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Tom’s Popcorn Cake

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Since Father’s Day was this last weekend and I show love in food, I wanted to make my father-in-law one of his favorite cakes, Popcorn Cake. It’s a super easy and quick cake, so if you aren’t a baker but love sweets this one is for you! This recipe is one of my mother-in-law’s ole’ standby recipes. She gets all the glory for this creative solution to cake!  I shared this cake on Snapchat (you can find me at jenlynndewey) and…

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To My Second Dad


I’ve written before about how God blessed with me a pretty incredible Dad. One that I have a very good and close relationship with. But God not only blessed me with one Dad, he blessed me with two.  My father-in-law, Tom, has honestly become one of my favorite people.Much like his dad he is one of those people that when you meet him, you’ll never forget him. When you first meet him, if you’re not from here, you’ll notice that he…

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Uses for Flavored Almonds featuring Sohnrey Family Foods

Uses for Flavored Almonds featuring Sohnrey Family Foods

I grew up in the heart of almond country in California. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and other nuts were a staple in our house. I have fond memories of receiving candy mint chocolate almonds in my Easter baskets growing up. However, since moving to North Dakota, I’ve found it is totally not a Midwest thing to always put out a bowl of nuts. Around here it tends to be pickles… Always a plate of pickles out at any given social event.…

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Australia Vacation

Australian Adventure Part 6: Back to Sydney

Australian Adventure Back to Sydney - Prairie Californian

So last time we left off, we were in Victoria. For those of you who aren’t great with Australian geography it’s allllll the way in the southern part of Australia. And we had a couple days to venture back up to Sydney in time to fly home. Our trip back to Sydney was more fast paced than we had been driving previously, but we still took some time to stop and see the sights.  One of the things people told…

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New Beginnings

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 If you were to visit North Dakota in the summer, you’d fall in love. It is green, the crops are growing, the weather is favorable. There are prairies as far as the eye can see, spectacular sunsets, gorgeous lakes and in some parts of the state beautiful rocky bluffs and blooming sunflowers. On a particularly calm day, you’d think it is paradise.  Winter, on the other hand, is another story. It is as if everything has disappeared, the leaves, the plants,…

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Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

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Until I moved to North Dakota, I am pretty sure I had never had anything rhubarb before in my life. In fact, I am pretty sure that I didn’t even know what rhubarb looked like or how it grew. Rhubarb was not a thing where I was from in California. So when I moved to small town North Dakota and summer just began to hit, everyone started buzzing about rhubarb. As I have been here a few years, I have…

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My First Ever Garden: What’s in My Garden

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Welcome back to my series all about my FIRST ever garden! It’s been so exciting learning and experimenting in my garden. I have enjoyed spending time outside with my garden in the evenings. I swear it changes so much even in one day. It has been so exciting to watch all of the seeds come out of the ground and watch their progress as they slowly start their growing.  Last week I shared some tips and resources I used to…

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My First Ever Garden: What to Plant?

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Last week I introduced my first ever garden project, I decided to make a cinder block raised bed garden in our yard. It was fairly simple to construct and fairly inexpensive. Planning the construction of the garden was the easy part… But picking what to plant in the garden was the difficult part. There are so many awesome veggies out there and so much technical information on each one. Researching what to plant, what does well in my Zone, etc.…

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Broccoli Salad

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Last week our local store Ashley Supervalu celebrated its’ golden anniversary! Fifty years in business is quite the accomplishment and all of us here in Ashley are so thankful for their continued hard work to provide groceries, meats, and produce for our small town.  As part of their celebration, they had lots of great events as well as lots of great sales. And I think I almost shrieked when I walked in and saw fresh broccoli was on sale. The…

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Chicken Bruschetta Salad

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A couple weekends ago, I spent a Saturday in Fargo with my BFF. And as usual, whenever I am “in the city” we always have to go out for good eats. We ate at Granite City and we both enjoyed an amazing chicken bruschetta salad. I am not a huge tomato person, they always taste so bitter to me. But this salad was incredible. The tomatoes were so sweet and were mixed with these caramelized red onions in a tomato…

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