Friday, November 21, 2014

Little eggs

Little eggs.
Kayli's young hens are starting to lay eggs.
The young hens were little chicks in May
and now laying eggs.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pumpkin Fluff Pie

Pumpkin Spice Pie
1 box Jello Pumpkin Spice pudding
1 box French Vanilla pudding
1 can (15-16 ounces) canned pumpkin
1 cup milk
mix together and
add 1 carton Cool Whip.
Mix together and pour into Shortbread or Graham Cracker Pie Crust.
Chill 1-2 hours before serving.
Serve plain or garnished with Cool Whip.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Goats playing in snow

A little snow last night. 
 The goats like to play in the snow!
 It is a chilly 20 degrees outside.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas Quilt

A quick peek at a scrap Christmas quilt.

 Strips cut 4 inches wide. Need 2 strips of each color.
Sew strips together in sets/pattern sequence you desire
white poinsettia
black mistletoe
black mistletoe
red gold flecks
red gold flecks
red poinsettia
You will have strips cut strips to make 7 5/8 inch pieces.
They should be 7 5/8 width and height if use 3/8 inch seams.
If you use 1/2 inch seams they will be 7 1/2.
Sew together to create zig-zag pattern.
Square off and bind.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Harvest Over, Fall Fieldwork

Harvest has been completed.
 The corn and soybeans are all combined.
 Round corn stalk bales have been made and hauled in.

 The corn fields are being v-ripped.

The fall farm season is winding down.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Corn Harvest

Corn Harvest is under way.
Dawn uses the grain cart to haul corn to the wagons.
 When the rows are short the combine can make it across the field
and dump in the wagons.
Grandpa takes the wagons of corn to the grain bins.
 The combine is almost full.
 The combine pulls the ears of corn off the stalk
and then shells the kernels of corn off the cob.
 A look out the front window of the combine.
 Kayli riding in the combine and watching the grain unload.
 Aubri getting ready to ride in the combine.
The corn is stored in bins until sold or fed to the cattle.
 Happy Harvest.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Soybean Harvest complete

We finished up combining soybeans. We have moved on to the corn.

We don’t feed our soybeans to the cows on our farm, so we sell everything we plant.  The beans are stored in a big bin and then trucked to a soybean processing plant.

Soy is a healthy topic as this blog post was spurred by "The Bean". There are many Soybeans are also processed and used as feed for pork and chickens.   We round bale some of the bean straw to feed to the cattle and add fiber to their diets.

Soybeans can be found in many food products such as:
Bread,  Frozen desserts,  Instant milk drinks, Pancake flour, Pie crust, Candy ingredients, Cookies, crackers and snack foods, Cooking oils, Creamers, Liquid shortening, Margarine, Mayonnaise, Salad oils, Vegetable shortening,  Soymilk, Soy sauce, and Tofu.

Soybeans can be found in many other products such as:
Caulking compounds, Diesel fuel, inks, printing, Paints, Putty, Cosmetics, Soaps/shampoo/detergents, candles, Colors, Calf milk replacers, Fish food, Pet foods, Poultry feeds, Swine feeds, Textiles, and many other products.
Soybeans are rotated with corn each year as soybeans put nitrogen and other nutrients back into the soil. Corn is a nitrogen and nutrient depleter of the soil. Crop rotation on our farm is used in all of the fields.