Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dairy Delight

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 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.

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