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?