Hansen’s Dairy-Good Food That’s Good For You

June is National Dairy Month and I recently spent some time at Hansen’s Diary near Hudson, IA.  This family-run operation has been providing the Cedar Valley with their own brand of fresh milk and dairy products for almost 15 years. Continue reading “Hansen’s Dairy-Good Food That’s Good For You”

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Hoffman Produce Farms and Fresh Green Onions

I had the pleasure of visiting my friends, Greg & Denise Hoffman at Hoffman Produce Farms.  They grow a wide variety of produce from apples to zucchini on about 20 acres of land in Waterloo, IA.   The Hoffmans are very well known for Continue reading “Hoffman Produce Farms and Fresh Green Onions”

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Memorial Day-Remembering Our Veterans

There’s a part of me that wishes I were somewhere else today.  While my husband & I are getting a lot of repairs done around our acreage, I’m missing a service that means a lot to me-Portsmouth, Iowa’s American Legion mass & Memorial Day services. Continue reading “Memorial Day-Remembering Our Veterans”

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Hawkeye Community College Greenhouse Plant Sales are in Full Bloom!

Annual Hawkeye Community College Plant Sale

Plants ready for 2018 HCC sale
Check out all the plants for sale at Hawkeye Community College annual plant sale now through May 9th!

After the snow two weeks ago (and hopefully winter’s final blast), my husband tilled and planted some things in the garden!  We plant several things from seed and buy most of our plants from Hawkeye Community College during their Greenhouse Plant Sale.

I stopped in to visit the greenhouse and see all the plants Continue reading “Hawkeye Community College Greenhouse Plant Sales are in Full Bloom!”

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Signs of Spring-Babies & Upside Down Salad

Spring lambs

winter last hurrah 2018 front yard
The view out our front window-Hopefully the last hurrah for winter

The last few weeks have been interesting here in Iowa.  It’s like winter finally decided to arrive “better late than never,” and now won’t let go. Continue reading “Signs of Spring-Babies & Upside Down Salad”

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Quick & Easy Lamb Brats as Winter Clings

Clinging to Winter

If you live in Northern Iowa, you know that winter is having a hard time releasing its grip this year.  We got 10 inches of new snow just a few days ago!  Granted, most of it is already gone and the roads are cleared, but the fields are still covered in a blanket of white. Yesterday morning we received a true winter gift Continue reading “Quick & Easy Lamb Brats as Winter Clings”

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Local Foods Inspired Baked Pepper Nachos

Community Food Systems Conference

Upon returning to Iowa on the 9th, it seemed as if we brought the tropical warmth back with us for a little while.  January 10th was what I like to call an “open coat” day, with temperatures in the 30’s.  Unfortunately, the bottom dropped again and by the 12th we were below zero again.  That didn’t stop the Courtney Long and Community Food Systems enthusiasts Continue reading “Local Foods Inspired Baked Pepper Nachos”

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