Monday, June 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Farming is dirty there is no way around it. A bottle of Shout was not lasting very long around here when I had to start washing Kurt's barn clothes. Before we were married, I had started washing my barn clothes with Palmolive Oxy using a tablespoon for each load. I was not using any other detergent and my clothes were coming out cleaner. Once I was faced with the daunting task of cleaning Kurt's pants, which had manure and iodine stains. I turned to my dish soap. Putting a dab on the stain and rubbing it over the area. It was like magic, stains be gone! You do not want to get carried away though because a tablespoon creates plenty of suds. I only use my dish soap now for stain removal and use half of what they recommend for my regular detergent.
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Friday, June 19, 2009
1 can of cherry pie filling
8 to 16 oz whipped topping depending on your preference
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Can crushed pineapple, drained
Chopped walnuts or pecans, optional.
Fold together all ingredients making sure all is incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for atleast four hours.
Cherry-Topped Icebox Cake
20 whole graham crackers
2 cups cold milk
1 pkg instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
8-oz whipped topping
1 can cherry pie filling
Combine pudding mix and milk together according to package instructions. Let stand five minutes and blend in whipped topping. Set aside. Line 9x13 cake pan with single layer of graham crackers. Spread half of pudding on top of crackers. Lay another layer of crackers over pudding. Spread remaining pudding over crackers and cover with another layer of crackers. Spread pie filling over crackers. Chill for atleast four hours. The crackers get soft and it is so good!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I feel like patting myself on the back. I really need to go grocery shopping and have become creative with using what food we have. I did not take the easy way out. Yay me! Somethings from last week I did not make either because we had something else or leftovers. We did get food for lunch twice from a restaurant. Taco Bell on Friday and Wednesday we got pizza. I have card that allows you to buy a large specialty pizza at regular cost and then you receive a free medium one topping pizza. The card was $20 and there are many other great deals but if you just do the pizza deal your card has been paid for. There a deal for DQ BOGO for blizzards that now we did the pizza has definetly paid for our card. We can still do the pizza deal four more times and the DQ is endless until August. Not too shabby. Anyway we are trying real hard to eat home as much as possible. It is our anniversary on Sunday so we are going out to eat for that. I'm looking forward to it.
Monday-Crispy Ranch Chicken, potatoes, and a veggie (from last week)
Wednesday-Swiss Steak, potatoes, and a veggie (from last week)
Saturday-Surprise birthday party so food leftover from that if we are still hungry
Our first crop of haylage was safely put in our silo and the unloader put down last Friday. The quality of first crop haylage can make or break milk production. It was crucial this year that we put in something close to "rocket fuel" because we need all the milk the girls can make.
We dug up a hay field that was needing to be reseeded this week and planted corn. So Kurt only has one regular square field of hay to cut and two irregulars. We might have a fourth one that is square to cut if there is third or fourth crop of hay. It is seeded down with our oats. So we will harvest our oats anywhere from mid-July to early-August. Then hopefully the alfalfa we planted will come back for this years crop otherwise it should be ready for next year.
This field has more grass than alfalfa. When we chop the hay we chop a little of this field then go chop the field behind the barn that has more alfalfa so is mixed. There was some other reason but I forgot. Kurt told me of course, but he tells me a lot through out each day.
This is the hay head to our chopper. The roller on the bottom rolls the hay up and in with the help of the auger and it goes through a series of sharp knives that chop the hay.
The curved part on the chopper shoots the hay into the chopper box or wagon-whatever you want to call it. Kurt's dad likes to chop. I tried it once when I was first dating Kurt. We were in the triange shaped field and you have move the spout with little switches in the tractor when you are not going in a straight line. Since the wagon is following and if you do not, you will miss the chopper box. I think I went maybe 50 to 80 feet and proclaimed that is was going way too fast for me. Maybe next year I'd be willing to chop. The triange field will be corn so I won't have to worry about that beast.
Here is close up of the haylage going in the blower which is an auger that is running very fast to feed the haylage to the blower part that send it vertical up the silo pipe and down into the silo. Our silo is only 50 feet. The average haylage silo around our farm is about 70 to 80 feet. There are 100 feet silos which are huge. Kurt would like to have a 20 foot (which is the diameter) by 80 foot haylage silo if we had double the cows. Our haylage silo is 16' x 50'. Back to the blower. This a very dangerous piece of machinery when running. That is all I am going to say the horror/true stories are awful to think or tell. Anything can happen on a farm and thankfully we had a safe first crop harvest.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
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Saturday, June 6, 2009
Here is the hanging basket I bought on Memorial Day. Is looks even more impressive in-person. Maclayne picked it out, but my goodness the price of them is enough to turn you off flowers completely. Yuck. I bought mine from a greenhouse not one that is setup at a Walmart or Shopko, etc. Which I think the ones from greenhouses are a little healthier/nicer/not so commercial? I don't know all I guess I can tell Kurt when he questions how much I paid for it is what he tells me. Price equals performance. There, ha! Eat your words Kurty. : )
Here is a turkey egg (I think) we found where we pile our manue when we can not spread it on the fields. It is an open area that is surrounded by trees. FYI there is no manure back there now just mud. We found it a week and half ago and went back Thursday to see if we could find it. Did have my camera with but I found a cracked empty shell a few feet from where we found the intact egg. Cool huh?!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Is this not the oddest picture? It is from Maclayne's birthday party and Sally (and everyone else not in the picture) are beginning to sing "Happy Birthday." I bet you never knew you needed to take a deep breath to begin that song?! Sally sings for A LOT of weddings, funerals, and at church so she might have felt a little pressure to perform. So Sally is turning 50 July 17 and I am helping her husband and sons plan a surprise party for her on June 20th. The cover is that we are having a first wedding anniversary party since the next day is June 21st. She took the bait hook, line, and sinker when I invited her and her family to it. Sally read two passages from the Bible. Very appropriate ones I must say. I told her she could even bring her Bible and reread us the verses if she liked. I will have to start buying supplies for that in a week and half or so.
Then there is the little girl who is being held by her dad. That is Ellie. She turned 3 yesterday. She was born two months early and if I could figure out how to upload a scanned picture I would show you how tiny she was when she was born. I think she weighed 2 pounds--TINY. She is also my niece and her dad is my brother. Happy Birthday Ellie! Happy Birthday Sally...oh my mom's birthday is on June 21st too and her name is Sally. Are you confused yet???