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Farm Boys {& Farm Girls}

So many aspects of SuMmEr take me back to my growing up years living on a farm – the smell of fresh-cut hay, not to mention those deliciously aromatic fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from our garden; the taste of fresh strawberries, fresh corn on the cob, and ice-cold water from a jug on a hot day; the sound of crickets as you lay in bed at night with the windows open (I grew up in SD where it cooled off a bit at night); and the sight of JoHn DeErE GrEeN (yes, my dad really did think that “nothing runs like a Deer”) as well as beautiful sunsets viewed from the cab of a tractor as I was baling hay.  This just barely scratches the surface, as the experiences are too numerous to mention.

So when the You Tube video “I’m Farming and I Grow It” went viral just a few weeks ago by the Petersen brothers (they are almost up to 6 million views), Lara and I were thrilled.  (Lara is a farm girl as well, lives on a farm, and her husband farms.)   It was icing on the cake that one of the Petersen brothers attends KaNsAs StAtE UniVerSiTy where Lara, her husband Doug, and my husband Scott graduated.

One of the things Lara and I love about the video is that it really portrays life on a farm.  That really is what farming looks like!!  It took both of us back to growing up on the FaMiLy FaRm.  (My family did not have cattle, but Lara’s did.)  We even laughed about the way they were dressed (jeans, baseball caps, and t-shirts with the sleeves cut out) as they could have passed for boys working on our familys’ farms.

If you’ve never experienced life on a farm and have wondered what it’s like, here it is.  At least the way it was on our familys’ farms.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!




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Red Wine Vingar Salad Dressing

Want a new and RefreshIng spin for your salad?  You must try this homemade salad dressing!  It is super easy and a crowd pleaser!


1/3 C. Red Wine Vinegar

1/3 C. Olive Oil

1/3 C. Sugar

Pecans (throw them on a pan in the oven for a few minutes to enhance the flavor!)

Strawberries (or really any type of fruit–mandarin oranges, blueberries, etc)

Lettuce (I like using the prepackaged “spring mix”–it is much prettier–but this is all I had on hand the other night!)

Combine the sugar, oil and red wine vinegar and bring to a boil.  Then place it in the fridge to cool.

Pour the dressing in a bottle and always shake it well before serving!  EnJoy!



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American Flag Cream Cheese Dessert

Here is a great recipe for 4tH oF JuLy festivities!! Not only does it celebrate our country’s independence, it is also easy to make, easy to serve, and fun to make with kids!!

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.


  • 1 package of shortbread cookies with pecans
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 1/2 packages of cream cheese (8 oz. each)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 quart StrAwBeRriEs
  • 1 pint blueberries

Melt BuTtEr in a mixing bowl.

PlaCe cookies in a large ziplock bag.

CrUsH cookies with a rolling-pin.


Add cookie CrUmBs to butter and combine.

PrEsS cookie and butter mixture in a cookie sheet.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Cool and place in a freezer.  (Freezing the cookie crust will help in spreading the cream cheese.)

Add powdered SuGaR to softened cream cheese and combine.


Spread cream cheese mixture on cookie CrUsT.


Decorate as a FlAg with strawberries (or raspberries) and BLuBeRrieS!  Refrigerate or serve immediately. 

Happy Celebrating!!


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Strawberry Shortcake



This is my family’s All-TiMe FaVoRiTe summer dessert.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.


SwEeTeNeD StRaWbErRiEs

  • 2 Quarts Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

WhiPpEd CrEaM

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar


  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 1/2 Cups Pancake and Baking Mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar

Slice strawberries.

Add 1/2 cup SuGaR to strawberries and refrigerate.

Pour heavy whipping CrEaM in metal bowl.

Place whipping cream in freezer for 15-20 minutes.

MeLt butter in mixing bowl.

Add pancake and baking mix to melted butter.

Add milk.

Add sugar.

StiR ingredients.

Form 6 shortcakes and place on greased cookie sheet or tinfoil.  Bake for 13 minutes.  Cool shortcakes before assembling.

While shortcakes are baking take heavy whipping cream out of the freezer.  (It will be forming crystals and freezing to the sides of the metal pan.)

Add 1/2 cup of Powdered Sugar to whipping cream.

With an electric handmixer beat whipped cream for 5 minutes or until peaks form.

Slice ShOrTcAkEs in half.

Add strawberries to bottom layer.

Add strawberries to the ToP of the shortcake.

Add a DolloP of whipped cream and EnJoY!!


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