A hot summer day calls for this Strawberry Crisp Milkshake made with fresh berries!
Welcome to our week long celebration of June being #DairyMonth hosted by From Gate to Plate and Cooking With Carlee. We look forward to sharing all things dairy with you as we are putting together our best recipes using cow milk, goat milk butter, cream and cheeses. We can’t wait to share them with you.
When a whole month is dedicated to an aspect of agriculture… it’s time to celebrate! I didn’t have my ducks in a row last month for Beef Month (which is my favorite, of course!) so I knew I had to get with some bloggy friends and put something together!
Dairy is such a misunderstood part of ag. It’s not about ripping babies away minutes after they’re born like some misinformed believe…. it’s about so much more than that! I will talk a little more about life on a dairy cow farm later this week when I introduce a friend from the East Coast!
I didn’t grow up on a dairy farm… I grew up on a beef farm. Granted there were a few times when we had a milk cow… even though she was of the “beef” breed. Most the time when that happened around our farm was when the mama had way too much milk for her own baby and the baby wasn’t keeping up which in return could of led the cow to get mastitis… and that’s something we do not want–so we’d milk her and either my mom would drink the raw milk or we’d jus feed it to the cats! Sometimes it would be because mama cow lost her baby during birth and so we had to “graph” (which means we had to help mama cow adopt a new baby) a new calf onto her, but needed to milk her out so she didn’t “dry up” before the process was finished. You can get lucky sometimes and it only take a day or two to graph a new calf and other times it can take two weeks. Long process, but it’s part of the job!
Fast forward to present day where my husband and I are doing our own thing in addition to our family farms…. we now have goats.
So may know that our Saturdays revolve around his families sale barn. Well…. about six weeks ago, the husband comes into the kitchen (I now run that) and tells me he bought something. That something turned into four little dairy goats.
Wilbur, Charlotte, Billy and Bob.
(Here’s Billy.. or maybe it’s Bob. I just call them both Billy Bob to be safe haha–thinking it’s supper time!)
We had been talking about getting some goats to eat all the weeds that had been growing behind our house after some dozing work had been done. We hadn’t talked about getting goats that day. The fence wasn’t done! We didn’t have anything set up for them. Oh well… what do you do?! I brought then home and turned them lose in our rabbit ground pen (it’s rather large let me tell you–no sarcasm) that was vacant at the time. The four babies spent a few hours in the pen eating the tall grass that had grown up in there because I haven’t had rabbits in quite awhile. I then let them out and is all they wanted to do was follow me around. The played all over the yard, running, jumping and getting chased by the dogs because they weren’t quite sure what to think. They didn’t mind though. They’d come and stand by the glass door looking into the house wondering when I was going to bring them a bottle because of course.. they were bottle babies being that they were dairy goats. It wasn’t very much later and we got them a make-shift pen put up.
7 days later… guess what. More goats. Yup, the husband bought more goats. Our pen had to be built bigger.
7 more days later… you guessed it. More goats. Now this is when I put my foot down and tell him we have enough goats.
So our pen had to be made even bigger. Now it is finished and it’s not a make-shift pen anymore. We’re up to 19 goats… sadly Wilbur and Charlotte died 🙁 It never fails… once you name something… they’re always the first to go.
There’s a constant battle for King of the Spools going on as well. It’s always entertaining.
We do have a few nanny goats in the group, but I don’t expect any babies… If we do end up with some… I might have to learn how to milk a goat 😛
In the mean time though… I’ll continue to make delicious ice cream and milkshakes and play with the beef cows and goats 🙂
- Strawberry Crisp Ingredients
- 2 1/2 cups strawberries, chopped
- 1/8 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Streusel Ingredients
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup quick oats
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, cold, cubed
- Ice Cream Ingredients
- 2 cups (16 ounces) half and half
- 1 cup (8 ounces) heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
- Preheat oven to 350*F
- Lightly grease a loaf pan
- In a large bowl, combine all strawberry crisp ingredients and pour into prepared loaf pan
- Then prepare streusel ingredients by combining all in a mixing bowl and mix until crumbly or use a fork to smash ingredients together :)
- Sprinkle half the streusel on top of the strawberry mixture and set remaining aside
- Bake at 350* for 20-30 minutes
- Meanwhile, combine the ice cream ingredients over medium heat, stirring occassionally until steaming and not *Not a simmer though*
- Remove from heat and cover for 30 minutes
- Once base has sat for 30 minutes place and your crisp is out of the oven, place roughly a cup or two of crisp mixture into the base
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours
- Now it's time to spin your ice cream in your ice cream machine until soft serve consistency
- Once that happens, blend a spoonful or two of your crisp and mix it with your ice cream and serve!
- Top with additional strawberry crisp if desired!
Be sure to check out the Dairy Goodness below and come back each day this week for more recipes!
Avocado Ranch Dressing by Tip Garden
Frosty Chocolate Pie by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Gluten Free Penne with Brie, Fig and Rosemary by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Rhubarb Sauce by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
Orange Creamsicle Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake by Cooking With Carlee
Peaches and Cream Smoothie from Feeding Big
Strawberry Crisp Milkshake by From Gate to Plate
White Cheddar and Bacon Pasta Salad by Palatable Pastime
Whole Milk Yogurt Banana Cream Muffins by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Milk Braised Chicken Thighs from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
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