As an FFA member I was introduced me to some amazing people. One of those people is Janice Wolfinger. Janice was a State FFA Officer the year before me and was at Ohio State while I was there. Janice and her husband now own a feedlot operation in Nebraska. She blogs about her experiences as a farmer, former agriculture education teacher, wife and mother of two girls at http://fortheloveofbeef.blogspot.com. I have always admired her sense of humor and work ethic. Janice recently asked a few of her blogger friends, including myself, to answer some questions about our lifestyles. She gave me ten questions:
1. Describe your Agriculture Operation
Joe and his dad work together to raise corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, a cow-calf herd, and feedlot cattle. They also sell Pioneer seed.
2. What Agriculture Operation would you never do and why?
Well, since I’m a high school teacher and not involved in the day to day physical work, I guess this question doesn’t really apply to me! I did say growing up I would never marry a dairy farmer because they are so tied down. Little did I realize beef cattle still need fed every day so I’m just as tied down! Joe is doing exactly what he loves and can’t imagine doing anything else.
3. When was the last time you vacationed (agriculture events do not count)?
In the summer of 2012 I rented a house on Lake Michigan with my parents. The girls and my parents and I had a great time relaxing and experience Lake Michigan for the first time. I felt like since I lived in Michigan I should experience the Great Lakes. Joe was able to get away for 24 hours. Yep, that’s what happens when you are married to a farmer. It was the height of breeding season and Joe simply couldn’t get away. He artificially inseminates his cattle (I guess that’s another blog post) so he had to be on the farm to take care of business.
4. What is your least favorite food?
Hmmm, this is a difficult question. I’d like to think that if I was at your house I would eat whatever you served. My mom once made liver but didn’t tell us what it was while we were eating it. I simply thought it was a strange cut of meat. When no amount of ketchup could make it taste better, my mom told my brothers and I we didn’t have to finish it. Thank goodness! So other than liver, I can’t think of a food I don’t really enjoy. Food makes me happy.
5. If you could make a t-shirt today – what would it say?
Family and Consumer Sciences. Don’t leave school without it.
6. What is the last thing you pinned on pinterest?
Slow cooker Korean Beef
7. What are you cooking for supper?
We had honey-lime shrimp with rice and vegetables and a fruit salad for dessert. My girls love peel and eat shrimp. (They actually get bummed if a restaurant only offers breaded and fried shrimp on the kids menu. They don’t like the breading.) I’ve set a goal this year to make more seafood because we all like it and a little variety from beef is okay. It’s surprising it was shrimp because I feel like we eat beef every day!
8. Who are you following in Basketball right now?
Well, I’d like to say the Buckeyes, but they are doing horrible!!! I’m married to a Michigan State grad, so I can cling to him and follow the Spartans!
9. When was the last time you ate beef?
We eat beef all.the.time. Seriously. Our freezer is full of beef which is a good thing because we all like it, it’s so versatile, and it’s a nutritionally sound protein choice. Some our favorite beef dishes are meatloaf, chili, steak, stir fry, tacos, taco salad, BBQ beef, vegetable beef stew, sloppy joe’s, spaghetti…you get the point. We love beef.
10. What is your most motivational Bible verse?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11