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January 6, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
It was -13 at our Iowa farm this morning, with the wind blowing. Nice. I am grateful we replaced our front door last summer. In the past we had to tape it shut for days like this. The sheep don't seem to mind this cold. They snuggle down in the...see all
January 5, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
It's cold here ... very cold. So cold that church was cancelled this morning, and school has already been cancelled for tomorrow. We have wind chills in the 30-50 degrees below zero range. It's actually 30 degrees warmer in Antarctica today than it...see all
December 30, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
I spent Christmas in Germany visiting son Nowlan and his wife, Danny. We traveled from Frankfurt to Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Munich, Bavaria, and back to Frankfurt. It was a fabulous trip! I recommend Germany if you have a mind to travel. It's clean,...see all
December 26, 2013 | Lisa's Kitchen
 It's funny how you sometimes try a new food -- a relatively common food that you've never eaten before -- and wonder why you were avoiding it all of your life. That's what happened to me with Brussels sprouts recently. My dad doesn't like them, so...see all
December 17, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
We sent the last 20 market lambs to auction on Saturday. They averaged 130 pounds and brought $1.58 a pound. That's double what lambs brought last year (which was a disaster). Our sheep were extremely healthy all year. We lost one lamb to coyotes,...see all
December 16, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
I hosted a Christmas dinner for family on Sunday. What fun. The best part of any family gathering is storytelling around the kitchen table. Here are two of my favorites. The Missing Roasting Pan When Bob's family moved to their acreage almost 40...see all
December 12, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob is working cattle again today. It's been a long, cold week. Here's something fun I shot last week...On a hilly farm in southern Warren County, veterinarian Bob Freese preg-checks 280 cows in three hours! Check out a glimpse of the process. http...see all
December 11, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob had to do a c-section on this show heifer -- she had a huge calf! The weather has been so brutally cold, he kept the cow and calf at the clinic overnight. Dr. Brennan tried to milk the cow, but she was practically dry. He mixed up milk replacer...see all
December 9, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
We got our first snow of the winter along with bitter cold, but that didn't stop construction on the homemade sheep shed. Warren and Bob put the roof on, and then Bob cut and installed the side panels using a borrowed "nibbler" tool that punches...see all
December 6, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob made homemade peanut brittle last night for our church cookie walk fundraiser. There are lots of recipes that work fine. The process takes patience, a lot of stirring, and a big candy thermometer. Here are more tips: Butter cookie sheets...see all