#IHD16 Rookie

#IHD16 Rookie

In mid-August I received an email from Katie Pratt (Illinois Farm Girl) about attending the Illinois Harvest Dinner. To say the least, I was ECSTATIC!  I was at school and couldn’t click reply fast enough.  But then I waited to reply because I didn’t want to comes off as desperate.  Yes, I was THAT girl.  I casually replied a couple hours later and managed to contain my excitement.  Katie co-chairs the event alongside Mary Mackinson Faber from Mackinson Dairy Farm….

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Apple Bread

Apple Bread

I like easy recipes, but unfortunately when someone mentions “homemade bread”, easy is NOT the first word that usually comes to mind.  Alert….this is not a trick.  If you like apples and you like bread, this recipe will become a staple!  It’s quick, does not require any special ingredients (that is never in the cupboard when you need it) and yummy.  It’s bread and who doesn’t love bread? When my husband and I started dating more than 10 years ago, several…

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Granny’s Chicken Salad

Granny’s Chicken Salad

The title says everything.  I do not need to go into detail about Granny and her amazing chicken salad.  Just take my word for it. Let’s cut right to the chase…. Start with a whole uncooked chicken or an oven roasted chicken you picked up at the store or grilled chicken strips or whatever kind of chicken you prefer.  The point is you need some chicken!  If I have time (haha) I will cook it myself otherwise it’s HyVee oven…

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Star Spangled Fruit Pizza

Star Spangled Fruit Pizza

It’s Independence Day and who wouldn’t love a yummy patriotic themed fruit pizza?  Try this recipe and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  It is one I got off a box of Philadelphia Cream Cheese several years ago and it’s delicious.  Just so happens that I haven’t had time to make this yet, so naturally I have no pictures.  Kraft for the win! You can use a round or rectangle cookie sheet – which could be fun to do an…

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Easy Peasy Guacamole

Easy Peasy Guacamole

A few years ago, I accidentally discovered I loved guacamole.  Not the boring, buy in the store, plain Jane kind.  The kind you get in a gigantic bowl at a Mexican restaurant and pay an arm and a leg for.  Yes, that kind AND my kind.  I also love pico de gallo and have an easy “recipe” for that too!  It’s so easy, I make it when we are camping at the state fair…(two thumbs WAY up)! So on to…

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Kids, Cows, Clothes & Cooking

Kids, Cows, Clothes & Cooking

If you follow along with my not-so-frequent blog posts at all, you may have noticed that things look a tad different.  Change is good and thanks to some advice from my friends Brandi (Buzzard’s Beat) and Bekah (Cooped Up Creativity), I made the leap into WordPress land.  Peace out Blogger.  It was a good run.  More about that later, I suppose! Maybe the title intrigued you; it intrigued me too.  It also has caused me to exhaust ALL possible resources…

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A visit from a friend….

A visit from a friend….

In mid January, we welcomed a new friend to our farm. Flat Aggie, as she prefers to be called, came to Illinois ready to learn about the beef cattle on our farm.  Man, was she in for a surprise!  My children – Payton (6) and Nolan (3) were very excited to teach her about our cows. The weather has been VERY mild so far this winter.  That has its pros and cons.  The cons = MUD! When Flat Aggie arrived,…

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The Truth About Calving…Beef Cattle

The Truth About Calving…Beef Cattle

In the midst of calving season and really any other time of the year – the dairy industry is often the focus of consumer questions and concerns.  The beef industry often flies under the radar.  With the buzz word being TRANSPARENCY, flying under the radar is not always ideal. I love taking pictures, especially pictures of my cattle (cows, bulls, and calves alike) and, of course, my kids!  A picture is worth a thousand words and this picture below is no…

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Favorite Time of the Year, #calfwatch16

Favorite Time of the Year, #calfwatch16

Call me crazy, but for some reason I enjoy the craziness of calving on our farm.  Craziness of waking up to do night checks, craziness of having to clean the barn every night, craziness of not eating until late, craziness of grouchy kids (mainly our 6 year old daughter) and the list goes on. Yea, so it’s a bit crazy right now.  We are just about ready to enter our “window”.  Yes, the window of calving.  If you aren’t familiar…

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#CITC15 Rookie Season – Gift Reveal

#CITC15 Rookie Season – Gift Reveal

So as the title reads, this is my rookie Christmas In The Country – #CITC15! I had a blast doing this and made some friends over social media in the process. So as the details of the exchange state, investigate your person on social media and get them something with meaning. If anyone has looked at any of my social media accounts – especially Pinterest – it should not be hard at all to figure me out. My secret Santa…

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