Archive | April 2012

Moooo-tiful Cows: Photos on Display

A few of our lovely cows and calves launched their modeling careers last month……in Iowa!

Erin, a college student that works for the Central Plains Dairy Association in Iowa, was given the task of decorating for a dairy producer dinner  preceding the Central Plains Dairy Expo. Being a fan of our farm Facebook page, Erin contacted me to request permission to use some of my cow photos for her displays. I was happy to oblige since she was sweet enough to give me photo credit AND to promise to send me some pics of the end result. 🙂

Last week I got an email from her which included several pictures of the completed table decorations using some of our beautiful Brown Swiss cows’ photos. I thought she did a wonderful job! Thanks Erin, for your work in the dairy industry!

Surprise! Barrel Trains

Last month at the Dairy Farmers of America Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO my husband and I by chance (or more like Providence 🙂 ) met a wonderful couple who have changed our farm tour business forever. Upon meeting this couple we found out that they operate a pumpkin patch and tours on their farm in Conway, MO called Gunter Farms Pumpkin Patch. I, of course, piped right up and started peppering them with questions and exchanging ideas about our dairy tour / pumpkin farm businesses.

What an amazingly sweet couple they were! They stood and talked to us for almost two hours about the in’s and out’s of their pumpkin patch operation. One thing that we were especially excited about was the Barrel Train rides that they offer – we had seen these in action before and thought they were SOOOO COOL! They told us that their son designed and built these for their farm. My husband got the son’s number and called him right away. Fast forward a month, and woah-la………we are now proud owners of 12 super fun barrel train cars!!!!

On Wednesday, we were able to surprise our first Spring Dairy Tour group of the season (140 kindergarteners) with our brand spankin’ new barrel trains!  What a hit they were! We are so excited to be able to share them this fall as well during Country Pumpkins with our guests where we will be offering Barrel Train rides (for kids) along with hayrides for the whole family. It’s an exciting year ahead!

To view the photo highlights of our first Spring Dairy Tour at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm of the season, click here.

Cleaning Tip: Microwaves

I recently discovered an awesome CHEMICAL-FREE microwave cleaning tip that I had to share! I originally saw the idea on Pinterest (pinned from, and I tried it last week on my microwave for the first time. I must say, it worked better that I dreamed it would have! The stuck on food and grease just wiped right off, no problem!

Here’s how it works:
1. Put 2 cups of water and 1 tsp. vanilla into a microwave safe dish.
2. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
3. Carefully remove dish of vanilla water from microwave and use a paper towel to wipe clean.

Ta-da! Now you have a sparkling clean microwave that looks and smells beautiful without using any harsh chemicals.

An Exciting Opportunity!!!

Last week I had the exciting opportunity to guest blog for the Friends of Elsie Borden Cheese Blog!

Borden Cheese is not only delicious,  it is 100% farmer owned – that means when you buy Borden Cheese 100% of the proceeds go back to American dairy farm families! Pretty cool, huh?

I would be so honored if you took a moment to read my post on the Friend of Elsie blog that was published yesterday. Click this link to check it out!

Many thanks to DFA for recommending me, and to Kelly Goss, Director of Public Relations at Sullivan Higdon and Sink in Kansas City for helping this blog post become a reality.

“Funny Cow Photo: “Wet Willy”

What a success our first “Caption This” Contest was that we held on our Alpine Hills Dairy Farm Facebook page! We had many hilarious captions submitted for this cow photo that I took last week. It certainly was one of those lucky moments when I snapped the photo at JUST the right time!

Last night we announced the winner of the Caption Contest, our fan Katie Taylor, who submitted “Wet Willy” for our photo. I pinned the photo to Pinterest, and I’ve already had around 95 repins and over 20 likes! How fun! Glad to see that everyone thinks Katie did as great of a job as we thought she did! 🙂

To pin this photo to your own Pinterest account, click the photo above or click the “Pin It” button below.

Saturday Sunrise: Photo of the Day

What a lovely sunrise we had this morning! It was actually quite cloudy as I headed to the barn this morning, but I knew that COULD mean the potential for a stunning sky. Fortunately, that’s what happened. The sun was able to make its way through the clouds to create this beautiful scene out front of our dairy barn at Alpine Hills Dairy Farm.

This photo was taken on my iPhone 4 and edited in Instagram.

Riding in the Big Green Tractor

Even though I’m not really a Country Music fan, we still included Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” song in our wedding slideshow over 2.5 years ago. Why? Because I absolutely LOVE riding in the tractor with my husband and it’s such a cute song!

On that note, I’m also a huge fan of my favorite comedian’s, Tim Hawkins, spoof on the Big Green Tractor song. It’s absolutely hilarious and worth a listen!

It’s been dry this week, so the guys have been very busy working all of our corn ground. I’ve gotten to ride with my husband several afternoons and it brought back some fun memories from the summer that we were dating / engaged (we went fast – met in January and married in October!). That particular summer I remember riding with him for 8 hours straight one day……talk about a sore backside! Ha ha! Those are wonderful memories none the less.

My view out the front of the tractor on our way to disk a field.

My view out the back of the tractor.

My husband, Matt, changing a tire on the disk.