A tall stack of these alongside your Pumpkin Spice Latte are the perfect start to any fall weekend.
What screams fall more than pumpkin? This pancake recipe is the perfect addition to your autumn line-up and will make your house smell perfectly pumpkiny. It’s a great fall breakfast, lunch or dinner (because breakfast for dinner is everyone’s favorite). My kids were over the moon about having pancakes for lunch!
I love making pancakes from scratch, such a simple recipe and one that you can definitely taste a difference. Plus, I get to use my favorite WW Homestead Dairy milk and butter.
These pancakes start out like any great pancake, but with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices. This mouthwatering combination will leave you grateful that pancakes cook quickly and are ready to eat in no time.
Leftovers make a great snack for the kids to grab after they finish carving pumpkins or you can make extra to throw in the freezer for an even quicker weekday breakfast. These pancakes are perfect with your regular old maple syrup and just like pumpkin pie, they taste better with lots of whipped cream. Jazz them up with chocolate chips (maybe a cute Jack-O-Lantern face?) or chopped pecans!
Feel free to substitute the spices with pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice to make this recipe even simpler.
Today’s dairy shelves are filled with so many options, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Rather than throw in the towel and grab whatever is closest, read on for some differences between conventional milk and our non-homogenized options.
What are the Differences Between Homogenized and Non-Homogenized Milk?
When milk is left in its natural state, a layer of cream floats to the top and settles. It creates a beautiful layer of pure cream. Milk that has been homogenized has gone through a process that forces the milk fat globules to break into smaller pieces, this keeps them suspended throughout the milk and prevents the natural separation from occurring.
Why did the Dairy Industry Switch to Homogenized Milk?
You might be wondering why the dairy industry would choose to homogenize milk and change it from its perfect natural state. Milk is not homogenized to alter its taste, but it does give it a smoother looking texture and a more uniform product. Even though you notice these changes visually, our customers actually find that our non-homogenized skim milk tastes smoother and richer then homogenized skim milk.
Milk is homogenized as a convenience to consumers. Since the milk fat stays uniformly suspended there is no need to shake or redistribute the milk before drinking. But we all know that just because something is a little more convenient does not make it better. Sometimes the more natural a product is, the better it is for us! A little shake and the cream in your milk will re-suspend and you can pour the perfect glass of milk.
Benefits of Milk
Minimally processed milk preserves its health benefits. There are no studies to show that non-homogenized milk is easier to digest. Anecdotally, our customers tell us that they previously thought they were lactose intolerant, but able to drink our milk with no issues!
Milk is one of the most perfect sources of protein. One cup contains 8 grams of complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs. Dairy products provide more calcium, protein, magnesium, potassium, zinc and phosphorus per calorie than any other typical food found in the adult diet! If you’re not a fan of a cold glass of milk, try it in a smoothie, oatmeal or adding it to all the delicious fall soups you’re making this time of year.
Milk has been proven to help athletes repair muscle damage. Drinking milk after a tough workout can decrease muscle damage, promote repair, increase strength and even help decrease muscle soreness! It is a great alternative to processed protein drinks that are made for post-workout recovery. Drinking milk also provides the perfect supplement for bone support. Studies have shown that the combination of calcium, phosphorus, K2 and other vitamins in milk help with bone growth and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
Another Fresh Curd Friday is here and this week we are introducing you to a familiar face at WW Homestead Dairy. If you’ve been in our retail store over the last year or ordered product from us, chances are you may have seen this lady around. Anna, is the youngest of Tom Weighner’s four daughters and has been working on the farm and at our processing plant since high school.
At WW Homestead Dairy she focuses on helping with ice cream, wholesale ordering and packing orders. Most recently, she has started helping full time on the farm, where her focus is on cow care. She is responsible for weekly milking and helps with field work during our busy harvest season.
A normal day for Anna starts with a 5AM wake-up call and milking the cows. After that, she helps finish up morning calf chores, feeding cows or cleaning barns. She helps Steph with any cows or calf that need treatment or special attention and all the other tasks that keep everything flowing smoothly on the farms. In the afternoons you can find her helping with fieldwork or checking calves.
On Wednesdays she is head ice cream boss (in her words). She started off helping Angela with ice cream production and has slowly taken over the lead role of ice cream production. Some of her favorite creations this year include; The Blonde Bombshell (our newest ice cream flavor), Cowpie, and Sweet Maple Bourbon ice cream. You can find all of these at our retail store. Anna also helps pack orders for delivery on days when we need extra help and can step in to help with office work when necessary.
Anna’s side-gig is raising hogs! Along with her husband, Cullen, she raises Hampshire, Duroc & Chester White. They sell them as feeders or finished hogs directly to customers. They also have some pork processed and USDA certified. When available, you can purchase this meat at our WW Homestead Dairy retail store and the Iowa Food Hub. If you have questions about availability you can look her up at Silver Creek Farmstead on Facebook or Instagram.
In her spare Anna likes to ride her horse, Rhonda, hang out with family, camp, and sleep. Her favorite WW Homestead Dairy product is heavy whipping cream that she uses for baking or adding to her morning (or afternoon) coffee. Stay tuned later this week for one of her favorite recipes!
Cheese and cheese curds are the perfect easy snack for kids and adults. Read on for some of our favorite, simple ways to enjoy WW Homestead Dairy cheese!
1) The easiest and the simplest, grab a bag of your favorite cheese curds and start snacking. If you need to make snacks for the whole week, split them up into small snack bags or containers. This way you won't eat the whole bag in one sitting and kids love having a special bag or container to eat their snacks out of. You can also grab some of your favorite jam, mustard, honey or dipping sauce. Dip those curds! You might never want to eat them another way.