Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reed's 4th Birthday Party!

This past weekend was Reed's dinosaur party! It has been all he's talked about for weeks! I was so excited to put such a fun party together for him, even when I was 37 weeks pregnant, and it was 100 degrees outside!

Sugar cookies with cocoa powder footprints!
Dino chicken nuggets are for meat eaters only!
Pb & J dino sandwiches are for plant eaters only!
Excavate the fossils out of the jello!
Don't be scared! That's just a watermelon t Rex! This melon actually grew in the rocks under Reed's swingset. He checked on it everyday and occasionally kissed it. It weighed 33lbs!
This is officially the coolest dino/volcano cake ever, made by my Aunt Candie.
It even smoked!
Reed loved everything!

These were the party favors I made...dino eggs!
Mix 1 cup coffee grounds, 1 cup flour, 1/4th cup sand, and 1/2 cup salt. Add water till you get to a good molding consistency (about 3/4th cup). Roll mixture around a plastic dinosaur. Bake 20-30 minutes at 175 degrees.
Now you can smash them open with a hammer and pull out the dino!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Miller Farms Hosts Local Bloggers!

This Spring, I was asked by some folks at Monsanto if we would be interested in hosting some bloggers on my farm.  Monsanto would furnish sweet corn for the bloggers to pick and pay for the meal/supplies.  I would have to do the rest. Well...sign us up! I love inviting people to the farm, and Lance loves talking. About the farm, I mean.

We planted the Seminis Sweet Corn on May 1st and watched it grow until it was time to partay!

We held the 1st annual Miller Farms Blogger Tour this past Monday. I would say it was a success! It was a bonus that no one had a heat stroke in the 100 degree temperatures, and my 37 week pregnant self didn't go into labor, haha.
Lance fixed up this Miller Farms limo, so we could tour the farm in style. He used some two seater folding chairs and attached them to the trailer with conduit clamps.

And we  were off on our tour!

We drove them by cotton and peanut fields, discussing everything from planting to spraying to harvesting. Hopefully, we didn't bombard them with too much information, and they were able to learn something!

I thought there were paparazzi on the farm  when Lance pulled up a peanut vine!

Seeing as I live here all the time, sometimes I forget how exciting farming can be, especially to someone who is never around it.

The next stop on the tour was the chicken houses. The coolest (literally) part of the tour! We showed the bloggers how everything worked, then they got to go inside and see our cute, week-old chicks.

On the way back to the farm shop, we stopped by the sweet corn patch and picked a few ears.

Or make that a few bag fulls!

Lunch was held in the shop behind our house.

We set up tables and chairs, and I decorated with checkered table cloths. I picked zinnias from my yard and poked them in some old coke bottles.

You can thank pinterest and our garden for the lunch served! Pasta salad, cucumber salad, fresh fruit, and strawberry shortcake on a stick!

Of course, I served some oven roasted corn!

We also had lemonade and strawberry lemonade.

And what farm lunch would be complete without mason jars!

Eat up!

After lunch, we played Corno! Which is basically bingo using corn products as spaces. Fun and educational!

Our first ever Corno winner, holding her new Farming Feeds Alabama chair donated by the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Even if they didn't win a game of Corno, no one went home empty handed thanks to the awesome bag of goodies also donated by th Alabama Farmers Federation!

If you would like to check out the bloggers who visited the farm or read about the tour from their own perspectives, here are there links!

Southern Plate
Aka Jane Random
Southern Kissed
Cosmopolitian Cornbread
Sweet Tea in the South

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Even Cornier...

Yeah, I know I just posted about growing corn. But, what happens when the corn you have grown is ready? Duh, you eat it! 
And here is my most favorite way to cook/eat it!
 After you pick it, just throw it in your oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
 When it is finished cooking, the corn looks a little crispy and brown around the edges.
 But as soon as you shuck it, it's ready to eat!
Nom, nom, nom...

This way also works great when putting up corn in the freezer! Just cut the cooking time down to 10 minutes, shuck the corn (which is soooo easy this way), and freeze! Easy peasy!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Warning: Corny Post Ahead!

No, seriously...it's all about corn!
This year, we got to plant about an acre of  Seminis Roundup Ready sweet corn, which was supplied to us by Monsanto (all opinions/photos are my own!). That means the corn can be sprayed with Roundup, which means there will be less weeds in the corn patch! (And if you know me, that means, less fear of seeing a snake! ha)

Of course, I leave the planting to the experts.

This is what the seed looks like going into the planter hopper.
We put four rows of it in our garden, the rest was planted in a small field behind our house.

Here's the corn after two weeks...

After one month...

After two months...

Reed's saying, "look the corn will be ready soon!". No, actually, Reed is saying, "take a picture of me eating this."
At this point, the ears have formed and are filling out on the stalk.  How does that happen, you ask? You were asking that, right?
When corn starts forming it's ears (usually one per stalk, sometimes two), it will start forming the cob inside the shuck.

The tassels (in above pic) form at the same time as the ears. This is the male part of the plant.

The pollen off the tassels fall onto the silks of the cob, which pollinates the corn kernels. Each silk has to be pollinated or a kernel won't form. After the kernels are pollinated, the silks go from a yellow color to a brown color. At this time, the corn can be checked to see if it is ready to eat. If this was field corn, it would still need to dry before combining.
Should be some good eating soon! And for the next decade, considering we planted an entire acre, haha.