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tremendous amount of lean protein for the consumer.
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The turkey is a time honored tradition and is something we eat often in our house. There are so many options now in the grocery store. Turkey burgers, brats, sausage, tenders and the traditional whole bird. We raised a small batch of turkeys over the summer. It has been a fun experience to watch them from a tiny poult (baby turkey) grow into a 30 pound tasty turkeys. I am surprised how many people have never cooked a whole turkey. If you fall into this category or just want to cook the perfect turkey, here are a few simple tips when it comes to preparing the perfect bird Thanksgiving Day.
As a mom I have a special place for children and those who are less fortunate than me. I never want a child to go to bed hungry. As a farmer I have a special place for those who dedicate their lives to raising the foods we all eat. I am once again very proud to join my two passions to partner with Bayer Crop Science, Feeding American and the #thankful4ag campaign. Visit www.thankful4ag.com and Bayer will donate $1 which will provide 11 meals to those in need. Take the quiz and it will tell you what kind of a farmer you would most likely be…I am a citrus farmer!
The Farmhouse Friends girls are inviting you to the farm for our Harvest Gathering
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
I am so excited to announce that my friend Trish, from Two Peas and a Pod, and I are launching a really fun new collaborative event, The Farmhouse Friends.
Trish and I started as “sheep farm friends”. My Dad happens to be one of the Two Peas 4H advisors. Soon enough, Trish and I signed up to co-lead our 4H Cloverbud club that my daughter Campbell, son Parker and her Sprout are members of and we’ve been scheming for awhile now about how to bring our passions together ; arts and crafts, vintage shopping AND farming.
Trish called me up one early evening and said I had an idea. We met at the farm and brainstormed while doing sheep chores. My dad came home and found us still hanging out in the barn late at night still gabbing away while we were sketching, plotting and planning how this perfect retreat would work (as best we could while the new barn kittens kept walking across our notebooks and climbing on us). We think you will have a great time – if you love to craft, eat, be outdoors, enjoy farm living, and shopping that is. To us, that is just the perfect day! And we are so excited to invite you to join us!
We will start our day with coffee and hot cider in the Farmhouse Friends glampor (it’s a work in progress but we love it! We use it for the perfect hang out between shows at our county fair).
Next, we will be joined by the beautiful, talented, and so sweet, Anna Sokol from Art with Anna. Anna is going to lead us in painting a whimsical pumpkin scene that will be perfect for your fall decorating.
We will enjoy a hay wagon ride out to the field where I will share with you my talents in the kitchen. I will be preparing a delicious locally sourced, farm fresh lunch.
When we are filled to the gills with goodness, we will take some time to learn some basic embroidery and start stitching a sweet little cow, like the one in our logo, while we sit near the pond or maybe back up at the house in our outdoor living room.
We will end our day at Georgie Emerson Vintage in historic Canal Winchester for an exclusive shopping opportunity. Polly, the proprietor, curates the most amazing finds in her shop. Just to visit is a wonderful experience.
At Polly’s shop, we will be gifting each farmhouse friend, our brand new subscription box. Filled with local fresh farm food items plus locally crafted accessories and more.
We promise you an amazing day on the farm, plenty of fun and laughter, and farmhouse girls swag to swoon over.
See you at the farm!
I think we could all agree that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Getting your kids to choose healthy snacks over junk food can be a job. For the most part my children are great eaters. We eat more fruit than veggies but I can not complain about their eating habits too much. One of the reasons I truly believe that they don’t fight me on healthy snacks is kind of two fold.
1. I don’t really give them an option (eat it or else…I know I am a mean mom)
2. They help cook many of our meals and I think they enjoy trying new foods. When they help pick groceries out at the store and help prepare their own meals I think it makes it a little more exciting to try new foods.
We do the majority of our grocery shopping at Meijer a local chain store in our area. Now through June 27th Meijer is partnering with Produce for Kids on a healthy eating-focused campaign, which will raise funds for nutrition education program Jump with Jill. The campaign also offers Meijer shoppers in-store and online meal solutions, recipes and tips for those seeking healthier eating habits – you may have seen the signage in the produce department of your local Meijer store! The campaign is supported by 11 participating produce suppliers (listed below).
Campbell and I had the chance to go on our local TV station and prepare a fruit roll up snack. This was her TV debut and she had so much fun getting the behind the scene tour of WBNS 10TV. If you want to learn more about Produce for kids check out our video clip. It was bright and early wake up call came at 3:30 a.m. That is pretty early even for a farm mom!
Call me crazy, I am not a fan of watching movies. Watching movies at home is a little more appealing to me especially when it is something that is funny and my brain does not have to think or has an educational component.
I want to recommend the perfect evening in the house on a rainy day. Make a fun meal at home (meal idea suggested below) and watch the movie Farmland. If you eat food, this is a movie you and your family should watch. In other words everyone should watch this movie. As a farmer I am proud to say this is a very accurate portrayal of real life farming and the variety of choices we have in America. We are blessed to have such a wide array of food and farming choices.
You can order the movie from Walmart.com or visit your local store. The documentary is also now available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to purchase on Amazon, with continued availability for rent and purchase via digital download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On-Demand, Sony PlayStation, Vudu.com, Xbox and YouTube.
I hope by watching this farm story if will generate many questions and help you to have a better understanding of what Agriculture is all about.
This is a super simple meal recipe that my mom Jane always made for us growing up. Still one of my favorites to make.
So pre heat your oven, turn on the DVD player and curl up in your favorite recliner to watch Farmland. Let me know how you like the dinner and the movie!
I have a friend who is very physically fit and watches what kinds of protein and fats she intakes. We had a conversation about how she gets tired of eating chicken and asked if I had any other meat ideas. I said what about pork? She replied with “I don’t eat very much pork because it is really fatty”. She had no idea pork is in fact a lean protein. Pork tenderloin actually meets the guidelines for “extra lean” protein (less than 5 g fat, 2 grams of sat fat and 95 mg cholesterol). The tenderloin is the leanest cut of pork – a 3-ounce serving contains 120 calories and 2.98 grams of total fat – as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
Other lean cuts (based on a 3-ounce cooked serving) include:
She was amazed after I shared with the nutritional facts on pork. The next questions was ok but how do I cook it? That is a super simple one too! I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. I use it at least once a week if not more through the cooler months. Toss it in, add water, turn it on and bam 6-8 hours later you come home to a house that smells good and a meal that will warm you in the winter. There should be no fear when it comes to cooking in the slow cooker. One of my favorite fall back dinners in a pinch is buying a pork loin cutting it in half. Freezing one half for later and tossing the other half in the crock pot. All I do is add some Mrs. Dash, 1/2cup water some carrots and onion and let it cook on low for 8 hours. You will not only have a juicy pork meal but it will fall apart with the touch of a fork. You can serve it over salad, add some barbecue sauce or eat it on a bun. The kids even love this is their school lunches. Below is a great video and a pork slow cooker recipe. Along with Ohio Hog and Soybean Farmers I share some other delightful pork slow cooker recipes!
Never did I think I would ever make it to China. I have now been blessed with two trips to China to share about American Soybean production and Biotechnology. I share about my trip last fall to China.
Late last September I was given the opportunity to travel to China on behalf of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC). Myself, 3 other farm moms, Linda our trip coordinator and amazing interpreter Jane made a trip to the other side of the world. My wonderful friend Sara from Saras-House did a perfect job explaining why we took this trip and how important this trip was to American Agriculture as did my friend LaVell from Growing for Tomorrow.
Their money Yuan or RMB are colorful bills with a few coins. It takes about 6.12 RMB to equal $1 American dollar. They do love American money over there, several of the shopping places we stopped at preferred American money as long as it was not “dirty”. They wanted perfect bills. Beijing is a very modern clean city with amazing architecture and subway system. It is a huge city about the size of New York and L.A. combined. I would never have thought China would have great beer, I am not even a huge beer fan but it was refreshing and tasty if you enjoy a light beer. We got to try several different kinds and these were my favorites. They have a crisp clean taste. This is also one of my most favorite photos of our translators mom who spoke no English but was adorable and we loved spending time with her, she was a former educator in China. Meal time is a little different when you eat out in China, everything is brought family style and you share your items with those sitting at the table. Rice was served as a side item not with every meal like when we eat Chinese food in America. Dessert was offered very little and I did not see much chocolate. Most of their candy is more fruity than chocolate. Meal time is definitely a time for friends and family, people sit down relax and share food and fellowship much like we do in America. Their hot tea was not what I expected either. It was interesting for certain not very strong. Water quality is an issue, we drank only bottled water (even to brush our teeth) and people who live in China always boil their water before drinking. If you order a glass of water it will come boiling as it is the only way safe to drink.
How can you travel all the way to China and not see the Great Wall of China? We did not have much down time but did take a half day to drive out to the countryside and experience the Great Wall of China! The air is always a little hazy due to air pollution (which is another issue). Rain was moving in on us as we walked on the wall. This is one of the most amazing things I have gotten to experience, it was truly breathtaking.
GRILLING is often synonymous with barbecuing and refers to cooking meat or vegetables on a grate over hot coals or another heat source. From burgers to chops, grilling is the perfect way to eat more lamb and spend less time cooking and cleaning up. Grilled lamb is a fast, delicious, practical weeknight option. Dry brine your lamb chops. If you have time, salt lamb chops 40 minutes to an hour before grilling them, to release moisture and break down proteins way that allows the chops to reabsorb the liquid. – See more techniques for cooking lamb.