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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
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