The top 10 of 2014…

I have completed my first full year of blogging! While I was not the most diligent blogger, I learned a lot, met some great people, and had some great conversations. My social media goals and expectations were exceeded! Many thanks to you, my readers for your interest. I have new ideas for blog posts and delivery methods in 2015, so stay tuned!

My top 10 blog posts of the year are as follows:

10. Jello, lipstick, and marshmallows – oh my! – learn more about the animal byproducts in the things we use daily!

9. Cold temps cause frozen ears – cute baby calf picture warning, and a useful product too!

8. Toothless Grins…Fun Fact Friday – because who doesn’t want to know random information about animals?!

7. Gluten Free Myths – a guest blog by my friend Dawn Earnesty, MS, RDN.

6. Caring for Livestock in Cold Temperatures – livestock receive the best care they can, even when temperatures plummet.

5. Organic and Natural Programs – part of the meat labeling series on why these terms are not interchangeable.

4. No added hormones and no antibiotics – part of the meat labeling series to help clear up confusion.

3. Growing up a Rich Rancher’s Kid – a fun post for me to write about perception of wealth.

2. Grain-fed and Grass-fed – part of a series on meat labeling terms, and better understanding what they really mean.

1. Dumping Discover – where I explain why I will be finding a new credit card company.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year. May it be full of health, wealth, and happiness! Cheers.


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Jello, lipstick, and marshmallows – oh my!

Crazy weather across the country has me thinking about making a stop by the grocery store on the way home and getting a few essentials in case we get snowed in… And s’mors seem like a great weekend snow/comfort food! And s’mores are great because you can make them in the microwave, and you can watch the marshmallow get big and puffy…

Mmmm s’mores!

Marshmallows are obviously an essential ingredient of s’mores. Fun fact: did you know that marshmallows are a byproduct of cattle?! Yes, you read that right. Marshmallows, ice cream, canned meats, candies, and jello all contain gelatin – which is a beef byproduct! Additionally, from animal fat we can get such products as cosmetics, shaving cream, candles, and detergents! Bio-fuels, methane, pet food, paints, rubber, and so much more also come from beef byproducts!

A few examples of inedible beef byproducts.

If this shocks you or disgusts you, I challenge you to consult this list or this list, and decide where in your daily life of transportation, health and medicine, personal care, or entertainment you could cut something out?! I bet it would be very challenging.

While we typically think of meat as the only product from cattle, there are many, many more things can come from a beef animal. The beef industry wastes very little of an animal. I encourage you to find out more about rendering from National Renderers Association website (there is a great video that explains the rendering industry). Rendering reduces waste and public health concerns – it is sustainable and environmentally friendly!

I hope you continue to enjoy your beef byproducts, I know I will!