Future Milk Cow 

I’m getting a milk cow. And I am beyond excited for her! The problem however, is that she is just not quite two weeks old. And she won’t be lactating until she’s 2 years old. Sooooo I’ve got 2 years to wait before I can begin milking her. I’ve already started pinteresting milk cow related blogs and dreaming about all the fresh milk recipes . Ugh!!

My father in law AI’d (artificially inseminated) one of the cows to a Brown Swiss this past May. AI-ing is never a 100% guarantee that the cow got pregnant. Their cycle has to be in complete sync, the semen used has to be good, etc etc. Same as when humans do the in vitro pregnancy, (or whatever it’s called). Anyways, my point is, just because this cow was bred to a milk cow, doesn’t mean it’ll get pregnant by it!(vs the clean up Bulls). So we passed that “IF”. But then there was the chance it was a bull calf and not a heifer. Well, lucky for me, she got pregnant with brown Swiss semen AND she had a heifer calf! (They say that the AI-ing has a 60% success rate. And then there’s the 50-50% chance it’ll be a heifer calf. So basically, I had a 30% chance of getting my milk cow!) The amount of excitement I had/still have for this future with my milk cow will just drive jed nuts haha!!

Meet Daisy! I had trouble settling for a name for her. It helped that the name had to be short enough to fit on an ear tag. I had once wanted to name my kid Daisy, had a Daisy themed room as a kid, and daisies are simply my *favourite* or always loving flower. So it just seemed fitting to name my milk cow Daisy! Jed even drew a Daisy on her ear tag. I’m writing this from my phone and it’s automatically capitalizing the d of Daisy. My phone gets that it’s not just a flower but  name. I like that.

She’s brown, has a special teal/turquoise ear tag with a name and not a number. She is already special! Now to have the next two years fly by!


Fresh Bagels

I had been wanting to make bagels for quite the while. I had made them once with my friend Margaret of Pure Pearl Homestead but that was only once! And bagels don’t last long! I had the windows open, seedlings warming on the windowsill, house tidied up and went to making these easy bagels this morning!

1 tbsp instant yeast
4c flour (I used white)
2tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2c warm water
2 quarts water
2tbsp brown sugar

1. Combine all the dough ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead vigorously by hand (or stand mixer with dough hook) for 10 minutes
2. The dough will be stiff. Place dough in greased bowl, and cover with a towel. Let rest for 1.5hrs. This is to relax the gluten, rather than have it rise. It will rise a bit.
3. Transfer dough to work surface and divide into 8 pieces.  Roll each piece into a smooth, round ball. This would be the time to add raisins, chocolate chips, etc.  Cover with dish towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
4. While the dough is resting, prepare water bath by heating the water and brown sugar to a gentle boil in a wide pan. Preheat oven to 425.
5. Use your pointer finger to poke a hole through the center of each all, then twirl the dough on your finger to stretch the hole until it is about 2″ in diameter. They will puff up considerably once you boil them. Place bagel on parchment lined paper or greased cookie sheet. Repeat with all bagels.
6. Transfer bagels to simmering water. Increase the heat to bring the water to a good oil. Cook for 2 minutes, and then flip and cook 1 minute more. Remove from water, and place back on cookie sheet and repeat with remaining bagels.
7. Bake the bagels for about 20-25 minutes, or until browned to your preference. (I flipped them and let them brown a bit on the other side). To top with seeds, remove from the oven after about 15 minutes, brush with water, and sprinkle with seeds. Return to oven to finish baking.
8. Cool on rack for a few minutes and serve warm!

Most recipes have step by step photo instruction but it drives me nuts trying to find the recipe at the bottom, while the pics are still loading and then moving you all over the place! Soooo pictures are after the recipe from me!!


the dough after it sat for 1.5hrs


the little balls resting for 30 minutes





The final outcome! So tasty!