Is BlogHer12 a Possibility? My BlogHer11 Recap!

With BlogHer11 being held in San Diego this year, it was doable for me since California is my home state and it's a quick flight down to southern California.  How could I not go?   At opening session on Friday morning, BlogHer announced that BlogHer12 will go back to NYC next year!  Exciting right?! ...more

Rice, Soy, Almond "Milk" or "Drink"?

Rice, Soy, Almond "Milk" or "Drink"?   I just arrived home from Lake Tahoe, sat down on the couch to relax and picked up the Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer and on the back page an ad for Rice Drink is being advertised.  It reads:Tader Joe's Organic Rice Drink is one of those "milk" drinks that aren't actually made with dairy products, so, technically, we can't call them milk.  But let's be honest; w...more

Top Ten Things I Love About Fall & My Garden Grew!

We've spotted the first signs of fall at our house.  Some of my favorite things of fall are; * harvesting our vegetable garden * the changing of the leaves * the crisp cool air while being sunny at the same time * the promise of a crackling fire soon to come * baking ...more

What is the best source of calcium and are you getting enough?

Since 1980, milk consumption in this country has dropped by more than 22 percent. What happened? When did we stop needing milk? Many American households still don’t drink the amount of milk they probably should and have largely replaced the milk in their diets with sodas, energy drinks, bottled teas, juice and bottled water. Why is milk important you might ask? Here's one reason I can think of....... It takes calcium to build strong bones....more

Do you think people know what good milk tastes like anymore? We get our milk delivered from a ...more

Art & Garden

Paige and I had a girl's morning / early afternoon day at Petaluma's Art and Garden Festival.  So many sites to see, taste and smell.  Petaluma's Art & Garden Festival was started in 2002 by volunteers and the Petaluma Downtown Association as a way to raise funds for the beautification of downtown Petaluma, and to provide a place to showcase the work local artists and gardeners....more

Organic vs. Conventional Dairy Farms


Pig Scramble

As most of you know, the kids and I spent three entire, long days at our local country fair while Dominic was away on his Scotland trip.  Saturday was Farmer's Day where there were all kinds of activities to participate in such as team penning, wild cow milking, calf scramble, boot scramble, egg toss, etc.  Bryce was able to participate in the pig scramble and the boot scramble.  ...more

Picking up Hay

Another work morning with Dominic.  We are having SO much fun!  My father-in-law just cut and baled, I don't know how many oat hay bales that are ready to be stacked and moved.  We needed to pick up a truck load to stack for the Dry Cows (cows that are not milking and / or ready to give birth anytime).  I drove the truck while Dominic and the two assistants followed behind loading the truck. ...more

Portuguese & Spanish Wine & Food Event

Saturday my sister, Lisa and I attended a Spanish & Portuguese wine tasting event at Vine and Barrel.  If you remember my recent post about my Portuguese heritage, you know that my family is Portuguese and I try to attend anything Portuguese, if I can. ...more

Brand New Baby Calf

<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We never know what we might find on any given day, going&nbsp;to work with Dominic.&nbsp; This morning, as we were feeding the Dry Cows (cows that are not milking at the moment) I happened to look over and&nbsp;spotted a&nbsp;Mama cow with some afterbirth discharging........&nbsp;which can only mean there's a baby somewhere close by.&nbsp; This type of thing&nbsp;can be&nbsp;a&nbsp;normal happening for Dominic to find, but the kids and I are not&nbsp;usually around during the scho...more