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Almost Spring, Baby Goats, and Luscious Strawberry Cream

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that some day I’d be working quietly one moment and the next be catching a goat mid-air, tackling it to the ground, and pinning it there until Bear could stop laughing long enough to help me.

Good heavens.

Such was my life last weekend and I’ve been hobbling and moaning ever since. Apparently goat tackling uses unusual muscles and when you combine it with being kicked, head butted, rammed, and spat on by goats, it makes for a very achy self for a few days. OK, a week. πŸ˜‰

Every few months we set aside an entire day to give our goats deworming medicine (for some reason they don’t fancy having the foul stuff squirted down their throats) and trimming their hooves (another activity they apparently liken to Armageddon). Most times they’re fairly decent about the ordeal. They don’t like it or anything, but once you get them secured in the goat crush, they generally behave themselves.

Not this time.

Merciful heavens. I swear someone stole onto our farm in the middle of the night and replaced our herd with the wildest most feral goats they could find! I’ve never seen them so feisty! Bear and I wrestled with the little blighters all day long and finally, FINALLY got the last ones done by the light of the full moon. Ayiyi.

We’ve been absolutely knackered ever since. πŸ™‚

But it was worth all the hassle for the little dears are back to their amiable selves and are prancing about happy as can be.

Good thing too, for this morning I opened the pen to discover our very first baby goat of the season!! She is teeny-tiny and cute as all get out. I got in a few cuddles while transferring her and her mother to the nursery and it made all my bruises, scrapes, and muscle aches absolutely worth it.

baby goat

When you’re aching from head to toe, there’s really nothing better than a scrumptious dessert to make you feel better.

Bear and I are absolutely smitten with this one – a luscious, fruity, light as air Strawberry Cream. Dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free it is so delicious you’d never guess you were actually behaving yourself in eating it.

So far we’ve been eating it as is, straight out of the bowl, but I think it would be marvelous as a filling for buckwheat crepes, frozen as a berrylicious creamsicle, or used to top a berry crumble.

What is your favorite healthy dessert?

PS – Don’t forget! You still have three more days to enter my Wood-Burning Giveaway! Click here for details. πŸ™‚

Strawberry Cream

Ingredients:

2 punnets strawberries, washed and hulled (about 3 cups)
1 3/4 cups coconut milk (or rice/almond/cashew milk)
6 tbsp real maple syrup
3 tsp gelatine powder (add more if you prefer it firm like panna cotta)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Blend strawberries, coconut milk, and maple syrup in a blender/food processor until very smooth.
  2. Sprinkle gelatine over 1/4 cup coconut milk in a small bowl and let stand 2 minutes to soften.
  3. Bring second 1/4 cup coconut milk to a boil in a small pan. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring until dissolved.
  4. Whisk warm mixture into strawberry blend and pour equal amounts into 6 small serving dishes. Chill 6-8 hours.



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Margaret | DestinationHere&Now - Oh that little goat is soooo cuuuuutttte. I want one! The bigger one on the right looks like it’s got a bit of pug in it. Are you sure nothing funny’s going on over at your place? πŸ˜‰

Ken Powell - Today we visited my wife’s 93 year old aunt. For her birthday yesterday, her family gave her an 8 week old puppy – almost as cute as your baby goat. .That dessert looks so delicious too, Krista. Now, can you please teach your Bear to use your camera? I really look forward to seeing a picture (or even video) of your goat wrestling skills next time.

cquek - is that a goat? gosh so cute. thanks a lot for sharing.

Krista - Isn’t she gorgeous, @disqus_2yjJojmJOE:disqus ?! πŸ™‚ I thought she had a pug face too. πŸ™‚ Hopefully it fills out a bit or I’ll have to start interrogating the dogs. πŸ˜‰

Krista - It sure is! She’s cute as a button. πŸ™‚

Krista - Ohhhh, puppies are so marvelous too, @ken_powell:disqus πŸ™‚ I told Bear your request and he had a good chuckle. He actually said – while I was spread-eagled on the struggling goat – “I wish I knew where your camera was.” πŸ™‚ That is one photo I’m very glad not to have. πŸ™‚

Bethany Miller - Krista, your photos, as always, are beautiful!

jenny_atasteoftravel - So cute….was she wobbling around as well? We’ll remind you about this day in a couple of years when you are wrestling her to the ground!

Jackie Smith - I have to agree, between that stunning feather and the baby goat (and all topped with that great dessert!) I love this post. . .but yes, would have liked to have seen you doing a full body tackle of a goat. Makes me smile thinking of it. . . πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend! xo J.

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Oh goodness me!! Adventures abound! My muscles just ache thinking about wrestling a goat. πŸ˜‰ And that strawberry looks divine!! I must try it with the last of this season’s berries. =)

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - Awwww SO cute!!!! How many people can say they have a baby goat for a pet? πŸ™‚

Cathy - Oh Krista, I love the new addition to your farm. So cute πŸ™‚ I absolutely adore strawberries. I think I will have to try your dessert one time πŸ™‚

Bear Robinson - Hi People,

I rarely comment on Poppet’s blog but her mid-air
tackle IS worthy of mention. Firstly, the set up is new, so the goats
are a bit cautious as the last time we stuck nasty medicine down their
throats. I should have sent them through with a yummy treat at the end
first. But I didn’t…my bad ;-(.
However, the mid-air tackle was a real β€œNooooooooooooo!” moment.
Running
in her boots is one thing, but the flat out leap through the air is
another. Snatching the goat mid air a third… but the look on her face
at that point…, β€œOh, oh, this is going to hurt” moment as the ground
loomed up. This girl has pluck. She hung on. And there they were,
after the β€œthump! thump!” both spreadeagled! Priceless! πŸ˜‰ After I
cacked myself laughing, I said, β€œWhen you’ve stopped mucking about you
can put the goat away.” πŸ˜‰ The look said it all. I retreated ;-).
I
must commend her handling of the birth yesterday. Was before time and a
first time inexperienced Mom. But when I arrived home fearing the
worst, Poppit had everything under control. Mom and Bub healthy. Thanks
babe, You did well.
Cheers, Bear.

Ken Powell - Thanks, Bear. ABC Radio Grandstand wouldn’t have provided better commentary. I just wonder who gets to train the baby goat to handle the flying Poppet in future years.

Velva- tomatoes on the Vine - Congratulations on the new baby goat! Totally cute.

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - I love the baby!!! I couldn’t leave them alone, I know.

I am shy about admitting I don’t think I know of any of my desserts that are healthy. πŸ™ I’ll do better, I promise.

Liz Posmyk - Ouch… take care now… what a gorgeous recipe, by the way… I think I am going to make this one xox

Krista - Thank you so much, @disqus_wRIRImsUMn:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - She was perfectly fine, @jenny_atasteoftravel:disqus !! The little bugger. πŸ™‚ But that’ll teach her to try to escape from me! πŸ™‚

Krista - I hope you do get to try it, @breannemosher:disqus πŸ™‚ We just finished the last of it tonight. Swoon. πŸ™‚

Krista - You make me laugh, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus πŸ™‚ I still can’t believe I did it! Bear said it was quite the sight. πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t she gorgeous, @GlobalButterfly:disqus ? She’s so tiny and I’m utterly smitten. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @wanderingsheila:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m rather fond of her too. I hope you like the dessert when you get a chance to make it! πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, babe. XOXO You make me laugh and feel thoroughly loved. XO

Krista - Thanks so much, @4051406338aaef5dd8bf9775f8ab662d:disqus πŸ™‚ She’s a luv. πŸ™‚

Krista - I can’t either, @OrgasmicChef:disqus ! Whenever I can I’m down there watching and cuddling and taking pictures. πŸ™‚ I think desserts in and of themselves are healthy for the soul – even if not for the body. I LOVE the desserts you make. πŸ™‚

Krista - Ouch indeed, @lizposmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ I can finally use my left arm properly again. πŸ™‚ I hope you like the strawberry cream! We finished it off tonight and I miss it already. πŸ™‚

Bear - I understand a committee is to be formed following groundswell support to combat low flying Poppits.
Bear ;-).

budgetjan - Pinned some of your lovely photos – the strawberry Cream, feather and goats (of course), and shared the recipe on facebook for our daughter. πŸ™‚

Joanne (eats well with others) - Aww your goats are adorable!! But I dont’ envy you having to wrestle with them, that’s for sure! You deserved that strawberry cream after your little match!

Krista - Thank you so much, dear @budgetjan:disqus πŸ™‚ That makes me smile so big! πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad you like them, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚ They are usually quite lovely but now and then are very, very naughty. πŸ™‚

[email protected] - This is a BEAUTIFUL and HEALTHY dessert, but I do think those sweet goats might steal the show. I just love babies! Thank you for sharing! I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog tomorrow for one of Ryan’s necklaces, and I’d love for you to stop by! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

Andrea and John - Oh wow, she’s gorgeous! I love goats and have a new respect for them now that I can only eat goat cheese. I’ve been dreaming about starting a goat farm because the number of goat’s milk and cheese products is so limited. But it sounds like maybe it’s really hard work, haha?

Marie - That Strawberry stuff looks amazing. I would love some of that right now. You are so creative! I am inspired. Thank you.

Krista - I’m so sorry I missed your giveaway, @monet_anecdotesandapples_com:disqus !! I was swamped this weekend with goats and fencing and gardening and all that lovely but exhausting outdoorsy stuff. I’m so glad you had a good response to it though! πŸ™‚

Krista - I had no idea you could only eat goat’s cheese now, @inspiringtravellers:disqus , but what a lovely thing to get to eat! πŸ™‚ It IS hard work now and then, but mostly it’s just a daily responsibility, something you HAVE to do whether you’re sick or tired or out of sorts. But I think they’re worth it. πŸ™‚

Krista - It is ridiculously good, @knittingthemoment:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m hoping strawberries are still on sale this week so I can make it again. πŸ™‚ I’m SO thrilled it inspired you!! XO

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