Monday, June 1, 2020

Minnesota Twins A to Z

Today's story time takes a step away from the farm. It's Spring and that means baseball season. Even though our Minnesota Twins are not able to begin their season just yet, I still think about all the fun things we see, do, and eat at a Twins game!

I hope you are getting the opportunity to step outside and enjoy some fresh air, maybe toss a ball around, or go for a walk. As farmers, we are outside a lot, but we still like to find time for a game of catch, or a walk down our country road. Have fun!

Corny Cornpicker FInds A Home

I am revisiting John's book stash from when he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Corny Cornpicker Finds A Home is a book he received as a Christmas gift when he was a little boy. It tells the story of  a very sad cornpicker who wasn't treated very nicely, but finds happiness at the end.

After the reading, Farmer Sara takes us to see how corn is planted. Before we know it, fall harvest will be here and we can show you how it is harvested. But that's a story for another day!

Like A Girl, Farmer

I have been creating story time posts with videos for over two months now. How exciting to open my email to discover an email from author, April Peter telling me about a book series she and co-author Daniel Shneor write. It's all about girl's in jobs we typically think about as "boy's work."  

They wrote today's story time book, Like A Girl, Farmer. It's all about the chores farmers do during all the seasons of the year. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Following the story, I invited some of my farmer friends to share a tiny glimpse of a chore they do each day. Yep, they are all girls!

Fun fact- The girls in the video are my daughter Sara, and also the 2019 finalists for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Minnesota's dairy goodwill ambassador.

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep

This book is not only funny, it's sweet. Farmer Brown shows such compassion for his sheep. He even gives each of his sheep a gift! Let's see what it is.

After today's story, we will visit a sheep farm. Thanks for the video, cousin Terri! Her sheep are so gosh-darn cute. It looks like they are playing tag!

Fun fact- My dad (and also cousin Terri's dad) were life-long farmers and their last name is Brown. Two Farmer Brown's!

What's Cooking, Moo Moo?

A cow and a duck opening a restaurant? I wonder how that is going to work out? Do cows and ducks even like the same kinds of foods? Let's find out in the story, What's Cooking, Moo Moo?

I guarantee this recipe will taste a lot better than what Moo Moo and Duck were serving, and it's a fun one to make with even the smallest chefs at your house.

Pizza Rolls
8 soft tortillas, multi-grain or whole wheat
1/2 cup pizza sauce, plus more for dipping
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
48 slices pepperoni

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Place a tortilla on a flat surface. Spread with one tablespoon pizza sauce. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and place 6 pepperonis down the middle of the tortilla. Tightly roll up and secure with a toothpick. PLace seam side down on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Spray the tops of tortillas with cooking spray. Bake for about 15 minutes or until tortillas start to crisp and brown and the cheese starts to melt out the ends. Let cool 5 minutes before serving, Serve with more sauce for dipping.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Moose's Loose Tooth

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a sweet and silly book. It's all about teeth in today's book. Have you ever lost a loose tooth?

After our story, I'll tell you a secret about cow's teeth. Shhh...don't tell!

Remember to make a comment on My Barnyard View's Facebook page for a chance to win a free book. Have a great weekend. See you Monday with another cow story!

Goodnight Tractor

Each night, before Farmer John heads in the house for the evening, he walks through all the barns to make sure all our animals are safe and comfortable. That's what is happening in our book, Goodnight Tractor also. Let's see who and what is getting checked on in our story.

After that, Farmer Sara and Farmer John show you how we make ground feed for our cows and calves.
You'll see the feed mill in action. It's like a really, really big mixer like you have in your kitchen, except it makes feed, not cookies!

See you tomorrow!