Monthly Archives: September 2015

Goat Milk Soap

ABM_1443640836I have the most AMAZING kids… Yep, I can say that because I am their mom… But #farmkidsrock is a hashtag that I use often on Instagram. 

For years in our house, we make so many of our own products including lip balm, laundry soap, sugar scrubs. 

Elwyn has always wanted me to teach her to make goat milk soap… Heck, we have the milk coming right off of our homestead. 
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Goat Milk Soap BASE Recipe

  • 12 ounces milk (We freeze into ice cubes)
  • 4.3 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • 22 ounces olive oil 
  • 8 ounces coconut oil 
  • 1 ounce castor oil 
  1. Measure out all of your ingredients before you get started into separate measuring cups . 
  2. Wearing gloves and goggles, stir together lye and milk. SLOWLY!!! (Lye can BURN YOUR SKIN!) We put the bowl that we stir together the lye and milk into another bowl filled with ice to keep the temperature down.  We also add just a little bit of lye at a time. The sugars in the milk will scorch if it gets too warm.  
  3. As the lye is melting down, pour all of the oils in a large bowl. Stir until blended. 
  4. Once the lye mixture is melted down and all of the lye is incorporated with no granules left, slowly pour the lye mixture into the oils.
  5. Stir until the mixture begins to “Trace”. “Trace” means that soap batter is thick enough to hold an outline, or “tracing” when drizzled across the surface of itself.
  6. Once the mixture is beginning to trace, you can now add in essential oils, fragrance oils, colors, etc. (We don’t use fragrance or colors in our soap, keeping them as natural as possible.)
  7. Pour the mixture into your soap molds. This recipe fits in our silicone soap block perfectly.
  8. For 24-48 hours, we drop our filled mold into the freezer.  It keeps the color as cream as possible. 
  9. After 24-48 hours in the freezer, remove soap from mold and cut into 1 inch bars. Yes, these bars will be VERY soft at first!!! It’s OK!
  10. Allow the bars to cure in the open air, on a sheet of wax or parchment paper, for at least four weeks, rotating occasionally. Because of the higher amount of olive oil in this soap recipe, the longer you let it cure, the harder the final bar will be.

We have all of out current soaps for sale here: http://krisandlarry.com/forsale/

Mixes from Scratch – Kris’ cookbook

kitchenfullofmixesMany years ago, I had discovered that my little girl, Elwyn (now almost a teenager), was deathly allergic to “Red Dye.” As a mom, I did everything that I could to eliminate the potential for harm on my baby. (She was about 16 months old when the discovery was made and was just starting to eat “big people food” .)

As we researched what  El could and couldn’t eat, we began noticing that Dye was in EVERYTHING! And those dyes could kill my little girl.

I got in my kitchen with turn of the century cookbooks and began creating my own recipes of everyday items that we had in our pantry that contained red dye. 

Our family eats dye free… And I know that it has benefited all of us to watch what we eat and not eat all of those processed box foods. 

 

Order Chicks TODAY!

ABM_1442008379I know that spring is when most people purchase chicks from the local feed stores. To me, this is the wrong time of year. We have been raising our own chickens for years.

Chickens begin laying eggs at between 20 and 24 weeks. That’s 5 to 6 months… If you purchase week old babies in March, they will not lay until the fall. 

Most chickens slow down their laying in the winter too because they need 12-14+ hours of light for optimal laying. So your new layers from your spring chicks will stop laying in their first winter and then you are feeding chicken that you have only gotten a few eggs from all winter long. 
If you have a suitable warmer area in your home, fall is a GREAT time to pick up chicks. We have baby playpens in our garage with heater lights for our chicks. We use these YEAR ROUND!!! 

We have chicks available year round. Many are Americauna or Americauna mix (blue / green egg layers). Other breeds that we have on our homestead are Dominiques, California Grey, Cochins, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Reds and many others.

For a due date of October 1, we have over 100 eggs in the incubator!  Do you want to add to your flock this season for spring laying? (They can potentially lay in March!)

Pre-order today!! $3 each or 10 or more are $2.25 each. They will be ready to go to your home during the first week of October. 
AVAILABLE (updated 9/12/2015) on our homestead in addition to the pre-order of chicks:

  • 8 1 to 5 day old Chicks,
  • 8 1 to 5 day old Quail Chicks,
  • We still have 5 male and 1 female 18 week old New Zealand Rabbits as well $10 each

We also have quail hatching year round. Conturnix quail are GREAT for both egg and meat production as they are full grown at 8 weeks of age and begin laying then as well.. $3 each or 10 or more are $2.25 each. (for under 2 weeks of age)  $5 each for older than 2 weeks of age.

I LOVE Zucchini!

IMG_20150902_183620072Every year I have a zucchini post. I absolutely LOVE zucchini… as long as it isn’t “mushy”, I am good with it.

We have made everything from breads, cakes, cookies, veggie stir fries, fried, baked and even pizzas with zucchini.

Yes, this time of year is a crazy time… monsoon weather comes up and yes, zucchinis start growing and growing and GROWING!!!  I remember the year that I moved to Arizona, about 25 years ago, someone left a bag of zucchini in my mom’s car at the grocery store… The zucchini wars of 1991 in Chino Valley, AZ.

Zucchini Chips - www.krisandlarry.comThere are many different ways to prepare zucchini… We LOVE Z-Bread – and have now perfects a Gluten-Free version for Trystan… All of the kids gobble this one down!  Click here for that recipe! 

We make a TON of dried chips during the summ
er, including kale and zucchini.

Since I have a few zucchinis the size of my arm… yes, I know… you are supposed to pick them when they are little… but, they seem to grow overnight with the monsoon rain. We sliced them thin and placed in a glass bowl.

I drizzle with 1T of olive oil and toss until coated.

Lay out on the dehydrator trays – I run 2 Excalibur 3900 dehydrators most of the summer and fall with goodies for snack for later.

Sprinkle with salt (We only use pink salt in our house… and I grind it … SO GOOD!) Or you can try a BBQ blend, garlic salt, ranch dressing mix (we make our own with buttermilk and other seasonings)

Dry at 115 degrees for 12+ hours or until crisp.  (Don’t use too much oil or they will be greasy and mushy and ever get really crisp)

Have you see our cookbook? Solar oven cooking.

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Learn Solar Oven Cooking with this book by Kris Mazy.

An Outdoor Kitchen Full of Sunshine – Cooking Outside in a Solar Oven. Saving money is the key to a large family. No one know better than author, Kris Mazy, mom of 7 amazing children. In this book, Kris shares cooking using a solar oven. You can make incredible meals, save money on power and propane and spend more time with your family. You Can Cook using the Sun’s Energy! Over 100 Recipes that you can make and create user your solar oven. Kris has spent the last 3 years creating solar oven recipes to allow more play-time with her ever-growing family. And that was exactly what this mom of 7 was shooting for! From Breads to Desserts, Mains to Sides, Cooking Outside Using a Solar Oven is fast, easy and saves money! Kris has also shared all of her solar oven gluten-free recipes. Over 50 recipes are labled as gluten-free in this book. Enjoy delicious recipes while saving time and money.