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Feasting From Your Garden

Feasting From Your Garden

A Beginner’s Plan: Processing Summer is in full swing, albeit a bit different due to COVID-19. We’re making the most of it with…

Corn Starch Bath Bombs

Corn Starch Bath Bombs

Our 8-year-old LOVES using bath bombs – they smell great but can cost a small fortune. When he came to me looking for…

Corn Starch Bath Bombs
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…

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…

Corn Flour vs. Cornmeal
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…

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…

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
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,…

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…

When Chicken Soup is Not Enough
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…

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…

The Miracle of Cornstarch
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…

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…

Valentine’s Day Fun for the Family
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…

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…

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…

Making the Most of Rural Winter as a Family
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;…

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…

Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions
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,…

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…

Teaching Your Kids Goal-Setting with 7 Simple Steps
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
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….

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)
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…

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
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
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…

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
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…

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
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…

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
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
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…

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
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…

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
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…

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
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

Thanks for reading my blog, A Bushel and A Plate.

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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