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Coteau des Prairies Lodge Summer Beer Dinner with Surly Brewing Company

Coteau Des Prairies Lodge Summer Beer Dinner with Surly Brewing Company

If you’ve never heard of the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, let me introduce you! There’s this gorgeous log cabin style lodge quite literally in the middle of nowhere North Dakota, which if you’ve surmised from my postings, is a gorgeous place to be! If you’re ever traveling through South Eastern North Dakota through fields filled with cows and crops and several miles down a gravel road, suddenly you’ll come to this massive lodge on the hill. And you’ve made it.  The…

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Breakfast Recipes What I've Been Cooking

Five-Ingredient Buttermilk Pancakes

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This week my sweet friend Phi of SweetPhi Blog is launching her new cookbook Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People. A cookbook full of recipes all with five ingredients. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It is!  If you’re not familiar with Phi’s blog, she’s had a regular series entitled Five-Ingredient Fridays for quite some time. Because of the success around Five-Ingredient Friday’s she has put many of these recipes and more into a cookThe idea behind both Five-Ingredient…

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Recipes Salads

Potluck Taco Salad

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One of the things I love about small town Midwest is that whenever there is a need, whether it be a wedding, funeral, or just a significant event in the community, people come out in the droves with food. Small town America shows love in food, and especially small town North Dakota.  Shortly after finding my church home here in North Dakota, I became a part of one of our kitchen committees. It is clear that God has given me…

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Drinks & Cocktails Recipes

Blueberry Mojitos

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This spring I purchased a mint plant and as anyone who has grown mint knows, it has gone wild! I decided to do what one does with an excess of mint and MAKE MOJITOS!  It is pretty depressing for me to admit this, but I had never had a mojito! So I google’d a couple recipes and as I was digging in the fridge to get my limes, I saw the blueberry syrup I had made a couple weeks before….…

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Desserts Family Recipes

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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Appetizers Recipes Reviews

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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Agriculture Advocacy Crop Tour Farming

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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Canning Recipes

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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