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May

2014

Family and Farming

Making Things By Hand - Homemade Applesauce

The other day I was making my usual grocery list, writing down the items without even thinking. Milk, coffee, creamer, cereal, bananas, veggies, meat, bread, cheese, granola bars, applesauce, and various other things.

The radio was playing in the background, and all of a sudden I hear this come across the airwaves…

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19

May

2014

Field Stories

Every Dog Has A Story

Every dog has a story. The majority of the farms I visit seem to have a farm dog. It seems like these dogs are usually a mixed breed. The more I think about it, I very rarely see a purebred version of man’s best friend. From my own experience, the more mixed the dog, the more brains God put in his head.

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May

2014

Family and Farming

Field-Ready Breakfast: DIY Egg McMuffins

I don’t know about you, but I always end up rushing out the door in the morning and grabbing breakfast last minute. For you, this could be Starbucks on the way to the office, donuts at the gas station on the way to the field, or Pop Tarts from the vending machine at school. In my case, my go-to breakfast is usually instant oatmeal or cereal, and while they are pretty healthy, they don’t always keep me full all morning. Oatmeal every day also gets boring, so I like to switch it up.

While searching Pinterest, I found a recipe for “Copycat Egg McMuffins” by Monica of The Yummy Life blog and knew I just had to try them! I love Egg McMuffins from McDonald’s, but it isn’t always convenient to drive to their restaurant every morning, especially with my busy schedule. Plus, with planting season in full swing, I thought this would be a healthy and EASY option to help ensure everyone gets a good breakfast before going out into the fields.

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26

Mar

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Wordless Wednesday: National Ag Week

"Agriculture: 365 sunrises and 7 billion mouths to feed." That's the theme of this year's National Ag Week. In honor of all farmers, farm families, farm wives, farm children, and those that serve the agriculture industry, THANK YOU!

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27

Jan

2014

Family, Farming and Football

Super Bowl Sweet & Savory Pigs in a Blanket

This coming Sunday, after church has let out and the chores have been done, football fans all across the U.S. will be crowding around their televisions for one of the most anticipated games of the year. The Super Bowl!

Now, sports haven’t been a regular topic in my blog, but they have been a big part of my life, and my family memories. so I wanted to share a little about our family Superbowl gatherings. And if you stay with me until the end of the post, you might find a pretty awesome recipe for you to bring to the party!

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16

Jan

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #10: Martin Marr, New Berlin, IL

No guts, No glory. A saying I learned early in life and one I’ve strived to live by. For as long as I can remember, this is something my parents have truly embodied. And if they ever doubted themselves, it never showed.

They taught me to have grit, take a few risks, and have confidence. I’ve learned that life will knock you down, probably more than once, but it’s not the number of times you fall, it’s how you get back up.

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30

Dec

2013

Family and Farming

Christmas Memories and Family Meals

Well it’s that time. The time between Christmas and New Year’s where I’m back at work, but still thinking about the wonderful times spent with family, afternoon naps I was able to squeeze in, and all the great food I ate last week for Christmas. And just maybe regretting having that extra piece of cake… (In my defense, it was my birthday cake, AND it was the last piece, I couldn’t let it go to waste…right?)

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Dec

2013

Family and Farming

The Whole World Needs A Kitchen

When you come from a farm family of 12 aunts and uncles and 30 first cousins (that’s just my Dad’s side), there are bound to be a lot of family gatherings. Whether it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or even just a Sunday after church, some of my earliest memories revolve around the kitchen on my grandma and grandpa’s dairy farm. It was there that I learned to play euchre, scrabble (my grandma was a pro), and how to make some of my all-time favorite foods.

 

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16

Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

An Invisible Passenger

Instead of getting worked up that I was now traveling at a mere two miles per hour, every few minutes on the interstate, I took in the city atmosphere. I listened as the cars in the opposite lane whizzed by at a methodical pace. With semis closing in around me, the smell of exhaust, brakes and dirty equipment took over my car. I was as far away from the country as I could get, and all I could think about was the farm.

 

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