Monday, November 23, 2015

A Dairy Passion Pledge

When we were planning our wedding thirty one years ago, I didn't think it was too
 unusual for the dairy farmer to want to toast our special day with a glass of milk.
After all, producing milk is a dairy farmer's passion.

Turns out, that milk toast was just the beginning
 of my  lifetime pledge for dairy passion.

November 24,1984

                                       We feel blessed to be able to share our love for life down
                                               on the dairy farm with consumers of all ages.

How could I not love this smiling dairy farmer?
I took the dairy passion pledge.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Even though the calf was on the wrong side of the fence,
 these mama cows never left this new baby alone.

                                                   It's that motherly instinct that often draws
                                                        another cow to claim a new baby.
                                               I'm thankful for the opportunity to experience
                                                      life and love down  on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Veteran's Day reminds us of the sacrifices being made
 today and in the past to provide the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis.

I love this 1944 picture of Ryan's dad.
Bill and Bonnah Lyn were married in  Tyler,Texas 
before he was sent to Japan during World War II.
We can only imagine what he experienced as an ambulance driver and medic.
because he  never talked about the war when he returned  home.
I do know that we can never say thank-you enough to all those
 who served in past wars and those who are serving today.

I'm thankful for the  recognition given to all veterans on Veteran's Day
to live in the United States.

                                                                God Bless America!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Harvest Marathon

Harvest  sometimes feels like a very long marathon...
we wait to plant,
we wait for the crop to grow,
we wait for harvest.

Like all silage crops,this  sorghum  silage crop is being cut
 and hauled to the silo where it will ferment before being fed to the dairy  cows.
You might think of this as cow candy!

I often wonder if our cows know how hard we work to make sure
 they have a good supply of nutritious feed to enjoy through the winter.

It's a marathon of ups and downs,
starts and stops,
once you've experienced the harvest of any crop,
you know why it is celebrated!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Foggy mornings bring surprises!

                                                      I'm thankful for the weather changes
                                            that paint pictures of peace down on the dairy farm.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Licking Fear Down on the Dairy Farm

We don't usually think of a dairy farm visit as a life changing experience but that
 was what we witnessed on a recent farm tour with middle school students.

 This young man in the wheelchair had a fear of animals.
When he cried at the sight of our friendly farm dogs, 
I was concerned that this trip to the dairy farm  might not be a good experience.

His teachers were kind but firm and continued to comfort him as they explained to him 
that the animals would not hurt him. The other students would hold his hands
 and talk to him as we traveled around the farm.

The miracle really unfolded by the time we reached the baby calves. 
He continued to cry at the sight of the calves, but as his teacher talked to him and pushed
 him closer to one of the baby Holsteins and 
other students were showing him how the baby calf would lick their hands, this frightened boy,
 reached out for his own experience.
One lick from a baby calf brought the biggest smile.

 The expression of sheer joy on his face was priceless.

Licking  fear of an animal  was a milestone for this special student.
Miracles do happen when we least expect it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Chowder

We're into real leaf falling, leaf piling,frost on the pumpkin  fall that includes crisp mornings and chilly evenings. It's not quite cold enough for a fire in the fireplace but perfect for a warm soup at supper. 

Thanks to Iowa Dairymom Jonna Schutte for sharing this recipe with Midwest Dairy and The Dairy Good CookBook!

Chunky Baked Potato Chowder
4 slices bacon
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground
  black pepper
11/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 medium unpeeled russet potatoes,
    baked,cooled and cut into bite-size 
Hot pepper sauce
2 green onions,sliced

Cook the bacon until crisp in a large skillet. Remove the bacon from the skillet,reserving the dripping. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Add the onion,carrot,and celery to the bacon drippings in the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender;set aside.

Whisk together the milk,flour,paprika,salt,and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Reduce the heat and slowly add the cheese, stirring constantly until melted.

Add the cooked onion mixture and potatoes to the soup in the saucepan. Stir well. Heat until all the vegetables are warm. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce. Serve topped with a sprinkling of bacon crumbles and green onion.