Welcome Astrid and Moonlight!

Baby Goats in Pen

Today was a tremendous day…a landmark day. A day that represents so much of what I have thought about, prayed about, dreamed about, and given up on a thousand times. I am overflowing with thanksgiving at the incredible life God has opened up and allowed through the move and purchase of this property. He is so good. These two sweet sisters came home to the Meyerstead this afternoon! Golly, I’m such a sucker for sweet little bleats and heart shaped noses. And basically anything with fur 😀

Girls in Car with Baby Goats

Yes, the girls rode the 30 minutes home with the babies on their laps. They only bleated the first 29 minutes and were perfect angels the entire rest of the trip!

Channing in Car with Goat

Channing did not move a muscle, besides her very energetic tongue and mouth muscles to keep telling me how scared she was Moonlight was going to pee and poop on her (LOL!).

Addie in car with Goat

Astrid is a pretty hilarious little goatie (actually baby goats are called “kids” but how confusing is that?!?!). She wiggled the entire ride home while Moonlight was completely relaxed. I love that God gives so much attention to giving every single animal their own unique and quirky personalities! I am also grateful that He made me an animal lover. LOVER. You guys, I used to cry when I saw baby animals I loved them so much. I used to play with baby rattlesnakes and catch, literally, buckets and buckets of lizards, frogs, snakes, and turtles. That’s right. Lover. Of. Animals. That’s me. Feeding Moonlight

Here I am giving Moonlight a bottle…I never, in my life, have given a bottle to a living thing. My babies have always nursed so how was I supposed to know that I was supposed to warm the milk up before trying to feed?! Ha. Rookie mistake.

When we got home with the goaties, I set Moonlight down to get Channing out of the car. Mistake. Such a mistake. We chased her around for the next 15 minutes trying to catch her. Baby goats are fast on their hooves! She has been a bit traumatized but I’m sure she will warm up and be fine in a few days. Once she knows where the milk comes from 😉 And these little ones will get no shortage of attention and love! The girls have collars and leashes for them and you better believe we will be walking them all over this property and neighborhood!

10 days into our new house…we are not fully unpacked but we have baby goats and the foundation of our chicken coop in. I’d say we’ve had a great start to our homesteading life! So much fun (and work) still to come!!!


The Best (no wait) Sourdough Pancakes


DSCN0050 - CopyNo wait pancakes make a real difference in my world because who plans breakfast the night before? I may have time right before bed to have one last thought to throw some oats into water for soaked oatmeal the next day, but mixing batter together is too much to ask. It just is.

This is by far my favorite sourdough pancake recipe, and I have tried many. This one also gives you a good reason NOT to throw any left over starter out. I still can’t believe that’s what everyone actually suggests doing! This recipe uses a hefty 2 cups of starter! So if your starter has turned from a cute pet on the counter to a raging beast, go ahead and double this recipe and get some delicious pancakes in the freezer for a quick breakfast on the go. Confession: sometimes we just leave them out and eat them cold with jelly for lunch *tisk*tisk .

One of the reasons I hate making regular pancakes, by the time I have poured, flipped, and cooked enough of them for my kids, and it’s finally my turn, they have already eaten their pancakes, licked their plates, deposited empty plates sink side, and moved on with their day. I am ALWAYS the last one eating and it’s usually by myself. Lame-o. For this recipe, I dump the entire bowl of batter into my largest skillet (happens to be cast iron, but stainless steel works too!) and cook it all at the same time. Then we eat at the same time. Together. And things happen…like prayers, conversation, and jokes. And then I feel like a responsible adult. Winning.

It’s breakfast, we’re hungry, so let’s just go ahead and get to the point. Here’s the recipe 🙂

No Soak Sourdough Pancakes with Berry Compote

Ingredients for Pancake

1 egg

1/4 cup melted (but not hot) grassfed butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt (REAL or Celtic)

1 tsp cinammon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp allspice

dash of ginger

2 TBSP maple syrup

2 cups starter (fed the night before)

1 TBSP water

1 tsp baking soda

Ingredients for Berry Compote

Frozen Berries (any assortment works, I use the organic variety pack from Costco)

Maple Syrup


Place berries and maple syrup in small saucepan on simmer. Let simmer and occasionally smash berries to release the juices. Leave on low simmering while cooking pancake.


Preheat your largest skillet (or 2 medium skillets) on the stove top and turn your oven on to broil.

Beat the egg and add in the butter, vanilla, salt, spices, and maple syrup. Mix well then add the 2 cups of starter. The mix will be thick and heavy, that’s normal.

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In a separate dish, mix the water and baking soda together. Add to the starter mix and stir vigorously. The mixture should start pillowing up and get much easier to mix and not be quite so thick and sticky.

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Melt a TBSP of butter into your skillet and make sure to cover the entire bottom and sides of the skillet to prevent sticking. Then go ahead and pour all of that batter right into the skillet (or divide evenly between your 2 medium sized skillets)


Cook on the stove top until you see bubbles form and pop on the top of the pancake.

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Once that happens, pull the pan from the stove and slide it into your preheated oven. Keep a close eye on the top because this goes from perfect to burned about as fast as a baby goes from laughing hysterically to crying buckets of tears (whoa, that’s fast). I would say roughly 3-5 minutes should do it. Once the top of the pancakes is golden brown all over, it’s done!


Pull the pan out and flip over onto your largest cutting board and admire that beautiful pancake pizza (which is what my kids affectionately call it). I cut this like a pizza, with a pizza cutter, because it’s more fun that way, and I’m all about fun.


I also like to go ahead and slather the entire top with grass fed butter, because I’m all about butter.


Serve a slice up with the berry compote on top, sit back, and enjoy being everyone’s favorite 😉


Sourdough for Gut Health (and deliciousness)

Sourdough Fresh out of the Oven


If you love bread, but hates what it does to your gut, waistline, and over all health, I might have some good (no great, it’s absolutely great) news! Sourdough bread takes care of the majority of the issues most people have with eating regular ol’ store bought bread. First, a little recap as to why regular ol’ bread wreaks such havoc on your health;

  • all bread (yes, even “whole grain”) spikes blood sugar levels, which leads to a laundry list of health issues
  • All traditional bread grains (wheat, spelt, rye, barley) contain gluten which can lead to damage of the intestinal wall, pain, tiredness, bloating, and a slew of other more serious issues
  • Most commercial breads and flours are enriched and contain excess iron, which is bad, bad, bad (this is an excellent article for more info on this important issue http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/iron-dangers.shtml)
  • Bread is actually very low in available nutrients and, in fact, contains ANTI-nutrients, called phytic acid, that strip your body of important minerals (like zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium). And the minerals and vitamins is DOES have, are bound up and cannot be absorbed by the body

Wasn’t that fun? And that was, honestly, just breezing over the tip of the ice burg. I will do a more thorough post about the danger of grains with articles and sources to back up everything that I’ve stated here. However, that is not the intention for this post.

OKAY! Moving on to that “GREAT” news I promised. Here is what happens when you put bread through the process of fermentation, or “souring”;

  • Blood sugar spikes have been shown to be significantly reduced when sourdough bread is eaten over all other bread types, including whole wheat (I am sourcing this because I think keeping sugar levels stable is SO important to overall health http://www.sourdough.co.uk/sourdough-and-blood-sugar-response-and-diabetes/)
  • Through a long fermentation process, the gluten in the flour is, at least, partially broken down and reduced. **This is not a green light to gorge on sourdough bread if you have true celiacs disease (or even if you don’t!).
  • Fermentation produces phytase, which effectively breaks down phytic acid, meaning all of those minerals that were previously bound up and unusable by your body, are now bio-available and can be accessed and appropriately used (HIGH FIVE!).
  • If you make your own homemade sourdough bread, you can be sure that the flour you are using is NOT enriched and only ingredients you actually want in your body will be going into the bread.

The best part? Homemade, long ferment, sourdough bread is so. easy. to. make. And so affordable. And actually kind of therapeutic. And delicious. So roll up your sleeves and get to the kitchen! There actually IS a recipe at the end of all this torture!


Makes 1 loaf and about 6 rolls or 2 small loafs (assuming you are using a standard loaf pan)


  • 1 cup warm water (I use reverse osmosis water with minerals added back in)
  • 1 cup starter fed roughly 8 hours before
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use olive or avocado)
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp sea salt (I use REAL salt or Celtic)


  1. Mix the water, starter, honey, and oil in a bowl (okay, I mix all of my sourdough by hand. My friend thinks I’m crazy and mixes everything in a standing mixer. I say tomAtoe she says tomOtoe, either way is fine)
  2. I then add 2 cups of the flour and mix until combined
  3. Add another cup and mix well
  4. Add 1/2 cup and mix well
  5. Dust the counter with the final 1/2 cup of flour and roll dough out onto the counter. Knead until everything is well mixed.
  6. Let sit for roughly 10 minutes
  7. Add 2 tsp of salt and mix thoroughly (about 2-3 minutes)
  8. Place in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a dishtowel and let rise in a warm spot for 5 hours
  9. After the first rist, take your dough out of the bowl and fold it over once or twice.
  10. Portion 3/4 of the dough into your prepared bread pans
  11. The remaining dough can be portioned into rolls placed onto parchment paper on a cooking sheet or in a glass baking dish
  12. Let rise, uncovered, 2.5 hours or until it reaches the rise you want

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    I let my dough rise slightly above the rim knowing it will rise MORE in the hot oven!


  • Bake at 350* for 35 minutes


  • Bake at 350* for 20 minutes


Tips and Tricks

  1. I always use glass or stone ware for baking. Because otherwise teflon. And aluminum. And fluoride. Yuck.
  2. If you are trying to get your bread to rise in Winter or on a cool day, turn your oven on, wait for it to hit roughly 100*. Put your rising dough inside and shut the door. Don’t open it again until the completed rising time is up!
  3. To keep bread from sticking, I grease the sides and creases with coconut oil and put parchment paper down on the bottom of the pans.
  4. I always AT LEAST double this recipe. A double recipe will split evenly to give you 3 nice finished loaves.
  5. Always let the bread cool completely before removing
  6. If the bottom of your bread feels moist or doughy, simply pop the loaf out of the pan and let it air dry, upside down, for an hour or 2 until the desired texture is achieved.
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Finished loaves drying upside down

Ideas for Add in’s and Alterations

  1. After the first rise, you can roll your dough out and cover the surface with 2 TBSP melted butter, 2 TBSP coconut sugar, and 2 tsp cinnamon. Roll the entire thing up (like you would with cinnamon rolls) and put it into the bread pan for your second rise. OR slice into rolls and place in a glass pan for the second rise. Bake them like you would regular rolls (350* for 20 minutes) or a regular loaf (350* for 35 minutes)
  2. After the first rise, section half of one of the dough balls into 3 pieces. Roll them out long and thin and braid them. Baste with butter and sprinkle with garlic for delicious braided garlic bread.
  3. After the 2nd rise add your favorite herbs (I like basil and rosemary) to the dough you will make rolls with.

Please let me know if you have any questions! I have no problem explaining anything in more detail or if I missed something I can add it in 🙂


***UPDATED 5/29***

I have been experimenting with a faster and more fully fermented method of making sourdough bread. I love our homemade bread but it’s pretty time consuming with the double rises and actually the 7 hour fermenting time is NOT enough for a “long” fermentation, which is better for digestion and your gut. 18 hours is the minimum for what is considered a long fermentation sourdough bread. Armed with these new bits of information, I have been experimenting with a SINGLE rise, 18-24 hour ferment sourdough bread, that will still be mild enough for a sandwich bread. Here we go…

I now mix all of my sourdough in the electric mixer. I didn’t realize that my mixer was malfunctioning and that is why it would never work for mixing my sourdough. Now that I have it figured out, the process is MUCH faster. Follow all the same directions above, just use the mixer 😉

Once mixed, section out your dough LIKE YOU WOULD ON THE SECOND RISE. So, if you were to do a double batch, you would section them out evenly and put each 1/3 directly into it’s own prepared bread pan. **Another change here…I now use parchment paper to line the ENTIRE bread pan (thanks to an amazing tip by my sister, who gets the credit for this fantastic id18817707_10213136109982083_691098614_oea!). This method has a lot of bonuses;

1. No more mushy bottoms

2. No more cleaning bread pans

3. No more holes in the sides of my loaves from scraping down the sides of the pans

And don’t throw those parchment paper liners away! I re-use mine over and over again!

I do my mixing and portioning the night before, let is sit for 18-22 hours which puts me baking the following afternoon/evening. It has made this entire process SO MUCH easier! The flavor and depth developed with longer rise is OHmazing without being over powering, so it still works as a sandwhich bread. It is also less crumbly and stays together much better than the previous methods bread. The bubbles are slightly larger as well…but it’s the smell that gets me more than anything. You can actually smell a hint of sourdough. YUM! 18789301_10213136116942257_1792008880_o

This is after rising for roughly 20 hrs. Ready to go right into the oven! JUST ONE RISE!

*This has completely changed my bread baking life.









Meyerstead Animal Farm

What is SO adorable it physically hurts, weighs 3 pounds, has brown and white spots, is soft and fuzzy, and has 4 hooves? Okay, I’ll just tell you; baby Norwegian Dwarf goats! These are the most adorable creatures on Gods green earth and He sent 2 little doelings here just for us! They were born 3 days ago and we braved the wind and snow to go meet them this morning. Side note about the weather….I mean, will this Winter ever end? It’s March 5th, enough already. Who pissed Elsa off? I will find you…

Back to my VERY cute reality. My girls melted into puddles when we put these babies into their arms. And I melted seeing my babies holding such adorable babies. Obviously there was  a lot of melting going on, and we’re not talking about snow. Unfortunately. I know, I need to “let it go”.

I put a deposit down on these babies so they are officially ours in 6-8 weeks. I mean, it’s so for real now it’s almost painful. 26 days feels unbearable in only about 4 instances;

1. pregnancy

2. pregnancy

3. pregnancy

4. this move

Ok, ok, OKAY! Prepare for serious cuteness. Are you sitting down? Because there will soon be some crazy “aaaaaaawwwwss” and “ooooooohhs” and that can be distracting. So pull over if you’re driving. Turn off the oven if you’re cooking. This totally deserves your undivided attention. Ready? Set. SCROLL!

 My oldest daughter got her hands on that goat baby, who she has already named Astrid, and did not put her down the entire hour we were there. And my middle child well…she was up and down. But that’s so very “her”. And she desperately wanted Moonlight (her goaties name) to eat the straw she was shoving in her face😂

 This is how my ovaries will be surviving the emotions and hormones of “No more babies”. New babies every Spring? I think yes. And the answer is yes, ovaries have emotions. Trust me.You can tell it’s ovary emotions when you start having thoughts like “awww….I want another BABY!” or “Just ONE MORE and our family will be perfect” or “The newborn phase isn’t THAT bad and it’s so short”. Yep. Ovary emotional nonsense. Cure? More goat babies.

 Astrid, you are already so loved. And I think you felt the “special connection” Addison swears you created in the 60 minutes you were together. It’s love. True. Love.

 Moonlight, I think you two will be perfect for each other. I can’t wait to say “Remember when Moonlight wouldn’t eat the hay you tried to feed her, and you felt so sad? That’s how mommy feels when you won’t eat your dinner”. Good times. Good lessons. This is working out already.





 That is the face of a child that probably should not be holding a 3 day old anything. If you drop a baby goat, what happens? I mean…it’s a goat. Do they land on their hooves? Do they immediately start jumping around? Do they just straight BOING right back into your arms? Research is needed.

These babies will be coming home to join us in just a few weeks and there is a lot to do! Trust me when I say the obsessive pinning has hit a new high. So. Many. Goat. Houses. And things. All the goat things. If you want to see the best of the best goat things out there, feel free to peruse my board https://www.pinterest.com/baby09makes3/goaties/

We chose Norwegian Dwarf Goats because of their small size (adults are only about 18″ at the shoulder) and high milk fat (average of 7%). They have a great production rate for their size averaging around 4 cups (yes cups, because we’re American, and we roll in cups, not quarts or mils or anything silly like that) per day. Since we will have 2 in milk at a time (milk goals 🙌🙌) we should be getting roughly a gallon every couple of days. Whoop!

They also produce milk for an entire year, which means we only have to breed once a year to keep them in milk. Double Whoop! This has been a great day! Dreams are coming true folks. Stay tuned.

Record Keeping


I used to be so great about journaling every day. I have a fabulous record of all the years I want most to forget! Ha! I have really slacked on putting pen to paper since having babies and let me tell you something true: I miss it. Writing kind of feels like a luxury when I have 3 young children at home, homeschooling to keep up with, a house to keep clean, bills to pay, ect. etc. (I won’t bore you with my lengthy “to do” list, but you get it, eh?).

My hope is that, between blogging through our experiences here at the Meyerstead, keeping good records of all our growing, raising, and collecting going on, that I will fulfill the growing desire to get back into regular journaling. Writing has always been a soul outlet for me and I am excited to get after it again, even if in an ordinary way 😊

I have also been told that keeping accurate records will save me time, money, and trouble. You had me at money. Let’s do this.

Here are a few things, in no particular order, I have intentions of keeping records of

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  1.  For goats, pigs and rabbits; birth dates, breeding dates, pregnancies, and births (is it weird that it looks like I record “births” twice? you get it, right?)
  2. Cost of hay/grain/supplemental feed for goats, pigs, rabbits
  3. For Chickens and Turkeys; daily egg count and feed expense
  4. For Rabbits; feed expense, manure output, breeding dates, births
  5. Bees; age of queen, where bees/queen came from, type of bees, age of queen, amount of honey and when it was harvested.
  6. Guardian Dogs; birth dates, vet checks, health checks, etc.



1. Compost Piles, specifically when I have left one to sit without being added to…should be “ready” within 14-21 days using the “Berkley Method” which I will be attempting to use.

2. In the Spring;

  • when beds were fertilized and with what,
  • when seedlings are started in the greenhouse and the garden,
  • when they were transplanted outside,
  • how many of each seed was sown and how many came up

3. How many of each plant and production rate

4. Which varieties produced the best and which ones tasted the best

5. Seed collection:

  • when they were collected,
  • how they were stored
  • how well they sprouted the following Spring

6. When mulch is applied, how much, what type

7. Will also be tracking what time of the year is best to do different gardening chores such as:

  •  injections to kill aphid eggs,
  • oil to prevent coddling moth on fruit trees,
  • when best to release ladybugs and praying mantis’s, etc.

EQUIPMENT (Not that we have much! But want to take good care of what we do have!)

  1. Maintenance schedule
  2. When new tools or equipment are bought and where from
  3. A place for receipts, warranties, and manuals

Some will think this list far too ambitious, others that it is definitely lacking. To each I say; correct! I have no idea what is actually going to prove worth the trouble of recording just like I’m not sure what I am missing. What I can say, is that I am excited to find out!

So, tell me, do you keep records of what’s going on in your garden or homestead? I’d love to hear how you organize your system and what you track! Have you found it makes a difference in your year to year planning?

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** Our baby goats were born 2 days ago!! We will be heading out to Dayton to see them tomorrow!! We are SO. EXCITED. Stay tuned for some crazy cute baby pictures!😍🐐