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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
December 3, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob preg-checked 280 cows in three hours this morning on a hilly farm in southern Warren County. I followed him out there to take photos. It was foggy, the roads were gravel with twists and turns, and he drives very fast. C'mon, man! The process...see all
December 2, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Dairy farmers typically call the vet around 4 a.m, or milking time. Milk fever, or hypcalcemia, is a common emergency. At calving time, large amounts of calcium are removed from the cow's blood and used in colostrum. The rapid drop in calcium can...see all
November 27, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Moving On An ATV accident changed this family farm forever. How they learned to adapt. By Betsy Freese; Photos by Caroline Freese The Sawyer family includes (from left) Lorna, Norman, Ruben (4 days old in this picture), Neal, and Lucie. On April...see all
November 25, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
An Arctic blast dropped temps to 3 degrees over the weekend, but that didn't stop our fun. On Friday night, the Indianola Veterinary Clinic unveiled its fabulous float for the Jolly Holiday Lights parade around the town square, winning the Chamber's...see all
November 20, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Last month my daughter, Caroline, gave me a tour of the Iowa State University Design College where she is a student. One wing houses the architecture department. There, teams of students were swarming around tiny houses. I looked closer. "Are those...see all
November 18, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
My Brussels sprouts are the only thing left standing in the garden. What a hearty crop. I roasted this basket of sprouts with olive oil and salt for an evening snack. Bob spent too long watching football before wandering to the kitchen. "Where are...see all
November 14, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
I love these old postcards from 1908. These are two of hundreds I found in a box in Mom's attic. Enjoy! see all
November 11, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
We turned the ram in with the ewes (he's happy) and tore out his old hut. Bob is building a sheep shed in that spot, using old boards he salvaged from another farm. He seems to know what he's doing. I don't ask too many questions. All I know is the...see all
November 8, 2013 | Betsy's Backyard
Caroline is a sophomore in the Design College at Iowa State University. Her paintings, including this self portrait, were selected to hang in the gallery of the Memorial Union on campus this fall. If you visit campus, stop by and take a look! She...see all