I love coffee.  I’m not a coffee snob, but I am snobby about how I like my cup in the morning…part decaf, part regular with a little Splenda, half and half and a splash of sugar free vanilla syrup.  It’s not a big deal or anything.  Just don’t mess it up if you make me a cup!  I mean…I used to be snobby about how I liked my cocktails, but then I had kids.  Now I drink half a sip of a Jack & Diet (ah memories…)...

Over the weekend, we had Polo On The Green at the farm.  It is the one time of year that our ‘ordinary’ farm becomes the fanciful, classy, sophisticated extraordinary (although it’s hardly an ordinary farm to begin with).  People get dressed up to watch a game of polo, stomp divots, drink cocktails, eat dinner, participate in an exciting live auction and then dance.  Lots of dancing.  And that all the proceeds go to a wonderful charity....

  Today is hot and windy…and muggy.  We are -pretty much- having one of those typical Iowa summer days.  You should see my hair.  It’s beyond frizzy. When it gets hot like this, I find myself thinking of pleasant things to distract from the beads of sweat forming at the edge of my brow. Things like…. The Iowa State Fair.  Best State Fair in the nation!  Fried food on a stick, the Butter Cow, livestock shows, giant vegetables,...

Oatmeal cookies dipped in melted chocolate and peanut butter….what could possibly be wrong with that??  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Here’s how you make Chocolate Peanut Butter Dipped Oatmeal Cookies  (I’m pretty sure dipping cookies in stuff is going to be my new obsession.  You’ll have to wait around to find out!)   Mix together your cookie dough.  You can use any oatmeal recipe you like, or the one posted at the...

For those of you with small children, I don’t need to explain how incredibly blissful that short time is when both (or all) of your children manage to nap at the same time (if you are lucky enough to experience this phenomena). For those of you who don’t have children, imagine a world where you never drive in the car without listening to whining or getting a goldfish thrown at your head, going to the bathroom with the door shut -alone- is a rare treat and nights usually...

One of the 2 things that JJ is passionate about – outside of farming and family – is smoking meat (the other is golf).  He is constantly searching for the perfect rub or that magical marinade that will make things melt-apart delicious.  I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure he’s really dang good at it. I have had a hard time deciding what sides to make when JJ cooks on the smoker. This is mostly due to the fact that smoked meat can be temperamental about...

Here’s a quicky little craft for you.  Talk about easy and simple!  This is it! I did this one while the kids were napping (nothing surprising there).  More importantly, I had this week’s episode of The Bachelorette on whilst crafting because I have been DYING to find out what this dramatic 2-part season finale is all about.  Holy cow…Brooks!!! What is wrong with you??  Poor Des. Love that show!! And I really like the shirt she was wearing the day Brooks...

I love going to the gym.  No secret to most people who know me. Going to the gym is, actually, one of my secrets to surviving stay-at-home parenting without having your head pop off and spin in circles.   It gives me a reason to get up and get out the door in the morning and my kids love playing with the friends they have developed there.  We go to our local YMCA, which means there are loads of activities for the kids to participate in like infant swimming lessons and toddler...

Summer is crazy busy for most people I know.  So much to do in the summer sun and so little time!   There is no time to sit down and make an actual meal for myself, especially at breakfast and lunch.  Although -who am I kidding? As a parent of 2 little kids, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is…I never have time to sit down and eat breakfast or lunch. Needless to say, easy, good tasting and kinda-healthy grab-and-go bites like this Cheesy Avocado Toast are...

Nothing educational or helpful about this post…unless you feel that learning about my summer activities is educational – in which case – consider yourself a pupil and read on! The past few weeks I’ve relaxed into the whirlwind of activity overload that is widely known as “Summer.”  Between house guests, family vacations and other typical-but-fun summer activities life has been fast and fun! We took a fun family trip to a resort on Lake Rathbun,...

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