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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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