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Thursday, June 22, 2017

How To Make a Charcuterie Board #DairyMonth

I  have always been fascinated with Charcuterie boards. One they look gorgeous, and two they totally fulfill my love of meat and cheese. Add in those dried apricots and my mouth is watering. Now, I'll admit the first time I made a Charcuterie board I was a little intimidated, but I quickly realized that they are way simpler to throw together that I initially thought.

Plus, when Cabot Cheese wanted to send me a giant bag full of cheese to try, and then allow you to enter to win a box full of Cabot cheese I knew I could put it to good use with this easy charcuterie board.

Step 1.
Typically a charcuterie board is best served on a wood cheese board or slate is another good option because you can write the name of the cheeses in chalk. For my board I used a wood cutting board - easy peasy.

Step 2.
Pick your cheeses. Since Cabot sent me a plethora of delicious options it wasn't too hard for me to decide. The Cabot Alpine Cheddar Cheese was a favorite of mine, whereas my husband preferred the  Cabot Vermont Extra Sharp Cheddar. For some heat the Cabot Chipotle Cheddar definitely brought it! In addition to these I also included a soft goat cheese, and brie is always a great option.

I loved this bacon onion jam with the sharp cheddar
Step 3.
Pick your meats. Our Hyvee has an amazing meat counter and cheese too for that matter. If you aren't familiar with fancy meats like prosciutto, salamis or pancetta as the people behind the counter and they will definitely be able to help you.

Step 4.
Pick your accompaniments. These could be jams, nuts or fresh fruits. A little sweetness can be the perfect accompaniment to the saltiness and sharpness of the cheese and meat. Pickled items also can be a nice pairing.

Step 5.
The last step is you need something to put all of this delicious goodness on. This could be crackers, chips, crisps or breads. The options are pretty unlimited. I didn't really add my breads to the board rather served them on the side.

A few other tips is you will typically need 2 ounces of cheese pre person. Cheese is also best served at room temperate. And I recommend a few spoons and knives so you can keep flavors separate. 

If you want to continue the #DairyMonth fun hosted by From Gate to Plate and Cooking With Carlee make sure you check out these recipes. 
Avocado Ranch Dressing by Tip Garden
Frosty Chocolate Pie by Jolene's Recipe Journal 
Gluten Free Penne with Brie, Fig and Rosemary by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Rhubarb Sauce by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Orange Creamsicle Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake by Cooking With Carlee
Peaches and Cream Smoothie from Feeding Big 
Strawberry Crisp Milkshake by From Gate to Plate 
White Cheddar and Bacon Pasta Salad by Palatable Pastime
Whole Milk Yogurt Banana Cream Muffins by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Milk Braised Chicken Thighs from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 

And now for that giveaway. Cabot has donated a $25 gift box for one lucky winner. Cabot Creamery is an award-winning co-operative owned and operated by 1,100 member dairy farm families throughout New England and Upstate New York. We take care of the land so the grass grows green and tall, which makes the cows happy—and happy cowsproduce rich, buttery milk, which makes for cheese and other products that win awards year after year. And the more people love our Cabot family of products, then the more our dairy farms will thrive—today and into the future. Learn more about Cabot at

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cadbury Chocolate Egg Brownies

A couple weeks ago I decided to whip up a pan of brownies for the Iowa Beef Expo Sale. This is a sale that we attend every year and that we sell cattle in. This year we had a bull and a heifer to sell and they are now living happily with their new owners. Oh course everyone wanted to know where I got my cow sprinkles from.

The boy doesn't eat many sweets, but he reminded me (a few times) of how much he loved the Cadbury Brownies his sister made a few years ago. I had tweaked the recipe with a Rolo brownie version, but promised him I would stick to the original recipe just for him. I actually don't really like Cadbury Eggs, but anything for your love, right?

I will let you in on a recent secret ingredient, though, that I think works no matter what boxed brownie recipe you are making. Swap your vegetable oil or olive oil. I learned this tip from the "Book of Face" so it had to be right. But seriously, I have done this twice now and they are so much more moist.

3 Tablespoons of Water
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 Eggs
Brownie Mix
8 mini Cadbury Chocolate Eggs

Preheat over to 325 F if using a 8x8 inch pan, 350 F if using a 9x9 inch pan.
Stir brownie mix, water, oil and eggs in medium bowl until well blended. Don't over mix.
Spray pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
Pour mix into pan. Cut Cadbury Mini Eggs in half and insert them into the batter.
Bake for 50-52 minutes in a 8x8 inch pan, or 36-38 minutes in a 9x9 inch pan.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

FarmHer Beauty Swap Review

There really is nothing better than opening up a new box of beauty products. I had such a fun time partnering with the FarmHer gals on this Beauty Swap. Farmers come in all shapes and sizes including those like me that like to wear a little lipstick.

Instead of my traditional review I decided to take the plunge and do a VIDEO. Eek! I am no pro Beauty Video Blogger like my favorites Jaclyn Hill and Mariah Leonard, but it was fun. I was so excited to have Kylie of Gray Girl Farms as my Beauty Swap partner. Kylie and I crossed paths in social media circles a few years ago, but finally got to meet in person at a conference in December, and now she is one of my Keep Collective Arm Party Squad team members.

Here we are with another fellow Beauty Swapper, Alison of Outside the Ag Room at the Ugly Sweater party.

To see more Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap boxes. Follow #ccbeautyswap on Instagram. And be watching for another swap late spring.

I didn't make it quite clear enough in the video, but the lip lacquer is NOT sticky and has great staying power. Make sure you check it and all the other products out.

Killian Korn - most amazing popcorn ever

Ulta Eye Primer - Champagne
Maybelline The Nudes - eyeshadow palette
Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer - Didn't I Tell You
No 28 Hour Glass Primer Serum 
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Long-Wear Liquid Eyeliner - Dark Force


Friday, November 25, 2016

My FarmHer Wardrobe

Not everyday does a camera crew show up at your house to put you, your husband and your cows on T.V. But, last September our family was honored to welcome Marji and the Farmher T.V. crew to our farm so I could share a little bit of my agriculture story. I may not be your typical farm girl, but that is the fun part - there isn't such a thing as a typical farm girl anymore. I wear make-up to the barn and Sperry's on my feet. If you ran into me off the farm you might not think I even look like a farmer or farmHER. I love breaking the stereotype that farms aren't just a men running around in overalls anymore. 

Since, my episode focused on how I love to combine cows, make-up and fashion I thought I would share a few of the things you may have seen in the show. 

1. FarmHer Rodeo Girl T-Shirt - I love Farmher's apparel. Their T-Shirts are super soft and they have a huge Black Friday sale going on right now. 

2. 3/4 Zip Thermal - When I am headed to the barn I am always in a hoodie or a 3/4 zip. I of course love this turquoise one. 

3. Clinique Super City Block - This is one of my favorite make-up products. It has the perfect amount of tint to it and has a really high SPF, which is perfect when I am working outside. 

4. Keep Collective Farmher bracelet - Of course I am a big fan of my Keep Collective bracelet and I love this one that I customized with #farmher. I wear the Mrs charm and two hearts for my husband and I and the arrow to remind me to move forward towards my goals. If you need help putting your own bracelet together let me know! 

5. Sperry Boat Shoes - These are my go to barn shoes. They do not look this clean any more though! I actually love to buy my Sperry's off Poshmark because they are gently used and so much cheaper. 

6. Keep Collective Earrings - I figure if I have to be in the barn I mind as well wear a little sparkle. I love these little pave disc earrings. 

If you missed the Friday night episode on RFD-TV you can catch the show on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. CST, Sundays at 10:00 a.m. CST and Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. CST.  Also, don't forget to check out the the FarmHer Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap
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