So today, there's a five-man crew ready to sort and move the cattle home. For the second year in a row, we will sell the calves instead of feeding them through the winter. This second year of drought has left us with enough hay and silage to feed the mama cows this winter, but not enough for the calves, too. The calves will go through the sale ring next week.
Last year, we sold the calves in mid-October. In 2010, we finally moved the last pairs off pasture in mid-November. What a difference two years of drought makes!
I've done it before, and I offered again. But, instead, I packed lunches for Randy and Jake this morning. Randy says it's easier since all five people aren't necessarily in the same place at the same time.
But I did pack an extra treat for all the guys. No, it wasn't pie, which was part of the Fritzemeier tradition. With me, they just got bar cookies.
The guys didn't get the pretty napkins either.
White Chocolate Blondies
Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups blog1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, divided
5 tbsp. butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9- by 9-inch pan with baking spray. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and 3/4 cup white chocolate chips. Melt them together, cooking for 1 minute intervals at 50 percent power until melted, taking care not to burn. Stir together as much as possible, though the butter will somewhat separate from the white chocolate.
In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth. Pour in the white chocolate mixture and continue beating until smooth and combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt; stir until just incorporated. Add in remaining 3/4 cup white chocolate chips.
Spread in prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. If desired, drizzle with additional melted white chocolate. You can also add a Hershey's Cookies and Creme Drop to dress them up for a cookie tray, etc. Or serve them plain - without any additional adornment.