Just a few outdoor ideas from the farm over the years.
Last week several of the ladies from my blogging group — North Iowa Bloggers took a trip to a local Christmas tree farm, Carlson Tree Farm, to make wreaths. What a fun time we had! This was my first trip and I was a bit nervous about what I would end up with, but guess what — perfection is not required! I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve had some unfortunate results from some… Read More
You’d think all chili would taste alike. All the traditional red chilies have tomatoes, some kind of chili powder and beef. Chili aficionados are appalled if you mention beans in the chili, but I personally like my chili with beans. Black beans, kidney beans and red beans — all of them…. So why do some chili’s taste like dishwater and some you want to lick the bowl? It’s the spices– they are not all created… Read More
You don’t need to spend a fortune on a formal Thanksgiving centerpiece for your holiday table…just be a little brave and do-it-yourself. I am lucky and have a garden full of flowers, but the frost has gotten them now, so I’ll do what you can do. Every grocery store and discount store has a flower display with bouquets under $10 — buy one or two. While your at it pick up a few of those… Read More
Easy Orange Herb Turkey Brine Mix I grew up thinking that all turkey was dry and needed to be drenched in gravy. Not that I’m giving gravy a bad rap, because I love gravy, but that will be another blog. A few years ago I learned the benefits of brining turkey. Brining your turkey creates tender, juicy and flavorful meat by locking in the meat’s natural juices. Man-o-man it really works. Brining was kind of… Read More
You know the old Cyndi Lauper song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” ? Well, Omaha is a great place for the girls to get together, laugh, eat, shop, make some new memories and have fun! On a summer trip, two of my new North Iowa blogger friends, Sara and Joy, and I headed to Omaha on a little blogging outing sponsored by Visit Omaha. What a hoot it turned out to be! We… Read More
If you are anything like me, you are busy and weeknight suppers can be a challenge. Not only is it that you don’t have hours to create a six course meal, but even trying to figure out what to make can be a brain drain. What do you have at home that is quick, filling and a winner? Ok, sometime I don’t even care if it is a winner, just that I can get it… Read More