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December 31, 2009

Portuguese Roll-Ups

What an easy appetizer this turned out to be. If you like the taste combination of sweet with salt, you will LOVE this appetizer.  I first made these for a BBQ that we were going to, but they never made it because my family ate most of them before it was time to leave!

Ingredients needed:
30 pitted dates

Slice the bacon in half, length-wise. Wrap a date with a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick. Place all on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes then turn and bake for another 8-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

before they go in the oven

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December 30, 2009


Asian Noodle Salad

Just click on the title of the recipe you are interested in and it will take you to the correct page.


Arnold Palmer
Thermos Ready Smoothie
Chocolate-Raz Smoothie
Champagne Cocktail
Flavored Milk
Chocolate Covered Raspberry Martini
Melon Martini
Moose Milk Frozen Cocktail
Sangria by Guy Fieri
Woo Woo

Appetizers / Party Food

Fennel & Chicken Flatbread
Healthier Southwestern Layered Bean Dip for tight ends
Healthy Black Bean Dip
Pear & Blue Cheese Flat Bread
Portuguese Roll Ups
Boneless Buffalo Wings with Spicy Blue Cheese Dip
Lettuce Wraps
Zucchini Parmesan Cakes


Asian Noodle Salad
Broccoli Salad
Taco Salad

Side Dishes

Sweet Potato Fries
Tortilla Pie
Vegetable Fried Rice
Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes and Parmesan



Beef Short Ribs
Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich
Corned Beef - in a slow cooker
Eating Well Tacos
Flank Steak Pinwheels
Seared Steaks with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola
Grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Butter and Texas Toasts
Meatloaf Minis
Provincial Beef Stew
Asian Beef and Broccoli Slaw Wraps
Sloppy Joes
TJ's Broccoli Beef
Tomato Herb Flank Steak
Beef & Bean Chili Verde

BBQ Chicken Enchiladas
Beer in the Butt Chicken
Curried Turkey Cutlets with dried Apricots
Chicken Marinara
Chicken Parmesan Sub Sandwich
Chicken Teriyaki Skewers
Easy Gourmet Chicken
Gorganzola & Prune Stuffed Chicken
Healthier Fried Chicken


Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions
Pulled Pork


Blackened Salmon Sandwich
Oven Fried FishOven Fried Fish

Zesty Wheat Berry~Black Bean Chili
Sweet Potato Burrito
Pesto Pizza
Zucchini Parmesan Cakes


Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Veggies
Rigatoni with Meat Sauce
Asian Noodle Salad
Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Tomatoes and Parmesan


Apple Bacon Pancakes
Mexican Fiesta Bake
Monkey Bread
Quick Breakfast Tacos


Bananas Foster
Bananas & Chocolate
Banana Layer Cake
Cherry Almond Crumble
Chloe's K-9 Cake
Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies
Grilled Chocolate Sandwich
Healthier Carrot Cake
Lemon-Raspberry Muffins - low fat
Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes
Pear Bread Pudding
Pineapple & Raspberry dessert
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Strawberry Ice Cream


Honey Butter
Herb Butter

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December 29, 2009

Wildlife Sightings & Pets

Funky Chicken
I have a Tweet for you!  Owls!
Stow Away Baby Barn Owl
More Baby Barn Owls
Hoppity Hop~Baby Bunnies
Bit of Bad News on the Killdeer
Turkey Feathers
Big Fat Joey
The Return of Boss Hog~the Hummingbird
Deer Antlers
The Buck Stops Here
Poor Old Oak Tree Pin It

December 27, 2009

Cow Talk

Working the Calf Barn
Where's the Beef?
It's a Bull! It's a Bull! It's a Bull!
Recycle~Dairies Recycle Just About Everything! Poop Talk
Organic vs. Conventional Dairy
Freestall Barns
The Woods Behind the Lake
Behind the Scenes at a Colorado Feedlot
Brand New Calf
A Good Hand Sucking in the Morning
Our Biggest Delivery of the Year
An Afternoon at the Birthing Barn
Milk, Cola & the Strength of your Bones
Leisure Time for Dairy Cows
New FAO Report on Dairy and Greenhouse Gases
Get the Skinny on Butter Facts
Calves Out to Pasture
How a Calf is Born
The Big Mooove~Our Beef
Eat Meat Mondays
Meat and Global Warming
Where's the Beef?
Bulls Feeling Frisky
The Futureof Dairy
National Ag Week
Our New Bad Boy~New Holland
Fun Dairy Facts
Tips on Choosing Cheese
Dairy Myths vs. Fact
Is the milk you buy local?
How we finish up the Milking Day
Why do Bull Terrify Me?
Cows on the Loose
Happy Heifers and Baby Calves
What the Humane Society of the United States REALLY Stands For
A Visit by Water Quality Control
Bag Balm~Not just for Teats
The Hoof Trimmer
Guess how much sand we use and why
In response to the Nightline Story
What we feed our Cows
How Nutritious is Flavored Milk?
Cleaning the Calf Barn
Hormones in Milk?
Redwood Empire Holstein Association Dinner
Raw or Pasteurized Milk?
Vet Check
Get the Skinny on Lean Beef
The Dairy Judging Team
Dairy Goddess' Farm
Milking Time Pin It


Wrong Turn & Leftovers
Marin French Cheese Picnic Grounds
Day Trip to San Francisco
Playing Like a Tourist
Last Day of Farmers on Summer Vacation
Food of a Farmer's Summer Vacation
Farmers on Summer Vacation
Summer Home School
The 'New' Dairy Farm
From Generation to Generation
Grossi Dairy History
Date Night
All I wanted was Taco Shells and Beer + An Update on the Dirty Dozen
Mi Pueblo
My Arms Aren't Long Enough
Tractor Seats
Don't Try This At Home
How Does Your Garden Grow?
My New Ceramic Garlic Grater Plate
Tomales Bay-My Favorite Beach Area
Ribbons and Smiles
Slumber Party
Las Guitarras
An Afternoon at the Farmers Market
The Feel of Cotton & Shooting Lunch
Our West Marin Morning
Evil Little Thing
Ribbons & Floats
End of School Party
I believe we have a Budding Photographer
Pit Burning Party at Deer Camp
My Portuguese Heritage
Should I Be Worried?
Bryce's 4-H Cooking Assignment
Chloe turns a K-9 One
Where the Green Grass Grows
Horse & Rider Share Many Things
This Little Piggy
Bug Soup
First Bud of 2010
California Academy of Sciences
Organic~the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen
How old should you be to own a pocket knife?
Which is better Gas or Charcoal? Pin It

December 26, 2009

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Senator Mark Leno letter

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December 23, 2009

Blogging For 'Agvocacy'

Our family dairy is located in Novato, CA, just north of San Francisco.

My family: Dominic, my husband, Bryce (5) and Paige (4).  Dominic is a 4th generation Dairyman.

This past December, we attended the CA Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Anaheim.  Dominic sat in on a break-out session where Jeff Fowle, Ray Prock and Dino Giacomazzi spoke about the importance of farmers utilizing social media to tell their story.

A few days after returning home from the meeting, Dominic and I just happened to watch the movie Julie & Julia. 

Through Facebook I befriended  many farmers nation-wide.

And came in contact with the AgChat Foundation.  This past August I was fortunate to attend the AgChat Foundation Inaugaral Conference, held in Chicago.

Some blogging tips learned at the AgChat conference included:

  • Do not become defensive....just explain.
  • Talk about what makes your operation unique, but not at the expense of others in your industry.
  • Keep the message simple if you're targeting a "non-ag" audience.
  • Highlight the best parts of your farm/ranch & be honest & don't misrepresent it.
  • Keep in mind you're shaping opinions as you share about your farm.  Always try to educate.
  • Be creative & find new ways to attract followers & increase interaction.
  • Message quality is far more important than audience size.
  • Use different social media platforms to present a single message in a variety of ways.
  • Use resources such as Farm Bureau, commodity checkoffs, National Dairy Council & other allied organizations for up-to-date "talking points" and advice.
  • Never be afraid to try something new.
  • Keep improving upon what works for you.
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