Winter In Black and White… And A Colorful Give-Away!

I don’t know what it is about winter that makes me think in black and white.  Do you?  I have to just be honest and say that I’m a summer-time girl.  I like green grass, green trees, bright colored flowers, red tomatoes and yellow squash in my garden.  I even like the hot, humid sweat rolling off my face!



But I positively LOVE the sweet little black calves that are born in the winter.  And how do they even tolerate the cold?  We do have fairly mild winters here in Tennessee.  I mean, they don’t seem mild to me, but for those folks buried in snow, we’re pretty lucky.




This little calf was our first one of the year.  Born in an open field (his Momma’s choice, not ours!) in freezing cold blowing ice.  I always wonder how they survive that cold weather when they are just tiny little wet creatures?




But what I notice when I see a new born calf is that their Momma licks and licks them. For hours.   I know that this is for multiple purposes but when I watched her licking this little calf I saw the steam rising off of its little body and I knew she was warming it up. And then of course they nurse right away and you’ve got to know that warm milk just makes them toasty inside!




But back to the business of the wintertime blues… or blacks actually.  There are a lot of positives.  Our farm is gorgeous in the winter.  You can see in the woods, where you can’t in the summertime.  Everything just gives you the feeling that it is taking a deep breather before the busyness of spring arrives.




Even our view from the hilltop is lovely in the winter time because we can see houses and things we don’t see in the summertime because of the thick covering of trees.


But because of the gray days, I spend my winters surrounding myself with color in other areas.  My Craft Room (which also doubles as library, office, and play room for the grand-girls) is a bright and colorful room where I spend a lot of my time.

I love to embroider with bright colors and sew with beautiful fabric.  Color cheers me up and makes me so very happy.  Which is one of the reasons why, when I opened the Milk Cow Kitchen book, written by our very own Farmgirl MaryJane, I started grinning from ear to ear.  I mean, seriously.  All you have to do is look at the colorful Table Of Contents pages to know it’s going to be a great book!

This is a HAPPY book.  Every page is amazing.  Whether it is a cookbook or a coffee table book, I love books that have a cover that says, “open me” and text that is readable and formatted in an engaging way.  This is definitely that.

The photography is out of this world.

I’ve recently started noticing food photography and how important styling is.  This book is full of beautiful styling.

I also love books that have step by step instructions with pictures.  They are more interesting and tell a story, don’t you think?  I don’t know that I will ever use the information below, but I read every word anyway.  The text font, colors, and formatting just keeps you captive.

I think this book was made for my kitchen.  It just belongs there amidst all my color.

So…..  I’ve got a treat for you!  MaryJane has given me an autographed book to share with one lucky Farmgirl.   All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave me a comment!  It doesn’t even matter what the comment is about!

Even if you already own this book, please enter the giveaway anyway because if you win you can gift this book to another Farmgirl… and put some color in her black and white wintery days!

I’ll announce the winner in two weeks, February 6.

Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.


P.S.  Can I just say thank you to all of our wonderful Farmgirls that comment on this blog, email and add color to my winter?  It is amazing how much it brightens my day!


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  1. susana says:

    Love it! love color…hate winter with a passion…. makes me doubly depress (deal with seasonal depression-becase I can’t get enough if the D vitamin, sunshine) so color for me in the winter is stimulating too! Seeing your beautiful photographs ooze my mind to look for ways to get thru the dreary winter bles. Just love the scenery….. those rolling hills ….I miss from Pennsylvania…so here where I live I look for birds and critters in the winter. Books also get me thru the middle of winter…all that color in the book stimulate me to be creative…its probably what draws me to Mary James magazine….and Pinterest….. wish Mary Jane Farms could have a magazine issue come- out every month! I need stimulation in the winter more because of my depression! I don’t know how I would get the winter without magazines and those with color do help me! Recently I
    took an interest in making some thing new once a month and reorganizing my house because of the stimulation I get from magazines.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Susana, You are SO smart having a goal to make something new once a month and reorganize your house. I set goals for myself like that too! I think it is good for all of us. – Dori –

  2. susana says:

    I couldn’t say everything…because you can’t go back and flix a word once you get past a complete point, but I love the blogging capabilities where….
    we can express and read because of Mary Jane Farms! Love your blog! Keep them a coming! Love your photos! Love still being a part of the farming community even though I’m just a back yard farmer. Thanks fir the lovely blog….it puts a new slant on winter photography for me! Love the back cows and stories…. it takes me back to my childhood wh’en my dad had a farm! Thanks for the memories!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Good morning Susana, winter photography can be very neat. I just need to get out in it more! :-) – Dori –

  3. Sandy says:

    The book is beautiful. I would love to read it and share it with a couple friends.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Sandy, it is such a beautiful book. Everyone needs one! – Dori –

    • Pat G (Shortcake) says:

      I just love those beautiful baby & mom pictures. You are blessed. I also have the book & love it & would love to win another one for my daughter who lives in Iowa. I happen to live in the evergreen state of Wa, but that does not mean we do not have winters! I love the time to catch up on reading, quilting, & rest!

      • Dori Troutman says:

        Pat, Those mom and baby pictures are the best! Love those precious little babies! – Dori –

  4. Grace says:

    Love your pictures!

  5. june says:

    This looks like a great book. I’m a former librarian and have a great appreciation for books. I love the pictures and the feel of the pages as I turn them. Not a Kindle fan.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      June, I’m not really a Kindle fan either. I have one and sometimes if I can’t sleep I night it is great because I can read without bothering my husband… but honestly, I would rather hold a book in my hands! – Dori –

  6. Maureen says:

    Color can certainly be a mood lifter, as well as sunshine. We’ve been having some pretty unusual cold, gray days here in Colorado. I can’t wait to start my quilting class next month. It’s a beautiful quilt along with bright blues, pinks and butterflies. It will be a fun addition to welcome spring, for sure! Love the cows. I think it’s their soulful eyes that touch my heart.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Maureen, I love sunshine, that is probably what I’ve been missing the most! How fun you are taking a quilting class. I really want to start a new quilt. And yes, yours will be the perfect spring addition. Send me pictures when you’re done! Those calves eyes ARE the sweetest. – Dori –

  7. Heidi Gonderman says:

    I LOVE Mary Jane’s magazine and your blog!! It is so refreshing to step inside your world and see what it happening on the farm! Love those sweet baby calves!!

  8. As much as I love the serenity of your black and white pictures, it’s definitely the color photographs that make me smile! I recently looked through some cookbooks at a used bookstore, and there have been some major changes over the years–particularly in the photography. Look’s like MaryJane’s book has some of the best food photography I’ve ever seen!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Lisa, Funny how black and white pictures are very serene isn’t it? But, yeah… those colored pictures make us smile! Yes, the photography in MJ’s book is amazing. – Dori –

  9. Dori, I love your black and white cow photos…I could imagine them in print, framed in a black frame, hanging on a wall or over a fireplace. Great shots! I’d want to sit and watch those cows all day!

    I love your kitchen! So colorful and cheerful. I noticed your colorful vintage Pyrex right away, too. 😉 Anyway, we get bleak, grey, wet weather with no sun for long periods of time here in Connecticut. That’s when I hunker down and enjoy “indoor color”, too. I love to spend time in the kitchen, where it’s colorful and bright and cheery. I also love to craft with color, as well. Winter gives us a break from the outdoor chores of summer.

    This is another great post, another one where I think, “Gosh, I want to meet this farmgirl!” :)

    Farmgirl Hugs,
    Nicole (Suburban Farmgirl Blogger)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Nicole! I’m working on a photo gallery wall in my house and thinking along the same lines as you… black and white cow photos in black frames. I’ll let you know! :-)

      Oh, the vintage pyrex. I LOVE THAT STUFF!!! The awesome thing is that I use it. I have the four colored mixing bowls that I use every single day. They are my favorites!

      – Dori –

      P.S. Time to plan a “meet-up”?! :-) Deb and I have been talking about it too!

  10. Judy says:

    Greetings Dori from NE VT
    Here winter starts early and sticks around. If you look carefully at the snow, you will notice different shades and off shades of white, not to mention the variety of textures and sounds as the snow yields to your steps. Here, sometimes our windshield ice even has a pretty shade of blue to it.
    Thank you for sharing your ranch and home with us.
    Thank you also for the beautiful photos of Milk Cow Kitchen. I’ve already put it on my wish list.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Judy, I’ve never been to VT; I would love to though. Maybe some year. I’ve never lived where there is consistent snow and I love how you talked about the different shades of white. And the textures and sounds of the snow under your steps? I could hear it. Thanks for sharing that! – Dori –

  11. Tanya says:

    Like you, I prefer summer but relish the winters for the change of scenery. Although I don’t live in the gorgeous countryside like you, I still like being able to see things that aren’t visible when the trees are full. Thanks for sharing your wonderful farm scenery!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Tanya, I do love the season changes. And honestly there are a lot of things I really love about winter. I especially love hearing the rain on our metal roof! – Dori –

  12. Wendy says:

    I just love everything you do!

  13. Lisa H says:

    I agree the endless days with clouds and haze can get to a person. I live near Lake Michigan and we are in what seems to be endless clouds for days and weeks at a time. But winter has its own beauty. I love the stillness and peacefulness winter brings. I love seeing the dried grasses blow against the background of white. The biggest reason I love winter…because it makes spring so unbelievably special. I have a counter in my office at work that is counting down the days to the first day of spring…we are under 60 days! Get out those seed catalogs and start making your plans. We will be digging in the warmed earth again soon. Until then, why not make a picnic and have it on the floor of your favorite room? No, it won’t be the same without fresh sliced tomatoes, or fresh picked corn on the cob, but who can resist a good potato salad? Hang in there everyone, Spring is coming. Force some spring bulbs to brighten your day or do as my craft club is doing this weekend, make some paper flowers to brighten the corners of your room.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Lisa, I can’t imagine what it would be like around Lake Michigan with the endless clouds. I’ve heard that before. Winter does definitely have it’s own beauty. And you are so right… it does make spring that much more special! I’m thinking tea party with my grand girls is the order of the day sometime soon!!! :-) Thanks for planting that seed in my mind. – Dori-

  14. Betty Thompson says:

    I was either born to the wrong parents (city dwellers) or the wrong century. Keep up the great, and I mean great, blog.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Betty, isn’t it nice that city dwellers can still be farm girls?! :-) Thanks for reading and following along. – Dori –

  15. Phyllis says:


  16. Maria Reyes says:

    I thought I was alone when it came to depressive winters but I’ finding out that it is very common. The minute children go back to school I feel challenged knowing that winter is just around the corner and I also dread the time change. Its puts me in a depressive mood thinking that my days get shorter. Knowing that other people suffer from this, and reading about it, actually helped me. I’m also very sensitive to the cold so the combination of it all just isn’t good. Thank you for your wonderful post.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Maria, I think as I get older I’m more sensitive to the cold too. That could be part of it for me! Feeling my age! – Dori –

  17. Gail says:

    I’m one of the odd ones who love winter.
    Our Michigan winters can be cold. But God shows His beauty in ways the other seasons can’t.
    But I love the fall as well.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Gail, I think it is wonderful that you love winter. And yes, God shows in beauty in so many beautiful way each season. – Dori –

  18. Karen K. says:

    Would love this beautiful cookbook to brighten my counter top!

  19. shawna m says:

    Here in Southern California winter is the only time we get green & color. The rest of the year is so dry everything is brown. Being a Minnesota girl this is hard because I am used to just the opposite. So while the rest of the country is freezing which by the way I miss terribly I enjoy three months of green grass & trees because I know the other nine months will be brown and that’s when I will have my “summertime blues”.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Shawna, I’m a little familiar with Southern California and winter is the best time of year there! :-) I’m sure being from Minnesota with your beautiful summers it is a little hard to take not having that. Brown is not a fun color for the grass! – Dori –

  20. natalie says:

    What beautiful pictures of beautiful beasts.Thank you for taking them

  21. Michelle says:

    So…possibly relocating with a very special man. It’s an exciting proposition…living in God’s Country…rolling hills, Black Angus dotting the landscape…making a home in the country…a cozy, rustic place… “A Little Bit o’ Little House”. I’m excited for the adventure that awaits and yet, terrified of the unknown. Puttin’ on my Big Girl Boots though and packing my canner and Mason jars with love and heading North!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Michelle, relocating is hard no matter the circumstances. When we moved out here to the South, it was the most exciting days for us. We had been looking forward to and planning for years. But it was a shock to me how difficult it was adjusting. I love it now, loved it then… but it still took some time to settle in. A good attitude is key and I think you’ve got that! Good luck. Keep me posted! – Dori-

  22. sharon says:

    Hey there, from the driftless region of Wisconsin. Your views look very similar to mine at this time of year, though our ground is covered in snow. I too love seeing the neighboring farms just out of sight when the woods are full. Though I don’t have any cows or cattle, most of my neighbors do. I hear their animals calling from time to time and enjoy seeing them gleaning the fields now and chowing down when the grass is green. What I do have is chickens, and my rooster is the only one around. Now and then the winds blow his announcements far enough for them to hear and later tell me the happiness his raucousness brings to their ears.
    Thanks for sharing the photos of your new little one and my best wishes that all the expectant moms have such success delivering this year. Give that little bull calf nose a kiss for me.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Sharon, I would love to see Wisconsin. I hear it is such a gorgeous state. Maybe sometime! – Dori –

  23. Heather (nndairy) says:

    LOVE your calf photos! We have a dairy herd and we start calving in March. (Our winters are a little more white than yours :) so we don’t have any calves in the winter). It’s amazing how much joy and “color” they can bring into our lives isn’t it? MaryJane’s book looks great in your colorful house, but I can’t help admiring the spoons holding it up. Did you make that? Thanks for sharing your farm life with us and for the great giveaway!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Heather, YES those calves definitely bring job and color to our days! I hope your calving goes well. Keep me posted! – Dori –

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi again, Heather. I forgot to respond to your question about the spoons. No I did not make those. They came from my favorite store, Anthropologie. I love them. – Dori –

  24. Deb Rowley says:

    I have several of Mary Jane’s books, but not this one. I love pouring over the pages, trying new recipes or sewing or crafting. So much fun!

  25. Mary Rauch says:

    Since you said we could post on any subject, and now I am enjoying more of your photos showing your overview of the hillsides and land lower than your house, may I re-ask a question I posted to you long ago? …. What is the main water supply to your home? Are there wells and pumps? … or ??
    I’d love to have that beautiful giveaway book! Please count me in!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Mary, I do remember you asking that question in the beginning! I actually plan to write a post on our house and building it on our hilltop. But it might have to be a post of 10,000! If you can believe it, we have a 100 acre farm and we have CITY WATER! :-) But we did have to install a pump at the bottom of the hill in order to boost the water up to the top. It is an above ground pump in our little pump house – it works great! Thanks for asking the question again! – Dori –

  26. I am truly a “farm-girl” at heart. I live in the city now but I have brought my Holstein cow collection with me and still collect unique farm things. I would love to add your “Mike Cow Kitchen” book to my recipe book collection. I love your photos and gift of writing. Keep it up!! -Diana-

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Diana, I love how we can live anywhere and be farm girls at heart. How fun that you have your Holstein cow collection with you! Thanks for reading! – Dori –

  27. Colette says:

    Hi Dori,

    That calf is a beauty! I got my first milk cow this winter. June is a 4 year old Guernsey due to calf in May (so thankful it it won’t be mid-winter for my first calf!) I purchased Milk Cow Kitchen shortly after June came to live on my farm and have been enjoying the book just as much as you. I have a friend who is my back-up milker that I would love to gift with this book. Susana – you gave me motivation to get cleaning/reorganizing. Guess I know what I will be doing this weekend!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Colette, What a great gift that would be for your friend. I really want a milk cow… trying to figure out how we can fit it in! – Dori –

  28. Kristy says:

    When I stand on the steps to my back door, I see the world of Currier and Ives. This is seasonless, but so much more apparent in the winter. I live about two blocks from the center of Crown Point Indiana, which was established in the 1830’s. The houses aren’t as old as the original log cabins, in my neighborhood, but they have that older mood. Many are yellow, or white. With the leaves off the trees, snow on the ground, and an overcast sky, it isn’t much brighter than your black and white world. The world is pretty interesting.

    I have tons of color inside. I work on quilts and go to museums in Chicago. However, seeing things without color adds clarity.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Kristy, oh my I would love to see what you see when you step out your back door. I bet your area is beautiful. I’ve been to Indiana once and loved it. The world is VERY interesting, you are so correct. And I love what you said about seeing things without color adding clarity – someone also said it adds serenity. Clarity and serenity; I love that. – Dori –

  29. Angie says:

    Your little calf is adorable, brings back memories of bottle feeding …they are strong even when small. Your craft/library/playroom looks bright and inviting and fun. The book looks amazing.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Angie, those little calves are very strong. It’s kind of incredible. The book is awesome! – Dori –

  30. Rebecca Wagner says:

    I love the pictures of your lovely home and land. Seems like heaven on earth!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Rebecca, thank you. Yes, our farm and surrounding area is like a little piece of heaven. – Dori –

  31. I love the book too. It sits next to my work computer and it is so relaxing to look at a couple of pages after a meeting.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Starletta, Oh what a great place for the book. It is VERY realizing and peaceful. – Dori –

  32. Kim L. says:

    I completely agree with you about color. For some reason, I like to put something red in every room. I guess I see red as cheerful and full of depth. I really like how the color in the pictures you shared pops out from your white shelving/walls. Many blessings that the rest of your calving season goes well.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Kim, red is my go-to color too. I love it. I have red pendant barn lights in my kitchen – 4 of them! They make me so happy! – Dori –

  33. cindy says:

    I am one of those that live in the winter snow (Colorado) and am also a summer (sunlight) person. Luckily we get alot of sunny days in the winter. I open all the curtains and let as much light in as possible. My project this winter is to paint the inside of the house. I am only doing one wall at a time so that I don’t wear myself out, but it is coming along. It will feel so fresh and clean in the spring.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Cindy, the West really does get sunlight in the winter doesn’t it? It can be so bitterly cold but at least the sun shines! What a great wintertime project – painting the inside of your house. – Dori –

  34. Joan says:

    I love the seasons! Here in the mid eastern plains of CO. we get all kinds of color all year, right now it is mostly shinning white, snow with sun but oh we do have some of the best colors there are. I love how right here in my little space I do get the colors because I no longer am able to travel to see the great colors of TN. – one of my most fav places to be. But I thank God I got to go,do,see all that I did. I am totally into color for my living inside and reading cookbooks is a hobby of mine, although I’ve read them to tatters, one with great pic’s like MJ’s would be a real treat for me, thank you MJ for the offer and good luck to everyone. God Bless.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Joan, the four seasons really do give a person a lot of different colors doesn’t it? I think TN is one of my favorite places to be too! Reading cookbooks is a hobby of mine too! I always have a pile next to my bed! Ha Ha! – Dori –

  35. Tracy says:

    The book looks fascinating! And very colorful. Would love to receive a copy!

  36. Cheryl says:

    I have a new sewing/craft room that looks a lot like your picture. And that book would sure look good setting on a self there!!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Cheryl, don’t you love a bright and cheerful craft room? And yes the book would look great! – Dori –

  37. Marcie says:

    Hi Dori,
    You’re right about the colors of wintertime. It’s almost like Mother Nature is giving the farmers and gardeners time off to rest up for the coming spring, when the work springs forward again with its bright colors. Wintertime is the restful time for the soil and the soul. We too, find indoor projects to fill our hours at this time of the year. I plan our next garden, based on what worked or did not work in years past and how many vegetables will still be in the freezer when it is time to plant again.

    Love your photos of the season, indoors and outdoors.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Marci, I love to think of Mother Nature giving everyone a time of rest. It really does make Spring amazingly wonderful doesn’t it?! – Dori –

  38. JP says:

    Dori, the colorful pictures on your blog today gave me a lift of spirits on this gray foggy day in Oregon. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of life on your ranch. I always look forward to your blog and thank you for entering me in your giveaway.

  39. kimmie says:

    this time of year, between the snow and the mud, a girl just needs a little color – I find myself wandering the aisles of the fabric store loading WAY too many bolts into my cart, reveling in all the colors and potential projects ahead of me. The book looks like a less expensive way to satisfy my need for color (and it won’t fill my crafts closet to the brim, either)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Kimmie, I think the mud is what really gets to me! :-) And yes, I go to the fabric store and do the exact same thing!! Or the scrapbook store and buy beautiful paper I don’t need! :-) – Dori –

  40. CJ Armstrong says:

    Thanks for your post Dori!
    I’d like to enter the book giveaway because I’d love to gift it to one of the farmgirls in our Henhouse, if I should be the lucky winner. I do own the book and love it.

    Love your black and white photos and the color ones as well. I’m hoping to get to some embroidery here soon, even for a little while. Seems like it’s my plan for winter and then I don’t get to it. I have, however, been quite successful in cleaning, sorting and purging “stuff” from my house!

    Thanks again Dori!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      CJ, this book would be the ultimate best gift for a farm girl…I so agree with you! I love embroidery in the wintertime. I’m working on a set of tea towels for a wedding gift for my niece and they are coming along so nicely. – Dori –

      • susana says:

        Hows those tea towels coming along? Been trying to complete a few embroidered items for my daughters wedding…but can’t seem to get to them…Im trying to get my house in order before my daughters wedding…organizing, cleaning
        one room, one shelf at a time. To be we can add photos here…But was wondering, did we have tl say we were interested in the book? Would be nice and cheerful. Interested .didnt know we had to say. I have no memory on my tablet for books, wish I had a Kindle. But books are nice.

  41. Kellie says:

    I love the way nature makes things look different in different seasons! The pictures of Mama and her calf make me happy as I have such a love for how they know what to do and do it well….especially in the cold weather….being from Ohio originally, we did not see many babies born in the wintertime, but now we are in NC and we live on a dirt road….we see new borns all the time now and each new one we see as we drive past, we make sure to mention to each other how beautiful this season is and how these little ones do so well here…Thanks for your great blog! I read it all the time and I so love you pictures….love the vintage kitchen ware :) we have some of the same!~!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Kellie, nature does make things look so different in each season. I do love that. I’ve never been to NC… I really want to visit there. Maybe someday! I love my vintage kitchen things too – and I use them, so it makes it all that much nicer! – Dori –

  42. Brenda N. says:

    I am one of the northerners buried in snow. As long as it stays above 0, it isn’t so bad! Seems like a lot of people are housecleaning while it’s cold outside. I find I am doing the same thing! Great time to purge, and paint to brighten things up!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Brenda, I just wonder how I would manage in the snow??? I would probably be crying! And cleaning, painting, sewing, and cooking! :-) – Dori –

    • susana says:

      Northerner here to but in Niagara county it varies how much snow we get, I’m so close to the falls but protected from the snow fall; if the lakes are frozen over, as were in the section between two lakes.but if the lakes are thawed, we get snow. We got a heat wave this week….got up to 30 degrees today! But in the weather report, its to change back to single digits! Bbbbrrrrrrrz! What I do love about the snow is seeing it fall on my pine tree and see the footprints in the snow of the birds marking a path up to my door . The birds looking for lunch on me! seeds and bread crumbs, I put them out when the weather gets wintery, feeding them to keep them here! Life in the winter time without birds singing and chirping is like pure hell for me to deal with winter. Love the sounds of birds singing too! Hope everyone is doubling up on your vitamin D….it really does help get thru winter.

  43. Patti Hurlburt says:

    Looks like a wonderful book this farm girl would love to read.

  44. Mary says:

    I just uncovered an old Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook that my mother left me. There is a space in my heart for this old cookbook and a space on my shelf for this new, beautiful Milk Cow Kitchen book, too.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Mary, that is really sweet! I hope the Milk Cow Kitchen finds a way to your shelf. – Dori –

  45. Margaret Rohn says:

    I would love a copy of this book to share with my family. I will also add it to my Birthday List for this year. Love you B&W winter pictures so pretty and peaceful.

    Happy Spring very soon. Here in KS my iris are starting to perk up a little.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Margaret, Oh I’m so happy to hear that there are flowers starting to perk up somewhere! We had a few really warm sunny days and I thought maybe the buttercups would pop up, but it is probably too early for them to do that! – Dori –

      • susana says:

        We don’t get buttercups here til summer….where are you? They are viewed as weeds here, but love how they pop up when everything else disappears. They are said to be poisonous to pets ( not sure) but I would love a little color….flowers die here as soon, as we get a frost. My plants indoors are taking a beating….because its colder than usual.

  46. Doris Hall says:

    Hey Dori,
    I love your posts. I’ve even got my husband hooked,too. He always wants to read yours and Teal’s postings. An old farm boy too old to farm just love to see others enjoying what we enjoyed in the 40’s. Keep posting, we love it. We would love to have the book.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Doris, that is so sweet that your husband reads my posts too! :-) My husband likes to read all the comments! – Dori –

  47. Karen(old cowgirl) Montoya says:

    Hi Dori,
    Looks like you have a lot of comments already. I was going to buy this book but what with saving for the move out of here to a rental for a while, I have not been able too. Would be nice to have the very book I would love to have and get it without having to wait for a year before purchasing it. Instead I could have something so interesting to read while I am waiting. Love your blog.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Kay! How are things going for you? I hope it works out for your to move soon. Thanks for writing. – Dori –

      • Karen(old cowgirl) Montoya says:

        Thanks Dori
        Me too. Things are doing a bit better. Looks like maybe March will be the time they will be doing the renovations. I will have to move out until the house is again livable. Then what ever time it takes to sell. I keep telling myself not to get excited and so far so good. For now.

  48. Katy Lamb says:

    Love all the color and the beautiful pages of the book you’ve shown us. I also like the winter time when all the underbrush is dead and I can see for a distance. Did you ever notice how much more personality all the bare trees seem to have? But, I think we have to endure all the grays and dullness of winter just so we will appreciate the beautiful colors and the awakening of all the flowers, trees, and grasses in springtime just a little bit more. Am personally anxious to see the earth awaken again and get to plant my garden!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Katy, Oh I’m so thankful for your question to me about how much more personality the bare trees have. I needed that so much… I think I’m just missing things! So after reading your comment I really made a point to look at the trees this afternoon. You are so right. Loved your comment so much, thank you. – Dori –

  49. glenda woodward says:

    I would probley like the book. I Love the winter !!! but then I live in the southwest desert. 70 tomorrow and the trees are already budding. It makes me anxious about the summer. 110-115 is a bit much and makes gardening a real challenge. My horses sweat like mad no matter the lengths I go to to keep them cool. The only good part about the summer around here is longer days and less clothes to wash. But you all enjoy the muggy Tenn. summer. FYI, It makes no difference if it is a dry heat, anything over 106 is HOT ! Love you blog btw :) and your cows

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Glenda, I’m familiar with that SW desert heat! That dry heat! :-) It’s all hot regardless isn’t it?! But the longer days, oh yes! Gardening in the desert just never worked for me. That is probably one of the things here that I love so much is gardening. Things GROW!!! Thanks for writing! – Dori –

  50. Marilyn says:

    Hi Dori,
    I LOVE color as well. I’m a Cheesehead (and proud of it!) and I believe color got me through the long winters. I now live in Colorado and the basic color on the Front Range is brown. So once again color is my middle name. I really enjoy your posts and completely understand what it is like to uproot.

    Please keep writing!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Marilyn, uprooting is hard isn’t it? I love it and love where we are… but change is hard. Thanks for reading and commenting! – Dori –

  51. Beverly says:

    Hi Dori….Thank you so much for sharing the birth of your new little one. I’m always amazed at how nature continues to astound me, wether it be a new birth or the changing of the seasons. While I’ve lived in the midwest most of my life(can you say 2013-14’s winter) I can still find beauty even when my teeth are a chatterin’). I LOVE your blog. I find your neck of the woods so peaceful and comforting…like being curled up in a warm quilt. Thank you again!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Beverly, nature is amazing. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for reading and following along. – Dori –

  52. lucy says:

    There is something clean and fresh about wintertime.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Lucy, I do love that about wintertime – and the smell of spring when it comes is so clean because of it. – Dori –

  53. bernie kemp says:

    thanks for all the great articles! Although we are having a white winter (but relatively mild compared to last year!), any color is appreciated-Christmas eve was a green day for us followed by a light snowfall on Christmas day! Was very pretty and appropriate for the day! I love the new calves-the neighbor across the street has a new one every year-very fun to watch them grow up! Bernie Kemp Dayton, MN

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Bernie, I do have to say that although winter isn’t my favorite time of year I wish we did have more snow. It is so gorgeous. Yes those calves are a delight to watch! – Dori –

  54. Looks like a great book. Love to read it. I to like color, especially in the winter, I do like the seasons though, and a snow or two. I can just sit in and sew or catch up on over due projects. I’d like to be a winner, But incase I’m not good luck to the lucky one. Farm sister #1020 Juanita

  55. Jill says:


    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful animals with all of us. My daughter wants a cow in the worst way! When I saw this book advertised in the magazine, I knew it would be the perfect thing to dream on- can’t wait to have our very own copy!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Jill, that is funny. My daughter wants a milk cow in the worst way too! She keeps saying, “Mom we could share it”! Thanks for commenting. – Dori –

  56. Becky West says:

    Thanks for the offer of the book. It looks like a great read and/or picture book. I also enjoy reading your blog and hearing about your farm and cows.

  57. Linda W says:

    I have been a country girl and farmette-girl for most of my life (the happiest parts) until finding myself in a small town and now in an apartment. I am a young 66 and although the people are all very nice and it is a nice area, I hope to be back in the country again one day, with my farm animals I love…horse, goats, chickens, outdoor cats and dogs… I think Jersey cows are the prettiest and would even love having one of them for some “real” milk for a change…and the baby animals are always a delight. Thanks for keeping my heart in touch with its dreams of the country.

    • susana says:

      Linda, hope you can get back to country living…even in an apartment I have had a small section to grow tomatoes. I have an aunt whose 88 and she still has a garden, she plants and her husband harvest it. ( and she has bad knees and bad hips, but won’t give up gardening…she as a method… an insures me to not give up.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Linda, Oh there is just nothing like living in the country is there? And I so agree with you on the Jersey cows. I think their calves are also the prettiest! Thanks for reading and commenting! – Dori –

  58. Kathleen Lussier says:

    I loved your black and white winter photos. I love winter especially the snow and wind.Also the calf photos. They bring back good memories My childhood girlfriends dad raised black angus.
    We have just moved to Mesa, Az from a beautiful acre in Wyoming due to my husbands health. I am missing the country setting but trying to adapt to city living. I have planted my rhubarb I brought. Not sure if it will stand the heat.
    We now live in a 55+ community so I cherish my Maryjanesfarm magazines and books. I love your writing it puts a person right alongside you. Take care. Kathy

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Kathleen, I love those black and white pictures too… thinking about framing them! I’m familiar with Mesa. We lived north of Page, AZ forever and my dearest girlfriend lives in Gilbert. So I’m usually back there once a year or so. I’m sure you do miss the country; but city living has its benefits too! I hope your Rhubarb makes it in the heat. Let me know! – Dori –

  59. Melissa Robbins says:

    In reading your blog and the wonderful stories from the other farm girl postings I get to replenish a happy heart. I love the spirit and creativity that you so warmly share. When life seems to put the grey on I know I can find some color in your stories and pictures. What woman s’ heart wouldn’t melt upon seeing the calf born or some new chicks? We all would do the heart good to have some time in the country.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Melissa, I also love the wonderful stories from the Farmgirl bloggers! I look forward every few days for a new post! We also love and appreciate our readers! Thank you commenting and for your sweet words! – Dori –

  60. Marcia Aurand says:

    The mere mention of cows had me. I had intentions of making a comment, so the giveaway was icing. Living in Florida I miss winter, we lived in Michigan and the north country in New York so I have experienced many. One of my favorite recollections is visiting my cousin on her farm in Illinois. She had the most beautiful white cows and I took many pictures that I cherish. Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures of your wonderful black cows, how lucky you are!(and I enjoy your posts also :-)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Marcia, Cows get me too! :-) Thank you for reading and commenting! – Dori –

      P.S. As a family, we always do the week at the beach touristy thing in Destin, Florida and we so love it. I know Florida isn’t all about the ocean but of course that is all I can think of! :-)

  61. Susan Margetts says:

    Those black and white photos of your cattle are stunning.They say so much without the color to distract you.Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Susan, I love the black and white too. My husband was standing over my shoulder as I converted them from color and he kept saying, “Why do you like that?”! I’m happy to tell him how many of my readers like it too! Ha Ha! – Dori –

  62. I live in Californa but grew up in Montana. Every day is sunny and bright here but I sure miss those frigid days. Every day was a challenge and by the time spring arrived I felt like a hero.

    I love cows. I did not realize that they are born in the dead of winter under such conditions.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Dorothy, It’s funny the things we miss isn’t it? I do love cows also. All of us cattle farmers are in calving season here now. It is probably actually easier on the calves than the hot humid summer. I don’t know… but they seem to do fine. It’s amazing really. – Dori –

  63. Robin Reichardt says:

    I too have the blessing of a cute black healthy angus calf; found down in a gully out of todays wind. Momma has hopefully led it out of there to join the herd. There’s safety in numbers from the coyotes in the area.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Robin, Oh what a sweet little blessing they are! Yes, I’m always happy when the herd is all together. Here on our farm where we have nice thick woods I notice that the Momma’s tend to hang out in deepest part of the woods the first couple days. Not all of them, but mostly. We don’t have coyotes much here though. – Dori –

  64. Deborah McClure says:

    well the book would be over the moon great! Feb. 6 is MY birthday!! I love Maryjane and all she stands for, all she does!!! Cows, well my BEST friend is my jersey cow REBA! Got her at only a couple days old. Almost lost her a couple times, love and a good vet saved her. For all of you ladies who dream of or are a farm girl , this is the place to be!!! Deb

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Deborah, Well, the book would sure make a great birthday present! Oh those Jersey cows are a dream. I really want one! Reba is a great name! – Dori –

  65. Belinda Lockwood says:

    Color me happy if I win this awesome book!
    I LOVE Mary Janes Farm magazines!!!

  66. Cindy says:

    Love your posts!it warms my soul! To one farmgal to another I think animals are such beautiful creatures! I love to cook and bake on my farm here in Wilder,Idaho and cookbooks are one of my favorites in my kitchen! I would love this book! God bless,Cindy oh and I get a real kick out of The city farm girl !

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Cindy, Thank you for your sweet words about my posts. Aren’t cookbooks the most fun to collect and read? I love them! – Dori –

  67. Nancy Garabrandt says:

    I love cows and I miss a farm :( I grew up on a farm and have never been able to get money to buy a small farm. Seeing the mommy cow lick the calves when they are born makes me wonder too how those newborn babies survive the cold but they do.

    This cookbook is one that makes my mouth water and my tummy growl just looking at it! I would love to have it and use it :)

    I love the cheery colors in your kitchen. My kitchen is antiques and a lot of wood and lacks the vibrancy of color. Will be redoing it in the future to brighten it up.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Nancy, my kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in my house because it is very light and bright! I spend a lot of time in there! Thanks for commenting. – Dori –

  68. Sherri Myronenko says:

    I love your black and white cow/calf pictures. Ive always wondered why they have their babies in such cold, harsh weather. The pictures in the book just draws your eyes to them and the food looks yummy. Thank you for taking your time to share your insights with all of us.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Sherri, I think ideally spring would be a great time for the calves to be born, but they do amazingly well being born in the winter. So, I try not to worry about it too much – but I do kind of mother them! Thanks for reading and commenting. – Dori –

  69. Terrie Coleman says:

    I would love this beautiful book. I love everything Farmgirl, and everything MaryJane’s. The cows are lovely, too. Blessings.

  70. Amy Kehoe says:

    Love it! I wonder if some of this would be helpful for goat dairying.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Amy, I’m sure there would be a lot of information in the book that could be carried over to goat dairying. It is just such a lovely book. – Dori –

  71. Debbi K. says:

    Thank you for your blog! Love the pictures and your stories! Love the black and white, also the color! There is something peaceful about the winter in your pictures! Thank you for the opportunity to own this beautiful book! What a happy addition to any kitchen!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Debbi, thank you for your sweet words and for reading my posts and commenting! I love the black and white pictures too! I think I’ll be framing them. – Dori –

  72. Carol Marshall says:

    Here in North Idaho the snow is 2 feet deep but with the early warming it promises to be an early spring! A little winter blue for me as I recover from Knee Surgery, been slowed way down for a couple months. Cooking and love of beautiful Books go hand and hand on my shelves as well. Thank you for sharing a part of your winter and your heart!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Carol, oh brrrr. Two feet of snow sounds lovely, but cold! Recovering from knee surgery is hard I’m sure. Winter-time was probably a good time to have to have it huh? My mother had a hip replacement in November and she chose to have it done in the winter since it is her down time. Hope you’re recovering well. – Dori –

  73. kim says:

    Dori – I too am a warm weather bright colors loving kinda gal. I have been on a mission to remind myself to find the beauty and appreciate the winter months. Black and white photography does seem to be the perfect way to do so. Your photos are brilliant and capture the moment with those cows in such a heart warming way. I have that book on my list of must haves, winning it would be an awesome winter warmer. Thanks for sharing. Best, Kim

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Kim, When I made my New Years resolution to slow down and enjoy the day to day things, I remind myself of that when I’m waiting and watching for spring. There is so much beauty in the wintertime. Thanks for reading and commenting! – Dori –

  74. I really want this book. I enjoy bright colors, beautiful photos, and inspirational narratives. I am eagerly waiting for my first calves. Just as soon as the barn is done my hubby says. Thanks for this small window into your beautiful world. I sure enjoyed it.


    • Dori Troutman says:

      Heidi, you would love this book! Can’t wait to hear about your first calves! They are always soooo exciting! Thanks for reading! – Dori –

  75. Barn chick says:

    Hi! I think this is the first time I have commented on your blog. I just love reading all of them. I am a dreaming Farm Girl wanna be! I currently live in Arizona and my home is all farm girl chic. Barn wood and old barn doors are my friends. I do a lot of decorating with them. Love your kitchen! Just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to win the book. Thank you for your writings, they inspire me every time!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Barn Chick! :-) Thanks so much for commenting. Where in AZ do you live? We lived right over the border into Utah (north of Page) for a whole lot of years. Arizona has it’s beauty… but I sure love the South! Oh, yes. I love barn wood and barn doors too. I’d like to have them all over my house! Thank you so much for reading and for your sweet words! – Dori –

  76. Jo Gill says:

    I’d love to win MJ’s newest book. Thanks. I love all the pictures you share with us, too.

    Jo in Oregon

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Jo, if you don’t win the book you must buy it! Thanks for reading and commenting! – Dori –

  77. Jennifer says:

    I love your farm….I want the book…;-)

  78. Debbie Killeen says:

    Love all the color! Feel pretty much the same way.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Debbie, We had such a beautiful sunny day here today and I noticed the grass had a tinge of green and I was SO happy! 😉 – Dori –

  79. Gina says:

    What a great giveaway. I’m adding this book to my wish list right now.

  80. Shelley Hatfield says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE….your kitchen and your house and your pictures and your acreage…lol….yours is one of the first blogs that I open when I’m reading blogs, hoping that you have posted another one for us to read. lol….thanks for sharing your life with us!!!! And this book looks sssoooo interesting!!!…can’t wait to get a copy for myself (either thru here or buying one for myself)

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Shelley, your comment really made my day!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words. You would love the book! It is pure Farmgirl! – Dori –

  81. donna says:

    Love your blog and stories. They are always enjoyable.

  82. I love the winter and black and white photos. And black calves. Now that the last crop has been sold and before the strawberries (6 acres) start in April we have a little time to attend farm meetings, repair equipment and infrastructure, order seeds, and dream. The last old tenant house from a by-gone era is about to give up the ghost. I would like to use some of the tin roofing to make a wall in my house (which is named Down Yonder) where I could use magnets to hang photos or notes. What do you think?

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Wayve, we are SO anxious for your strawberries! It is the highlight of our spring… “Are Dennison’s strawberries ready yet”? is a common question in our house! :-) We LOVE your strawberries. One spring we went to a UPick an hour away in TN and my husband said, “As much as the UPick is a fun experience for the grand-kids, I only want Dennison’s strawberries, they are sweeter”! Anyway… YES, you should use the tin roofing!!!! I think it would be beautiful! And so much fun. I’m on the look-out for a falling down barn to get just a couple pieces of barn wood – I’m hoping to find some that has a little bit of red paint still on it. Any ideas? I’ve got a fun project in my mind… however things in my mind don’t always turn out to be too great! Ha Ha! Let me know about the tin roof wall… it’ll be awesome. – Dori-

  83. vonda clink says:

    thank you for bringing us the opportunity to win this book.

  84. Dori, I love reading your blogs and seeing your pictures. Before we moved to NC, I lived in between a man and his son who owned all the land surrounding me as far as the eye could see, and one raised dairy cows, one beef cattle, and horses, so there were always new babies frolicking up and down the road and pastures on both sides of me. I loved sitting out on the porch and watching the activity. While I never raised any farm animals myself (besides chickens) and (once very shortly pigs) I always loved being around them. I have to say that is what I miss the most about home is enjoying that scenery to wake up with each morning. Thank you also for answering the posts. I can only imagine how much time this takes to comment to so many readers. Be Blessed. Neta

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Vivian, that sounds like a positively LOVELY place to live!!! But I’m sure NC has it’s wonderful things too. Well… replying to the comments is something that seems really important to me. I’m so thankful for the readers here and the ones that take time to comment. By not responding it would feel like a one-way conversation and that’s just not who I am! :-) I do like to talk! Ha Ha! Thanks for reading and commenting. – Dori –

  85. Carol in NC says:

    I told my husband yesterday that I want a cow for my birthday. Not the first time he’s heard that, lol. He’s such a city slicker!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Carol, well maybe instead of a cow (this year anyway) you could let him off the hook and get you the book if you don’t win it! :-) It’s got some awesome cow photography! – Dori –

  86. Sylvia Jayne says:

    What a beautiful blog. eautiful farm too!

  87. Lisa Livingston says:

    I feel the same way about winter , when you said you can see things you can’t in the summer ! I also live in Tn. & love the different seasons we have here ( the plateau) allowing different views on the property ! Would love that book to add to my collection of Mary Jane’s books that I have now !

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Lisa, I was raised our West where there were no trees to block our view and have only been in TN for 4 years so it really came as a shock to me during our first winter when I got up one morning, looked out our window and said to my husband, “Where did that barn way over there come from?”! :-) I love driving the backroads in the wintertime and seeing all the gorgeous homes that you don’t see in the summer. – Dori –

  88. Cathy R says:

    THANKS DORI for your wonderful blog. It puts ‘color’ in my life! We have lots of gray in winter but I love it for the same reasons you do and it makes me really appreciate the first signs of spring! All your pictures are beautiful and what a delightful giveaway!
    Blessings to you!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Cathy, I was out helping haul hay this afternoon and when I got out of the Ranger to open a gate, I saw the tip of green from a buttercup!!! :-) Although one year they came up early like this, then it got bitterly cold again and they didn’t bloom. So…. after my first breath of excitement I felt dread that they wouldn’t bloom. But maybe it will stay moderately cold instead of bitterly cold! :-) Thanks for reading and following along! – Dori –

  89. Beth Getz says:

    some random thoughts today…love your b/w cow photos – I’ve always had a thing for cows and remember drawing them over and over again as a child…winter is black and white – the white of the snow that’s swirling outside today and piling up drifts in the drive and the black of most everything against the it, very pretty…that’s why spring is so exciting- all those colors blooming everywhere…and today, I’m waiting for updates from my daughter ready to deliver my second granddaughter…no matter how black and white the winter gets, the world is still full of color…

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Beth, Oh HOW EXCITING! A new baby – can there possibly be anything happier??? And a second grand-daughter even more so! (I have two so I know!) Hope all goes well for your daughter. Thanks for writing. – Dori –

  90. Megan says:

    I would love to win the book. It would be a wonderful book to have in my home.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Megan, if you don’t win the book be sure to buy it – you will love it. Thanks for commenting! – Dori –

  91. Noreen Pelchat says:

    Dear Dori,

    Thank you for your wonderful words and photos. It has been a cold January here in Vermont! My girls (chickens) have been staying pretty fluffed up! So it was a treat to read your blog. Stay warm!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Noreen, I love how chickens fluff themselves all up in the cold! I was trying to explain to my grand-daughters the other day why their chickens were perfectly fine in the cold, wet weather! Thanks for reading and following along! – Dori –

  92. Amy Taulbee says:

    I read your blog often and am truly impressed at all you get accomplished on your farm. We have a family farm that is at the present time empty as we are still in town but are desperately trying to get out on the farm. I was raised in town so I am a little apprehensive but am encouraged by all the Mary Jane girls. Thank you.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Amy, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I don’t know that we accomplish a lot… it does seem like the days just roll on by with not a lot to show for it. I hope you get to move out to your farm soon – there is something about farm life that is incredible. Don’t be apprehensive; you’ll love it. It is a bit of an adjustment but I think the quiet, calm, serenity that farm life brings will just amaze you. Keep me posted! – Dori –

  93. Ruth says:

    Hi Dori, I absolutely love your black and white photos of your cows, both grown and baby :)! Where are you in Tennessee? I live in Blue Ridge, Georgia, just a few miles from TN! I really enjoyed reading your blog on this gray day as you brought some “sunshine” to my life! Thanks for that

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Ruth, we live in Middle Tennessee… a couple hours from Georgia! It is a rather gray day here today… cloudy, windy and cold. But I’m in my craft room sewing bathrobes for my little grand girls so I’m perfectly happy! Thanks for reading. – Dori-

  94. Janet says:

    I live in the city but love the farmgirl blog and magazine. Would truly enjoy reading this book and then would pass it on to a “true” farmgirl, my daughter-in-law.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Janet, it would make a lovely gift for your Farmgirl daughter in law! If you don’t win it, you can buy it for her birthday! :-) – Dori –

  95. When I first moved to my farm in 2010 I received a copy of MaryJane’sFarm magazine. I was smitten. I still am. We moved out of state from that farm and are on the hunt for another– we can’t wait to homestead again.
    I am feeding my “farm hunger” by reading copies of MJF and her big Idea book and quilting and knitting and doing all the farmstead stuff I can while living in an apartment in town and dreaming of the country.

    from Gretchen in Nebraska

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Gretchen, I hope you find a farm soon. But until then… you are doing everything right! :-) Don’t you love how we can be Farmgirls from anywhere? Do you plan to stay in Nebraska? I’ve been to Nebraska twice; one of my dearest girlfriends had an old farmhouse out in the country near Kearney. It was so lovely. She lives closer to town now, but still has a country place! It’s a beautiful area. Thanks for writing! – Dori –

  96. Bev Trittin says:

    I grew up on a farm. We had cattle and I just loved the little calves– teaching them to drink milk from a pail — was one of the most fun things! They are so beautiful.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Bev, bottle feeding or bucket feeding calves is the greatest fun. They are strong little things aren’t they?? I took my little grand-daughter down to look at the three little calves we have right now. Their mommas had parked them in the sunshine and were grazing distance away so we had fun just sitting on the ground watching them nap! – Dori –

  97. marilyn gorden says:

    I’ve lived the farm girl experience and now cherish the memories. I so enjoy the experiences that you share. I think you need to get an ornery billy goat on the farm too! Please count me in for the book drawing,

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Marilyn, yeah an ornery billy goat would fit right in! :-) Farm living does provide the very best of memories, doesn’t it? – Dori –

  98. Denise Collins says:

    I love living in an area that has 4 distinct seasons. Many grumble about the cold, but I love that it forces me to spend more time working on the inside of our buildings. In the spring we are almost maniacal in our work getting all of the gardens awakened and making room for new animals. On summer nights I will piddle around outside until well after dark. The autumn always seems to pass so quickly while we are preserving all of the bounty of summer. In the winter, I’m cozied up with knitting needles and a good movie.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Denise, Since writing my post and reading all of the wonderful comments (yours included!) it has really helped remind me of why winter can be so wonderful! One of the things I’ve been thinking about is exactly what you said… cozied up with knitting needles and a good movie (except for me it would be a good book!). So, I’ve sure been thankful for all the great reminders of the benefits we have in each season! :-) Thanks for writing. – Dori –

  99. Donna says:

    How sweet to see the pictures of these darling cattle and there sweet babies.This is how I feel when my baby goats are born.They so hold my heart.I love the pictures of the black and white.
    love them.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Donna, Yes, regardless of the baby they are precious!!! And, even though I’ve not been around baby goats much I was raised with lambs and oh my goodness…. they are so precious!!! :-) Thanks for your sweet comment. – Dori –

  100. pamm says:

    Couldn’t agree more about the color thing and winter. I do love a good ‘ol black and white flooring and absolutely adore the black calves and cows among the white snow…but give me a cheery red and bright yellow kitchen and I am in heaven! I really loved this post Dori , keep warm and thanks for the sunshine in your post!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Pamm, I am the same! Love a lot of things in black… but REALLY love my bright and cheerful kitchen! :-) Thanks for reading and following along and for your sweet comment. – Dori –

  101. Lizvc says:

    I love the look of this book and it would be great for my best friend!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Liz, I love that so many people have commented on what a great gift this book would be… because it absolutely is. :-) – Dori –

  102. Diane Van Horn says:

    I have a thing for black and white photography and yours is stunning! I also have a thing for all things MaryJane and Farmgirl and that book is the only one that I don’t own yet. Love your posts!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Diane, Thank you for your kind words! I love black and white photography too! AND everything MaryJane! :-) Thanks for writing! – Dori –

  103. Linda Busby says:

    I ordered this book for me when it first came out. I thought I would never get it. When I did receive it I was so thrilled. It took me forever to put it down. I don’t have a cow yet…., but I am sure looking forward to it and this book tells you everything. I would love to be able to share this with my two daughter-in-laws….
    Thanks for sharing all your colors with us. It sure does brighten up the day to see someone else love the same thing as I do.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Linda, I was at my parents home in New Mexico when I got my book. I opened it and said, “Mom look at this beautiful book” and I handed it her. She was in her recliner recovering from a hip replacement and you know what? I didn’t get the book back for days! :-) She read it from cover to cover and would say, “Honey come look at this”, etc… My mother was raised with a milk cow, and then raised all of us kids with a milk cow… so for her it was just like “coming home”. She loved it. I finally got to read it and I did the same… didn’t put it down for days! You definitely need it for your daughter-in-laws! Thanks for reading! – Dori –

  104. susana says:

    I don’t know if you read all the comments or emails…I try to read all the comments but my eyes give out and start to/water….too much reading. But I was wondering if you could tell us more about the book. Does it have a recipe for making cheese or other/farming delicacies? Or is it just photos of farming? I’m very curious about the book. Love/reading! It dies attract my attention on many levels, and it sure is wonderful when you can win something, but I have never been so lucky, But I would like to know MorE about the book….what I have seen of it, its very desirable to know more about it….could you possibly tell us more? Susana

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Susana, YES! I read all the comments closely. I love them, they totally make my day! :-) The book is absolutely FULL of amazing recipes. Not just making cheese, sour cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, (which should be enough, honestly) but all kinds of amazing recipes USING dairy products. I’ve been cooking out of it and every single recipe I’ve tried I rate a “10”. If you do not win the book, you really should buy it. It is so worth having. – Dori –

      • susana says:

        Yes, it is a book on my list to buy, it not Mis as we have too many drs and medical bills to psy as my husband is awfully sick , congestive heart and kidney failure, and I’m barely staying ahead of the bills. I look forward go those recipes. And/everything else farm related. Susana

  105. Katie Winn says:

    I live just south of Phoenix, AZ. For us the winter is when so many things come alive! It is different living in a place where you only have two seasons, basically Spring and Summer. I look forward to days (like today) when it is overcast and drizzly. It looks cold outside and makes me want to cuddle in a blanket on the couch with my kids. When you step outside and realize it is 70 degrees still it is a little disappointing because then I feel silly for trying to get warm.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Katie, where South of Phx do you live? I’m familiar with that area! My husband spent our first year of marriage in Tucson (he graduated from UofA) and we have such awesome memories of our time there. Then we lived in Phoenix for a year before moving north to the Arizona/Utah border! Sometimes we miss the West, mostly we love living in the South! One of my closest girlfriends lives in Mesa and she will say the same thing… “it’s cold and drizzly outside and I just want to stay in my sweats all day” and it’s like 70 degrees! :-) It’s all relative, though. Thanks for commenting! – Dori –

      • glenda woodward says:

        Our blood gets thin out here , 70 to us is like 40 to everyone else. We run out and about on a day that is 108 and think “It’s a nice day, not so hot ” easterners and northerners just about die.
        Dori did you live on the lake or monument valley ? I’v spent a lot of time trippin around hwy 189 and 89a. Marble Canyon so on. Did you here that the old lodge there burned down last year ? Such a shame. Used to stop and walk the bridge and have a fry bread taco and Marble Canyon cake. Come to think of it the cake was black and white LOL ! 😉

        • Dori Troutman says:

          Hi again, Glenda. You are so right… we just adapt to where we are and our body gets used to those temperatures!
          We lived just 15 minutes from Lake Powell (near Page). Yes, I had heard about the lodge at Marble Canyon burning down. So sad. We loved having a Navajo Taco there also! Another place that has really good Navajo Taco’s is Cameron Trading Post on highway 89 – about half way between Flagstaff and Page. We would always stop there on our way home from a trip! I never did have the Marble Canyon cake, but I do remember people talking about it! And one other bit of news there… crazy about the road caving in going up the cut before Page, isn’t it? I’m sure you saw that on the news – was that 2 years ago now? – Dori –

        • glenda woodward says:

          Cameron’s are REAL good ! And yep, the cave in was weird we had just passed through the week before. It also happened on the road from Cedar City Ut. to Cedar Breaks. I think they have that one fixed. I lived in Kayenta just east of Tuba City for a short while. Beautiful country. I do love the looks of your farm. Thks :)

        • Dori Troutman says:

          Hi again Glenda. Had to respond again because I had forgotten about the one on the road through the Cedar Breaks. We actually drove and took a look at that. My husband was back in Page consulting at his old job the day the road caved outside of Page… he had to get to Flagstaff another route and some of the Navajo’s told him about a dirt road through Cameron which he took. The road department eventually put a “temporarily permanent” paved road through there that has been in use now for 2 years. I’m wondering if they will ever actually repair the one at the Cut. Thanks for writing! – Dori –

          P.S. What took you to Kayenta to live?

  106. Ashley Larmore says:

    LOVE your cute farm!

  107. Penny says:

    I confess to being a winter lover. That life slows down and lets me dream a bit — especially those seed catalogs…my eyes get big! And dreaming in color was just what I was doing tonight while bloggin’ myself:!Planning-the-Soap-Garden/c1dm6/54d067560cf2f9ae4006c729

    Love the b&w pictures. They do capture the isolation of cold prairie days. Thanks. Penny

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Penny, I think the wonderful thing about seasons is that we get to enjoy the most whichever one we love the best! :-) Winter definitely does have it’s pluses – and browsing seed catalogs is a favorite of mine also! Thanks for commenting! – Dori –

    • susana says:

      Penny, oh your tortured me with all those varieties of tomatoes and squash and to think people use them to make soap. You have to share the recipe!

      I’ll have to look for that orange squash.what seed catalog did you find it in. I look for different varieties of pumpkins and cuke. so far I love the Long Italian cucumbers, I got most of the produce out of them two years in a row! Every year I try new seeds t funery better growers. Its his I found a lot f new things yo grow. Ieven got flax that grew….I wanted to grow it to see if I could weave it into material. I also have tried to grow cotton but no luck with it. Grew milkweed one year for butterflies, because I love monarchs to visit my garden. . Just love seeing things grow. I love discovering new plants too. Wanted to try and grow tobacco but couldn’t find the seeds. Saw them at Monticello at Jeffersons garden. Its how I got interested in
      trying new things. It sure can get expensive too. Thanks fir the shot in the arm…..needed the inspiration…..want to try that squash…. who knows even try making squash soap … you may want to try honeydew in your soap…..melons esp that one is good fir skin to….better to eat it.

  108. Terri McCready says:

    I have been drooling over the Milk Cow Kitchen book but haven’t purchased it yet. I have every magazine that Mary Jane has ever published and all of her books…except this one! I have even been to her farm and been on her 4th of July small town tour a few years back. Love, love, love it!

    I also loved seeing you sewing room. Am in the process of setting mine up. Yours is very inspiring! My problem is a small house, small sewing room…..and too much stuff!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Terri, Unfortunately the giveaway is over. BUT, buy the book. It is worth every penny! I love MaryJanes things – she’s really got the Farmgirl talent. I love my sewing room. I’m thinking of writing a post just on that room! We’ll see how that goes! I hosted a craft day with a bunch of ladies yesterday and it was really fun to have my sewing/crafting room come alive with chatter and laughter! The best ever. – Dori –

  109. Mindy says:

    I, too, love color. I live in the desert with alot of tans and browns, though.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Mindy, we used to live in Southern Utah near the Arizona border and we had a lot of tans and browns too! But there were also pink cliffs and rainbow colored layers in some of them. The sand was even a bit pink, staining my kids socks when they were little! I have to say that I don’t miss the desert though! – Dori –

  110. Renee says:

    I greatly enjoy reading your newsletter and receiving the magazines. Great projects as well as quite entertaining.

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