Catching Up

Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Holiday Gift Box
Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Holiday Gift Box

It’s been such a long time since my last post. I no longer use iPhone 4s, I’ve changed to the Samsung Galaxy S5. This year I changed jobs. I am now the Director of Marketing and Sales for Ludwig Farmstead Creamery. Our creamery is located in Fithian, Illinois, which about 20 miles East of Champaign. We have a milking herd of about 28 Holstein cows. All of the milk is used to produce our European-style, artisan aged cheese.   Our cheese is wholesome goodness, made with day-fresh milk from our own Holstein cows.  We are Certified Humane, which means our cows are fed with a mixture of grass, sileage, and the assurance that there are no hormones or antibiotics in their feed.

Cheese board
Cheese board

Most of the pictures I’ve taken this year are of our cheese. The cheese board above includes 3 of our top selling cheeses; Vermilion River Blue – a very rich and creamy mild blue cheese, Jake’s Wheel – a creamy Havarti-style cheese named after our founder, and Kickapoo – a German Butter Kasse recipe and my personal favorite!  We have been updating our brochures and our website. Stop by and check it out, lfcartisancheese.com, you can find out more about our cheese and we also have online ordering.  We ship anywhere in the U.S.  We even made a commercial and uploaded it to our website, “What Makes Our Cheese So Good”.

 I am looking forward to posting more frequently during 2015.

Truly Grand Canyon

Another bucket list item, The Grand Canyon, was crossed off. Vicki and I made the 10.5 hour drive from the beautiful, Sequoia National Park, to The amazing, Grand Canyon National Park. It was well worth the drive. Another stone words, beyond pictures, have to se20140503-142658.jpge it to believe it wonder. We spent three days viewing the Grand Canyon from the South Rim. We were awestruck. You must see it to feel the magnitude.

 

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Impressions of Sequoia

20140503-095206.jpgMy wife and I have always wanted to see the giant Sequoia trees in California. We flew from Michigan, into Las Vegas, and rented a car so we could drive to Sequoia National Park. We stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge, a beautiful hotel and restaurant high on the mountain, nestled among the Sequoias. These mammoth trees are unbelievable. They are so wide, they’re almost cartoonish, like they don’t belong among the other trees. We viewed them in awestruck wonder. The pictures do not do these giants justice.

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20140503-100247.jpgThis is a great national park. Our only regret was that we were unable to hike the trails, as 2 feet of new snow fell the night before arrival. Spring comes late in the Sierras, very beautiful mountain scenery along with breath taking views of the Sequoia trees.

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Happy Easter

Christ is Risen; He has Risen indeed! We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, who conquered sin, death, and the devil when he rose from death on that first Easter.

It seemed fitting to me that on this beautiful Easter Day, we have signs of a new season. It has been a long winter here in Michigan, but today we had temperatures in the mid 70s, and our trees are finally budding.

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Air on Credit

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Just noticed this for the first time today. Oh, gas stations have been charging customers for air, for a long time, but we see the results of inflation, when it comes to inflating your tires. The cost is $1.00 and now you can use a charge card! I wonder how many tires you can inflate for $1.00… To think, we used to ride our bikes to the gas station and fill our tires for free and then buy a candy bar for a nickel!

Corn and Clouds

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I was driving home from my last call in Fairview and was taking in the rural beauty. The sky was a deep blue and filled with beautiful puffy, cotton-like clouds, all hovering over a field of corn; a typical rural skyline in Michigan’s “Thumb”. I couldn’t resist, I stopped the truck, rolled down the window, and captured the scene with my iPhone 4S.

Camping at Rifle River State Park

While camping at Rifle River State Park, we came across this cable bridge. A very cool looking bridge but you need to hang on while crossing because it does swing and bounce.

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On our way back to camp I saw my very First Lady Slipper growing on the edge of the forest close to the road. I was fortunate to get a shot of this one as it was mowed down the next day.

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Spaghetti Day

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I remember when I was a youngster there was a commercial advertising Prince Spaghetti. The commercial dubbed Wednesday as “Prince Spaghetti Day”. I wonder how many of you remember that commercial. Yesterday, Wednesday, I scoured the cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer in search of something for dinner. I finally settled on spaghetti with a ground turkey and mushroom sauce. I liked the way the pasta and sauce looked so I shot it with my iPhone 4S. I didn’t realize until today that it was Spaghetti day yesterday. For those of you who are too young to remember Anthony in the Prince Spaghetti commercial, here is the original commercial from Youtube.  Enjoy!

Prince Spaghetti Commercial