Where’s the food without the farmer? WTF??

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Where's the food without the farmer? WTF??

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Sunday Funday

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OK, so about 4 year olds…does anyone want an extra one!!??
For the most part I’m a huge fan of mine, but today she is NOT my favorite.
I’m assuming I’m not the only one to ever feel this way and if I am…well, I’ll send you my address so i can receive my “Mother of the Year” award 😉

Macy, like a lot of other 4 year olds, is figuring out her world using one key method…making mistakes. How else do you learn? Well, I’d like her to learn by simply listening to me and her dad and taking our word for it. She, on the other hand, has her own plans. I absolutely love her for this, but often times I am frustrated having to constantly remind her of right and wrong.

Today she decided to spread lotion all over her pillow, her bed, her sister’s bed, on books, on books in the closet, and on tons of clothes. What on earth was she thinking? She of course could not answer this question, so I counted backwards from 10…twice…and took a deep breath and said, “guess what Macy…your Sunday Funday just ended…grab a laundry basket and start loading it up!” She now has done 2 loads of laundry by herself and she will continue to work at this all afternoon. She is now telling me she is tired and is very sorry for what she did. “Thank you, Macy, for the apology and if you are tired then you can go to bed…its either work or bed. You pick” She started picking up Barbies.

Does anyone else have a 4 year old who insists on learning things the hard way?! What has been the most difficult lesson to teach?!

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A whole new world!

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Back from the dead!!!!

I am sitting in the Sheraton Hotel in Indianapolis, IN and reminiscing on an awesome 2 days I have spent here. Not only did I get to get away form my kids for a couple days but I got to do it with my husband! And I also had the opportunity to meet some pretty awesome people. Farmers from all different areas of the midwest came together to discuss one HUGE topic in our lives… “super weeds” kind of like those “super bugs” you hear about in hospitals. MRSA, VRE, ESBL to name a few. Only in the farming world these are called palmar amaranth, marystail, giant ragweed, morning glory…etc. Basically, these weeds have become resistant to an herbicide called geophosphate AKA RoundUp. What this means is farmers who would normally spray their fields with this herbicide are now faced with a huge problem because these “super weeds” have adapted
and have become resistant to the chemical and are taking over corn, soybean, and cotton fields. Much like MRSA is resistant to antibiotics. Thankfully the medical field has come up with a different medication, usually Vancomyacin, that will aid in the treatment of MRSA. Scientists have also come up with a solution to our geophosphate resistant traits in weeds…YES!!!!! Some of the brightest minds in the world have created a seed (lets stick with corn) that can be planted and treated with its “sister” product of EnlistDuo and it does not harm the plant but will kill those pesky weeds. Farmers will be able to grow corn without the weeds, and we all know that weeds are very detrimental to plants, flowers, and our crops. These last 2 days Brent and I have sat through lectures and powerpoints teaching us about all the chemistry and biology that went into making this new product and I was blown away. I used to think “what…you plant a seed, you water it, and it grows, and you have food!” I had never thought about all the time spent developing these products. Years!!! Yes YEARS go into technology like this!
I totally get that there is a fear in consumers about GMO crops and pesticide/herbicide treatments. It is kind of a scarry thought if you dont know the whole story. The products don’t come to the farmers cheap. Anti-weed products are SUPER expensive so trust me, we don’t spray more than we absolutely have to. And here’s another truth…farmers and ranchers feed my family. They feed your family too. Families are multiplying by the day and more people in this country will need food. We need to grow more food for more people using less land, less water, and most importantly less impact on our environment. Technology like this will do just that! I encourage you to ask your questions. If not here then somewhere to someone. If you’re leary of all this new fangled technology then just ask a farmer about it because they are EXCITED about it. It will keep their operations going for generations which is what we need! They are the “doctors” of their fields and they rely on science and technology to become more efficient.
I tried to keep this short and sweet, but really, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS…ASK!!!!

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Kaylee and Macy standing in our field of Dekalb corn. Thanks to modern technology our corn grew 6 inches in 6 days! What a blessing!

Yummy Green Cake

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Are you looking for an amazingly fun recipe for the kids to help with tonight for St. Patrick’s Day?!

Well here it is!!!

All you need is pictured above and here are your steps…grab the kids!!

1. Make the white cake according to the instructions on the box. Add 1 1/2 tsp mint extract to the water. After you’re done mixing Remove 1 C of batter and add 3-5 drops of green food coloring (this could be a kid step if they’re good with counting!)

2. Pour the big batch of batter into a greased 9×13 pan. Your bowl of green batter can be spooned into the pan making about 12 circles. Use a butter knife to swirl it around in S shape movements. (another kid friendly step)

3. Bake at 350 for 29-35 minutes and let it cool completely

4. Pour fudge sauce over top and spread evenly.

5. Add 5 drops green and 2 drops yellow coloring into the cool whip as well as 1/2 tsp mint extract and spread that over top the fudge.

6. Hand over the Andes mints to the kids and let them unwrap and break them into tiny pieces to be sprinkled on top of the cake.

VOILA!!!

Enjoy!! And also hang onto that green food coloring for later to drop into a tall glass of ice cold green beer!!!

HAPPY ST PATTYS!!!!

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Late night thoughts

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After writing my last post I was thinking to myself that I may have to clarify something. Just a note that the conversation I had written was in condensed form. I don’t want anyone reading it to be confused by what I meant by “no hormones ” and “no antibiotics” in the milk.
At the time of processing and bottling of pasteurized milk, there can not be any traces of antibiotics in the milk. Even though the cow may have been treated with it for some disease, the milk is dumped during treatment and only non treated milk goes into the tank. We observe the proper withdrawl period, then before we add the cows milk back into production we do an on the farm testing to make sure there are no more antibiotics in her milk. The confusing thing about hormones in milk is that there ARE natural hormones the cow produces to make milk. Much like us humans. The difference may be that some farms use synthetic hormones to help keep her on a steady wave of production. Not necessarily to make more milk but to keep her at her peek milking amount for a little longer which doesn’t have any negative effects on the animal.
So, in short, to clarify…there are naturally produced hormones in the milk, and there are no traces of antibiotics in the milk you are drinking. Both organic and conventional

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Looking the part

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Oh yes I know, its been forever and a day since I’ve posted, but what can I say?! 2 jobs, 2 kids…cough cough, i’m sorry…3 kids (including hubby) and a farm!

No excuse I now because theres some really fantastic bloggers out there who are just as busy as me who seem to get it all done!

Brent and I enjoyed a fabulous weekend with the Minnesota Farm Bureau at our annual Young Farmer and Rancher’s Confrence this past weekend. During it I won a Pioneer corn hat! SCORE!!! The rest were either John Deere or CAT so I thought this was a pretty good comprimise of prizes 🙂 Seeing as how we’re a “red family” round here.

I wore it out shopping the other day and was stopped by an older gentleman who said, “OH a farmers wife eh?!” He knew he liked me right away. I didn’t have quite the same stardom later in the day when I went to the grocery store! Hmmmm, you wouldnt think that by wearing a simple hat could raise an awareness. I was at the milk cooler and picked the milks I always picked, but realized there was a sale on another brand. It just so happens that this carton said “Hormone Free” “Antibiotic Free” I’m already preparing my come back for Brent when he sees this and assumes I have fallen into the marketing trap of these catch phrases. THEY WERE ON SAAAAALE…was what I came up with. A woman beside me says, “Oh good choice…see here it says they are hormone and antibiotic free!” hmmm, “Well, its on sale so thats why I’m buying them, and there are no hormones or antibiotics in ANY milk or else they couldnt sell them.” She looks at me and looks up at my infamous hat and says, “Oh so can I assume by your hat that you farm? UGH dont even get me strted on your GMO’s that you use to make more money and poison the rest of us. How can you sleep at night knowing what you’re doing. Are you a mother?? How can you be so horrible to your own children???”

I have NEVER been approached with this type of hostility EVER! I had no idea how to respond…Usually when convos come up we’re able to discuss amicablly and even agree to disagree. “Yes, ma’am, my family does farm. We live on the farm, we all work on the farm, and there is no other place I’d rather raise my kids. Where they learn the quality of hard work, honesty, circle of life, and commitment to common decency. I have no trouble sleeping because I protect my kids just like any other mother does, and I do NOT appreciate you attacking my mothering.”

There are a few things that will set my devil horns high on my head and one of them is the assumption that my kids are somehow neglected or treated badly. Momma bear will roar if you even touch on this subject. You had better get to know me before you rage your ugly head at me!

Unfortunatley this conversation didn’t end well, like it could have. She had her mind made up that farmers are the devil and I was the person in front of her wearing the damn Pioneer hat waiting for a verbal assault.

To make money???? HAHAHA oh please! Thats why I’m shopping at the Clearance racks at Target, wearing my FREE hat, driving a 7 y/o Chevy Impala, and spending my $$$ on mostly new clothes for my girls, not myself. Oh yah…and buying the MILK ON SALE!!! Maybe at somepoint this woman will be willing to listen to the other half of the story, until then, I guess I’ll keep wearing my Pioneer hat to the grocery store and see what other conversations I can start!

The trouble with girls, is nobody loves trouble as much as me!

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Recently I was in on a conversation about female hormones with some of my Twitter friends.  For more laughs you can follow @ezweber @heibri @greystone_farm @FunWithBulls @Zweberfarms & @GrassHapy99 @JPlovesCOTTON among others! The chat first started about hormones in milk.  Then it moved to the fact that females have RAGING hormones that make us do things that are unthinkable! 

We women always get a bad rap about our genetic make-up and men get to laugh about it.  My brother-in-law has a wonderful nickname for me…he calls me “The Devil.”  He has seen my hormones a few times come out in not-so-tasteful ways usually aimed at my “underserving” husband.  Now, anytime I exhibit even the slightest change in mood, my husband says, “Devil..put the horns away.” and he proceeds to pat my head in order to push them back in!   In my world, this is just as stupid as asking me, “Are you PMS’ing?”

Lucky for him we have two girls and I’m asking for more!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!! Crazy right?!

Kaylee, the oldest came home from Pre-School the other day and we went grocery shopping for things for dinner.  We also picked up ingredients to make cookies!  Later that day we went to pick up our youngest, Macy, from daycare.  I told Macy that Kaylee and I had gotten things to make cookies and that we could all make them together after dinner.  This is what I hear from the backseat…Kaylee-“I am NOT making cookies if SHE’S gonna be there.”  Excuuuuuuuuse me!  “Well, Kaylee, maybe you can help dad put the shoe rack together?!”  “NO, I will make the cookies, and SHE can help dad.”  Well then…miss thing…I guess we’re not gonna make this a mommy daughters bonding moment.  Poor Macy was sitting in the backseat looking at Kaylee probably thinking, “What just crawled up your butt and died!  Jeeeeeeez!” 

Sisterly love is spread on thick in our house.

Me and my two little women

  80% of the time they are best friends…the rest of the time…”spawn of the Devil”  Of course…again…its all my fault! 

I will end with a kick a** recipe that is full of hormone curing ingredients…I made it by myself without the help of my already sassy daughters.  The only thing I ask of my husband…a house with more than one bathroom BEFORE they reach puberty…I have high likelyhood of this happening!

 

Charlie Brown Pie

1/2 cup beanut butter

1/4 cup butter

Melt peanut butter and butter and then add

2 cups of crushed grahm crackers

1/3 cup sugar

put into 9X13 pan and pat down for the crust.  Let it cool

1 box of Chocolate pudding-THE BIG BOX!!! 6oz

mix pudding with 3 1/2 cups cold milk

let stand in fridge for about an hour.

Spread over grahm cracker crust.

Let stand for another hour or so and add

1 container Cool Whip to the top!

Enjoy!!!!!!

This pan has been in the fridge less than 24 hours and it is 2/3 gone! WINNER!

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