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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…

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…

Back to School Tips (For Parents)
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,…

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…

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer
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…

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…

Relieving Stress Naturally
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…

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….

Staying Active at the Office
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….

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…

Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding
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…

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…

Corn Casserole
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…

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…

Spanish Rice
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…

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…

Polenta Zucchini Casserole
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…

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…

Corn Blueberry Salad
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…

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…

Lemon Cornmeal Cake
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…

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…

Taco Soup
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…

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…

Corn, it’s Pretty A-Maize-ing
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…

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…

Let’s Talk: Portion Distortion
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…

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…

Meal Prep Smarter, Not Harder
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…

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…

Healthy Living Tips for Your Next Vacation
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…

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…

Maximizing your Pantry in 30 Minutes
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…

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…

Defining Real Food
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…

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…

Packing Stress-Free School Lunches
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…

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…

Avocado Parmesan Grits
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 –…

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,…

Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips
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…

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…

Simple Methods To Help Your Family Love Real Food
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…

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…

Breakfast for Dinner: Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles
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…

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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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