Monday, July 27, 2015

12 Good Reasons

I bet you're thinking, "Sure! Jan blogs like crazy everyday during June Dairy Month, and then BAM! nothing much for July." Well, you are partly right. I haven't been blogging, but I have been busy! And I have a good reason. Actually, I have 12 good reasons, and here they are.


On July 1st I was contracted by Midwest Dairy Association to be the new Minnesota Dairy Princess Coordinator. So what does this mean? The young ladies you see pictured here are the finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way.


Princess Kay is Minnesota's dairy ambassador, and a new one is crowned each August, on the eve of the Minnesota State Fair. The selection process began in May with judging and the naming of these 12 finalists. This past weekend the gals met again for orientation in preparation for the upcoming final round of judging that is held in late August.


These events are organized by Cindy, another Minnesota Dairy Princess Coordinator. Once our new Princess Kay is crowned, I move into action! Starting bright and early the morning after coronation, Princess Kay and her court of eleven princesses begin their appearances  at the state fair. It is my responsibility to schedule, chaperone and keep everyone smiling for the 12 days of the fair.



Following the fair, I will be working with Princess Kay on her appearances, speeches and media presentations.
I am beyond thrilled to be associated with the Minnesota princess program. I am a past County Dairy Princess, and a proud mom of a past Princess Kay state finalist. I have seen this program build confidence and poise in hundreds of young ladies in the dairy community, and I am so proud to be a part of it in this new capacity!


The photos seen here were taken at the recent orientation event.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's About Time- Tater Tot Hotdish

Other than my college stint in Iowa, I have lived in Minnesota all my life. For some reason Minnesotans are associated with hotdish, or to those of you non-Minnesotans...casseroles. According to Wikipedia hotdish is served at family gatherings and church dinners. 
This past weekend I decided it was about time. We were invited to a 4th of July potluck picnic at the Pemble's and I had never made Tater Tot Hotdish before. It's about time! I mean from what I hear, it is supposed to be THE Minnesota hotdish! See what you think...

Tater Tot Hotdish

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef or turkey, browned, seasoned & drained
2-3 c of canned (drained) or frozen vegetable of choice: green beans, corn, peas or mixed vegetables (optional)
3 lb frozen tater tots
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 c milk
8-12 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
 
Directions 
1. Spread browned meat in a greased 9x13 pan.
2. Add a layer of vegetables. 
3. Cover with tater tots.
4. Combine the soups and milk, and pour over tots.
5. Bake for 45 minutes at 350'. Add the cheese & bake for 10-15 more minutes. 
 
It's a simple, tasty meal, and that's the way this farm mom likes to cook! 
What's your simple, quick, go-to meal?


 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Land That I Love

God bless America,
Land that I love,


 Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;

 
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,


God bless America,
My home, sweet home.


God bless America,
My home, sweet home.


Wishing you a happy and safe 4th Of July!



 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Z Is For Zoom

I'm taking you on a journey from A to Z throughout June Dairy Month.
So come on in...the barn doors are open!
Z Is For Zoom
 
Holy moly, Rocky! Have you ever seen time fly as fast as June Dairy Month? Each year when I make my commitment to blog each day during the month of June, I think "What the...? Are you nuts?" and before our cow Bessie can even bat her big, brown eyes, zoom the month is nearly over! 
 
If there's at least one thing you have learned from my June Dairy Month stories; I feel I have accomplished my goal. As you have followed my A to Z journey this month, I hope you have come to realize how passionate my family and I are about the farming lifestyle that we live. We take much pride in everything we do at Bremer Farms, and we thank God for the opportunities He has given us.
 
 
No, not every day is peaches and cream, or smooth as silk, but we have never regretted the decision to be dairy farmers. After all, we can proudly say, "We're feedin' a nation!"
 
 
 Thank you for visiting during June Dairy Month. I hope you'll come back often, and maybe even invite a friend or two to join us. Shoot me a comment or email if you have a topic idea or a question to answer. 
 
 
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Y Is For Yummy Yogurt

I'm taking you on a journey from A to Z throughout June Dairy Month.
So come on in...the barn doors are open!
  Y Is For Yummy Yogurt
 
Bremer Farms recently donated snacks for a local soccer camp. We chose to provide Go-Gurt (single serving yogurt in a tube). Imagine that- we donated a dairy food?! I was thrilled when after the camp was over, I was told that the Go-Gurt was the kids favorite snack; the first thing they grabbed! I'm not surprised...I eat yogurt at least once, sometimes two times each day. I use yogurt in a lot of my recipes too. It's yummy, convenient, and healthy!
 





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Saturday, June 27, 2015

X Is For X

I'm taking you on a journey from A to Z throughout June Dairy Month.
So come on in...the barn doors are open!
  X Is For X
 
My family is a huge help with these June Dairy Month blog posts. Many of our evening meals are spent discussing (and laughing) about possible words to go with each letter. As you may guess, X is very tricky! Here is what we came up with...
 
Xenodchial: friendly to strangers (Yes we are! We always enjoy visitors to our farm). 
 
Xeric: being deficient in moisture (Yes, we've had to deal with draught conditions some years. Thank goodness for irrigation).
 
Xanadu: an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty (That's the way we feel about Bremer Farms; a wonderful place to live and work)!

Xanthous:the color of an egg yolk, in between yellow and green. (If only we had chickens...)

 I told you X is tricky. Check back tomorrow and see how I do with Y. :)
 
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Friday, June 26, 2015

W Is For Whey

I'm taking you on a journey from A to Z throughout June Dairy Month.
So come on in...the barn doors are open!
  W Is For Whey
 
After all the years of reciting this nursery rhyme as a child, and later teaching it to my children, why did I just recently realize that Miss Muffet is eating protein rich dairy? Curds and whey; when milk curdles, a solid forms, and leaves a pale colored liquid. The solid is curd, and liquid is the whey. Little Miss Muffet is one smart cookie, getting her protein in her diet. Who knew I could learn so much from a nursery rhyme?
 
 
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