Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ag Question: What is a FAIR price of milk?

Who doesn't love milk? Growing up, there was always milk in our house.  I loved chocolate milk.  I loved ice cream, and I loved when my Grandpa Charlie would make home made ice cream on my birthday.  I remember him sitting out on our porch "in charge" of the ice cream.  I don't remember the cake, but I remember the ice cream.  

Now I am living in the third largest county in Indiana where dairy production is literally just around the corner! Jasper County is the leading agricultural producing county in the state and leading in milk production. My kids love milk, but when they get older, it's easier to pick sodas over milk.  What should parents do to make sure kids have their daily calcium? 

Fair Oaks Farms has done a tremendous job showing consumers how milk is produced.  If you are ever in Northwestern Indiana, you need to stop by their farm.  Fair Oaks Farms has partnered with local producers to take milk to a whole new level.  

Fairlife milk is a company where they are aware of all of the aspects of harvest corn for silage, they have good relationships with the dairy producers and know where the milk originates. The milk is "ultra-filtered" to keep the proteins, and filter out the sugars.

Have you tried their milk? It is heavenly! Chocolate is my favorite!  So delicious. It is totally worth it.Vanilla is good, but I have always preferred chocolate milk. Let's take a look at the nutritional values of both fairlife and Dean's milk. 

Both servings shown are a cup.  Protein in fairlife is 13g, 8g for Deans. Sodium and carbs are the same.  So if you want to increase your proteins in your diet, and decrease sugars, fairlife might be something  you want to try.   I like the idea of fairlife milk because this milk is being "made" a few miles from my house.  It's  not hard to find in stores around here.

Now, let's head to the store. Let's talk about price.  It's our job as moms to be price conscious when we are figuring out our monthly budget.  What is more valuable? Better price or healthier?

Crystal Kellner

Friday, January 15, 2016

Christmas in the Country 2015

December 2015 I participated in the Christmas in the County blogger exchange for the second time.  

Christmas in the the country is a huge undertaking for the other bloggers who put on this exchange. The girls who work hard to get bloggers matched up, and make sure they were not matched in the previous years exchange. 

15009 Farmhouse
This Uncharted Rhoade
My Other More Exciting Self

It is a great way to meet other bloggers in a different state.  

I sent my package to  Rebekah Gustafson in Wisconsin, check out her blog.

I received a box from a very special Naomi Loomis from Nebraska.  

Naomi was very thoughtful and included everything in the package for everyone in the family! There is one thing missing in this picture. It is a horse necklace for my daughter, but she took that for herself!  The boys have lassoes, and my youngest really loves playing cowboy! Perfect gift. The camo knife is for my husband, and he really appreciated it!

Crystal Kellner

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches


Thirteen years of marriage, and I have never made Italian Beef Sandwiches. Yesteryears Meats and Catering always has a food booth at the Jasper County Fair. I always look forward to having their Italian Beef.  It was time I tried to make it myself, we have a few more months to wait until the fair! This is a really easy recipe, I am not sure why I waited this long!

I found brat buns at the local store that were the perfect size for Italian Beef Sandwiches.


1.5 lb.  rump roast
1 16 oz jar of Mezzetta Pepperoncini Peppers
1 48 oz jar of Swanson Beef Broth

Use a roaster and set rump roast in roaster. Add salt and pepper and 48 ounces of beef broth.  Cook until done. Remove from roaster and wait until it's cool enough to shred.  Set into a  Crock-Pot and add peppers.  Set on low for 2 more hours.  Serve on sandwich buns, top with mozzarella cheese if desired.

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Crystal Kellner