Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Down on the Farm

My parents little farm has been growing lately with the addition of the tractor, new goats, and pigs on their way plus the chickens they've had for awhile. We love our fresh eggs and I have a really hard time buying them from the store now.

 {Cohen, meet goat. Goat, meet Cohen. I think you guys will be friends}

The goats are the most recent arrival, they are two girls, a mom and baby. My mom has been milking the mama goat! She makes about a gallon of milk a day. Cohen thought Grampa and Gramma got him a horse, we didn't have the heart to tell him they were goats.

{Mom and Baby}


This is the house I grew up in so it's fun to go back and see all they have going on there. We also wandered over to the neighbors raspberry field which is only about 10 steps from my parents yard. In case you didn't know, I am an experienced berry picker. I started in the strawberries when I was 12 or 13 (I think?). We got paid by the pound and it was something like 15 cents a pound, so a whole days work usually brought in about $2.00. Probably needless to say I didn't last very long there, plus June is SO rainy and crawling around in the mud day after day gets old. Then I graduated to working on the raspberry pickers, I need to find a picture of one for those of you who haven't seen one. If you are local, you've seen tons of them. My job was working on the picker and picking out all the bird nests, bad berries, worms etc. From the picker I worked up to the coveted position in the cannery which was similar to the picker but it was inside and we got paid by the hour. Anyway, that's my history as a berry picker!

{Trying out the goat milk}

The pigs, Bacon Breath and Pork Chop, were scheduled to arrive today but they just got weaned from their mom so they are waiting a few more days to make the move. 

My favorite dessert is Raspberry Royal (seen above), it's kind of like a raspberry cake. So good. Here's the recipe in case you need something delicious.

2 C. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/3 C. butter
1 T. baking powder
1 C. Sugar
1 egg, room temp
1 C. milk, room temp
1 t. vanilla

Mix all together.
Pour into greased 13x9.

Top with: 3 1/2 C. fresh raspberries or blueberries.
Bake 350 degrees, 30-35 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes

Top with Glaze:
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar, 2 T. cream, 1 t. vanilla.

We are on our way to my sister's annual neighborhood 4th of July Bash. Happy 4th!!


  1. Love the sweet farm, what a blessing :)The cake sounds amazing I will be trying this one for sure!

  2. Trying your cake out. But the "glaze" doesn't seem so glazy. Maybe add more cream?