Get behind the scenes! The knee-skinning, breath-taking, heart-wrenching, side-aching stories that make up our journey at the Invenit Paradiso ranch!
|Posted on May 4, 2018 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on January 12, 2018 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Just as the conversation got started, between my youngest son and me, about whether or not we should throw a couple of the extra eggs we've been getting, in the incubator....and I mean just then, we came to the last rise in the highway, before turning onto our road....and there it was, a CHICKEN CLOUD!
We couldn't believe our eyes, we laughed and agreed, once we turned safely onto the quiet dirt road, THIS was worth documenting (thanks for the snapshot kiddo), and following through on -
Our evening yield - 5 lovely eggs, all different shades....see you chicks in 21+/- days.....oh shoot, does that qualify as - Counting your chickens before they hatch???!!!! Hmmmm
|Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Losing a loved one is hard.
I've experienced alot of loss in my life already, from my younger brother, to my best friend in high school,
to each of my grandparents, and an innumerable list of dear pets...
It never does get easier, but the love is always worth it -
I told my youngest son, just after we finished laying our little paralyzed bunny to rest -
"Don't let this make your heart hard, love hurts sometimes, but you still push through,
and love with all your might!"
He nodded knowingly, and hugged me hard.
What I wouldn't give to keep him from ever feeling this sadness again,
but I guess that is why love is so precious, because it is a gift, with no guarantee -
Here is to LOVE!
|Posted on April 4, 2017 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
I can't tell you why, or how often I see them.....but there are hearts everywhere, literally!
Today, I saw one in the most unlikely of places......if you can guess it accurately, you'll have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to spend right here!
Game on - starting NOW Good luck everyone!
|Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
There's something about that sweet smell that babies have, and baby goats are no exception....it's a mix of grass hay, and soft baby musk....hmmm, next on my TO DO list.....have to figure out how to "bottle" that
Inspired - "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw
|Posted on March 12, 2016 at 6:25 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on March 10, 2016 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
Whether you are planning your garden, pondering whether your thumb is green, or black, or simply listening to songs about Gardens (Garden - by Needtobreathe, is phenomenal, by the way)......Gardens mean so much, they represent new birth, cycles of the seasons, and even death, when the crop has been reaped, and the final breath is released. So, as the green begins to show in the corners of our lives, let's be inspired by the promise of life.
|Posted on March 8, 2016 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on January 26, 2016 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
~ Words to live by ~
In a world that seeks to pull you this way, and that...build up false bravado, or tear you down 'til you feel negligible...you need a rock solid reminder of your true foundation. I credit my parents for instilling this value, and for tuning me into to this brilliant guide to life. I still keep a weathered copy in the middle section of my purse, right next to my kids medical history cards.
I'm curious - What's your mantra? Here's mine:
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly, and clearly; and listen to others , even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and agressive persons, they are vexations of the spirit.
If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But, let this not blind you
to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be Yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all
aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and
the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe if unfolding as
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors or aspirations in the noisy
confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
|Posted on January 19, 2016 at 8:45 PM||comments (1)|
I am excited to begin this adventure, and while I am sure that we'll share many stories both of success and failure...and in everywhere between, I figured since this is my first blog, I would share a success story -
(STEPS & TIPS FOR MAKING IT SUCCESSFULLY)
• 1 – quart-sized wide-mouth container
(Glass or BPA-free plastic, preferrably)
• 1 – strainer (fine-mesh, but no metal, preferably)
• 1 – breath-able fabric
(paper coffee filters work great!)
• 1 – rubber band (for securing breath-able fabric)
• 1 - Scoby (symbiotic culture of bacterial yeast)
** Don't have a local resource? Check my webstore for fresh naturally formed scoby!
• 2 – tea bags
• ¼ cup of sugar
(don’t use a substitute here, trust me these little guys love sugar!)
• 1 Qt. of hot water
• Steep tea bags in hot water for 5 min., add sugar & stir to dissolve.
• Let tea come to room temperature.
• Add scoby, and cover with breathable fabric. Let jar sit in a warm area for 7-10 days.
• Smell your kombucha every couple of days…once you can start to smell a slight vinegar smell, you are fermenting.
• Strain your kombucha through a non-metal strainer into a new container, leaving a little fluid in the jar to keep your scoby from drying out while you make a new batch of tea. This left over fluid also helps to keep your brew strong.
• If you store your newly harvested kombucha in an air-tight container, and add either a little bit of fruit juice, or pieces of fruit, and keep it on your pantry shelf for another 7-10 days, your kombucha will go through a second ferment and becomes effervescent….really good!
• Try using fruity teas, like passion fruit, or spicy, like ginger, instead of traditional black tea….also, really good!
• Hot tea will kill your scoby
• Not securing your breath-able material on your kombucha jar can lead to fruit flies laying eggs on your scoby….not good.
• Keeping your scoby in an area that is too cold can encourage mold to grow…..also, not good.
o Scoby are funny looking, but handle-able once they are a month or two old, if you need to put them in a new, or larger container. They kind of feel like touching a sting-ray...only they aren’t as cute (its better than calling them ugly, right?)
o Baby scoby – you can harvest baby scoby from a variety of places –
o Baby scobies form under-neath the mother scoby in your fermenting jar, when you harvest your kombucha, you can dump what is left in your strainer into a new jar, add the tea starter, and viola!, new scoby!
o Baby scobies will also form in your second ferment, so be sure to strain that as well!
o Keep in mind, baby scoby will form in any jar, (or drinking glass for that matter), of kombucha which is left out on the counter (I kid you not, I harvested a baby scoby which formed in a bottle of kombucha in my son’s school locker!)
Finally, kombucha is weird, but tastes great, and is really good for you….
I recommend that you play with different recipes, and fermenting durations, and finally, rest assured it is almost impossible to ruin a kombucha, afterall, if you let it go too far, you get vinegar, which is essentially the “lemonade” of the kombucha world.