Zucchini Soup

This is one of my favorite things to have for breakfast on the weekend.

Two medium sized zucchini, sliced 1″ thick
1/2 cup milk
cheddar cheese, shredded

Place in a pan with an inch of water at the bottom. Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat until you can push through the edge of one of the slices easily. Basically you want the zucchini to be soft enough that you can easily mash it with a fork.

When it’s done, drain off the water. Add in 1/2 cup milk, butter, shredded cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.

Zucchini Custard Casserole

Originally posted August 25, 2006.

I’m going to start this dish tonight, and prepare it for tomorrow night’s dinner.

  • 6 slices of firm sourdough bread (I am using my kefir bread, which is very sour — I have used my very sour kefir bread before, and the sour taste is somehow neutralized so that when it is served, it is not sour)
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 medium zucchini squash, sliced thin
  • 4 oz can chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups (about 1/2 lb.) shredded cheddar cheese (or your choice but not too sharp)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

1) Spread butter on slices of bread and arrange buttered side down in 9 x 13 inch dish. 2) Distribute corn evenly. Arrange zucchini over corn.

3) Sprinkle chiles over zucchini. 4) Sprinkle cheese over the top.

Beat eggs slightly, then beat in milk, salt & pepper. Pour egg mixture over cheese. Cover & refrigerate overnight.

Bake uncovered in 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until lightly brown & puffed. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Until next time.

Farmall Cub Tractor Owner’s Manual Download PDF International Harvest McCormick Deering

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Starlene Stewart from GAPS Diet Journey

Hi, my name is Starlene Stewart and my main hangout on the Internet is GAPS Diet Journey.

We owned goats for almost ten years and The Farmall Cub is a great little tractor, we used it around our hobby ranch to clean up goat pens.  It makes the job much easier than shoveling by hand!  The Farmall Cub is an International Harvester Company tractor and the model we used was built in 1951. 

1951 Farmall Cub Tractor Owner's Manual

Owner's Manual McCormick Farmall Cub

Owner's Manual Farmall Cub Index Page

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How to Draw Blood from Your Goats – Blood Drawing Instructions

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Starlene Stewart from GAPS Diet Journey

Hi, my name is Starlene Stewart and my main hangout on the Internet is GAPS Diet Journey.

We owned goats for almost ten years and learned a lot about caring for goats during those years. From milking to hoof trims, worming and birthing, drawing blood was one of the many things we learned to do on our own.

I wrote How to Draw Blood From Your Goats to help you learn how to do this veterinary task easily and efficiently. Most of my goat owning friends are into doing it yourself in a big way and drawing blood is one of those things you can accomplish on your own without waiting on the vet to stop by. It’s empowering to learn procedures like these, plus you can save yourself money in the process!

Why call out the vet every time you need blood drawn? Wait to make that call for the bigger issues.

My tutorial, Drawing Blood From Your Goats is going to walk you through step-by-step.

Photo Tutorial

Inside you’ll get a photo tutorial, showing you where the vein is located from which you’ll be drawing blood, how to position the needle and how to draw the blood.

Step-by-Steps Instructions

You’ll get instructions to guide you through the process starting with what you need to have on hand before you walk out to begin your blood draws in a neatly categorized list, blood drawing tips, the proper way to package your specimens for shipping, where and when to ship right down to how to prepare the box for shipping.


You’ll get a Master Checklist so that you can check off each item along the way, plus a sample Accession Form, tube labels, identification sheet.

How to Draw Blood From Your Goats will guide you through with easy steps.

Here’s what you find inside:

Contents for How to Draw Blood from Your Goats

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Please note with this purchase you have permission to print and distribute up to 5 copies for your local 4-H group or when instructing a group on how to draw blood. However, we ask that you do not distribute this booklet via electronic means.  

Baby Goat

Black Mastitis

I have not had experience with this particularly vicious mastitis, thank God.  I have read about it, and have found some good informational links which I am going to include in this post. One thing to be aware of – this (and other types) mastitis can be spread from one goat to another so do wash your hands very thoroughly before milking the next (or do this one last) if you even suspect your doe has black mastitis.

Some of the links will take you to a page which has more information but includes mention of black mastitis, so you will need to do a “find” on the page for the word gangrene or black mastitis.

Goat Dairying for Income’s page on Black Mastitis describing both symptoms and treatments.  Photos of black mastitis – please be forewarned, the images are graphic.

Gangrene Mastitis Blog – This blog chronicles the experience had by Andi and her owner.  Please be advised there are graphic photos of the affected teat.

Natural Cures for Top 10 Goat Ailments from Acres U.S.A. This link contains excerpts from Pat Coleby’s book Natural Goat Care and contains several treatments for mastitis, including black mastitis. I have had the pleasure of corresponding with Pat by snail mail, she is very knowledgeable about our caprine friends.

Saanendoah Gangrene Mastitis or “Bluebag”

Quote from Saanendoah:

Gangrene mastitis is not a particular “kind” of mastitis, but most often the result of the most common mastitis’ causing bacteria, coagulase-positive Staphylococcus aureus. Staph aureus can produce alpha toxin, a potent vasoconstrictor that is thought to be involved in the pathogenesis of gangrene mastitis. Other common pathogens are sometimes involved, including coagulase-negative Staphylococci, and any number of Gram-positive, Gram-negative, and coliforms bugs.

Apollonia Farms Mastitis search for keyword gangrene

From the Canadian Veterinary Journal: Peracute gangrenous mastitis and cheilitis associated with enterotoxin-secreting Staphylococcus aureus in a goat.

Goat Wisdom – Udder Care search for keyword gangrenous

Jack and Anita Mauldin’s Boer Goats – Diseases search for keyword gangrene

Goat Kingdom – Mastitis search for keyword gangrene

If you have any other pages to link to, please leave me a comment and I will add it.

Red Bag Delivery

A red bag delivery is the term used when a horse or goat’s placenta detaches prematurely (placentia previa).  If you see the placenta presenting, you have six minutes to save the life of the life of the foal or kid.

This is one of the reasons I love being on the Holistic-Goats list.  There is always discussion on things that are happening with people’s goats, and how to take care of the problem.   The list is not very prolific, and I would say 99% of posts are on topic.  I read just about every post that comes through.

Now when the topic of red bag delivery came through, I had never heard of such a thing. I read the resulting posts that came through and did some research.  Now I know if one of our does presents a “red bag” which would be the placenta, we have to act fast to save the life of the kid.  Once the placenta detaches, the blood stops pulsing through to the baby so you must get the kid out quickly! The red bag will contain the inner white bag.  You must cut through the red bag, and then into the inner white bag and pull the kid.

A few days after we were discussing this topic, one of the list members posted a site from another list she is on where some horse owners caught a red bag delivery on video! This is from I AM Ranch Miniature Horses.

Very exciting and very informative!  I cried because it brought back a rush of memories from past birth problems we have had.  Check it out and file it in your memory for future kiddings.