Keeping Cool with Italian Cucumber Salad

Are you feeling the heat?  While I love the hot weather, I do reach a point where it does feel good to cool down.  This is one reason why I like cooking seasonally-or using fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Many spring and summer fruits and vegetables are naturally cooling-like cucumbers.  Here’s a tasty twist on the typical cucumber salad. Continue reading “Keeping Cool with Italian Cucumber Salad”

Easy 4th of July Picnic Snacks-Snack Picks

With July 4th just around the corner and in the middle of the week, it may be difficult to plan & prepare snacks for your holiday outing.  Here’s an easy, quick snack idea that is sure to please everyone’s palate-Snack Picks.  Snacks on a toothpick! Continue reading “Easy 4th of July Picnic Snacks-Snack Picks”

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”

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”

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!”

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”