Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Pickle Wraps

From an after school snack, to holiday potlucks, to a graduation party favorite, the Pickle Wrap is a crowd pleaser that is easy to make and delivers a creamy, crunchy and tangy flavor in each bite.

Pickle Wraps - Easy Midwest Appetizer

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Okoboji Ice Cream Favorites

For the last couple of years, our family has fallen in love with weekend getaways to the Lake Okoboji, Iowa area. When traveling, our family is always on the hunt for the best ice cream and the Okoboji area has several we make sure to stop at.

Lake Okoboji, Iowa Ice Cream Favorites

Friday, July 28, 2023

How to host a Family Cake War

Blame it on watching too much Is it Cake or my kids enjoying spending time in the kitchen, but one item on our Summer Bucket List was to hold our very own Family Cake War. We had so much fun doing this that I wanted to share how you can do it with your family!

How to host a Family Cake War

Monday, July 24, 2023

Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip

July is National Ice Cream Month! So what a better way to celebrate than indulging in some ice cream at one of Iowa's nostalgic ice cream shops!  During the month of June for over 10 years my family has gone on an Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip in honor of National Dairy Month.  Check out the 30+ locations we've visited on the tour:

Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip - 20+ Ice Cream Shops from across the state of Iowa

Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip at The Filling Station in Madrid, Iowa

People have been telling us for years to go check out The Filling Station in Madrid, Iowa and we finally made a trip this summer and it won't be our last! There's something for everyone at this seasonal ice cream shop that serves both hard and soft serve ice cream.

Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip at The Filling Station in Madrid, Iowa

Friday, July 7, 2023

The BBP Pizza

One of my favorite parts of 4-H is that it encourages youth to explore their interests and try new things. My son is in his third year of 4-H and has grown so much through the different projects and events he has participated in. This year one of his projects that will be shown at our county fair next week is his Pizza Food Challenge. He had so much fun going to a pizza workshop and creating his own pizza that I thought I'd share it here on my blog!

4-H Food Challenge - BBP Pizza

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Knee High by the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our country's independence, show off your patriotism, spend time with family and friends, shoot off fireworks and check crops. It's been tradition for decades that farmers check their crops, especially corn, to see if it is "Knee High by the 4th of July." Now while knee high isn't the benchmark for farmers anymore due to hybridization and improved genetics, it is still a fun tradition for our family to benchmark our corn (and family's) growth every year. In fact, our family has been taking an annual "Knee High" photo for over a decade (see 2022202120202019201820172016201520142013 and 2012).

Knee High by the 4th of July - North Iowa Corn

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip at The Olde Creamery in Garner, Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa

It's June Dairy Month and our family loves to celebrate by going on an Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip. This year we kicked off our 10th annual road trip by checking out all three locations of The Olde Creamery in North Central Iowa in Garner, Mason City and Clear Lake.

Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip at The Olde Creamery in Garner, Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa
Enjoying The Old Creamery Ice Cream at the Clear Lake, Iowa location

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour

One of our family's favorite ways to explore the state of Iowa is by visiting the different county Iowa Freedom Rocks. All 99 counties in the state have a uniquely painted mural, showcasing local heroes and stories honoring area veterans painted by Iowa artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II. Here is a look at all of the county Freedom Rocks located in Eastern Iowa.

East Central Iowa Freedom Rock Tour

Friday, May 26, 2023

2023 Family Summer Bucket List + FREE Printable

The unofficial start of summer is here with Memorial Day Weekend so our family sat down to make our annual Summer Bucket List!

2023 Family Summer Bucket List + FREE Printable

Create your own Summer Bucket List with my FREE Printable
As a to-do list fan I love the bullet notes and calendar space so you can think how to schedule everything 😉

Thursday, April 27, 2023

From the Farm Field to the Softball Field

From the Farm Field to the Softball Field, it's the time of year that takes a lot of patience, innovation and heart as both a farmer and a coach.

From the Farm Field to the Softball Field

Monday, March 6, 2023

Easy Oreo Brownies

These Easy Oreo Brownies use your favorite boxed brownie mix and America's favorite sandwich cookie to make a decadent treat that will make all chocolate lovers celebrate!

Easy Oreo Brownies

Thursday, February 9, 2023

How many farmers does it take to make a pizza?

In honor of National Pizza Day, let's figure out how many farmers it takes to make one of America's favorite foods!

How many farmers does it take to make a pizza?