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Gettin’ Buggy…or infected

Its been horribly humid and hot, hot, HOT around here the past two weeks.  My internet hasn’t been working, either.  Blackberries are all fun and cnvenient until you have to try and check all web based information on them 😦   So besides a fun-filled week at the fair, we’ve been enjoying the AC! 

The other day Tessa’s eye started to swell….not for sure if it was a scratch or a bug bite.  We ended up going to the hospital for medicine.  Ufortunately, Tessa had the dose at 7 PM…..at midnight we were cutting paper like crazy, dancing, singing……but she finally crashed!  Literally.  “Mom, its time for a nap. Come with me.”  And within minutes she was OUT!  Here we are waiting, oh so patiently, for the doctore to scheck her out.

From the Iowa Rainforest…..hopefuly we have no more “buggy” issues this summer!


Knee High by the 4th of July!

Here we are with our 2011 “Knee High by the Fourth of July” Family Picture.  Happy Independence Day Everyone:)

Food Frenzy Friday : Bakin’ Bacon

Here’s one of our family’s favorite recipe’s….its easy, and DOESN’T STINK UP YOUR HOUSE!  Plus, it’s a simple way to cook and ENTIRE package of bacon all at once.

Bakin’ Bacon

1 Pkg of Bacon

Brown Sugar (optional…but really yummy!)

Place Bacon strips on pan/gridle in oven.  Sprinkle brown sugar on bacon.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, or whatever done-ness you enjoy. 

Here’s the bacon with brown sugar right as it was going in the oven….

Add to your breakfast or make my summertime favorite…BLT’s!

Clothing, Baking, Sheep, Oh My!

Fair time is around the corner…. You’ll find us at the Washington County Fair enjoying the festivities!  The kids have been working on some projects for Clover Kids.  Madison and RyLee are picking out favorite recipes they want to make…RyLee has a sewing project down thanks to Aunt Ashley!

Madison did the Clover Kids Fashion Revue with a Mentor.  Madison picked out an outfit, modeled it, and visited with the judge about her choices.  She started with her favorite vintage tee out of her closet.  And we went shopping for the shorts, shoes (flip flops since one of her other pairs broke) and a headband.

Right before judging, Madison and I went to town and had a mini-photoshoot in the alleys of Washington.

Madison with her Mentor. 

The judge showing Madison how she should “model” her outfit.  🙂

Madison answering questions with the judge.

Madison with the other Clover Kids who participated in the Clothing Revue.

And Madison with her beautiful ribbon!

Tahoe Tuesday : Part 2

Crop Duster

What’s happening our our farm?

Judi G wanted to know “What’s happening on your farm?”

Well, when it rains…it pours….and FLOODS.  Sometimes it’s because it’s pouring, but sometimes it’s because the river just gets full!  We have had a lot of rain lately, so very little spraying is getting done=weeds=not good.  But north of us, they unfotunately have gotten more, so it all flows downstream.  We do have some river bottom ground. 

People have been asking, “Is the corn okay with the water sitting on it?”  That would be a big, fat, NO. 

I wish it was like a “water bank” where the plant was able to store up the water supply for dry days….but thats not how Mother Nature works.  Here’s what the field was looking like when the Skunk River came out of its bank.  In the past, we have taken a canoe on the water in the fields.  Not one of the fun times in life, but we wanted to see how deep it was….and surpirsingly it was deeper than our oars!   We didn’t do it this time.  The water came up too fast, and went down in a matter of a week.  You can see the damage it does do in a matter of days. 


The corn goes to a nasty yellow, and then brown. 

Our first option is to wait for the ground to dry out.  Nathan would try to replant if the conditions allow, but we’ve gotten rain almost daily since the river came out….so we’re back to the waiting game. 

So to www.farmnwife.com  ….I guess its the “Waiting Game” around our farm.  Waiting for sunshine and heat to do some replanting and much needed spraying!



And checking things out….making sure it “works.”  🙂

Send sunshine vibes!

Tahoe Tuesdays-Part 1

I’m starting something new for everyone.  My trusty Tahoe and I have covered lots, and LOTS and LOTS of miles together.  Like 277, 000 miles.  And it just won’t die.  So heres to making  lemonade out of lemons…right?  So my goal is a new Tuesday post….Tahoe Tuesdays.  Sharing all of my travels that our fabulous Tahoe and I share together with you:) 

This past weekend we traveled to Winterset, Iowa, for one of Clay’s races.  And this beautiful red barn smiled back at me everytime we drove by…so I took its picture:)  Don’t worry, I was not driving…riding shot gun.  Enjoy!

Stop and Smell the Peonies….

The past couple of days I’ve been smelling some fabulous peonies sitting on our table and my fire place mantel.  I thought I’d share:)  Too bad there isn’t a smell button for you to get the full effect!

The Soldiers Life

Remembering what this weekend is about, and to all Soldiers near and especially far.  

Protecting our families, our farms, our countryside

and our freedoms so we can sleep

in this beautiful US of A. 

Praying for your safety.

Thank You!


The Soldiers Life

Author: SSgt. Scott E Hilligoss
The soldiers life is not for all
A soldier must be willing to give his all
He is overworked and underpaid
A truer patriot was never made
Ready to go at any time
Wherever there is trouble or the first sign
His courage and honor are unsurpassed
Ready and willing to complete the task
Travelling to lands both near and far
He stands his post and looks at the stars
Wondering what he might have done
If he had not chosen to carry a gun
Remember the next time that you are driving by
And see the flag flying proud and high
That somewhere out there a soldier stands
Weary and cold in a foreign land
Protecting our country from our foes
Standing tall and proud come rain or snow.

Someone NEEDS to do their homework….

In honor of May, the farming community’s fabulous Month of BEEF…I wanted to explain to everyone what a cow was….and why they have so many “sub titles.”  Along with a HUGE pet peeve.  For starters, if you haven’t figured it out, I’m the mother to four perfect kids.  Who LOVE to watch cartoons within their angelic play.  And this cartoon caught my eye, and not in a good way.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a funny show and I love it when farm animals take the spotlight, especially on Nick, but I think their writers and animators should’ve done a little homework.  Just a little.   

There is a difference in cattle.  Nursery rhymes, farmers and the general public do call them cows.  But there are some specific breakdowns.  So here’s my first “Farming 101” post for your enjoyment.

Bovine: or belonging to the Bovini  (cattle), domestic cattle

Cows: the mature female of a bovine animal, who have an udder to produce milk to feed their young.

Bull: the male of a bovine animal,  with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.  They do not have udders.

Steer: a male bovine that is castrated before sexual maturity, especially one raised for beef

Heifer: a young cow over one year old that has not produced a calf

Udder: the large bag like mammary gland of cows, sheep, etc, having two or more teats

So, can you figure out where the cartoon artist for “Back at the Barnyard” went wrong with this picture?  Unfortunately, you get to watch a commercial BEFORE you get to watch the ad-less cartoon.


In case you missed it in my “Anatomy in short of Bovine”….  Sorry, Otis, but you should not be walking around with an UDDER!  All I have to say is when both Nathan and my Mom saw that cartoon~at different times~their reaction was almost identical.  “What the heck is wrong with that Bull?!”   I think most men would do a double take if Papa Smurf had breasts with a deep voice.  Just saying.

Go enjoy a nice juicy steak.  And Please….if your a cartoon artist…..do a little homework.  And if you’re in doubt, just leave a few anatomy parts off 🙂  Then go enjoy a steak when you’ve made your corrections!