Monthly Archives: March 2012

WELCOME – 3rd Calf 2012

This little guy’s name is Quebec. His mom is ScotchTape. This is the 3rd year using the “aviator’s alphabet” to name our bulls. Got through “Golf” in 2010, through “Papa” in 2011, so that’s how we got to Q for this year. (We did make an exception for our 1st bull this year – named him after a friend, lol!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Need bags..

For any locals – just a quick plea for plastic grocery bags. Never thought we’d run out, but we are close. If anyone has any extras laying around, we’d be happy to take them off your hands… THANKS! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sourdough

Thought I’d try to get some of my sourdough recipes posted.ย  For the past 3 years, we have not had to purchase ANY bread from the store.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It used to be soooo frustrating to read the labels on the bread at the bakery outlets (where we used to go & buy a bunch & freeze it).ย  Even many of the “healthy” breads had soy or high fructose corn syrup in them!ย  As we began to research the health benefits of using natural leaven, we knew it was something we wanted to try.ย ย  Our long term goal is to grind our own flour, but we haven’t gotten to that point yet.ย  For now, we purchase 50# bags of King Arthur Unbleached Flour at Swiss Village in Sugar Creek http://www.swissvillagebulkfoods.com/

Here’s a link to my friend, Jill’s blog – she has lots of info, recipes, & tips as well: ย http://pathsofwrighteousness.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/true-sourdough/

Fortunately for me, my starter is very forgiving ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’ve made many mistakes, but never so bad that it didn’t recover…ย  I use my starter daily for a couple weeks straight.ย  I make an assortment of bread, pizza crusts, crackers, & english muffins.ย  These are all my “staples”, because they freeze really well.ย  (We all really enjoy a chocolate cake recipe, too!)ย  Once I have a nice stash in the freezer for us and our customers, I’ll put the starter in the fridge for a week or so to get a bit of a break.ย  It can be a little overwhelming at first, but once a routine is established, it really goes pretty smoothly.ย  If anyone ever wants a “start” to try, I’m always happy to share.ย  And anytime anyone wants to “shadow” me to see what I do, you are welcome to come out – just check with me the day before to be sure my starter is out & “active”!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

So here are some of the recipes I have typed up:

WELCOME – 2nd Calf 2012

Mike just found her this evening, while the boys & I are at batting practice. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how “naming” works on our farm: all our cows have “name categories” assigned to them & then we find names for their female calves that fall under that category.

This calf’s mom is Gluey & her name category is “brands of glue”, so welcome, BONDINI! ๐Ÿ™‚

Quote from Ray Kane

Just heard this quote on WCRF – Midday Connection: “We can’t do anything without God, & He can’t do anything without us.” I love this – what a neat way to visualize our partnership with Him. I think it’s amazing how God works through relationships. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good thing he’s patient with me, because I sure haven’t always embraced that thought…