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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
December 29, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Readers of Living the Country Life love cute animals. How can you resist? Here are a few favorites in the past week or two. Facebook fan Jennifer Ford shared this photo of 13 new piglets born on Christmas. I gave this stuffed sheep to Bob for...see all
December 17, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
I love snickerdoodles. My Grandma Foust used to make them for me and my dad, and they were our favorite. (Here's her recipe.) So when I saw a Facebook post from my friend Ann the other day with a recipe for snickerdoodle bars, I knew I had to try...see all
December 16, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I adopted two feral kittens from the rescue center three months ago. They are still pretty wild, but we love them anyway. The male, Mickie, is the friendliest and races around the house non-stop. The female, Mia, is shy. They are so thrilled to...see all
December 12, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
There's a recipe for saltine cracker toffee that has been making the rounds on Facebook lately. My friend Cara posted it, and said, "Neeeeed." We had her family over for dinner last night, so I decided to give it a try for dessert. I'm happy to...see all
December 9, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Do you send Christmas cards? I still mail a few dozen each year. This year I selected two of my favorite scenes from our small farm. The first shows Warren and Caroline stacking hay while Bob drives the old tractor. Our pond is in the background. In...see all
December 1, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I flew to Maryland for Thanksgiving this year. Back in Iowa, Caroline cooked a turkey and all the fixings for Bob and Warren (who says she is a better cook than me, and I'm absolutely fine with that). It would be hard to beat my mom in the kitchen...see all
November 24, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
I love treating my family to warm, yummy breakfasts, especially on cold days like those we've been having lately. Weekday breakfasts are usually eggs or something fast, but on the weekends I like to make things a little more special. Bread pudding...see all
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