Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Heifer Watch

I was dragging this morning at work. Yes I had my cup or 2 of coffee, but late nights on calving watch can take it out of you. A few years ago I spent a 2 days with a friend at their place for calving. Not sure how we were so lucky with getting the heifer shift, but we did. Every few hours we were up; in the cold and snow. In that situation you leave your snuggly pjs on and pull coverall over that top. You get a few hours of sleep where ever you can: couch, recliner, floor and then up again to check. Last night really wasn't bad as we only have one more heifer to go. As I was out there watching her progression, I thought to myself how lucky I am to live this lifestyle, even if it means I look and feel tired the next morning.

Not the greatest pictures, it was pitch black last night.
 Heifers spend more time in labor and more time giving birth than mature cows.
Contractions initially occur approximately every 15 minutes. Then they progress to more frequent and longer. I could tell she was trying.
The sign of the second stage of labor is the expulsion of the water bag, as you can see in these pictures. When you see this, she should calve within a few hours.
I decided to go back into the house for 30 min, not thinking she would have it then.....but she did. I was rather disappointed that I missed the whole process, as I was hoping to "document" it for blogging sake.

Here is the little thing this morning, healthy and happy! Momma is licking and caring for her new calf.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Theme Thursday: Easter Tree

A few months back I mentioned there was a tree in my county that is decorated monthly with a theme. This month of course is Easter.

I met the "owner" and decorator this past Friday. I was with a community member headed to visit a local dairy and she said,"Right up there on the left is the dairy."  I exclaimed, "The one by the Theme Tree!?!"
 "Yep, that's the place,"  she said with a chuckle. When I met the decorator, I told her to keep it up and how I enjoyed the changing themes!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Give me a home where the buffalo roam.............

A week ago I helped host a group tour with members from across the U.S. One of the stops was a preserve that has a small herd of bison/buffalo. The herd is cared for by a local rancher and we were told that the buffalo recognize the feed truck the rancher has.  Well apparently its a Dodge. As we started to drive through the pasture the buffalo started running toward us.  
I was a little bummed that I was sitting in the middle and couldn't get as many or the quality of pictures I wanted. 

I think they would have eaten out of our hands, they came right up to the windows....very neat. 

 I mite have been more excited than some of the visitors in our group. 

This picture looks like its straight out of "Dances with Wolves" doesn't it?

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Mexican Bierock

This is like the Mexican version of a bierock. Again, what does my picture not look as good as the original one here with the recipe? Anyway, don't let the picture stop you from making these!

I will admit the filling and folding of the bun was the most difficult part but once you get the hang of it.....

1 package of refrigerated biscuits- I used whole wheat, but I think the corn ones would be awesome. 
1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
(1) 8 oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 tbsp melted butter- skipped this to save on a few calories :)

1. Brown the ground beef and crumble.
2. Drain fat from meat.
3. Add taco seasoning and prepare as stated on the packet.
4. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add cream cheese and salsa.
5. Blend with with mixer until smooth.
6. Roll out biscuits so they are flat and somewhat thin.
7. Spread 1 tbsp cream cheese mixture onto the biscuit.
8. Add a spoon full of taco meat on top of the cream cheese mixture.
9. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
10. Seal edges and place on a greased cookie sheet.
11. Repeat with all biscuits.
12. Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter.
13. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-16 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.
14. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014