Stay Calm & Be Prepared

Stay Calm & Be Prepared

After a long day of work, dinner was the last thing on my mind. The task of putting something on the table fell…

Grilled Corn, Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

Grilled Corn, Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

Here in Missouri, we are so close to having the benefits of locally grown veggies available in the grocery store and at the…

Grilled Corn, Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad
Corn Flour vs. Cornmeal

Corn Flour vs. Cornmeal

Have you ever had a recipe call for corn flour? But you only have cornmeal in your pantry. Is there a difference between…

Night Time Fun Activities

Night Time Fun Activities

With more time spent at home these days, I am trying to be creative with new activities for our kids to try and…

Night Time Fun Activities
Magnificent Campfire Mallows

Magnificent Campfire Mallows

Rudy, Nick and Ethan recently dug a firepit in our backyard, and we invited our next-door neighbors, the Browns, and their kids over…

Meal Planning from the Garden

Meal Planning from the Garden

Until I got married, I didn’t know what okra or eggplant looked like fresh-picked from the garden. Now I have delicious recipes using…

Meal Planning from the Garden
Virtual Ways to Say Thanks to the Teacher

Virtual Ways to Say Thanks to the Teacher

We’re fortunate to have an active, insanely creative PTO. These women saved the day – or rather, week – for many parents who…

Field Corn Planting is Underway with #CornPlant2020

Field Corn Planting is Underway with #CornPlant2020

Many home gardeners are watching the weather to find the perfect window of time to plant their sweet corn. Just like garden sweet…

Field Corn Planting is Underway with #CornPlant2020
Raising Plant Beds

Raising Plant Beds

Most years, we buy bedding plants and sow a few seeds directly in the garden once there’s no further threat of frost. Our…

Pork Chops & Scalloped Corn

Pork Chops & Scalloped Corn

Need a little time to catch up on laundry, pay some bills or help the kids with a few homework assignments? Here’s a…

Pork Chops & Scalloped Corn
Beef Enchilada Dip

Beef Enchilada Dip

Are you looking for an easy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Look no further! Hot, creamy and perfectly paired with corn chips…

The Wonderful World of Work from Home

The Wonderful World of Work from Home

Three weeks ago, I turned into a full-time telecommuter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day, I commute from the bed to the…

The Wonderful World of Work from Home
Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Easter will be different for all of us this year. Whether it’s the missed church gathering or large family celebrations with an Easter…

What is the Difference Between a Corporate Farm and a Family Farm?

What is the Difference Between a Corporate Farm and a Family Farm?

With nearly 650 member-owners and hundreds of more farmers who produce the corn LifeLine uses to make its corn ingredients for the snack,…

What is the Difference Between a Corporate Farm and a Family Farm?
When Chicken Soup is Not Enough

When Chicken Soup is Not Enough

After cutting up a chicken for a recipe, I often make chicken stock out of what remains. Today was no exception. Strained through…

National Ag Day

National Ag Day

As Americans look to the future with uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear – families will be preparing more meals…

National Ag Day
The Miracle of Cornstarch

The Miracle of Cornstarch

Do It Yourself (DIY) videos are fun and include simple, yet ingenious ideas I can use. Not since MacGyver have plastic bottles, string…

Sweet Corn and Spring Vegetable Pasta

Sweet Corn and Spring Vegetable Pasta

After commiserating with a farmer’s wife about my woeful attempts to raise sweet corn (yes, really!), she suggested we expand from a few…

Sweet Corn and Spring Vegetable Pasta
Why Do Farmers Burn Their Fields?

Why Do Farmers Burn Their Fields?

You might have come across that distinct smell of burning grass over the last week or so if you live in the Midwest….

Kids in Balance

Kids in Balance

When it comes to being healthy, everything needs to be in balance – the physical, mental and spiritual. For us, moving to the…

Kids in Balance
Prepping the Garden for Spring

Prepping the Garden for Spring

During winter’s frigid exit, there’s nothing that makes spring come faster than planning the garden. This is something our whole family loves to…

Gluten-Free Chicken Corn Casserole

Gluten-Free Chicken Corn Casserole

This easy, gluten-free recipe is just what you’ve been looking for on busy nights filled with practices, meetings and other “busy”ness. Save time…

Gluten-Free Chicken Corn Casserole
Valentine’s Day Fun for the Family

Valentine’s Day Fun for the Family

When I was in grade school, I remember my parents including me in their Valentine’s Day celebration, which was a movie and dinner…

Protecting Tomorrow’s Land with Sustainability Practices on the Farm

Protecting Tomorrow’s Land with Sustainability Practices on the Farm

Today’s consumers demand more from agriculture. They are much more in-tune with how their food is grown and what impact that has on…

Protecting Tomorrow’s Land with Sustainability Practices on the Farm
Super Bowl Prepped and Ready for Guests

Super Bowl Prepped and Ready for Guests

Are you getting ready for the Super Bowl? Maybe you are lucky and have some extra time to deep clean and spruce up…

Reducing the Rural Footprint

Reducing the Rural Footprint

Reducing the Rural Footprint Only a few of the “causes” I signed up for have stuck with me like the interest and love…

Reducing the Rural Footprint
Winter Blues, Seed Catalogs and Me

Winter Blues, Seed Catalogs and Me

Before spring finally arrived last year, winter nearly had its way with me. A concoction of being in the country where we have…

Winter Skillet Creamed Corn

Winter Skillet Creamed Corn

A lack of fresh produce can be a big downer during the winter months. In our family, we especially miss fresh corn on…

Winter Skillet Creamed Corn
Making the Most of Rural Winter as a Family

Making the Most of Rural Winter as a Family

Winters can be beautiful in the Midwest. One of the best things about rural winter is “the quiet.” When there is a blue…

Coconut Oil: A Tool for Your Kitchen and Your Beauty Routine

Coconut Oil: A Tool for Your Kitchen and Your Beauty Routine

Is there a tool or product that you just can’t live without? For me, coconut oil is that product. It makes everything easier;…

Coconut Oil: A Tool for Your Kitchen and Your Beauty Routine
Chili and Cinnamon Rolls: A Midwestern Staple

Chili and Cinnamon Rolls: A Midwestern Staple

When I was growing up, chili and cinnamon rolls were a common meal in our house. Fast forward to today, and it’s still…

Gluten-Free Almond Shortbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Shortbread Cookies

I love baking. With the cold winter winds outside, I enjoy relaxing and filling the house with that warm cookie scent. It’s definitely…

Gluten-Free Almond Shortbread Cookies
Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions

Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. You know the season. Christmas is coming up and soon after people will be forming their New…

White Cheddar Baked Corn

White Cheddar Baked Corn

Traditionally, we spend Thanksgiving with my brother, sister-in-law and two nephews. I love the holidays because it means time spent with family and…

White Cheddar Baked Corn
After-School Activities for the Whole Family

After-School Activities for the Whole Family

With one kid in high school and two others in elementary, time spent after-school is typically pretty hectic including running to sports practices,…

Corn Spaghetti with Tomato and Walnut Pesto

Corn Spaghetti with Tomato and Walnut Pesto

Corn spaghetti. It’s a thing. It’s gluten-free and delicious. In terms of taste, there’s very little difference between it and wheat pasta flour….

Corn Spaghetti with Tomato and Walnut Pesto
Teaching Your Kids Goal-Setting with 7 Simple Steps

Teaching Your Kids Goal-Setting with 7 Simple Steps

We’ve always had an agreement with the boys about grades and they knew our expectations. Recently, I wondered if goal-setting was something they…

Grilled Steak and Elote Tacos

Grilled Steak and Elote Tacos

Fall is in full swing. The weather is cooler, the air is crisper and the days are growing consistently shorter. But just because…

Grilled Steak and Elote Tacos
5 Unexpected Lessons of Country Living

5 Unexpected Lessons of Country Living

We started building our house in rural Missouri country nearly 12 years ago. When building a house and planting roots, there’s always things…

Prioritizing Self-Care

Prioritizing Self-Care

How are you going to give your best at work and provide care to people at home if you, yourself, are out of…

Prioritizing Self-Care
Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

Late-summer rains continue to fill our pond, and the boys are looking forward to fishing next spring and summer. Work around the house…

Packing and Planning Tips for Family Vacations

Packing and Planning Tips for Family Vacations

Last year, we took the vacation of a lifetime to gorgeous Yellowstone National Park. We have fabulous pictures of bison, moose and more….

Packing and Planning Tips for Family Vacations
Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Pumpkin spice products, Halloween recipes and Thanksgiving decor ideas have invaded Facebook, and we’re not even halfway through September. It’s still Summer on…

Gameday Corn Dip

Gameday Corn Dip

A bountiful garden was just not happening this year. I know you’ve probably been waiting for me to share our experience with our…

Gameday Corn Dip
Back to School Tips (For Parents)

Back to School Tips (For Parents)

Riding with the windows down and the radio up on the most beautiful day of the summer, my son said something unexpected a…

Strawberry Granola Crisp

Strawberry Granola Crisp

Locally grown strawberries are a real treat – sweet, juicy and flavorful. From an old wooden shack by the side of the highway,…

Strawberry Granola Crisp
Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer

When I was young, I spent very little time inside. Video games were just becoming popular and television offered a limited choice of…

Corn Fritters with Sriracha Dip

Corn Fritters with Sriracha Dip

Sweet corn is in season! If you ask me, there’s nothing better than corn on the cob and sliced tomatoes for an entire…

Corn Fritters with Sriracha Dip
Relieving Stress Naturally

Relieving Stress Naturally

Recently, I went to a mindfulness class that focused on breathing and meditation. I had never meditated before, and I found the class…

Fresh Corn Salsa

Fresh Corn Salsa

I have a confession to make. Once in a while, I introduce Jeff as my “first husband.” People look at me funny when…

Fresh Corn Salsa
Staying Active at the Office

Staying Active at the Office

Computers sure do make our lives easier, especially at work. However, working at a computer does have one major downfall: sitting all day….

Gluten-Free Alternatives to Pasta

Gluten-Free Alternatives to Pasta

Whether you’re gluten-free or not, switching to an alternative base that doesn’t have as many carbs can be a great and tasty thing….

Gluten-Free Alternatives to Pasta
Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding

One of my most treasured childhood memories was making chocolate cornstarch pudding with my mother. When my mom would get the urge for…

5 Healthy Snack Alternatives to Keep You Energized

5 Healthy Snack Alternatives to Keep You Energized

Sleepy, tired and ready to go home, 3 p.m. is when I hit the proverbial “wall” on weekdays. To satisfy my inevitable cravings…

5 Healthy Snack Alternatives to Keep You Energized
Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

For many years, this recipe has graced my sister-in-law’s table around the holidays. Thinking about corn casserole gives me a nostalgic feeling, reminded…

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Healthy habits are about much more than just what you eat and how you exercise. You are the most important model for your…

Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits
Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice

The first dish I ever made from scratch was some kind of vegetable mix cooked in a pan with butter. My aunt was…

Reflections on the Midwest flood

Reflections on the Midwest flood

Reflections on the Midwest flood  Last summer, I was looking out the window as a truck carrying a dirt mover pulled into our…

Reflections on the Midwest flood
Polenta Zucchini Casserole

Polenta Zucchini Casserole

Have you ever questioned the difference between grits and polenta? Or, questioned if there is a difference at all between the two? Polenta…

Maximizing Your Budget: Groceries

Maximizing Your Budget: Groceries

On Saturday morning, as the boys are still snoozing, you’ll find me at the grocery store. Shopping for a family of five is…

Maximizing Your Budget: Groceries
Corn Blueberry Salad

Corn Blueberry Salad

Ever considered a salad for your Cinco de Mayo table? I’ve got the perfect recipe! It’s colorful, and with a nice helping of…

True Energy: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine

True Energy: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine

When the rooster starts to crow, the first thing I do is head to the kitchen for a cup of hot tea. Not…

True Energy: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine
Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

Before we moved to the farm we currently reside on, we lived in a suburban neighborhood in town. We had the friendliest, most…

Eating Healthy Without Dieting

Eating Healthy Without Dieting

Looking back at college pictures, I think, “I wish I was as heavy now as I thought I was then.” I was always…

Eating Healthy Without Dieting
Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Besides my Black Bean Soup recipe, which I think I’ve mentioned to you a few times … this is one of my very…

Whole Grain Sampling Day

Whole Grain Sampling Day

Recently, I was asked if I would be willing to write a blog post in honor of Whole Grain Sampling Day. Before agreeing…

Whole Grain Sampling Day
Corn, it’s Pretty A-Maize-ing

Corn, it’s Pretty A-Maize-ing

We are in the works of planning the garden out, by picking seeds and visiting the plant nursery. It’s always a hopeful time…

La Bamba Casserole

La Bamba Casserole

As the weather begins to (finally!) warm up, we will spend more time outside getting the gardens ready, trimming and cleaning out the…

La Bamba Casserole
Let’s Talk: Portion Distortion

Let’s Talk: Portion Distortion

I clearly remember the time in my life where people believed it didn’t matter how much a person ate as long as it…

Cinnamon Crunch Granola

Cinnamon Crunch Granola

No matter how organized  I seem on the blog, it seems like most weekdays the kids and I scrambling to get out the…

Cinnamon Crunch Granola
Meal Prep Smarter, Not Harder

Meal Prep Smarter, Not Harder

A year or so ago, I found our family running from basketball practices, games, school events and meetings to the closest fast food…

5-Ingredient Spicy Shrimp + Grits

5-Ingredient Spicy Shrimp + Grits

I love to make dishes inspired by the holidays surrounding us. Not only does it help me keep meals fresh, but it’s fun…

5-Ingredient Spicy Shrimp + Grits
Healthy Living Tips for Your Next Vacation

Healthy Living Tips for Your Next Vacation

Last summer, our family took a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. We loaded up the SUV and drove cross country with all…

What’s the Deal with Corn?

What’s the Deal with Corn?

Corn. It’s one of the most fascinating and delicious foods on the planet. Also, one of the only foods my children will eat…

What’s the Deal with Corn?
Maximizing your Pantry in 30 Minutes

Maximizing your Pantry in 30 Minutes

For me, disorganization is the biggest contributor of stress. I use my planner before scheduling any event, organize my closet by color and…

Vegetarian Tamale Pie

Vegetarian Tamale Pie

With the approach of the season of Lent, I have started to gather recipes that are meatless. Living on a farm in the…

Vegetarian Tamale Pie
Defining Real Food

Defining Real Food

Our family’s eating habits are determined many nights by our lifestyle. My husband works in a different city and commutes an hour to…

Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

A couple of months ago, we were watching the kids play on the hay bales stacked in our barn when Jeff noticed a…

Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake
Packing Stress-Free School Lunches

Packing Stress-Free School Lunches

I’ll be the first to admit that school lunches are a pain to put together. From school regulations to picky children, the task…

Maple Cornmeal Banana Bread

Maple Cornmeal Banana Bread

In our house, bananas vanish as soon as we bring them home from the grocery store. We all love making peanut butter and…

Maple Cornmeal Banana Bread
Avocado Parmesan Grits

Avocado Parmesan Grits

So what’s the deal with brunch? I mean, if it’s a combination of breakfast and lunch, how come there’s no lupper or no…

Tips for Bringing Meals to New Parents

Tips for Bringing Meals to New Parents

When Jeff and I had our first child, a number of neighbors and friends brought us meals that were easy to prepare –…

Tips for Bringing Meals to New Parents
Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips

Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips

The holiday season in the Midwest is beautiful, so that means we welcome all the out-of-town visitors to our home! Around the table,…

Mexican Tortilla Skillet

Mexican Tortilla Skillet

We just had a blizzard in the Midwest, and it’s not even Christmas yet! We were snowed in for a little over a…

Mexican Tortilla Skillet
Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food

Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food

  Sometimes children can be picky, especially when it comes to vegetables. I know my boys can. Over time, I’ve learned that kids…

Farm to Table – Bushel to Plate

Farm to Table – Bushel to Plate

Being able to trace food from bushel to plate is crucial as it impacts the way I approach how I feed my family…

Farm to Table – Bushel to Plate
Breakfast for Dinner: Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles

Breakfast for Dinner: Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles

We love breakfast for dinner at our house! When I am pressed for ideas to change-up the weekly menu, breakfast seems like a…

Corn Chowder with Leftover Turkey

Corn Chowder with Leftover Turkey

  The weather on Thanksgiving was perfect this year, so I wrangled everyone to take a few family pictures outside — in between…

Corn Chowder with Leftover Turkey

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As a mom who cares about eating good food and knowing the farmer who grew my food, I want to help other families to nourish your families with good, traceable, sustainable food.

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