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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
June 15, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob and I hosted the Meredith Agrimedia staff -- Successful Farming,, Living the Country Life -- last week at a summer kick-off party. There was a fishing derby at our pond and BBQ dinner in the farm shop. Thank you to Bob for...see all
June 9, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Last week I toured Blood Dairy, a third-generation farm in central Iowa. Kevin and Holly Blood, along with their son, Alex, and his wife, Melissa, own and operate the business. I was especially interested to tour this farm because my husband grew...see all
June 5, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
On Thursday morning, June 4, a line of women snaked out of the National Pork Board tent on the Iowa State Fairgrounds concourse in Des Moines. Inside was Chris Soules, star of three reality television shows -- The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and...see all
June 3, 2015 | Lisa's Kitchen
This spring, my mother-in-law invited me and my mom to a Mother's Day lucheon at the senior center in her town. She has lunch there almost every day, and has made some great friends.  I was definitely one of the younger moms in the room, and it was...see all
June 2, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob cut the alfalfa on the last day of May. It was way past full bloom and weedy, but a wet spring left him no choice in timing. In fact, the weather forcast is now calling for storms tomorrow, so it will probably get rained on before he can bale...see all
May 26, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
We let the ewes into the clover. Not even a snake in the grass (me) could spook them from munching. "Split Ear," a former bottle lamb, was watching the lambs climb the compost pile. Rip and chew, rip and chew. So good.  see all