Food and Politics: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Moms have been giving their kids the same advice for generations: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Unfortunately, that advice was lost somewhere along the lines on seemingly any and every candidate running for political office. I’ve been in PR and marketing long enough to know that the […]

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Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins – Back-to-School Breakfast on the Go


School starts here tomorrow. A good mom would have started the “early to bed, early to rise” routine with her kids earlier in the week to get in the groove for school. Well, let’s just say I won’t be vying for any mother of the year awards this year. We were lucky to get our […]

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Blogger, Farm Wife and Volunteer: Meet Nicole Yoder


We had friends over for a barbeque the other night and one of them asked how I meet all the farmers featured on the Farmer Friday series. She had no idea so many farm women are bloggers and are so active in sharing stories from their farms. Before I started this blog and became active in CommonGround, […]

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Throwback Thursday: Summers as an Iowa Farm Kid

The Des Moines Register ran a story today about how walking beans is making a come-back on some Iowa farms. The picture of the kids tromping through the fields brought back a slew of memories. My brother, sister and I spent countless hours each summer walking the rows of our soybean fields with a hoe […]

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Peanut Butter-M&M Blonde Brownies

Blonde Brownies

After 3 parades in the past 4 weeks, I can’t believe my eyes. My five year old has turned her back on chocolate. She snubbed M&Ms at the frozen yogurt bar. She knowingly left Snickers on the curb at the parades. She turned up her nose at a chocolate cupcake. Seriously? Who is this girl? […]

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Agronomist, Farm Mom and CommonGround Volunteer: Meet Kellie Blair

Photo credit: Joe Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association

I’m so happy to feature Kellie Blair in today’s “Farmer Friday” post. Kellie is a fellow CommonGround volunteer. I really got to know Kellie when we traveled to Miami together last month. I could tell she was going to be a lot of fun as we hopped in a cab at the Miami airport  and […]

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Lemon Almond Pull-Apart Bread

Lemon Almond Pull Apart Bread

Imagine melt-in-your-mouth lemon sugar sandwiched between layers of soft, flaky biscuits. Then imagine it drizzled with lemon icing for a sweet finishing touch. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Well it is! To give you an idea of how delicious this really is, I made a loaf this weekend and it was nearly gone in 24 hours. […]

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Award-Winning Cook, Farm Mom and Blogger: Meet Cristen Clark


When Cristen Clark visited our farm with a group of bloggers this spring, I quickly realized we have a lot in common. Our kids are the same age, we both love to cook and our family farms are a big part of our lives. Cristen says some of her most vivid and treasured memories were […]

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Strawberry Avocado Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette


Summer! Between swimming lessons, baseball games, visits to the park and work, who has time to slave over a hot stove?! We are much more active and typically eat much lighter in the summer. Partially because it’s too hot to cook and partially because we’d all rather be outside than in the kitchen. The strawberries […]

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Farmer Friday: Meet Sara Ross


I grew up on a farm, married a farmer and have spent my entire career in the ag industry. Aside from my college days, I’ve always been around farmers. That’s why I find it so funny when some people’s image of a farmer is still a man with a pitchfork in his hand and a […]

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