What better way to end 2017 or begin the new year than with an Undeniably Dairy dessert!
Raspberry Delight, also known in our family as Purple Puddin', originated from my mother-in-law Bonnah Lyn's limited recipe files. Bonnah Lyn was a wonderful cook and did most of her cooking without any recipes to follow so I cherish each hand written recipe card that I inherited from her limited collection. Thank goodness she wrote instructions for Raspberry Delight so that we could continue to enjoy a family favorite!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 pint heavy cream, whipped
4 Tablespoons Seedless Black Raspberry Jam
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
1 box Vanilla wafer cookies
Mix the sweetened condensed milk with the juice of 2 lemons and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whip the cream; fold in the jam and mix thoroughly. Add this mixture to the sweetened condensed milk mixture.
In an 8 x 8 in. pan, line the bottom with vanilla wafers; add a layer of purple mixture, top with nuts (if desired) and a layer of vanilla wafers; repeat the layers. Chill and serve.
From down on the dairy farm, we hope your new year is Dairy Good!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
I'm thankful for the blessings of
the first winter snow,
new life down on the dairy farm.
the first winter snow,
sparkling holiday lights of my hometown,
the wonder and sweetness of children,
new life down on the dairy farm.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
It was obvious that Christmas came early for our hard working
hoof trimmer Ben when he arrived at the farm this week with a new
hoof trimming chute for our herd hoof check-up.
Although Ben is a master at caring for our cows' feet, it
would be impossible to keep the cows comfortable and do a good job hoof
trimming without the proper equipment.
I'm thankful for the investment that Ben has made in this
new equipment that improves his ability to care for our cows
with increased comfort for each cow.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
It wouldn't seem like Christmas without a cow on our Christmas tree!
I love all of our ornaments but I must say this cow is my favorite
because she was a gift from my mother-in-law many years ago.
A great reminder that
dairy traditions run deep!
During this Christmas season down on the dairy farm,
I'm thankful for the cows on the tree and in the field,
the cookies and milk,
for making more dairy traditions and memories
with my cookie eating Hattie Claire!
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Everything changes with time.
In 1962 when my Aunt Alice graduated from Sparks School of Nursing
in Ft. Smith, a nurse dressed in a starched white uniform dress,
white shoes and stockings, a crisp white hat and a warm wool cape.
How long since you've seen a nurse dressed like that?
Although the dress code changed in the more than fifty year
nursing career of my Aunt Alice,
her passion to care for and about others never changed.
I'm thankful for the sweet relationship I had with
Aunt Alice and for the impact she had on my life.
Aunt Alice celebrated her birthday at the feet of Jesus on December 2.
In a moment, everything changed and yet, faith and family remain steadfast.
Aunt Alice and for the impact she had on my life.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
While I'm always thankful for rain,
feeding calves is much better when the sun is shining!
After all the calves received their morning milk,
Casey and I proceeded to feed the grain.
My job was tractor driving while Casey scooped a measured
amount of grain into each calf's bucket from the tractor bucket.
I'm thankful for each of these healthy calves
that are growing down on the dairy farm
that my son trusts me not to run over him!
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Although I knew I was marrying the farm and the dairy farmer
thirty three years ago,
I did not realize that I would become a Dairy FarmHer.
It's been a thirty three year transformation from
city girl to Dairy FarmHer but it's been a grand journey.
Thank-you to the dairy farmer for sharing
his passion for all things dairy!
I never thought I would be teaching children about dairy farming,
providing dairy farm tours for all ages of consumers,
or working everyday with my husband
and our 4th generation dairy farmer sons
down on the dairy farm producing
high quality milk for your family and mine.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
It's pretty special when your Dallas cousins include feeding
calves on the dairy farm as part of their trip to tour the University of Arkansas.
The calves enjoyed all the extra attention
we are always thankful for extra help at calf feeding time!
Faith, Family, Farming, Friends...
so much to be thankful for everyday!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
One of my jobs on the dairy farm is to serve as a taxi driver.
I wouldn't really mind it so much if they just wouldn't call and start
with "Are you doing anything right now?"
We're working to get the last of the wheat crop planted before Thanksgiving.
As I turned into the field on my taxi run, I could smell the dirt as the disc passed over the field.
It was the reminder I needed of how thankful I am to live
and work with my family of farmers down on the dairy farm.
"God looked down on the earth he created and said,
"I need a caretaker for this world I have made".
So God Made A Farmer
Friday, November 10, 2017
Ryan's mother milked in this barn during World War II when his dad was serving in Japan.
In a day of no instant communication like we have today, I can only imagine the thoughts and concerns of a young bride as she milked the cows every morning and evening.
If barns could talk...
can you imagine the stories we would hear?
It's a simple reminder to me of the sacrifices made by the
men, women and families of the past to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.
Thank-you to all Veterans!
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
In a field of black and white spotted Holstein cattle,
the red and white Ayrshire definitely stand out!
New babies are always welcome on the dairy farm but these red and white ones
are reminders of the great learning experiences we have had through
our past involvement with our sons' 4-H dairy projects and club activities.
I'm thankful for the expansion of Cody's Ayrshire herd
and for the outstanding 4-H program in Benton County.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
When I saw Casey riding on the back of the square baler, I couldn't resist
calling him to ask if he was just joy riding around the field. I was lucky
he didn't hang up on me but he nicely explained that he was making
sure the bales kicked out so Cody wouldn't have to stop baling and
correct the problem that had been discovered earlier.
It was the first time the small square baler has been used this year and
we were fortunate that the mechanical problem was an easy fix.
We appreciate problems easily repaired!
I'm thankful for the way our sons can work together,
for the cow that calved easily and waited for us at the gate,
brings new meaning to "there's no place like home"!
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Even though we had our first freeze of the season, we're still working
to finish cutting hay in a few fields.
It will take a few days of drying before it's ready to bale but it
will still be good quality hay that we can feed this winter.
Brown fields with a hint of green underneath are signs of the fall
season and also a reminder of how close we are to celebrating
the end of harvest for this year's crops down on the dairy farm.
Bring on the hot chocolate!
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Farm tours are a great way to meet consumers of all ages to share how
we work everyday on the farm to produce safe,affordable food.
This week I was privileged to be one of the host farms for the 12th tour
of Moms on the Farm. Janeal Yancey, my favorite University of Arkansas
meat scientist ,organized the first tour in 2012. Each tour day includes
a visit to dairy, poultry and beef farms located in Benton or Washington County.
The finishing touch to the tour is a delicious lunch hosted by
Arkansas Cattle Women preparing delicious beef recipes.
I'm thankful for the Moms and the few men that braved a
chilly and windy day to learn about Arkansas farming and food production.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
It's milo chopping time down on the dairy farm.
I made it to the field just in time to see today's last load of chopped milo head to the silo.
As you can see, it has grown well above my head this year.
It is a drought resistant grain crop so with adequate rain it grows like crazy!
I'm thankful for this year's milo crop that will be used
to feed our dairy cattle this winter
for the perfect fall weather for harvesting our crops.
Monday, October 16, 2017
What is homogenization?
Homogenization is a mechanical process that breaks up fat globules
to a smaller size.When this process is used with milk, it distributes
the smaller sized fat globules through out the milk producing a
uniform consistency. It's basically mixing the cream into the milk.
Homogenization makes the milk whiter and more appetizing color,
provides a more full-bodied flavor and better mouth feel and gives milk
and other cultured milk products increased shelf stability.
Milk began being homogenized in the early 1930's when Dr.Malcolm Trout,
a nutrition professor at Michigan State, linked the process of pasteurization
and homogenization together. He found that homogenized milk needed
to be pasteurized first to have an appealing taste.
While it's possible to have pasteurized milk that hasn't been homogenized and
homogenized milk that hasn't been pasteurized, most milk found in
United States markets has undergone both processes.
Milk is pasteurized first to kill bacteria,
then homogenized to give us that consistent taste.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
What would we do without farmers?
Who would raise the crops?
Who would provide the milk for my cereal?
Who would be caring for the animals?
--all kinds of farmers--
that work everyday to provide food, care for animals
and protect our natural resources for all of our families.
Happy National Farmers Day!
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
It's standard treatment for pregnant cows to have a two month rest period
before giving birth.Two weeks before the expected calving date,
we move the cows or heifers to the field close to our
house so we can monitor them closely.
I'm thankful for all safe arrivals
for this week's new addition to the dairy farm family!
Monday, October 2, 2017
The simple answer was NO but it provided me the opportunity to share the facts about the benefits of pasteurization.
As a dairy farmer, mother and a nurse, I'm passionate about the importance pasteurization plays in providing safe milk and dairy products. Since the introduction of pasteurization more than a century ago, it has been recognized around the world as an essential tool for ensuring that milk and dairy foods are safe.
Although many states (including Arkansas) are now allowing the sale of raw milk (unpasteurized milk) it is a violation of federal law to sell raw milk for consumer use across state lines.
Pasteurization has helped provide safe, nutrient rich milk, and cheese for over 100 years and because of pasteurization, less than 1.5 percent of annual food borne illness outbreaks in the United States involve dairy foods.
Here are some proven facts about milk and pasteurization:
--Pasteurization DOES kill harmful bacteria.
--Pasteurization DOES save lives.
--Raw milk DOES NOT kill dangerous pathogens by itself.
--Pasteurizing milk DOES NOT cause lactose intolerance and allergic reaction.
--Pasteurization DOES NOT reduce milk's nutritional value.
Harmful bacteria can seriously affect the health of anyone who drinks raw milk, or eats foods made from raw milk. However, the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, older adults, pregnant women, and children.
Thanks to proven science and technology tools like pasteurization, dairy farmers will continue providing safe, high-quality milk for my family and yours!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
I'm thankful for...
Beagle, our crazy four wheel riding farm dog,
a new fall calf,
to hear the word "cow" from the youngest
member of our dairy farm family.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Like the varied spots on our spotted Holstein cows,
every group of dairy farm visitors are unique.
I love to see the expression on the face of the child or adult that
suddenly understands how we work on the farm to produce
a great product that their family enjoys.
I'm thankful to connect with consumers to share how
we work everyday to care for our animals, produce nutritious
milk and give them a feel for life on a family farm.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
There's nothing sweeter than watching a mother with her new baby.
It's a reminder of all the many blessings that we often
take for granted when life gets too busy.
This baby was delivered without any complications this week
just in time to greet a group of children making a visit to the farm.
I'm thankful for the blessings of life that we can share with others!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
What's not to love about sharing our dairy story?
It's not always easy to fit in a dairy farm tour but it is
worth every minute I spend sharing with consumers
of all ages how we work every day to produce nutritious
milk by caring for our animals and the land we call home.
I'm thankful for the parents and children that brought their desire
to learn how we produce milk and for sharing their beautiful smiles!
Baby calves always bring out the smiles!
Monday, September 4, 2017
Our Labor Day celebration started early this morning with
the arrival of three new calves.Welcoming new life on the dairy farm
is always a great way to start the day!
New babies are taken to their individual calf hutch where we can monitor
them closely, make sure they receive good nutrition and are protected from
other members of the herd and bad weather.
Caring for these babies is my daily labor of love.
It's a priority to make sure these calves get off to a healthy start because
they will grow to become the cows that produce nutritious milk.
From down on the dairy farm,
Happy Labor Day!