Sunday, January 11, 2009

nigerian dwarf goat

This is Mocha, my blue eyed Nigerian dwarf goat. She was bottle fed and is a real sweetheart. She has 4 daughters. I am keeping all of my girls. I hope to get an angora goat(buck) this spring to breed with all the girls to produce fiber goats that will still produce good goat milk.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

oyster mushroom stir fry

I picked some small oyster mushroom yesterday and made this.
The mushrooms were about 2-3 inches across. I used a half of a cup of cleaned sliced mushrooms. I sauteed them in 1 tbsp. of butter. I then added a half of a cup of leftover brown rice, pushed all this to the side and scrambled an egg in 1 tbsp. of butter and mixed it all together. At first the mushrooms were a little strong for my taste, but then I added a tbsp. of soy sauce, which balanced it out. I would make this again. In a few days I think I will make an oyster mushroom cream sauce and top some pasta with it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

oyster mushrooms

On Sunday I walked around our small farm(about 6 acres) looking for some dye mushrooms. I came across these:

They are oyster mushrooms. I have read that they are a good edible mushroom. I have also read that they can be used to dye wool. I have picked about a bushel. I cut them up and they are now drying(for future dyeing experiments). I will pick more in a couple of days and try cooking them. It will be the first time that I have tried wild mushrooms.

Monday, January 5, 2009

angora rabbits

I have started another blog. I will post all my bunny pics and info there. check it out at:

Saturday, January 3, 2009

My first blog

My name is Ilene and I live in South Carolina. I have enjoyed reading blogs that interest me. I have learned alot about fiber animals from reading blogs. I have been trying to get a small fiber farm going for some time now. It started when I purchased some laying hens and roosters. I loved watching the baby chicks grow. I raise them for their delicious and healthy eggs. I also have a love for animals, especially furry ones. Next came the pair of nigerian dwarf goats. They now have 4 daughters that share the farm with them. I plan to get an angora goat to breed with the girls to produce some fiber/milk goats. Then came 3 sheep. I loved my sheep but after a few years of shearing them I realized they were too much for me to handle. I decided I needed something smaller and softer. Then came the angora rabbits. I have french angora rabbits that I have just started breeding. I have 2 english angora does that I hope to soon get a buck for. I also have a pair of german angora crossed rabbits that I will soon breed.