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March 3, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
A week ago, the farmer who rents our 365 acres called to say he had to drop the rent by $45 an acre. Corn and soybean prices have tumbled in the past year, while farm input prices have continued to rise. Under Iowa law, farm lease modifications...see all
February 23, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I've been thinking about 4-H, as two people from my 4-H years died last week. Edith Kilby was my 4-H leader in Calvert, Maryland. She encouraged me to enter demonstration and speech contests and required all members to keep detailed record books....see all
February 20, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
Growing up in Iowa, Maid-Rite loose-meat sandwiches were a favorite! People in other parts of the country may not see what the big deal is, but they are so good! Sadly, the restaurant in my hometown that served these tasty treats is no longer in...see all
February 12, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob finally got a smart phone, chucking his ancient flip phone that couldn't text or take pictures. Now he's documenting in photos every client call and move I make around the acreage. Good grief. Thank goodness he's not on Facebook, Twitter,...see all
February 2, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
If it's going to be cold, I want snow on the ground. I got my wish with 11 inches. My amaryllis finally bloomed, so I took it outside for a minute. What a cheery flower on the kitchen windowsill. Bob only likes snow if he is skiing, so chores in...see all
January 26, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I ran into The Bachelor last week at a land expo in Des Moines. Chris Soules, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, is on the popular ABC show (Monday nights). I'm giving the show a try just because this guy is a real farmer (and really handsome). Honestly...see all
January 21, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob and I were back on the home farm in Maryland last week to celebrate Dad's birthday and help a little here and there. For his birthday, Dad wanted us all to attend the Cecil County Soil Conservation annual banquet. It was a yummy dinner of crab...see all
January 7, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
Several years ago, I ate at a restaurant in Minneapolis called Panneoeken. They served these giant puff pancakes right in the skillet, topped with assorted kinds of breakfasty goodness. You could get one topped with a bacon-and-egg scramble,...see all
January 6, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
It's cold out. Crazy cold. The high tomorrow is supposed to be NEGATIVE 6, with wind chills of -35. That's just not right. We got some snow yesterday, which meant I didn't make my weekly grocery run today. When my boys got home from school, they...see all
January 6, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
A winter storm blew in yesterday, typical for January in Iowa. Tonight it will drop to 11 below zero, says the weather service. Ugh. I took this photo looking south from my library. I planted the amaryllis bulb from Longfield on November 17 and...see all

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