Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

It was in no one's plan to spend any time visiting family in the 
hospital during June Dairy Month but I was thankful to see that dairy
 was in the hospital with us.  After suffering a stroke, my uncle received this
 thickened dairy product to aid in his impaired swallowing and still
 provide the nutrition he needs for recovery.

No matter where we are, I'm thankful for those spotted cows
down on the dairy farm.


                                                                   

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father Love

Father's Day gives us opportunity to celebrate the love our fathers
 lavished on us while on earth with us 




and to celebrate the blessings provided by being a father!


"For I know the plans that I have for you,
declares the Lord,
Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give 
you a future and a hope."
                                                                                            --Jeremiah 29:11

                                                       Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

June Dairy Adventures

June Dairy Month is filled with all kinds of activities but if you want to be
 rewarded with smiles from children, just take Frannie
 the Arkansas Farm Bureau milking cow for a visit.

I spent a morning this week, sharing a dairy adventure with kids 
attending the Mary May Jones Adventure Club in Bentonville.
Of course, the first question is,"Do we get to milk the cow?"

                                                         
                                                        Other than eating ice cream,
                                    I can't think of a better way to celebrate June Dairy Month
                                  than sharing all about where milk and dairy products come from!
                                           
                                   
                               

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Governor Asa Hutchinson declared June Dairy Month in Arkansas.
It's the perfect kick-off to a month that celebrates the nutritious goodness of milk and a variety of dairy products that consumers across our state and the nation enjoy everyday.
Milk is our Arkansas state drink!

I was honored to take part in this ceremony with 
Arkansas Farm Bureau Dairy Ambassador Julie Griffin,
other dairy  farmers and industry leaders.

                                         
                                       I'm thankful for a governor who supports dairy farmers,
                                                                                 and

                                              showed his love for milk by raising his glass
                                           to celebrate June Dairy Month and World Milk Day!
                                                                 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Farmer Celebrates June Dairy Month with a Birthday

It seems fitting for a dairy farmer to celebrate his birthday during June Dairy Month! It's a tradition in our family for the birthday celebrant to choose the kind of cake or pie for his day. Ryan's favorite is his mother's recipe for  Applesauce Cake. Thank goodness I inherited  my mother-in-law's recipe box and can fulfill his request!

Applesauce Cake


2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup black walnuts
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix sugar,flour, and spices together. Soak raisins in water,squeeze and then add to flour mixture.
Heart applesauce and butter. Add baking soda and applesauce to flour mixture.  Stir in nuts.
Bake  in floured and greased 13 x 9 inch pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes . Cool completely before adding icing.

Icing:
6 Tablespoons Butter
3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Light cream (about 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter; gradually add about half the sugar, blending well. Beat in 2 tablespoons cream and vanilla. Gradually blend in remaining sugar. Add enough cream to make of spreading consistency.

                              Serve with several scoops of vanilla ice cream for best results!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Raise Your Glass for World Milk Day


We're  kicking off June Dairy Month celebrating World Milk Day (June 1)
 down on the dairy farm 
by raising a glass of our favorite ...MILK!

World Milk Day was established  in 2001 by the Food and 
Agriculture Organization  of the United Nations to recognize
 the importance  of milk as a global food.

Behind every nutritious drop, is a dedicated dairy farm family.





We invite you to celebrate with us today  by raising a glass (or two) and
 if you share your toast on a social media channel using hashtags 
#WorldMilkDay or #RaiseAGlass, 
our Dairy Farmers of America Cooperative will donate $1 
to the Great American Milk Drive, up to $10,000. 

Just think how many more of our friends could enjoy a glass of nutritious milk 
by today's #World Milk Day celebration!

                                                     
                                                        I just love milk...how about you?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Reflection

Even though it's another day of work on the dairy farm,
Memorial Day for us is always a  time
 for remembrance and thankfulness for the men and women 
who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we have the
 freedom to farm and all the freedoms we Americans enjoy.

Ryan's Dad served in Japan during World War II.
 Fortunately for us, he did return home.
Although he  never talked about the war, 
we knew it was  a life changing experience from the way he 
loved us and shared his love of country.


We must never forget the sacrifices of those serving to protect our freedoms .
I'm grateful for this day of remembrance across our great nation.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


Dairy farmers across America support the Fuel Up to Play 60 program
 that empowers students, with the support of adults, to take a 
lead in making healthy changes and have a positive 
impact in their communities. 

We loved providing a tour of the dairy farm  for students involved
 in the Fuel UP to Play 60 program in Rogers.

Seeing the cows up close and personal in the milk parlor was
 the perfect opportunity to get answers to their questions.


While waiting for Domino's pizza, students also learned from others 
about food production.


I'm thankful for the students and teachers involved in Fuel Up to Play 60,
for a program that is making a positive difference
 by improving life long health habits,
and


                                              to be a dairy farmer producing a nutritious food
                                                              for my family and yours.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Even the principal at Frank Tillery Elementary school wanted to milk
the Arkansas Farm Bureau cow!

                                         
                            I'm thankful for teachers and principals that love teaching students
                                      and give us the opportunity to share information  about
                                                                 Arkansas agriculture.
                                                             

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sweet Mother'sDay

                                          Mother's Day is one of the sweetest celebrations
                                                   when surrounded by the ones you love.


                                It was a great time of food, fellowship and of course...dessert!
                                  You can't beat a piece of Crusty Cream Cheese Pound Cake
                                             topped with strawberries and vanilla ice cream.
                     

Crusty Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
1 8 oz  pkg. cream cheese,softened
3 cups sifted cake flour
6 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Cream butter and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed with electric mixer.
Add cream cheese,beating well until light and fluffy. Alternately add flour, and eggs, beginning and ending with flour. Stir in vanilla.

Pour batter into greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until pick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes, remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.




                                                    Happy Mother's Day!





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

We're a little behind on the wheat harvest due to heavy rains last week.
Fortunately, the cooler temperatures kept it from maturing 
too fast while we waited for the soggy fields to dry.

                             
                                             I'm very thankful that the crop is not damaged,
                                              our cows are loving it in their feed ration,
                                                                                and

the family is happy to be working 
to finish the spring harvest.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


It was good to see the  dairy cows resting and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine
after all the cloudy,cool and rainy days that we've experienced in the last week.


Even though we had  some damage to our fences and a few trees 
blown down from the excessive wind and rain last weekend, 
I'm thankful for our safety, for the dedication of emergency workers in 
Benton  County and  for the fact that no lives were lost during this flood.





Saturday, April 29, 2017

Birthday Blessings

We're celebrating birthdays today down on the dairy farm!
Cody, our oldest son celebrates his 29th birthday today.
My how things have changed...

but we are so blessed by this man we call son.

                                                           
                                        Birthdays are always special down on the dairy farm!

                                                 
                                                                 Happy Birthday Baby!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

                                              I'm thankful for....
                                 

the pair of Egyptian geese that have come
 back to enjoy the farm habitat,
                                         

the new calves born this week,


the variety of  beautiful  colorful iris blooming,
and

                                               
                                                           for the entertaining conversations
                                                                   with Hattie and Frog.

                                                         Life is good down on the dairy farm!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Earth Day Everyday

Earth Day really is everyday down on the dairy farm.
As I watched the group of calves resting in the pasture next to the field 
filled with milking cows,my thoughts turned to how we have 
changed the environmental impact on dairy farms.

It's a fact that improvements in dairy cow nutrition, comfort, health and breeding have led to significant impact in production while decreasing the overall environmental impact.

Dairy farms today produce a gallon milk using 
95 percent less land and 65 percent less water while producing 
76 percent less manure compared with 1944.

                                   
                                               Our farm has been in the family since 1919.
                            We love caring for our animals, contributing to the local community
                               and most important, producing healthy milk,cheese and yogurt
                                                                for you and your family.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

The cows are going to love this spring wheat!
Weather permitting, we plan to chop it and put it in the silo.
This allows us a quality forage feed to mix  in the feed 
ration for the cows to enjoy every day.


Harvesting a crop is a process.
First, the wheat will be cut and allowed a day to dry before it
 will be chopped and hauled to the silo.

We hope and pray for good dry weather during the process 
and no mechanical failures.
I know, I know,  I'm asking for a lot!


                                             I'm thankful for a great spring crop and for my
                                                   hardworking farmer husband and sons.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


New life is always welcome down on the dairy farm.

                                                     
                                        I'm so thankful for the beauty and blessings of spring!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

When I take pictures like this, I always get a smirk or a grin. 
They just don't understand  how I love watching them work together.

Although the look of a family dairy  farm and the technologies have changed,
we still have the same values of caring for the land and animals.


I'm thankful that our two sons, Cody and Casey, 
work with us every day down on the dairy farm.


                                           I love that they have finally grown into these hats!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dual Purpose Dates

                     Although spring has barely started, our warmer than usual winter weather
                                   has given  the wheat crop a little bit of a jump start in growing.
                                   This spring wheat crop is an important ingredient for our
                                                   dairy cows' balanced and nutritious diet.

                                     Our plan is to chop the wheat and put it in the silo.
                             The Friday night date  was actually a crop fact finding mission.
                              We were looking for the appearance of  what's called the "flag leaf'".
                                 It's appearance would indicate the right time to begin harvest.
                           
                              Knowing the right time to chop is important for making sure
                           we get the best quality forage for our dairy cows nutritional needs.
                                     There's always a method to the dairy farmer's madness!
                                 

I still love these dual purpose  dairy dates down on the dairy farm.

                                    Producing quality forage is part of our dairy farm family's
                                             commitment to providing high-quality milk
                                                      and taking good care of our cows.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


I'm thankful for the spring rain we enjoyed this week,

for the new babies we have welcomed to the farm,


for the blooming trees and flowers that survived
 our freezing temperatures just as the buds set on,



 for watching  Hattie's  excitement in seeing the cows
numerous times a day,


and 

for the opportunity to share our love of the dairy  farm
with our fifth generation.


                                              I can't think of a better way to welcome spring!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

This is what we do on Spring Break...


get together with the herd!


                         I'm thankful for the ordinary but beautiful  days down on the dairy farm,
                                   the first day of spring and for the blessing of celebrating
                                                  my Mother's 86th birthday with my herd!











Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Agriculture Day

                                                      Happy National Agriculture Day
                                                                            from
                                                      down on the Arkansas dairy farm!

                     Today is an  opportunity as farmers to share how we are working everyday
                              to produce safe affordable food for consumers and celebrate
                                                all that agriculture provides to each of us.

                                            Thanks to proven science and technology,
                                we are producing a gallon of milk using 95 percent less land and
                                     65 percent less water while  producing 76 percent less
                                                         manure compared with 1944.

                                             Do you know what hasn't changed since 1944?

                                                 
                                 Farmers still care  for our animals and the land we call home
                                                  and are committed to providing you
                                             with safe,high-quality milk and dairy products.

                                                   Happy National Ag Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last Saturday afternoon it rained snow down on the dairy farm.
I suppose we should not have been surprised after a variety of weather
 during the week that included record high temperatures.
 tornado watches and rain storms.

Even the cattle seemed  surprised  and a little confused
 by the variety of weather!

                                                             
                                     I'm thankful for the beauty of a little winter snow and for
                                      the fact that it is  probably the only snow for this winter!