Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

I've been to Baker Elementary for many different volunteer programs but
this time I was a speaker for Career Day.
Actually, I found out, I was the first farmer that had ever come to 
their Career Day event. Needless to say, I felt pretty special.
It's not every student that is invited back to where their school career began!

I'm thankful for modern technology that allowed me to 
carry our farm from classroom to classroom on a power point
showing  what we do everyday
 to care for our animals and the land we call home
and produce the milk they enjoy everyday at school or home.

                                       Many thanks to our dedicated teachers and counselors
                                      providing experiences like Career Day for every student.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

As fall progresses, the time clock is ticking to get the crops harvested.
We planted sorghum in the late spring hoping it would make 
a crop in case drought might not allow the survival of our corn silage crop. 

So, you might call it our farmer "just in case" insurance policy.

I'm thankful for this crop that will be added to our dairy cow's feed ration 
for producing high-quality milk

                                           for the third and fourth generation dairy farmers
                                                  working together till the end of daylight

                                                to harvest the crop down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

                                     Everyday is an adventure when you are two years old.

I'm thankful for every "Grandma"  moment I 
spend with Hattie down on the dairy farm
looking at the calves,

picking crab apples to feed the squirrels,

playing hide and go seek on a crisp fall day.
We are blessed in so many ways to share our family
 farm experience with the next generation.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that even though the view across the pasture of
 our 4th generation  dairy  farm has changed dramatically this past year,

                                our family farm values of providing high-quality milk by
                                             caring for our animals and the land has not.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fall Dairy Recipe

Happy Fall,Ya'll!  As I was browsing through the recipes on the Midwest Dairy website, I found a recipe just made for filling the kitchen with the smell of fall...Baked Apples with Cinnamon Yogurt Topping. 

Just reading the recipe brought back memories of my childhood when my Mother would bake apples in the fall or winter. The sweet smell of cinnamon and apples would fill the house. I'm ready to make some fall memories with a little about you?

Baked Apples with Cinnamon Yogurt Topping

4 Granny smith or Gala Apples with or       without skin
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice or apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


For Baked Apples
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Core and thinly slice apples. Place apples in a medium bowl and toss with apple juice. Mix brown sugar, cornstarch,cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in small bowl. Sprinkle over apples and stir gently until apples are coated.

Pour apples into prepared baking dish. Bake 40 minutes or until apples are slightly browned at edges and sauce is bubbling.

For Yogurt Topping
2 1/2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Line a colander with several paper towels and place over a bowl to catch drips. Pour yogurt into colander and allow to drain refrigerated about 30 minutes. Spoon yogurt into a small bowl and stir in honey and cinnamon.
For each serving, top 1/4  of the warm apples with 1/4 of the yogurt topping.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Foggy mornings are sometimes challenging when you are looking 
for new calves that may have arrived in the early morning hours.
The gathering of these expectant cows around the new baby  was a 
beacon as the fog began to lift.

It's that mothering instinct that always shines.

                                       I'm thankful for the beauty of new life as we transition
                                                into the fall season down on the dairy farm.