31 Days To Make A House A Home: Day 5: It Might Make You Eat Butter

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So I started this morning off right.  By making butter.

A couple of the other young wives on the ranch (wow that makes us sound like a commune) and I have been separating the cream from our cow's milk and using it to make butter and other fabulous foods.  If you've never had raw milk butter that you made yourself you haven't lived.  Seriously.  You can make it pretty easily (so I've heard) but channeling your inner shake weight champion and shaking a mason jar for however long it takes to turn cream into butter.  While is sounds like a great work out, we are lucky enough to have our own, electric butter churn.  Yeah, we're that cool.  We put about a weeks worth of cream and cold water in a big jar thing, attached the churny dohicky and started churning.  This process takes between 5-15 minutes, so while the butter churned, we wrapped pork.

Imagine, three women under twenty-five with babies all in ergos working together to wrap meat and make butter.  It looked something like this:

Kelsey, our fearless leader, and baby Andrew & Jessica and baby Zach with Elizabeth slicing meat in the background! 
Once all the meat was wrapped we returned back to the butter.  Finally churned, it looked like this:


We reached in and grabbed handfuls to squeeze out the water and leave behind nothing but fluffly, fresh butter.  Some of which we salted, some of which we just left plain; all of which we put in our presoaked butter molds.  Didn't I tell you we were serious?  


After a lovely morning, I went home with quite a bounty:


I'm not posting a picture of the ham steak, because I don't want you to hunt me down and murder me out of jealousy.  Let me just tell you, it was delicious.  Probably the best thing I've eaten in my entire life, besides the rice made with my own butter to go with it.  We may live like paupers, but we dine like kings!  But I digress.

While folding laundry later in the day I encountered two problems.  

1. My laundry basket is a freaking foldable eyesore.

2.  All my towels and linens live on a book shelf.

So I moved the laundry basket into the bedroom to make space for a cabinet that has been living in Anthony's room- the room that must not be named- but more on that later.  This is the end result!  It's nice to have the awful looking laundry basket hidden away from plain view, and to have a place to store towels and off season linens.


We're pretty proud of ourselves.


  1. I'm happy our herd share sells raw milk butter for only $3/lb... it works for now but I can't wait until we have our own cows to make ours own!

    31 Days to Living a More Intentional Life

  2. Making butter... I need to add that to my list of things to try...

  3. Hello I am visiting via the Nester's 31 days series. Your series is so inspirational and leaves me with such great ideas.

    I too am participating in the series. My topic is "Decor To Adore~ finding your style". I would like to invite you to stop by anytime.

    Have a beautiful day and a wonderful fall season.

  4. Sounds like a productive day :) All the "little things" will keep adding up to become the big thing...making your house into a home. I love reading about your progress! Keep up the good work!

  5. My MIL from Morocco makes her own butter! It's really amazing. So great to do something like that and make it yourself!