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A Dairy Wonderful Life

Guest blogger, Rebecca Shaw is a dairy enthusiast and blogger at The Cow Chronicler™

My favorite holiday tradition is watching It’s a Wonderful Life every Christmas Eve with my family. I love that movie, every year it never fails to make you happy-cry. The movie reminds us that no matter how hard life may be right now, we need to remember the things that really matter. We may not realize it, but we make some sort of impact on everyone we meet and may even be a reason for their happiness (or existence)!

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

This is where my little sister comes in. Without her, we’d have an awful, empty hole… no one to take care of the snacks while we’re watching the movie! Not only is she a fitness guru on Instagram (@dairygirlfitness), she’s first and foremost, a snack boss. She’ll make sure we have ice cream, cookies, cheese dip, a cheese ball with crackers, you name it. Basically, if it involves dairy, we dig it.

However, one snack does top the rest. My family invented the original ‘cheese board’ before they were cool and elaborate. It included cheese, pickles, veggies and a dairy delicious dip. Lucky for you, she’s letting me share her dip recipe with you! 

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt


Mix together and store in refrigerator in airtight container until you’re ready to serve.


“Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends. Thanks for the wings, Love Clarence.”

Well said, Clarence Oddbody. If you’re surrounded by friends, family and tasty snacks, what more do you really need this holiday season?

Merry Christmas!

Calving Corner Feature

The Calving Corner is back at Farm Show for year two! The Calving Corner is a live dairy cow birthing center that offers a unique opportunity to witness the miracle of life, see cows and newborns up close, and learn more about how Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers work hard every day to responsibly care for their animals and be conscientious stewards of the land and environment. We’re proud to help sponsor this important exhibit!

Life with 500 Toddlers

Guest blogger, Jessica Peters, is a 5th generation dairy farmer in northwest Pennsylvania.

In high school, I was the girl who stayed home. I always used the farm as an excuse to dodge plans. I had to feed calves, there was hay to make, or I had to milk the next morning. They weren’t really excuses because they were true, but they were ways for me to get out of plans. Yes, I had more chores and responsibility than the average teenager, but I also just liked being home on the farm with my family. When most teenagers were choosing their friends, I genuinely enjoyed hanging out with my parents and helping around the farm. Honestly, I don’t think my friends truly understood how I felt until they started having kids of their own.