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Those Jersey Girls…

One of the absolute BEST things we did last year was purchase a CSA share from our local raw dairy farm Deerfield Farm.  Every Wednesday we would argue over who would get to go pick up our milk, yogurt and soft cheese.  Mainly because we loved to hang out with cows.

IMG_20140723_154318These girls are real special.  They are loved, have a clean place to live, and see all that green behind them? They get to eat that ALLLL day!

So that means we get to bring home delicious raw milk that has an amazing cream line.

And we get all the health benefits of raw milk, plus the peace that comes with getting fresh air, listening to cows low and watch them frolic and play in the sunshine. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I cannot wait until it is milk CSA time again. It is coming up soon!






Macaroni and cheese going away brunch? Yes please!

This ain’t your mama’s mac and cheese!

Mariah is making her own farewell feast this morning as she heads back to college.  It has been a wonderful visit and has been such a joy to have her here with us.  Our Christmas was lovely! I cannot wait to see her again in February when Michael and I fly down for his Residential Institute at NOVA.


Cooking is such a HUGE part of our family tradition at the holiday times. I am  grateful she was able to enjoy all of her favorites, and try out a few new ones! This Mac and cheese is a combination of recipes – so actually she is making up her own recipe I guess. Some kind of Italian/Cowgirl theme going on here. Or maybe its just cheese and pork…yeah, that’s it.


She is using a rotelle pasta – cooked and cooled, shredded cheddar, mozz and pepperjack cheeses, cooked crispy crumbled bacon (yes, I said the b word!) diced fresh tomatoes and chunks of freshly roasted chicken breast (leftovers from last night’s roaster – we only eat the dark meat anyway.)


A bechamel sauce to bring together the pasta. cheeses, chicken and tomato, throw it in a casserole dish with some tasty parmesan on top and bake for about thirty minutes at 350.  There was a long conversation about folding in the bacon crumbles or sprinkling on top. I opted for the sprinkle on top version as Michael and I are watching our waistlines for bathing suit weather in 4 weeks…ahem…like a sprinkling of bacon will stem the tide of all that cheese. Yeah…no.

And the sweetness of sharing it with big brother Mikey and cousin Hannah!


Oh wowza…So delicious!!! Thanks Mariah!