Archive 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

The things we do for our critters

Being snowed in isn’t so bad. That is IF you have enough supplies. At our place that means hay for our critters. Good news/bad news: today is the last day of our hay. Guess I’ll be venturing out tomorrow or later this afternoon.

With that being said, it’s been wonderful just hanging out with everyone. The hubster is feeling better; I’m proud of him for getting so much rest. He’s the kind who would work till he drops because stuff needs doing. Really. Get some rest. That ‘stuff’ will be there when you feel better. I promise.

I can NOT imagine any chore/project that needs doing … except feeding everyone and milking the goats. Although I, too, have checked on the livestock when I’m dragging. Bet you folks with critters know what I’m talking about. I get flu shots now so I don’t worry so much about being wiped out.

I remember one time I was so ill I asked Bob if he’s go milk the goats. I physically could not walk, had a fever and ached everywhere. We’ve all had that nasty flu. You know what I mean.

Mind you, he hadn’t milked before; that’s always been my chore. But like a champ, he bundled up and went outside while I slept. But after a while, I woke up noticing that he hadn’t come back in. Even with me being so ill, I could tell he’d been gone too long. Way too long.

I bundled up then drug myself to the barn only to find that he was still working on his first goat. Boy was she pissed. Seeing the look on both of their faces helped me decide to take on the milking, even with my fever.

Bob agreed to handle the goats while I stayed sitting on the milking stand and just milk. I don’t remember how many goats needed milking that day. But to this day, I remember the look on Minnie’s face. She was mad. Yes, goats do get mad and they do show it.

Let me know when you see a mad goat. It’s a face you’ll remember for ever.

Posted by Pat Allen, Owner/Operator


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas, Everyone

Merry Christmas, Everyone. What a perfect morning. Husband is still sleeping. Poor baby came down with the flu a couple of days ago so we’ve postponed our family Christmas until he feels better.

Two of the dogs are playing next to my desk. Lilly and Meister are almost non-stop playing machines. They’ll play a while then chew of their Kong toys for a while then go back to playing. Watching them makes me laugh and calms my heart.

The other two dogs are feigning sleep under my desk … waiting for me to make a move into the kitchen. My coffee is cold but I’m going to make them wait just a bit more. No, I don’t give them a treat every time I go into the kitchen, although I have been known to drop a crumb or two on the floor. It’s just a coincidence that the crumbs resemble dog treats.

The cats are just now starting to wiggle. They live in a large crate in my office. Being up high, they can look down on the dogs; and everyone else for that matter. We have four cats. Sigh, they all started out being barn cats because we have so many mice eating the goat/horse grain. But then it got wet so I moved their bed/food  into the barn; then it got cold so I moved their bed/food into the garage/basement; then it got to be freezing so I moved their bed/food into the house. The rest is history. The cats will never be put outside again; there are too many dangers out there for my little guys.

Guess we’ll need a feral cat who can’t be caught to be the barn cat. Sigh … .

Merry Christmas, Everyone. May you hold close to your heart the ones you love.

Posted by Pat Allen, Owner/Operator


Friday, December 17, 2010

Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat Milk Soap

Black Raspberry Vanilla Goat Milk Soap nurtures your skin while the fragrance oil sparks your senses with a mystic black raspberry vanilla fragrance.

In my Fiesta collection, Black Raspberry Vanilla is a synthetic fragrance oil that sparks fun, festivities, and folly throughout your senses.

Enjoy …

Happy Holidays,
Pat Allen, Soap Maker

PS Let me mail your gifts to your friends. All you gotta do is order from my Online Store, send me an email with the address, then I’ll mail your gift for you.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lavender Lotion soothes hands

Apply this lotion on your dry, chapped hands and feel the softness.  GraNann’s Goat Milk Lotions do not leave a greasy or oily feeling on your skin because the oil is absorbed into your skin.

I add shea butter in this product because it melts at body temperature taking the nutrient-rich ingredients into your skin.

Goat milk lotions contain vitamins, proteins, and minerals that gently saturate your skin helping it feel healthier and softer.

Enjoy your Holidays. Let me help by mailing your gifts to your friends. All you gotta do is order from my website.Visit my Online Storefor available essential oil selections.

Merry Christmas,
Pat Allen, Soap Maker

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gift Packaging

Our gift packaging is simple yet elegant. It’s easy to package for mailing and light weight. Our signature Cello Bag packaging comfortably holds three bars of soap (your choice, visit my website for selections). I then slip the soaps inside a clear cello bar for the glam part. A signature tag is attached for your convenience.

Please go to my Online Store for available selections. Order online, then email me your friend’s address and I’ll mail your gift for you.

Happy Holidays,
Pat Allen, Soap Maker

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let me mail your gift for you

If you’re behind schedule, let me mail your gift to your friend. All you gotta do is select from my goat milk bath and beauty products, order from my website, then send me an email with the address. Piece of cake.

For now, take a look at my Gourmet collection. This delightful Eucalyptus Energizer soap moisturizes your skin while energizing your senses with eucalyptus essential oil.

Go to my website and order now. I’ll need a wee bit of time to get your order ready.

Enjoy your Holidays,
Pat Allen, Soap Maker

Friday, November 12, 2010

Been settling dog issues lately.

Everyone seems to be getting along nicely. The newbies are learning the ‘house’ rules. Watching them learn from each other is fun. They do catch on fast.

Love crate training, everything good happens in their crates (feeding, forever treats, peace and quiet). They’re not in their crates for long times. Just when I’m off the farm and at night.

Leaving them outside on lovely days is a blessing. The cats get to roam when the dogs are either outside or in their crates. It’s zoo around here and we love it … most of the time.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Super foods and essentials for fabulous skin: Chapter Two

The adage of ‘you are what you eat’ applies here, especially if you want that healthy skin glow. Ms Tourles recommends that we eat a balanced diet with as few processed foods as possible.

She divides vitamin and mineral characteristics into three categories: Outstanding Sources, Skin Care Benefits, and Deficiency Symptoms. For the purpose of this study I selected what I considered the most critical item or a food that I would be willing to eat. For more detail, please get her book.

Essential Vitamins
Powerhouse vitamins provide the antioxidants and healing agents that gives our skin a healthy glow.

  • Vitamin A is essential for skin cell growth and maintenance; it boosts immunity and helps prevent dry, rough skin; found in fish liver oil, squashes,  greens, or tomatoes;
  • B-Complex vitamins are good for anti-stress as well as aiding in cell growth and development; found in lean beef, chicken, egg yolks, liver,milk whole grains, green leafy vegetables or beans;
  • Vitamin C helps produce collagen in connective tissue; found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, apples, green leafy vegetables or papayas;
  • Vitamin D when combined with vitamin A aids in healing skin impurities; found in herring, mackerel, salmon, milk, egg yolks, and sunshine; and
  • Vitamin E oxygenates tissues and helps skin retain vitamin A; found in whole grains, eggs, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

Essentials Minerals

Building blocks of healthy skin, Four particular minerals are essential in building healthy skin:

  • iodine increases oxygen consumption and metabolic rate; found in fish and salt;
  • silicon aids in collagen formation; found in beets, onions, eggs, almonds, peanuts or grapes;
  • sulfur helps keep skin clear and smooth; found in onions, cabbage, garlic and kale; and
  • zinc boosts immunity; found in pumpkin/sunflower seeds, milk, eggs, green leafy vegetables, onions or nuts.

Essential Fats and Fatty Acids
Fat is critical to our skin’s health, well-being, nourishment, and shape. It is composed of three fatty acids substances: saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, each offer its special value.

  • Saturated fatty acids are solid at room temperature; manufactured by your body excess saturated fatty acids can lead to a risk of high cholesterol or heart disease; found in animal fats;
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids are liquid at room temperature are beneficial to your heart because they do not elevate your cholesterol and may even reduce it; found in plant and fish fats;
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids are also liquid at room temperature but have a different molecular structure; and
  • have been associated with increased risk of certain types of cancerfound in nuts and fish.

Mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids contain essential fatty acids (EFAs) because our body’s cannot manufacture them; they must come from our food and are essential for our overall nutritional health. As little as 2 or 3 teaspoons of polyunsaturated fal provides all the efa your body needs.

Two particular EFAs affect our skin: 

  • Omega-3 found in fish and seeds, aid in healing wounds and
  • Omega-6 found in evening primrose, borage, black current oils and blue-green algae; promotes smooth, moisturized skin.

Whole food supplements will be discussed in my next message.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Healthy Skin Naturally: Skin Structure, it’s function

Welcome to my final discussion of  Chapter One of Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tourles.

Skin is our largest organ system that protects the body from damage, comprising the skin and its appendages (hair, scales, feather, and nails).

Skin serves as a regulator for our body including waterproofing, cushioning, and protection of deeper tissues; it excretes waste, regulates temperature and is made of sensory receptors that detect pain, sensation, pressure, and temperature; and it is an integumentary system that provide vitamin D synthesis. Our skin secrets sebum (oil secreted by the sebaceous glands), which lubricates the skin and keeps it moist.

Skin has aesthetic appeal in that it reflects our health and vibrance. Skin is the first thing people notice about us and shapes our opinion of our selves.

Now that Chapter One has been discussed it’s time to focus on learning all the new terms and dig a bit deeper into their functions and they help our skin be as vibrant as possible.

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