Archive | February 2012

A BIG Painting Project ~ Sneak Peek!

Painting sneak peek!

One very fun job that I have at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm is doing the marketing for our Dairy Tours and Country Pumpkins Fall Festival. We are really excited about some improvements that we will be making for this fall – last week I began work on one of them!

After buying all the supplies and paint I would need, I started a large painting project last Thursday! So far, it’s kept me extremely busy and has been quite a learning experience. First of all, I wasn’t even sure it would turn out (I’ve never done a painting this large before)…..there were a couple discouraging days until I could see it starting to come together. Can’t wait to debut this project along with many more to come this fall!

Yesterday I was able to mostly finish my first painting while watching my 3-year-old nephew, Caleb, at the same time. Ha! THAT was fun! How do you keep a little boy out of multiple open cans of brightly colored exterior paint? I’m proud to say, somehow I managed it! I just hope his mommy doesn’t mind that I taught him to open paint cans……. 🙂

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Recipe: Easy Homemade Biscuits

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me a couple years ago and it has been a favorite ever since! These biscuits are a perfect complement to any breakfast – they’re easy to make and they come out of the oven hot and delicious. The men in your life will be impressed. 🙂

Easy Homemade Biscuits

2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Cut butter into flour using a fork.
  3. Stir in milk to form a ball of dough.
  4. Knead dough on a floured board 5 -6 times.
  5. Roll or pat to 1/2 thick and cut out biscuits.
  6. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 – 12 minutes.

Makes Approx. 8 biscuits

Our Cows Are MOOOOvie Stars!

One of the amazing opportunities we were blessed with at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm last year was having a portion of KET’s “Kentucky Life” program filmed at our farm! They contacted us last spring and wanted to film “Dave Does It” (their version of Dirty Jobs)…..we were thrilled of course and quickly started brainstorming about some of the jobs we could have Dave do. It wasn’t hard to think of some dirty and even SUPER dirty (as you will see) jobs for Dave to try out at our dairy farm.

Filming day was such a fun experience. Dave Shuffett and a film crew from KET came and spent a few hours filming. I loved seeing how the whole process worked and watching my husband as he got to participate in a lot of the show. You’ll even seen me in there a little bit too. 🙂 Dave and the whole crew were such cool people – we really had a blast meeting them and working with them! Dave was a real sport – we couldn’t believe the things he tried on camera! Ha!

The show aired on KET multiple times last spring and will run occasional reruns for years. The program is also online – to watch our segment on the Dave Does It program click here. The link will take you to a video of the entire Kentucky Life episode, but if you want to watch our part specifically go to 10 min 45 seconds in and our 6 -7 min segment begins there.

Saratoga Chips

Last night my hubby asked for me to fix a frozen pizza for supper. I excitedly asked, “are you sure?”. YES! An easy supper was in my future. It’s always fun to take a break from the norm and have something easy. I was trying to think of something to have with our pizza when hubs suggested Saratoga Chips. Oh yes, my favorite side dish from one of my favorite Cincinnati restaurants – Montgomery Inn. I have basically been addicted to their BBQ sauce (which is sold in stores, thankfully) since I was a little girl. It’s pretty much the only BBQ sauce I eat! Montgomery Inn serves these homemade chips called Saratoga Chips with their famous Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce to dip them in…….it’s heaven. Fortunately, they are very easy to make at home so we don’t have to break the bank to fulfill our craving. 🙂

I simply washed, peeled and sliced 3 potatoes about 1/8 of an inch thick.

Deep fry them in some hot oil for 3 – 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the potatoes. I prefer mine crunchy on the outer edges and slightly chewy in the center. Hubs prefers them crunchy all the way through.

Finish them off with a healthy (or should I say unhealthy) dose of salt and you’re ready to go!

To get the most authentic taste, heat some Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds. Warming it up really brings out the flavor.

Dip your chips in the sauce and you’ve got a very tasty treat! We devoured ours last night! YUM!

Button Tree

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Saturday, between calf feedings, I finally completed a project that I had been wanting to make for a long time! Of course, I got my inspiration from Pinterest. 🙂

I bought the canvas 1/2 off back at Christmas time, but just now got around to painting my button tree.

It’ really a very simple project, yet I think it will be beautiful hanging up in my home. (Pics of the final product to come once I get it hung up!)

I used a 12×12 canvas, acrylic craft paints, and some shell buttons. First I painted the entire canvas my base color (it can be whatever you want), then I painted my tree. After I got the tree painted, I decided I wanted a little texture in the background so I painted in some scrollwork all around the tree in a shade just a tad lighter than the background – I wanted it to be very subtle. My final step will be to glue on the buttons! Pretty easy and super cute. I love the way those buttons catch the light.

Recipe: Chicken Nuggets

These are the best homemade chicken nuggets I have ever had in my life! I originally found the recipe on Pinterest and loved it. I’ve made them a few times, one time even doing a slight variation for Breakfast Chicken. They are supposed to be a copy cat of Chick-fil-a nuggets. I personally don’t think they taste just like Chick-fil-a, but they are pretty fabulous anyway! Soaking the chicken in the milk and egg for a couple of hours before frying makes them AMAZING!

PS. Don’t be afraid of the powdered sugar in there. It just adds a subtle sweetness to the chicken.

Chicken Nuggets: (recipe from the My Name Is Snickerdoodle Blog)

2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
2 TBSP powdered sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
peanut oil (is best) or canola oil (I use vegetable oil and they are still very good. Peanut oil probably would make them taste more like Chick-fil-a .)

In a medium bowl whisk the egg and stir in the milk. Trim any fat away from chicken. Cube chicken into bite size pieces. Place chicken in milk mixture,and cover. Let it ‘marinate’ for 2-4 hours in the fridge. This will make the chicken very nice and tender. In a gallon size resealable bag combine flour, powdered sugar, salt and pepper. Seal and shake to combine. Place about 2 inches of oil in a medium deep pot. Over medium high heat (more towards the high side) heat oil until hot. If using a thermometer let the temperature reach 375°. If you don’t have a fancy gadget like most people, I always test my oil by dropping a few drops of water into it. You want it to sizzle and not pop too much. Adjust your heat if necessary. Using a fork or tongs remove cut chicken from milk mixture and place in the flour mixture. Seal and shake until nuggets are completely coated. Place about a 6-8 nuggets into hot oil and let them cook until golden brown, turning half way through once the edge of your chicken starts to turn white. About 1 minute each side. Always double check to see if any chicken you make is cooked through (it can take up to 4 minutes depending on how hot your oil is). I always just make a tiny cut to see if it’s pink. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Repeat until all nuggets are cooked. Serve with your favorite sauce!

***My mother-in-law got a Fry Daddy mini deep fryer for Christmas and it works great for these chicken nuggets! The oil heats quickly and it has a self-adjusting thermostat to keep it at just the right temp. It’s easy to clean and store which means you don’t have a big ugly deep fryer taking up space on your counter all the time!***

 

 

A Sheep-Herding Bunny?

Recently my mom shared with me this ADORABLE YouTube video of a little bunny that had learned how to herd sheep. It is the cutest thing, I just had to share it!

We have talked a few times about getting a cow dog for here at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm. One of the jobs that the guys do several times a day is go out into the field where our dairy cows rest and sleep, round them up, and take them into the barn to eat and/or be milked. A cow dog would be a great help in this process! I wonder if we could train a bunny to round up cows…….hmmmmm. 🙂

Seriously though, if anyone has any cow dog expertise that you’d like to share, we’d be happy to hear it!