Too cute! Okay, I had to skip forward and feature our litte Cressida in this post. We're in the middle of January, and it's absolutely freezing outside right now. Yes, I love snow. Bring it on!!! But, I detest the cold. So, I love cozy things like down-feather coats and duvets, wool sweaters, fuzzy socks, and a cup of hot tea.
When the Goatherd and I go out to take care of the goats on these cold winter days, you can imagine how much I "oooh" and "aaah" and belly laugh over our little Cressida, who grew the coziest winter coat.
Cressida was born mid summer in 2021 to Cordelia, one of our Saanens. (Because her mom's name is Cordelia, I quickly nicknamed her "Anne Shirley" when she was only days old and had no name. All Anne-of-Green-Gables lovers out there will totally get why I did that. But, it didn't stick with the Goatherd, sigh...) She really is a beautiful goat but had been a bit on the skittish side. Thus, during our evening milkings this past fall, the Goatherd and I would pull Cressida out from the pen and play with her for a while. She has definitely become a lot more friendly nowadays, yay!
Before I sign off, though, do check out the Angelwood Soap home page. We have been making updates. We're not done yet, but it's a start. Let us know what you think of the updates by replying to this post. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Also, we've decided to run a Valentine's Day special on Angelwood Soap online orders. If you have previously purchased from Angelwood Soap online, please post a review of our product(s) on our store site. Verified buyers who post a review will receive a 15% off coupon code for use on their next online order. We are running this special through the end of the day on February 14, 2022.
Until next time, the Goatherd and I...and of course all our goats...send you warm wishes!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our Angelwood friends and followers! This was my first Christmas and New Year with the Goatherd and our goats. How exciting! We both had time off of our day jobs, so the Goatherd and I were able to feed and water and milk our goats twice a day together for a whole week.
And, oh what fun it was! Each morning, we put on our coats and boots and hats and mittens, and made a foot path through the fresh-fallen snow to the barn to be greeted by a herd of goats peering anxiously over their railing at the deliverers of their food. Their cute ears were cocked, and their noses were twitching with curiosity. Of course, we spent time talking to them and pet each one before their morning feeding. The evenings were the same, although often much colder. We also milked one of our Saanens (a Swiss bred of goat) in the evening for more soap and for fluid milk. Much of the fluid milk was transformed into delicious Christmas goodies that graced our dinner table, and what was leftover was blended into chocolate milkshakes. I'll have to share some of my goat milk recipes on the blog, for sure. But, before I do, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of our goats.
Say 'hello' to Jazz Thyme! I had to introduce Jazz Thyme first because I got to name her! Jazzie was born this past spring, probably around late March. She is one of Ragtime's does (you'll get to meet Ragtime in an upcoming blog post, no worries!) and, of course, a Saanen. I kind of like to think of Jazz Thyme as one of my girls. Not only was she one of the first goats I met, but she was only a few days old when I first met her and cuddled her in my arms. The Goatherd later told me that I would get the privilege of naming that first baby goat that I held. Naming was a challenge since goats are named in such a way as to reflect the names of the doe and buck that bred them. So, obviously Ragtime gave way to Jazz...!
Until next time, warm wishes to all of you on these cold January days from the Goatherd, Jazz Thyme, the rest of the herd and, of course, the Goatherd's wife!
* Update 2022-01-06: My sister read my post from yesterday and said she didn't realize what a "goatherd" was. So, I thought I'd add a little more to this post. A goatherd is one who takes care of goats. Even though overuse of capitalization is a pet peeve of mine, I'll capitalize "goatherd" when I'm talking about the Goatherd :-) just to keep things clear.
We have more functionality! We're blogging here from the Midtown Mall annual craft/bake show. Stop over today for the last day of local crafters selling one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods. We're going till 4 o'clock this afternoon. Hope to see you here!
Sorry for the delay in posting! The Goatherd and I have been busy integrating functionality into our blog. We now have the subscribe function working and the reply option so you can reply to our posts. We look forward to hearing from you!
With Christmas holidays around the corner, we are looking to perfect our goat milk lotion recipe during our time off from work. We'll let you know here when it's available, so you'll be the first to know. Our recipe is based on one that we got from a lotion's workshop at the American Dairy Goat Association annual conference. But, we are making some tweaks to the recipe, and almost have it perfected. Our lotion recipe contains safe, gentle ingredients and, most imprtantly, locally-sourced milk from our award-winning goats!
We have also heard that folks on Facebook have been saying that we have strawberry goat milk soap. Sadly, we don't. But, a personal request did come in for it just days ago. So, we hope to have a limited edition strawberry goat milk soap in January/February. Let's us know by replying to this post if you are interested, and we'll try to make sure we have enough for you too!
We continue our work updating our website and can't wait to begin rolling our new features soon!
We're back! We were at the Superior Dome in Marquette this past weekend for our first craft show this holiday season. We saw many new faces and some old friends. And, we unveiled our newest soap: Pineapple Papaya. We'll have it in stock for a limited time.
To celebrate the holiday season, we also had limited supplies of Christmas Morning (few left) and Spruce Cranberry (sold out).
This Friday, December 10th and Saturday, December 11th, we will be at the Midtown Mall Annual Craft/Bake Show in Iron Mountain. We'll be there again next Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th. Hope to see you there!
Oh, and by the way, keep checking our website! We will be updating it in the next few weeks!
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