A quarter inch of rain and a day of cloudiness was a welcome sight this Thursday after having 103 degree days. Heat stress is a real danger for our dairy cattle, our employees and my family. Providing extra water and shade for the cattle and access to fans and sprinklers was a must for the animals. Professor Leo Tims has given great information about cool cows on the Dairy Makes Sense Blog found at http://www.midwestdairy.com/. Chores on the farm started earlier in the mornings to avoid the hottest part of the afternoon and any tasks that could be delayed were left for a day with more moderate temperatures. Extreme heat seems to wear on our patience with each other. To lift our spirits and cool us off, I prepared a special recipe that my mother-in-law fixed many times on hot summer days. We call it Purple Puddin'. She called it Raspberry Delight. Whatever you call it--it's a dairy delight!
Purple Puddin' (Raspberry Delight)
1 can condensed milk
Juice of 2 lemons
4 Tbs seedless black raspberry jam
1/2 pint cream,whipped
1 box vanilla wafers
1 cup nuts(optional)
Mix the condensed milk and lemon juice. In a separate bowl, whip the cream and mix with the jam. Fold all together.
In a 9x9 dish,place a layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom,add a layer of the pudding mix,repeat.
Chill and serve.