so excited to share with you a recipe from my new book, The Natural Soapmaking Book for Beginners. I’ve put together over 55 recipes, as well as soap tutorials and charts for coloring and decorating soap naturally with herbs and nourishing ingredients.
This recipe is for a goat milk and honey soap. Both goat milk and honey are wonderful ingredients for soap making because they make a bubbly bar that moisturizes as it cleanses.
Goat milk is high in vitamins, minerals, and is naturally anti-bacterial. It also has a lot of alpha-hydroxy acids that naturally break down bonds between live and dead skin, helping to cleanse your skin beautifully and help your skin look stronger and healthier.
Honey is another wonderful ingredient. It makes great bubbles in a bar and is a natural humectant. A humectant can actually absorb moisture from the air and help it to cling to your skin in a light, nourishing way.
I tried to design all of my recipes with ingredients that are easy to come by (like lard and olive oil) and, of course, good for you. I hope you really enjoy this gentle, moisturizing goat milk and honey soap recipe.
Yield: 3 pounds or twelve 4-ounce bars
Lye Discount: 15%
Start to Finish Time: 2 hours, 24 hours in mold, 4 to 6 weeks to cure
Though a Castile bar was the first soap recipe I made, I dreamed of making a Goat Milk and Honey Soap bar. Well, here it is. Using milk and honey in a recipe means you need to be aware of a few more things, but it’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Enjoy the many nourishing benefits of this soap!
Large stainless steel pot
bowls for measuring ingredients
small zip top bag
glass or plastic bowl for lye water
Remember to wear your safety equipment and mix the lye water outside.
Tell everyone you live with that where you’re working is off limits.
Give yourself enough time to complete the recipe.
Prep Ahead: Combine the water and milk in a large glass, plastic, or stainless steel container. Place milk-water into the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. It is okay if a slush forms, as long as it doesn’t freeze. The colder your milk-water, the lighter your soap will be after adding the lye.
Tips: Milk can scald when lye is added. Placing the milk-water in the freezer until it’s very cold helps prevent this. Be sure to add lye slowly. It is okay to really take your time, coming back every 20 minutes to add a little more. Adding milk can also make your batch get hotter than usual, so just insulate a milk recipe lightly with a towel if you’re concerned about getting a good gel for color. Honey can also make soap come to trace faster, so add it and blend really well right before pouring soap into the mold.
For a limited time, when you preorder my book, The Natural Soapmaking Book for Beginners, you can also get a Collection of Free Soap Making Bonuses. Within this bonus collection is:
You can learn more and get these Bonuses by going HERE.
Milking goats will of course be on your list of farm chores if you are breeding dairy goats. In addition to knowing what goat milking supplies are needed and how to milk your goat, you will also need to know what to watch for in case your goats experience decreased milk production. There are several reasons that your goats might have decreased milk production – some are normal and inevitable while others could mean that your goats need some change or attention. So, let’s review, shall we?
Now that you know some of the causes of decreased milk production in milking goats, you can be sure to keep your girls in tip, top producing states! Drop us a comment below if you have any questions.