Archive | January 2012

Cookies for Richard

Today is Richard, our milk hauler’s last day as a full-time driver before he goes into semi-retirement! After a much deserved couple weeks off (he has not had a single day off in 8 months) he’s going to come back and pick up our milk every other day. We’re lucky that we get to keep him!

Since we wanted to do something a little special for Richard, I whipped up these Snickerdoodle cookies for him yesterday.

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

SNICKERDOODLES (adapted from Betty Crocker.com):

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose or unbleached flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 375F.

Step 2:
Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

Step 3:
Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Step 4:
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

NOTE: I used self-rising flour so I was able to skip using the cream of tatar, baking soda, and salt. Super easy!

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Diagnostic Labs, Cute Calf, and Tim Tebow.

Diagnostic Labs, Cute Calf, and Tim Tebow……yes, RANDOM, I know! That was my Saturday though.

Saturday morning my husband and I traveled an hour to Lexington, KY for a Young Dairy Producer Field Day at the University of Kentucky. We had a nice time visiting with other dairy farmers and learning about the research that UK is doing on their dairy farm. Everything was going just great until they wanted to give us a tour of their Diagnostic Lab. I don’t do well with that kind of stuff and was already feeling faint as we walked into the building! Thankfully, my sweet husband was in tune to my fears and protected me from seeing anything gross! I’m glad the lab is in existence and I’m thankful for the work they do, BUT I’d rather not see it! LOL. Anyway, it was another great learning experience for me in the world of dairy. 🙂

After our visit at UK we stopped and visited Matt’s sister at her vet clinic in Shelbyville, KY. I had visited her there about a year and half ago, but Matt realized he’d never been to her clinic before! Melissa gave us a little tour of her clinic (which I handled just fine compared to the Diagnostic Lab earlier in the day!).  Then we headed on to visit another dairy farm where Matt was going to check out some heifers that were for sale. While we were there I saw the CUTEST little Holstein heifer that had a marking on her head that looked just like a bow. Had to capture a picture of that…….

 

Obviously we did a lot of driving on Saturday! I was thankful for the Tim Tebow book “Through My Eyes” that my parents bought Matt for Christmas to help the drive time pass more quickly. As is customary for us, I read aloud while Matt drove. What a great book! My husband and I were discussing Tim Tebow’s single status and I commented that no wonder he was still single as busy as he is. It takes a lot of time and effort to woo a woman! Matt responded with, “Well maybe not so much when you’re Tim Tebow!” Ha ha. Good point. We are learning a lot from the book…..things we never fully understood, like the insane amount of work it took (from a very young age) to get to where he has gotten. Without hard work, his talent would have been nothing. A great reminder for all of us on the power of hard work! 

Have a great day!

Shelley

First Blog!!!

Ahhhhh! My very first blog! I’m so excited to be able to share my daily experiences as a dairy farm wife with you! Thank you for reading! 🙂

This is a little slideshow I put together of the past year at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm. We had a super fun and exciting year – it certainly is fun to look back at all the great things that happened!

Shelley