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November 19, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Our rams are busy now. We weighed and sorted all the lambs and sent the young replacement ewes (below) to meet one ram, while sending the second Hampshire ram to breed the experienced ewes. Bob let that group into the alfalfa field behind the barn...see all
November 18, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
I find this shocking and nearly impossible to believe, but there are some people out there who have never had a ham ball. Chances are good those people are not from Iowa. There are a few schools of thought when it comes to ham balls, and they're...see all
November 13, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
I don't know about your house, but things are pretty crazy at my place in the mornings. Getting three boys up, fed, and ready for the bus by 7:10 is easier said than done some days. That's why I love this recipe! It's fast and easy, can be...see all
November 10, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I've been growing a few tillage radishes in the garden, just to see how big they will get. I dug them yesterday because the ground is going to freeze solid by the end of the week. They can withstand a few frosts, but they will rot once the ground...see all
November 5, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Our pasture fenceline is full of hedge apples. Is that what you call them? Other names are Osage oranges, horse apples, monkey brains/balls, and more. I always put a few in the basement as an insect repellent. Bob uses the wood from the trees,...see all
October 28, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I planted dahlias for the first time this year and they are stunning. The flowers started blooming in early July and got bigger and bolder each week in October. A hard freeze will zap them in a few days, but I will cut the blooms and bring them...see all
October 24, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I was visiting my parents in Maryland last year when Mom's first cousin Jim Crothers (far left) stopped by to say hello. As we reminisced about family history, Jim mentioned that he had served in Vietnam in 1969-1970. I hadn't known that. I...see all
October 21, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Don't stop by an animal shelter if you don't want this to happen. We've always had a cat or two on our small farm. The first, Max, lived to be 15. Another cat, Marvin, lived to be 17. During those years, other cats came and went, including Mario....see all
October 16, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I let the milkweeds grow in the back of my garden to provide habitat for monarch butterflies. Jodi Henke, radio editor for Living the Country Life, brought some milkweed pods to the office last week so everyone could let the seeds grow on their...see all
October 13, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
This bass was caught in our pond on Saturday. What a whopper! I debated posting this photo because we don't want people hopping the fence and fishing in our private pond. But I am so happy to see our pond healthy. Five years ago we had a winter fish...see all

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