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July 24, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Our county fair is this week, and I'm showing flowers and vegetables. Our family was also in charge of working the pork producers' food stand one night, so Caroline came home to help. Our oldest son, Nowlan, also came home for a visit and helped me...see all
July 20, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Caroline just completed a fascinating art project in our farm shop. She made a self portrait (of sorts) as a collage made out of 20,000 Skittles. This is an Iowa State University focus grant and the final result, once framed, will hang in the...see all
July 14, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Last night, Bob and I hosted the Drive Across America team from American Agri-Women (AAW), the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch, and agribusiness women. It was so nice to meet Sue McCrum (right), AAW president, Doris Mold (left),...see all
July 13, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
My youngest son, Will, has a cherry tree, and this is its third summer. His Grandma Prater got the tree for him, because when he was a little bitty guy, he'd go around to everyone and put his hand on their heads, and say, "A cherry on top!" It was...see all
July 10, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
One of the great things about social media is the sharing of recipes. I'm always seeing things on my Facebook feed, and on Instagram and Pinterest, that I just have to make. The most recent was a cherry clafoutis recipe shared by Lara Durben, a...see all
July 7, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob and I spent last week on my home farm in Maryland and a few days on the beach in Delaware. Enjoy some highlights! Mom and I had been picking blueberries on my cousin Jen's farm and she was heading to the house to make a pie. Dad had the...see all
July 3, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
My parents, Gary and LaVerta Foust, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month, and my family hosted a party for them. I love planning parties, so I had a great time with this. Thanks to Pinterest, things got carried away pretty quickly...see all
July 2, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
My mom recently helped me make more than 400 cookies for her and my dad's 50th wedding anniversary party. She was kind enough to make a batch of amazing Russian wedding tea cakes, from a recipe given to her by a friend long before she met my dad....see all
July 2, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
If there's one thing my mom knows how to do, it's bake. She recently was kind enough to help me bake more than 400 cookies for her and my dad's 50th anniversary party. Even though I'm not a huge fan of raisins in cookies (they have tricked me into...see all
June 19, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I planted a pollinator garden this spring and it's doing okay. It's weedy, but flowers are starting to peek through and bloom. By leaving the back half of my garden to the bees and butterflies, I have enough time to weed the vegetables in the front...see all