Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

We didn't have any snow for Christmas but we had plenty of rain.
It was a record measurement for rain across Benton County that  
 flooded  property and damaged roads.
The final rainfall  count down on the dairy  farm was 11 inches within three days.

I'm thankful that we did not lose any of our cows and calves
during this stressful weather event

                                                 that Santa had perfect timing for delivering
                                                   my new rain suit and waterproof boots!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Leftover Relief: Hash Brown Quiche

Although I enjoy the leftovers from Christmas dinner, I'm ready for a change in the menu or at least a variation.  Hash Brown Quiche is a tasty way to enjoy and utilize  the surplus of Christmas ham and is versatile enough to be used for a breakfast or supper main dish.

This recipe was a  Country Woman magazine prize winner submitted by Jan Peters of Chandler,Minnesota, many years ago. It's a family  favorite in my recipe collection and definitely a leftover relief!

Hash Brown Quiche


3 cups frozen loose-pack
   shredded hash browns,thawed
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup diced fully cooked ham
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded
   cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded jalapeno cheese
1/4 cup diced green pepper
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Press hash browns between paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Press into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased  9-in. pie plate.
Drizzle with butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

Combine the ham,cheeses and green pepper; spoon over crust.
In a small bowl, beat eggs,milk,salt and pepper. Pour over all.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees' bake for 25-30 minutes or until a knife
inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Yield: 6 servings

Time Saving Tip: Make the hash brown crust and chop the ham,
                           cheese and peppers the night before.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Shine On

Just as I headed out the door to feed calves in the December monsoon weather,
 I received the phone call that was cancelling our church service this morning at 
Vaughn  Presbyterian Church due to flooding roads and hazardous conditions in our county. 

I was all geared to continue celebrating the Christmas season in music 
but since that isn't happening, I thought it might be fun to include the
 words of  Star of Bethlehem and give you one verse and chorus in piano. 
Regardless of the weather, Jesus love shines on.

Star of Bethlehem
O beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shining afar through shadows dim,
Giving a light for those who long have gone,
And guiding the wise men on their way,
unto the place where Jesus lay,
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on.

O beautiful Star, the hope of light,
guiding the pilgrim through the night,
Over the mountain 'til the break of dawn,
And into the light of perfect day
it will give out a lovely ray,
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on.

O beautiful Star, the hope of rest
for the redeemed, the good and blest,
Yonder in glory when the crown is won,
For Jesus is now that Star divine, 
brighter and brighter He will shine;
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on.

O beautiful Star of Bethlehem,
Shine upon us until the glory dawns,
O give us Thy light to light the way
 into the land of perfect day;
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on. 
         --Adger M. Pace

Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Christmas Birthday

New babies are always special on the dairy farm
 but having a Christmas baby  is a great gift for a dairy farmer.

Having two is even better!

                                                                    Merry Christmas
                                                      down on the Arkansas dairy farm!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Getting ready for Christmas down on the dairy farm includes
 making sure we have plenty of feed for our calves and cows.

I'm thankful for the feed truck driver that works long hours
 before holidays to make sure feed is available for our animals

                                                           for the unexpected delivery
                                                                          of a
                                                             herd of Christmas cheer!                                                                

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Cows just love to mother a new calf and often try to take
 over another cow's mothering job  before delivering a calf of their own.
Some mamas allow this behavior and others will work to stop this invasion  of their space.

I'm thankful for the natural  God-given mothering instinct 
that protects and  insures a healthy  start in life.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dairy Delight

Sweet memories are made in the kitchen and shared through generations especially during the Christmas holiday.  One of our family favorites is   Raspberry Delight also known as  "Purple Puddin". Ryan's mother made such sweet memories for us,  spoiled us rotten with great holiday meals and established a Christmas family tradition  that always brings delight down on the dairy farm.

Raspberry Delight

1 can sweetened condensed milk
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 pint whipping cream,whipped
4 Tablespoons Seedless Black Raspberry Jam
1 box vanilla wafers
1 cup nuts (optional)


Mix together sweetened condensed milk and the juice of 2 lemons; set aside. In a separate bowl, whip cream and gently fold in raspberry jam. Stir mixtures together.
Place a layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 9 x 9 inch dish. Cover wafers with pudding mixture,sprinkle with nuts if desired. Repeat layers ending with wafers on top. Chill.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

This new baby was all snuggled in the  bed of straw at the back of the 
calf hutch when it was time for her afternoon  bottle of warm milk.
It took a little persuasion to move her towards the bottle
 but  in a short time she drank every drop.

I'm thankful for a healthy calf that grows up to become the cow
 that produce milk for my family and yours.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey is serious business but when I pulled
 out the ancient electric knife, the challenge began for Casey.
I'm thankful for these memories that are made with my family  in the kitchen 

the holidays that bring us together around the table

                                           after a day working together down on the dairy farm.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Busy Day Supper

All of our days are busy down on the dairy farm, but there's all those  additional to do lists in December. The lists I'm referring to are  the shopping, the baking, the decorating and all the extra  activities like practice for the church Christmas cantata or the school play. Midwest Dairy's  Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole fits into a busy schedule perfectly!

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

Non-stick cooking spray
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1 medium tomato,chopped
1-8 ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt,optional
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
In large skillet over medium heat,cook ground beef and onion until
beef is brown and onion is soft; drain. Cook macaroni according to package directions,drain.
Spoon macaroni into prepared pan. Spread beef mixture and chopped tomato over macaroni.
 Pour tomato sauce over beef. Sprinkle with seasoned salt,pepper and shredded cheese.

Yield: 4 servings

To spice it up, use your favorite pizza or Italian style tomato sauce instead of tomato sauce
 and seasoned salt.
For a later meal, double the recipe and place the second casserole in the freezer for later use.

                                        Happy December!