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.