WOW! The month of May is gone and the crops are in the ground and are growing faster than I am getting this published. It has been another whirlwind spring.
All corn and soybeans have been planted. The first few pictures show Jacob planting his seed test plot. This is actually the beginning of next year’s 2018 planting season. In the test plot he will plant several different seed varieties in a small area. In addition to farming, Jacob sells seed for Wyffels Hybrids. Besides making decisions for the farm, it is also a great way for Jacob’s customers to see the many different seed options available.
Jacob played adult basketball at the YMCA in Newton. They had an exciting last game and ended up coming from behind to win the championship! The season did overlap a little with spring planting. The picture on the right shows what a farmer’s pickup looks like in the spring when he goes from the field to the basketball court.
This spring Snickers discovered that sometimes what may appear to be a cat to chase is actually a skunk! Snickers learned this the hard way! So, this experience definitely required a bath! Thanks to Emily she got a triple rinse that day.
Miss Van Manen (Emily) enjoyed her student teaching experience at Newton under the direction of Mr. Horn this spring.
We did take the first Saturday in May off to attend Emily’s graduation from Iowa State University. It was a beautiful day! (Watching our youngest graduate from college makes us feel a little older!) Grandma B., Grandpa and Grandma Van, cousin Heather, Jacob, and Kate helped us celebrate.
In addition to planting, we have also been selling hogs this past month. This week we will empty the buildings and begin preparing for a new group of pigs scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks. Emily has enjoyed being able to help out with this task this summer!
We finished planting (with the exception of a few beans that we just planted last week in a hay field, after baling the hay) on May 16, which was also Kevin’s birthday. So, we celebrated with his favorite cake – RED VELVET.
RED VELVET CAKE
Recipe from Aunt Dee – Jansen Family Cookbook
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter (I usually use 1 stick margarine and 1 stick butter)
1 (1 oz.) bottle red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/3 cup cake flour
2 tsp. dry cocoa
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. baking soda
Cream butter and sugar together for about five minutes. Add food coloring, vanilla, and eggs, one at a time, beating well after adding each one. Sift flour and cocoa together. Combine buttermilk, vinegar, and baking soda. Add alternately with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Bake in layer pans (lightly greased with Crisco and floured) or 1 large flat pan. Bake layers 35 minutes and 9″x13″ 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
The frosting recipe can be found here.
The last few days have definitely felt like summer! So, it is time to break out the recipes that do not require the oven!
Have a great first full week of June!