Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


What inspires you?

My children, other mamas, Hyena Cart and the lovely mamas who know how to do handmade right, a passion for natural…….

Inspire Handmade

Inspire Handmade

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I finally had time to relist Solace again on Etsy.  It’s an Arnica balm, but this one is tweaked a bit.  I don’t add other items, like cayenne pepper, because I like to use Arnica for bruising for little ones.  Cayenne can be a skin irritant, so great for sore muscles, but not so hot on delicate little folk skin!  The Arnica isn’t infused with heat, but instead this is Arnica with months and months of time…. Quality takes patience.  Enjoy!

Solace Arnica Balm

Solace Arnica Balm

True Vine's Etsy

True Vine's Etsy

My beloved goat, Cinderella, has been a faithful little beast.  She’s given me nearly 1/2 gallon (and sometimes more) at each milking.  That’s approximately 64 ounces of milk.  Please imagine my confusion when she gave me EIGHTEEN ounces last night.  What in the world?

Apparently, there are two very good reasons for this.

The first is that the seven and four year old decided to milk the goat.  Silly me, I thought they were in the barn to play with the babies.  They got her up in the milkstand, fed her, and milked her.  They also taught two of the babies (bottlefed) where milk comes from.  No wonder they weren’t climbing all over me at feeding time.  I’ve been robbed!

So, let this be a lesson to you, more is caught than taught! Even when you don’t want it to be.

The flour mix, make a well.

The flour mix, make a well.

Daddy got Mama a toy.  It’s a tortilla press.  The proper way to thank one’s husband for a toy is to use it! 🙂  But, oh where to begin?  All Recipes has a well rated flour tortilla recipe here.  The whole point of making our tortillas was to use our own flour.  We use a NutriMill to grind the flour.  It’s been with us for a few years now and still works like it’s new.  Some day I’ll step on my soapbox for you about the evils of pre-ground flour, even wheat.  But not today.  Above you can see the flour and oil, mixed.  I didn’t use hydrogenated oil… Just lard.  No transfats.  I used a ratio of white to wheat at 2:3 as we tweak the recipe.

Resting Tortillas

Resting Tortillas

 Our tortilla dough.   Apparently the resting of the dough is a very important step.  Always read some of the top comments about the recipe before attemtping it!  We reduced the salt to 2.5 teaspoons and used a full cup of lard.  Kneaded it gently until it wasn’t sticky and rolled it into balls slightly larger than a golf ball and flattened a bit into a disc.  Cover and let rest.

Frying 'em up!

Frying 'em up!

Follow the directions on the recipe and they come out perfect.

Crisp, fresh tortillas

Crisp, fresh tortillas

They came out beautifully.  I’ve never had tortillas made fresh before.  Who knew they were more than just a “stuffins” holder?  They have flavor and texture!  Wow.  I could get really used to this.  And since I can’t tell they were about 60% whole wheat at ALL, I’ll up the percentage next time.  They are fantastic!