Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas part 2

Ok, so this was the 2nd Christmas out of 4 that we have. This one was at the milkman's folk's home. All of his siblings were in attendance but one brother. All but three of the grandsons were there. It made for a full house and lots of great memories!!This was all the grandkids that were there. Matthew on the far left in the hat lives outside of Chicago. He saved his money up so that he could ride the train down to have Christmas on the farm. It was so good to see him. I think Kyler was done with pictures at this point.We all exchange names with each other and Matthew had my name. Needless, to say he knows his aunt very well. I LOVE Starbucks!!! We had a great time, the food was amazing, the laughter was great and the memories will last a lifetime.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Taryn

Happy Birthday Taryn!! I can't believe you are 14 years old today! Where has the time gone? I'm so proud of the young lady you are becoming! You are so good at helping your dad with the chores and me with the baby. I'm so grateful that God has blessed you with with such a kind and gentle heart. I know you get so frustrated that your birthday is so close to Christmas. But, as I have often reminded you, you were the one that came 2 1/2 weeks early!! Plus, on the upside as your siblings will be quick to point out you get more presents because your Aunts and Uncles whom we haven't seen get you gifts because we are all together for the Christmas season. We love you so much Taryn!! My prayer for you  in your 14th year is that you will grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus and this will be a year of many blessings! Happy Birthday Sweetie!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tradition

Do you use your wedding china? You know that china that is for company? Well, me either but on Christmas Eve for our little family dinner we pull out all the stops. We do the china and candle light, we make a fancy meal with all the special serving bowls, not the pot of food on the table like every other day!! But, we do have a catch we have to eat our fancy meal in our Pajamas! It started when the kids were really little and they had their baths already and I didn't want to put them back in their clothes. It works out great because when you are done with clean up you are ready for bed. Sometimes over the years we have had family members come that were around for the Christmas Eve supper, and they too have to come in their PJ's and they always do, it is so much fun!! Its also the only time of year that we buy the sparkly grape juice and drink from our fluted glasses. It funny to see the kids trying to be all sophisticated!! Do you have any traditions at Christmas if so what are they? I always like to hear what other families do.

Bake Day

The day before Christmas Eve my sister-in-law put together a family bake day at her church. We made all kinds of yummy Christmas goodies!!Even the milkman got involved!!Aunt Lorene and Tiana made some yummy sugar cookies. They are so dangerous, I could eat them all day long. Pitiful!!Of course afterwards we had to clean up and Kyler and Aunt Karen took care of that. Thanks so much for the invite, it was fun to get the Christmas weeked kicked off in a de-lish way!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mooeey Christmas

We wish you a very Mooeey Christmas and a Happy New Year!!Thank you to our wonderful elves that help us! We hope you all have a great season and remember what the real reason for the season is!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Company Christmas Party

We had our first annual Christmas Party last night. We hosted it at our house and the milkman made most of the food, he LOVES to cook, I often tell him that if the dairy thing doesn't work out he could always open his own restaurant! He made ham meatball, fresh green beans with sautéed mushrooms and bacon and scalloped potatoes. I made a jello salad, rolls and dessert and Taryn made the red punch. Everything was De-lish!!! Our friend Darcy found a cow butter mold the other day so with our fresh cream the milkman and I made the butter and we made little cow butters to go with our fresh rolls.
Owen and Kim are our two awesome workers who work for us. Owen works afternoons and weekends, Kim works the morning shift. We couldn't do it without them!!The milkman's folks also work along side us. They help out so much and fill in when needed, we are so thankful for them.We gave them bags of fun things for their gifts things like candy, gloves, a cow blanket for Kim and different gift cards.We also gave everyone T-shirts that I had made. They say our dairy name on the front and on the back it says "I milk it for all its worth"Kim's dad does metal work and makes beautiful signs. She gave the milkman and I one for the store. I LOVE it!!!!It was a good time had by all. Thanks so much to each and everyone of you for all you do for us!! We are so grateful!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Done

So, yesterday the milkman, Ky and I went to the big city to finish up the last of our Christmas shopping. I was so thankful that it wasn't very crazy busy out there in the big city. I guess the key to last minute shopping is to go early in the week, in the middle of the day!  Needless to say I think we might have worn out the little one. She fell asleep on the way to our last stop thinking for sure she would wake up when we took her out of her car seat. Nope, not even close!! We laid her in the shopping cart and she slept the whole time we were in Wal-mart about 45 minutes! She woke up just as we were starting to check out. It was so funny to see the reactions of the people when they would see her in the cart, most of them would take a double take. It was like they couldn't figure out if that was a baby doll or a real baby. So funny!! I hope you have everything finished up for your holiday season so that you can relax, rest and remember the real reason for the season.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Warm Fire

I don't know where you live but where we are it has been cold and rainy, lots and lots of rain. It makes for so much mud on the farm and it doesn't make the cows very happy or the milkman for that matter! But, thank goodness for a warm fire!! Kenton is our fireplace keeper upper (is that a word? if not you heard it here first!!) He does a great job at keeping the ashes down, getting wood and keeping it cozy in the house. It is so sweet how he takes such good care of his little sisters but on this evening he and Kyler were having a great time snuggling. Thanks Kenton for keeping us so warm I really am grateful to have such a helpful young man!! 

Overnight Coffee Cake


  •  At this time of year things can tend to get alittle crazy so, I try to do as many things as possible early or the night before so maybe I can sit down and enjoy the season as well! (Its a good thought anyway!!) Here is a recipe I make anytime I have a party of any kind and Christmas Eve for breakfast Christmas morning. I hope you enjoy it!





  • 2/3 c. shortening                                 Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs; beat.

  • 1 c. sugar                                                Add dry ingredients and buttermilk. Pour into

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar                               a 9x13 greased pan. Top with the following

  • 2 eggs                                                     which has been blended together.

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tsp. soda                                              *2/3 c. brown sugar

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon                                    *3/4 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. salt                                          *1 tsp. nutmeg

  • 2 T. powdered milk                            *1/2 c. nuts (optional)

  • 2 c. flour                                               *2 T. flour

  • 1 c. buttermilk or sour milk              * 1/4 c. soft butter

  • Refridgerate over night. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.




Happy Monday and I hope this helps you have a little more time in your busy Christmas season.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cookie Exchange

So, yesterday I had some of my friends come over for a Christmas cookie exchange. Everybody brought 5 dozen of cookies, bars or candy and the recipes to share. I made breakfast casserole, coffee cake, homemade egg nog, pumpkin lattes and coffee. We had such a great time! I love when a bunch of women get together and you get to laughing so hard!! Its the best! The milkman calls it a cackle fest I just think he is jealous Ha! Ha!
The cookies were amazing!! Yum! Yum!We played two games and made a craft. This is everyone making their craft so serious.Then I gave everyone a Christmas platter as a thank you for coming to load up with all the different cookies. It was such a fun and relaxing morning. I'm so thankful to have such an awesome group of ladies in my life. Thanks ladies for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and hang out with me. You are the best!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Cookies

On Thursday I'm having some friends over for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Each person is suppose to bring 5 dozen cookies, candy or bars to share. Here are the ones I made and the recipe is below. What is your favorite Christmas goody?Thumbprint Cookies

  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) butter at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla, extract

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 3/4 cup walnuts, finely ground

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

  • 1/4 cup apricot or seedless strawberry jam


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheet.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolk (reserve white) and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour and salt. Continue mixing until dough comes together in a ball.

2. In a bowl, mix walnuts and sugar. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, dip each in egg white, then roll in walnut mixture, turning to coat. Transfer to baking sheets. Using your finger make a deep indentation in the center of each ball. Transfer pans to refrigerator; chill 20 min.

3. Fill center of each cookie with some jam (do not overfill or jam will leak out).  Bake until cookies are golden brown about 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!!