Building Memories With Your Kids

Maleny Dairies Making Memories Farm tours What to do with kids

Maleny Dairies Making Memories

When my children were younger I loved building special memories. These days we can take as many photos as we like and capture those special times forever.

Whenever I am up at the Dairy it always brings a smile to my face seeing the Mums with their children interacting with our baby animals. Something special happens in that exchange between a small child and our calves and baby goats.  It’s as if they understand each other and Mums often feel that moment too.   Connecting your child with the countryside and helping them to understand that their milk doesn’t just come from the supermarket shelf is so important.   They go home with rosy cheeks, a milky moustache and some very special memories.  If you haven’t taken a tour of the farm yet then do come and visit us.

 

 

 

Our kiosk serves yummy soft-serve made with Maleny Dairies milk

Pop in for a soft-serve today, so deliciously creamy made with our Maleny Dairies milk

 

 

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Children’s Party Game Ideas 1

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Simple children’s party games can be lots of fun

Do you recall playing party games at a friend’s birthday when you were young?

Something I’ve noticed as a parent is that these days we tend to give a prize to everybody playing the game, whereas when I was a child there were definite winners and losers at party game time.

I’m not sure what I think about that change but I do know that party games create wonderful memories for our children that can last a lifetime.

Of course, at Maleny Dairies we offer a venue to hold children’s parties, which can seamlessly incorporate some farmtime fun into your party.

Regardless of where you hold your child’s birthday party a couple of simple party games can really make their day. Over the coming months we’ll be posting more party game suggestions. Today I will share a couple, but before we do, my friends tell me that a couple of tips are, to keep the game simple, particularly for under 5s and not to incorporate more than 4 games into any party. A bit of free play time is great for children of course.

Categories

A game of speed. Player 1 shouts out a category (eg ‘fish’ or ‘puddings’) and the other players shout out examples, in order. For added excitement, the players set up a rhythm, either clicking fingers, slapping thighs or clapping hands.

Click, click, clap, clap. Player 1:
‘Categories’. Click etc. Player 2:
‘Such as’.Click etc. Player 3:
‘Flowers’. Click etc. Player 4:
‘Daisy’ Click etc. Player 5:
‘Gladioli’.
Play continues until one of the participants is unable to think of an example. He or she is then eliminated. Then, either carry on with the same category, or think of a new one.

Toothless Vegetables

Players take turns to name a fruit or vegetable without showing their teeth. No repetition allowed. Show teeth or laugh and you’re out.

Banana

Have a selection of fruit and vegetables available to give children ideas

 

The Shoe Hunt or The Glass Slipper Game

Have each child place one of her shoes onto a blanket on the floor. After all shoes have been placed, have an adult blindfold each child and mix up the shoes. Each child must take a turn trying to find her shoe just by the way it feels. Every child who is able to identify her shoe gets a prize.

Funny shoes

All you need is a blindfold and a blanket

 

 

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Locavore food trails…now there’s an idea!

Mangoes in winter?

Do you want to eat Mangoes in June?

Do you want to eat Mangoes in June? Unfortunately, we’ve become used to the idea of having year-round access to every type of food. If we don’t produce it, just fly it in. However, do you think this may have a negative effect on our environment? This concern has given rise to the Locavore movement, which means sourcing your food, from paddock to plate locally.. The movement began in Canada when Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon decided to spend a whole year eating food and drink grown within 160km (100 miles) of their Vancouver apartment. Reduced transport emissions is one benefit but not only that i believe the food also tastes better as it’s freshly picked and produced. Nutrients must only have a certain lifespan so fresh is best i reckon.  Another (big)  bonus is that by supporting local farmers and food producers, the money you spend stays within your local economy. I would love to see a “locavore food trail” here on the Sunny Coast. It would be a great way to experience the wealth of local produce. The tour could feature lunch at a local restaurant that supports local food producers. Offering a special ‘locavore’ menu that uses only Sunshine Coast produce. This four-course menu  could change with the seasons. Prior to the lunch, as part of the tour,  local food producers are visited……..a Dairy……….( Maleny Dairies)  an Olive Farm, a Strawberry Farm, perhaps a cheese factory?

Have some fun strawberry picking

Come and visit Gowinta Farm at Beerwah

Now whilst this idea has not as yet come to fruition, (as far as i know) i believe it is something that would be very popular.   What do you think?

Having fun on a farm tour at Maleny Dairies

Having fun on a farm tour at Maleny Dairies

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Seven Tips For Cooking With Milk

Milk the wonder food!

 

Leek and potato soup | Maleny Dairies

Leek and potato soup | Maleny Dairies

Seven Tips for Cooking with Milk

 

Milk in its many guises is a staple part of our diet. Its natural goodness delivers a highly nutritious meal all by itself!   We pride ourselves on the freshness of our milk, processed here on our family farm and delivered locally around the Sunshine Coast from Noosa to North Brisbane.  These Seven

Tips for Cooking with Milk will really enhance your culinary experience.
Seven Tips for Cooking with Milk

 

 

 

For creamy potato and leek soup, pumpkin or asparagus soups always add milk after you pop it into the blender.

 

For really tasty, moist hamburgers and rissoles, add day-old bread that has been soaked in milk and crumbled.

Make the best fried chicken by soaking chicken pieces in milk before dipping in seasoned flour and frying.

When making risotto, replace the last cup of stock with milk for the creamiest of textures.

Poach fish and seafood in milk infused with onion, peppercorns and bay leaves for extra deliciousness..

For extra light scones, ensure milk is cold when added to the flour mixture.

The best French toast is made by dipping thick bread in a little milk and then beaten egg. Pan-fry in butter and serve sprinkled in cinnamon sugar.

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My daughter….the Masterchef

 

My daughter….the Masterchef.

 

I must admit I don’t always encourage my daughter to cook. It’s not that she is a bad cook or anything….far from it, she’s actually a bit of a whiz. But maybe that’s the problem…too much whizzing and no cleaning up afterwards!  Yes, I threaten her with all sorts…..no going out until it’s tidy etc etc…..but as a Mum you know there is tidy and well ………tidy and I think our definitions differ quite considerably. Anyway, that aside she did make these very yummy chocolate profiteroles and they didn’t last long I can assure you.  Choux pastry is actually quite easy to make and for kids it can be a lot of fun. It uses up a fair bit of energy so that may be a good thing too!

Here is the recipe for my daughter’s Chocolate Profiteroles…let’s call them “Abbie’s Chocolate Profiteroles” .  Don’t forget to grab your Maleny Dairies Cream because once you bite into that crispy outer shell and then into that velvety creamy centre you will be in heaven! If you are gifted with a clean kitchen at the end of it then you truly are in for a heavenly experience.

Donna Hay’s Profiteroles (makes about 30 – 45)
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(from Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 2)

  • 1 cup water
  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs
  • melted dark chocolate for topping

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Place the water and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook until the butter is melted and the mixture starts to simmer.
  2. Add flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. Cook, stirring, over low heat until the mixture leaves the side of the pan. Remove from heat and gradually beat in the eggs.
  4. Place the mixture unti a piping bag. Pipe or drop 3 teaspoons of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper.
  5. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until light golden. Turn off the oven, keep the door slightly open using a wooden spoon and leave the profiteroles in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden and hollow-sounding when tapped. Cool on wire racks.

To decorate:

Abbie’s Chocolate Profiteroles with Maleny Dairies Cream

Place Maleny Dairies cream in a piping bag. Push nozzle through the base of the profiteroles and squeeze in enough mixture to fill it. To finish, dip the top of each profiterole in melted chocolate and allow to set.

Abbie's chocolate profiteroles with Maleny Dairies CreamAbbie’s chocolate profiteroles with Maleny Dairies Cream

 

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Permeate is not added to our milk – Never has been!

Permeate unveiled.

There has been much discussion recently on our facebook page around Permeate in milk these last few months.

Television programmes , Print journalists and Social media have all jumped on the band wagon. So what is Permeate? And why is it used?
Permeate is a milk by-product that previously was considered a waste product and was discarded until manufacturers came up with the idea to add it back into milk to dilute it. When added to real milk it makes the milk go further thus reducing costs for the manufacturer. Milk is regulated by the Food Standards Code

We all have a right to know what’s in our food so that we can make informed decisions. If you as a consumer are prepared to pay more for whole milk that really is whole milk that should be your choice and if you want to buy the cheaper alternatives you have a right to know how much is milk and how much is permeate. Labelling of Milk at present doesn’t show this as it is not mandatory to show permeate on the label or even  indicate that permeate is in fact added.

We think the REAL problem with permeate isn’t that some manufacturers choose to use it or that it was once considered a waste product. The problem we have with it is that consumers don’t know they are buying it. We understand that you, as consumers want to know what is in the food that you buy and we believe you have a right to know. That is why at Maleny Dairies you can feel assured that our milk is just that PURE MILK fresh from our cows and bottled right here on our family farm.

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Curds and Whey our twin calves

Have you met our twin calves yet?

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On Saturday 28th April, whilst everyone was busily preparing to go to the Election booths to vote,  one of our gorgeous Guernsey Gals was doing some electing of her own. She had decided or should I say her calves had decided that this was the day they were going to arrive.

So despite the rain, two beautiful female calves made their appearance on a cold and misty Maleny morning.  Now, as most mums will attest, giving birth is no easy feat however when you are giving birth to TWO it can be twice as exhausting.

Thankfully Tuppence one of our younger tour guides who is studying to be a doctor noticed Mum looking rather tired and a little stressed. She raced to tell Lisa a tour guide veteran, she has worked here at the Dairy for two and a half years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to our cows. Immediately Lisa phoned Sonya  and Keith Hopper , the owners of Maleny Dairies, Sonya was on hand to check out the welfare of our new little calves.

Another tour guide (little) Lauren and Sonya carried these two little bundles out of the rain in to the calf pen with Mum following behind. She ensured they were warm and watched over them. It became apparent that the smaller of the two calves was not strong enough to feed and would require tube feeding. This means a tube has to be inserted in to the oesophagus of the baby calf to ensure it receives all its necessary nutrients to survive. Sonya nursed this calf for three days until it was strong enough to feed naturally from Mum.

We can report that Mum and her two girls are doing fine, it is such a rare occurrence for Dairy cattle to give birth to twins and for them both to be female is even rarer. When you have both a boy and a girl calf often the female is sterile, however  two girls is great news and these two little darlings  will lead a long and happy life on our farm. Usually they are still milking at around 12-13years of age here at Maleny Dairies. They spend many happy years grazing on our rich pastures; however these two Guernsey Gals want to meet you first!

 

 

 

 

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Where milk is just milk…. nothing added

Maleny Dairies is a family owned business situated in the picturesque hills of Maleny. We have been farming on this property for 3 generations, (since 1948). With the advent of milk industry deregulation, and the resultant drastic drop in income, (cut by half), we considered giving up farming. However, we decided to fight back by building a milk processing plant – not only to help ourselves, but the other farmers and their families in the local area.

With the combined efforts of parents Harold & Dorothy, brothers Ross and Keith, and sisters Kay and Beth, we embarked on the massive task of bringing our plans to fruition. Thus Maleny Dairies began operations in December 2002, and the immediate positive response by customers to our products was amazing.

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Trash the Wedding Dress

From just a beautiful scenic photo… to rolling yourself in mud.

Grab some friends, put on a wedding dress and have the time of your life.  You may never get the chance to do this again!

A prestigious and renowned Maleny photographer Emma Ruddle of Emma Ruddle Photography will capture your special moment and you will receive a 10×8 photograph professionally edited in the mail along with a copy of the World Record Certificate.

Bring your husband, children and a camera and let them join in the fun also.

So many gorgeous photo opportunities on our beautiful farm.

We even have a 70m waterslide for brides and their families.

Fabulous prizes available to the best bride in each category plus loads of Lucky Door Prizes.

We have chosen to support SunnyKids, they are a local Sunshine Coast charity supporting women and children and helping families to shine.

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