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Thank a Farmer

This winter, like every winter, we feed cows. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Rain or shine. Not one cow gives us a tip or says thank you. But that husband of mine never complains and is always happy to feed his cattle.

Sundays are my day to drive the tractor so Chase can kick hay off the feed wagon.

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m somewhat of a fair weathered cowgirl. I don’t like to be cold and I’m usually quite content in the heated tractor. But this Sunday I thought, what they heck… It was cold out but the sun was shining – why don’t I kick the hay off and let Chase drive the tractor. I usually only do this once a year, but today is as good as any, right??

I jumped on the feed wagon and we were off to the North field.

Four big bales were pushed off and our cow friends were happy!

As we made our way back to the barn to get another load. My husband turns around and is waving his hands and motioning me to look forward and to hang on to the trailer.  I can see him throw the tractor in high gear. I jerk forward, look ahead and I see a skunk.

Next thing I know I’m being sprayed by a skunk.

Needless to say, I haven’t kicked hay off since.

Next time you sit down and enjoy a steak or a juicy hamburger… take a moment to thank a rancher.

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Beet Cake


I follow Eve Kiltcher from Alaska The Last Frontier on the History Channel and with her winter storage beets she made a beet cake for her son’s birthday last year. She never posted the recipe so I went on a Pinterest hunt for one. What would we do without Pinterest?? Good ol’ Martha Stewart had the recipe!

Since I had a few leftover beets from last year’s garden I thought I would give this a try! I made this for Valentine’s Day for my sweet Cowboy. We may or may not have eaten the whole cake… I’ll never tell…

So if you’re wondering what to do with your beets that are in storage or just want to try this yummy moist cake. Here’s the recipe:

  • 4 medium beets
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup safflower oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Boil beets until tender. This took about 20-30 minutes. Drain beets and put beets in food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and baking soda in bowl. Whisk eggs, water, oil, vanilla and about 1 ¼ cup of beet puree.
  3. Spray 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake for about 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Let cool.

Since this has vegetables in it you can have two slices right??