Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hey, Mom...You're on YouTube!

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to hear: "Hey,'re on YouTube!" 

Nope, I can honestly say that I didn't see that one coming.  Apparently my youngest son and some of his friends were on the computer and found a video of our farm on YouTube.  It was the video from the Farmers Feed Us campaign.  You can take a virtual "tour" of our farm at and learn about what goes on at Topwinds Farm.

You just never know where your picture (or video) will show up these days!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

These Yogurt & Banana Spice Muffins can be
 prepared the night before...just grab a glass
of milk & a muffin for a breakfast on the go!
Spring has finally arrived!  New calves, warmer weather, longer days, green grass...yes, Spring is finally here!  The cows aren't as interested in their hay - they'd rather have the new grass that's coming up.  I can't blame them... it's like a choice between something garden fresh or something from a can.

As we spend more time working outside, I find it important that everyone gets a jump start on the day with a good breakfast.  Sometimes we don't have time to sit down and have a full breakfast, so it's important that the we have something that is easy to grab on our way out the door.  This muffin recipe can be found at along with several other dairy good recipes! 

I knew Spring had officially arrived when I got home from work yesterday and our youngest son had already started mowing the yard.  I'll let you know how his enthusiasm holds out on that particular chore...  Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Celebrate National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month.  Probably no big deal to most people, but it should be...for a number of reasons.  I had a bit of a wake up call earlier this month when it comes to the school lunch menu.  Growing up, we had basically 3 choices: 1) Eat what the school cafeteria has for that day (only 1 choice); 2) Bring your lunch for home; 3) Don't eat...period.  Starting this month, the school my son attends (the same one I attended) now offers choices at lunch every day.  Honestly, I wasn't sure that was a great idea.  Do kids really need 3 menu choices?  After taking time to look the menu over, I had to agree that this was a good change.  The menu items sounded pretty good and they were healthier options.

So why all the fuss over National Nutrition Month?  Have you ever taken time to check what your kids eat?  Most busy moms on the run serve whatever's quick and/or easy.  There's nothing wrong with that, but  ssometimes a little planning ahead before you head to the grocery store can make meal time less stressful and more nutritious to boot.  There are some great recipes at along with tips and information if you need a little help.  Believe me, I need all the help I can get!  Since the time change, we seem to have pushed dinner time back here on the farm.  It's only been a few days and I've already started the "I need a quick recipe" mode on a daily basis...and I don't even have any kids going to baseball practice after school!

The other wake-up call I had was today.  I spent over an hour shopping with a couple of kids and their FFA advisor buying supplies for a backpack program.  We filled 3 carts with food that will be sent home with children who might not have enough to eat on weekends.  These kids usually get most of their meals at school (breakfast & lunch) but go without (for a variety of reasons) at home.  It's a wonderful program that our county Farm Bureau decided to contribute to in honor of National Food Check-Out Week that was held in February.  Snow and school closings postponed the shopping event and ironically our trip landed during National Ag Week.  We were able to work with an FFA chapter and get the members involved not only in the shopping, but preparing the packs as well.  It seems to be a win-win situation all the way around.

So Happy Ag Week and Nutrition Month from our farm to you!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Marching On

March 1st, the first day of a new month, National Nutrition Month, National Pancake Day, the beginning of March Madness...  There are so many things to celebrate &/or recognize this month, where does one start?  As a dairy farmer, I'd like to think March is going to bring me warmer days and the beginning of green pastures, budding trees and spring flowers.  Occasionally March brings snow to the Ozarks, but I'm cautiously optimistic that Mother Nature will be kind this year.  We've had enough snow, thank you very much.

On the farm, we've had a few new babies and the green grass is emerging in the pastures, much to the cows delight.  Robins and toads have been spotted, spring peepers have started to serenade us and the teachers tell me the kids are getting cabin fever at school.  Spring is definitely arriving...thank goodness.

Every month seems to have a celebration theme and this month is nutrition.  As we start to give way to old habits and forget our New Years Resolutions, we can begin eating healthier meals and snacks.  There are wonderful resources at to help you find tips, recipes and information to get you back on track.

I'm thinking my family might enjoy celebrating National Pancake today with pancakes for supper, and an ice cold glass of milk!