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Fall Farming Activities - Cheeseburger Soup and Easy Apple Pie Bites

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

As I was browsing at a yard sale earlier this summer, I came across a picture frame with this quote embroidered inside. It was only about $2.00, but the message inside was worth millions.

“I’m thankful for the harvest,
I’m thankful for the fall.
I’m thankful for so many things,
my family most of all.”


In a few short lines, it gives a perfect description of life on a farm during this time of year. As we all very well know, fall on the farm means being “on-the-go” a lot. It starts with the long days and nights of harvest, and then transitions into preparing the fields for winter. And on most farms, fall farming activities require help by the whole family. This means there isn’t a lot of time to be at home, or cook meals.

Since meals usually end up happening in the field, I wanted to share a couple of quick, easy and portable dishes to add to your “fall on the farm” menu.

First up, cheeseburger soup! Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger? This recipe is a super fast, and super delicious way to change up this family favorite.  

It’s also very easy to throw into a thermos to take to the field. Don’t have one? No worries. Check out the end of this blog to learn how you can win a set of Beck’s THERMOcafe’s!

Cheeseburger Soup


½  lb. ground beef (I used 1 lb.)
¾ c. chopped onion
¾ c. shredded carrots
¾ c. diced celery
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
4 Tbsp butter, divided
3 c. chicken broth
4 c. peeled and diced potatoes (You can make whatever type of potatoes you have on hand work. I had small yellow potatoes on hand. I didn’t peel them. I simply cleaned them and chopped them in fourths. You could taste them more, but that didn’t bother me.)
¼ c. all-purpose flour
2 c. of Velveeta cubed or- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used shredded cheese)
1½ c. milk
¾ tsp salt
¼ to ½ tsp pepper
¼ c. sour cream


1.  Brown the ground beef in 3 quart saucepan or pot. Drain and set aside.

2. In the same pan/pot, add 1 Tbsp butter then add onion, shredded carrots, parsley flakes, basil and celery. Saute until tender.

3. Add the chicken broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

4. In small skillet melt remaining butter (3 T) and add the flour to make a roux. (Cook and stir for 3 or so minutes or until bubbly, to eliminate the flour taste.) Add to the soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.

5. Stir in the cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.

6. Serve and enjoy! (I served mine with shredded cheese on top and hamburger rolls from the bakery. We broke them up and added the pieces into the soup as an additional topping.)

For a printable version of the full recipe, click here.

Recipe Adapted from Taste of Home, found on


For a sweet fall treat to end the meal, whip up a batch (or three) of these Easy Apple Pie Bites. Just imagine all of the goodness of a slice of apple pie without having to use a plate or fork. These literally take no time at all and are perfect for eating on-the-go. Trust me, you’ll need to make more than one batch because they’ll be gone in no time!

Easy Apple Pie Bites (Serves 8)


⅓ c. brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp butter, melted
⅓ c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 apple, washed, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices (preferably Granny Smith, but any crisp apple works)
1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Unwrap the crescent roll and separate the triangles. (I put the crescent roll triangles on sheets of parchment paper on my counter to assemble them. The butter and sugar can get messy, so this made for an easier clean up.)

4. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

5. Evenly spread melted butter onto each triangle. Sprinkle each triangle with a lot of sugar and cinnamon mixture, then sprinkle with the pecans or walnuts if you use them.

6. Place a piece of apple on each triangle of dough (on the wider side) and roll it in a croissant.

7. Arrange crescent roll croissant (bites) on a cookie sheet.

8. Spread the remaining butter on top of each crescent roll croissant and sprinkle with additional sugar and cinnamon.

9. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.



For a printable version of the full recipe, click here.

Recipe Adapted from Pillsbury, found on


Beck’s Fall Thermos Giveaway

Fall farming activities don’t leave a lot of time to be at home, but for farm families, spending time together can happen anywhere. And it’s usually in those moments that you realize how much you have to be thankful for.

Share with us what you’re thankful for this fall to be entered to win a set of four Beck’s THERMOcafe’s!

Post your entry in the comments below. The contest will be open until noon on Friday, October 23. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on the Beck’s blog and social media pages.



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25 comments on article "Family and Farming"

Annette Pytlinski

10/20/2015 7:32 PM

I am thankful for our health and safety everyday so that we can continue to bring our crops in and help feed the world! I'm also thankful for the great weather, makes for a little less stress.

Sarah Burnett

10/20/2015 8:30 PM

The fall harvest is a reminder of the multitude of blessings God has allowed us. This year I am most thankful for my salvation.


10/20/2015 9:03 PM

I'm thankful for every day I have to spend with family and friends. I'm thankful for challenges in life that make me stronger and appreciate all the wonderful memories that much more. I'm thankful for a supportive and passionate husband who always stands beside me. Most of all I am thankful for this life.

Mary Ann

10/20/2015 9:29 PM

I'm thankful that God has granted us another successful and safely completed harvest. God has truly blessed us once again.

Pam Hill

10/20/2015 9:31 PM

I'm thankful for Heaven, my son age 13, and my Dad lives there and i cant wait to see them.....Heaven, a safe place to live, this world has gotten sooooo bad, all the hate and crime, drugs and abuse.....So yes I'm thankful for HEAVEN.....

Megan Mathews

10/20/2015 9:31 PM

I am grateful that I have the opportunity to watch 3 generations-my dad, my husband, and my 13 year old son all harvest together!


10/20/2015 9:50 PM

I am thankful that I've had the opportunity to raise my family on the farm. They all have an appreciation for the work it takes to put food on the table.


10/20/2015 10:00 PM

We are thankful for the beautiful land we live on, the wonderful life of a farm family and the prospect that the next generation can be thankful for the same.

Nan Hale

10/20/2015 11:04 PM

Counting down the acres in fall Harvest is my favorite thing about this season.


10/20/2015 11:23 PM

I'm thankful for the everyday blessings God provides for us that we often taken for granted. I'm thankful for the health of my family and the freedoms we have because of the sacrifice of others.


10/20/2015 11:25 PM

I'm thankful for many things...but today technology stands out. Even though I can't be at the family farm enjoying and helping with harvest, my brother has done a good job of sharing harvest pictures and videos for all to enjoy and learn.


10/21/2015 2:06 AM

I am thankful for my family and friends in this rural community. We work, laugh, cry and pray hard; but we do it together. That's what country living is all about!


10/21/2015 5:31 AM

I am Thankful for everyday I get to wake up and see all the creations that God has given us each and everyday of our lives. Also to my Family and friends. To the great and safe harveste we this year.

Judy Pearson

10/21/2015 8:49 AM

Working at a grain elevator, watching several generations working side bybside to bring in a bountiful harvest safely makes my heart happy!


10/21/2015 9:07 AM

I am thankful for our great employees that make harvest go smoothly and easier for everyone.

Brittany H.

10/21/2015 10:46 AM

I am thankful for our amazing families that are always willing to lend a helping hand with our three small children while daddy is hard at work. I am thankful for a patient and understanding husband when supper is a little late because preparing and packing up a meal takes a little longer with toddlers running around. But the biggest thing I am thankful for is getting through another harvest safely!

Chelsea O'Brien

10/23/2015 5:24 PM

Hi Brittany,

Congratulations! You were the winner of the contest for the Beck's THERMOcafe's! I will email you the details about claiming your prize.


Brittany H.

10/21/2015 10:58 AM

I am thankful for an amazing family to help with our three small children while daddy is hard at work. I am thankful for a very patient and understanding husband when supper is late to the field because preparing and packing up a meal takes a little longer with three little ones running around. But the biggest thing I am thankful for this harvest it everyone getting through it safely!

Beth york

10/21/2015 11:24 AM

I am thankful for my hard working farmer that helps support his family and puts food on the table to feed others.

Cathy Riggs

10/21/2015 6:19 PM

I am thankful for God's MANY blessings, my salvation, our 5 children, my husband of 19 years, time spent together making memories, health, family, and many many friends, and so much more, there is not enough time for everything I am thankful for. But I mentioned the most important to me.

Luann Mart

10/22/2015 3:29 PM

The great weather we are having this fall to harvest the crops!!

steve fehnel

10/22/2015 8:44 PM

i'm thankful for the beautiful weather we have for the harvest this year and being able to enjoy it with my family and friends.. I hope that everyone can have a safe harvest and enjoy it with their families as well.


10/23/2015 7:53 AM

I am thankful for a safe harvest. The weather was perfect and we were all so busy with harvest. It was another wonderful year.


10/23/2015 9:50 AM

I am thankful for the burst of color, bounty from the harvest and anticipation of family gatherings to celebrate the One who orchestrates it all.

Chelsea O'Brien

10/23/2015 5:23 PM

Thank you so much to all of you for sharing what you're thankful for! I enjoyed reading all of the responses. They were good reminders of all of the wonderful things we're blessed with in this life. I'm happy to announce that the winner of the four Beck's THERMOcafe's was Brittany H! Congratulations Brittany! I will be in contact with you soon about your prize.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a safe end to the harvest season.


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