Christmas is Almost Here

Well, a few days away it will be Christmas.  The kids are home for Christmas break, and it’s a good thing!  We’ve already needed their help this morning.  Some of our cows got out this morning, so my 9 and 13 year old took off to put them back in and fix the fence.  They got all of them back in and fixed the fence all by themselves!  I headed to town to get a battery and fence charger so that we can keep them in.  After my husband finishes with the morning feeding chores, we’ll get the charger installed, and hopefully that will do the trick.  Those of us that raise livestock must take care of them, and the health and safety of them is our top priority.  Our operation consists of 300 head of cattle that must be cared for on a daily basis.  I followed my  husband around this morning so that you can see how this process works.  He starts off by filling his vertical mixer with silage (ground feed sorghum), alfalfa, and brome hay.

Brome bale just loaded into mixer

Brome bale just loaded into mixer

Then, he lets everything mix up.

Vertical mixer mixing alfalfa, brome hay and silage

Vertical mixer mixing alfalfa, brome hay and silage

Then it’s time to feed the cattle.ee30ecbc-9813-423b-95bd-82329de5075d

Cattle enjoying their breakfast

Cattle enjoying their breakfast

This doesn’t seem like a very time consuming process, but it actually takes about 5 hours of a day.  That being said, when there are special days such as Christmas, our day is a little different.  When I travel to see my family my husband does not get to come along.  So, the kids and I will pack up on Christmas day, and head to the airport after we’ve opened presents.  Wishing all of a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wheat Harvest 2013


We have almost wrapped up wheat harvest 2013. We should finish today, if everything goes as scheduled. It was a safe and bountiful harvest and we give thanks to the Lord for the great weather he provided to allow it to mature so nicely. Keaton had to step in this year and he did a great job!!! I have to say not many 12 year old kids run a tractor and grain cart from the field to the grain bin by themselves! We know Grandpa Veryl was up in heaven looking down and smiling on us!!! Hope all of the farmers everywhere have a safe and bountiful harvest as well.

Visit to the Blythe Ranch on Anderson Cooper Live

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Anderson Cooper Live has been featuring visits to various farms and ranches across the country to raise awareness of how our food is produced.  This is a result of a partnership formed with the U.S Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.  Check out their website on http://www.fooddialogues.com

What’s For Supper?

Are thinking about what’s for supper?  My son, Keaton had braces put on today, so he is on a somewhat restricted diet of soft foods.  So, I decided I would fix Old Fashioned Meatloaf and Party Potatoes for supper.  These are a couple of our family’s favorites, so thought I’d share them. 

Old Fashioned Meatloaf

2lb Ground Beef, 1 1/8 C Quick Oats, 1/2 C Ketchup, 1/4 C Chopped Onion, 2 Eggs, 1/1/2 tsp beef bouillon, and 1 Tbsp worcshestire Sauce.  Combine all of these and put in a shallow baking dish.  Make a well in the center (will look like a doughnut).  Cover with wax paper and cook on high in microwave for 13-15 minutes, rotating after 8 minutes (unless you have a rotating plate).  Remove and top with the following sauce: 1/2 C Ketchup, 1/4 C Brown Sugar, 1 1/2 tsp beef bouillon, 1 T lemon juice, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, and dash of worcshestire sauce.  Cook for an additional 3 minutes on high.  Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Party Potatoes

4 C mashed potatoes (8 to 10 large), 1 C sour cream, 1 package cream cheese, 1 tsp minced chives, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese.  In a large bowl combine potatoes, sour cream, chives, and garlic powder.  Turn into a greased 2 qt casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes.  Top with cheese and serve immediately. 

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!!