Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Do you notice anything unusual in this picture?
A mud puddle in August!

As you can see, the cows are crowding together because like
 a bunch of naughty kids,they are looking to lay down in that mud.

                                     I'm thankful for the unusual amount of rainfall we have
                                      received in August that is restoring pastures dried  by
                               summer heat, watering our crops that will be harvested this fall
                                and providing a little fun relief for our much loved dairy cows.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Although our days on the dairy farm are busy and filled with
 a variety of challenges, 

I'm thankful for the smiles that come with these two tractor drivers
 and the opportunity we have to watch the fifth generation
 embrace life on the farm.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

As I turned into the driveway late this afternoon, 
I saw this group of pregnant cows resting in the shade.
It was a perfect picture for the word content.

                                   It was obvious the cows are enjoying the lower temperature
                                            and humidity for the first two days of August.
                                  Although I know these cooler temperatures are just a pause in
                                         our usual summer heat, I'm thankful for the comfort
                                                  provided for the cows and the farmers.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dairy Farm Magic

As I was watching the hay mowing cutter go across the field yesterday, 
I thought back to late last fall when Hattie and I were watching the 
manure spreader go in a similar pattern spreading  liquid cow manure.

From brown to green...a little dairy farm manure  magic!

 Cow manure is a nutrient used to fertilize fields that are 
part of our dairy farm's nutrient management plan.

Utilizing our  cows' manure is  an important part of our farm's
 sustainability because it adds organic material to the soil, 
increases the water holding capacity of the land and
decreases the amount of commercial fertilizer that is purchased.

                                             A perfect picture of a farmer working his magic!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

There's nothing unusual about experiencing hot and humid
 weather in Northwest Arkansas during  July.

When we start the early morning at 81 degrees, 
I am thankful for the cloudy, overcast sky that offers a little relief 
for the dairy  cows while they are eating from the feed wagons

 the weed pullers in the garden!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Arkansas Cake and Ice Cream

One of the benefits of being a Carrol Electric customer is the free subscription to the cooperative's  monthly   magazine Arkansas Living. Recipes from great Arkansas cooks is one of my favorite magazine features. I love collecting these recipes and will be adding  Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake.  This delicious cake recipe was submitted by Doris Houser of Lockesburg and featured in the March 2017 issue.  Many thanks to Doris for sharing this delicious dessert recipe.

This turned out to be a perfect and quick recipe for an impromptu get together with family and friends.
Of course, you must add that huge dip of vanilla
ice cream  for the perfect topping!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 yellow butter cake mix
1 3-ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs,beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups blueberries,fresh or frozen

Preheat oven 325 degrees F. Lightly spray 9-inch tube or Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.

Combine cream cheese and oil in medium bowl. Beat with mixer until smooth and creamy. Add cake mix,pudding mix, eggs and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until blended. Fold in berries (batter will be thick).Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool cake in pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack

Sprinkle powdered sugar on top or make a glaze using 3/4-cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon grape juice (or more for desired consistency).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

                                        Feeding calves is one of my everyday jobs on the farm.
                                 Even though I've fed more than a few bottles, I still think it's fun!

                                  Each calf receives a two quart bottle of milk twice a day for the
                                  first three days to make sure they receive all of their mother's
                                    colostrum. At three days we teach them to drink from a bucket
                                       and  continue to feed milk and add grain to their daily diet.

                                          We monitor and observe each calf closely for any
                                         problems and make sure they receive good nutrition.

                                        I'm thankful for my job of caring for these new babies
                                              that are the future of our family dairy farm.

                             It's a fact: Calves grow up to become the cows that produce milk,
                                so farmers make it a priority to get them off to a healthy start.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Our cows enjoy a balanced nutritious diet every day. 
It's one of the most important ways we take care of our dairy cows 
everyday and in return, they provide us with nutritious milk.

This was one of the messages I shared during this past week 
with a small group of children making their first visit to a dairy farm.
Touring the feed barn and watching the cows eat is one 
of my favorite stops on the tour.

I consider it a privilege  to be able to share with children and adults 
 how we care for our dairy cattle  everyday
 during  a farm tour.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to provide 
the perfect show and tell for all ages!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Even though our July 4th picnic plans were 
changed due to unusual  weather,

I'm thankful for the rain we have received in the last few days
that will help our crops grow  

and for the special July 4th babies born
down on the Arkansas  dairy farm!

It's dairy style fireworks!

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,

                                              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.

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 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,

                                              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.



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,

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,

                                                           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.