Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

I don't think we have a name for this season that happens
 just before the beginning of spring, but I love it. 
Winter's not quite finished but we've got the promise of spring.

 I'm thankful for the blooming jonquils, 

for the blooms I found on the  Lenten Rose 
 tucked away in the corner of the flowerbed,

                                     for the  calves being born during  this in between season
                                                                 down on the dairy farm!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Science and Technology

What does a  hospital have in common with a dairy farm?
Both places utilize science and technology to benefit consumers of all ages.

This is Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. 
It's a beautiful facility that offers state of the art health care.
More importantly, it's a place of caring,comfort  and healing.

My mother received excellent care while at Mercy last week thanks to trained
 professionals and the use of proven science and technology.

It's just as amazing how we use science and technology on the dairy farm 
to produce high quality milk while caring for our animals and the land we call home.

                                                Thank goodness for science and technology!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

There's been a lot of love down on the dairy farm for a very long time.
Ryan's parents would have celebrated 72 years of marriage this week.

I'm thankful for this pair of in-laws that raised a farmer just for me, 
 welcomed me to the  family farm,

made a lifetime of precious  memories
 for me and my family

                                                                 down on the dairy farm.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sharing the Love

Valentine Day seemed the perfect occasion to share a little unexpected love from the kitchen not only for my family but a couple of friends that needed a little heart warming sweetness. It's a simple recipe that brings a smile to any age cookie lover, especially when in the shape of hearts,tractors and cows.

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter,softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tarter
Granulated sugar

Mix butter,confectioners sugar,egg,vanilla and almond extract. Blend in flour,soda and cream of tarter. Cover and chill 2-3 hours.

 Heat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured  board. Cut into desired shapes. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 7-8 minutes.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last Saturday I participated in the first  Benton County 4-H Food Safety Workshop 
It was a great example of teaching our youth an invaluable  life skill. 

I'm thankful for the dedication of our 4-H leaders 
and Benton County Extension agents who continuously strive to
 "make the best better"  

in the classroom,

at the Farmer's Market,

connecting the past to the present.

I'm  thankful for these friends!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Cow Taters

Fried potatoes,baked potatoes,scalloped potatoes,potato soup, potato casserole--
let me count the ways we love to  eat potatoes with cheese and sour cream.
My family loves potatoes but this semi-truck pile takes it to a whole new 
level for my  tater-lovin' farmers!

Now this is a lot of potatoes.

It was unfortunate that freezing weather created havoc for the truck driver trying to get
 these Russet potatoes delivered to the potato processing plant in Oklahoma. 
When the load was refused due to freeze damage , he was looking
 for a place to deliver this nutritious
 product  rather than take it to a landfill.

It's not unusual to feed byproducts of corn or cottonseed to our  dairy cows
 but potatoes are not commonly available to us in Arkansas. 
Potatoes are high in energy, very palatable, and can be used to replace corn in the diet.

Fortunately for us, our cows will be enjoying potatoes in their feed ration 
as soon as our dairy nutritionist gets the feed ration designed for
 just the right amount  to include in the daily feed ration.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

While working to promote Farm Bureau membership this week in our county, 
I've been thinking about all the fun I've had  in a variety of settings with consumers of all ages. 

I consider the Farm Bureau Cow part of my family!

                                        I'm thankful to be a Farm Bureau member and  for the
                                                 opportunities I've had to share our dairy story.