Thirty Days of Food Series

Crop of the Month Farming Sunflowers

Types of Sunflowers

Types of Sunflowers

Throughout this series, I’ve talked a lot about why we grow the four crops we do and how we cycle through our crop rotation. I’ve shared about how we grow these crops because we have the opportunity to do so. Planting a variety of crops for our operation lowers our risk. It lowers our risk because our area we can have a great short season and a bad long season or vice versa. In turn, we utilize a variety of short…

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Breakfast Crop of the Month Recipes

SunButter Granola Bars

SunButter Granola Bars-4

We have made it to our fourth and final crop for my Crop of the Month series! This one is one of my favorites simply because they are just so beautiful…  Yep our fourth crop is sunflowers! I cannot wait to share with you more about sunflowers. It seems that sunflowers are the crop we get asked the most questions about so I will be sure to address many of the commonly asked questions.  I’ve been having a lot of…

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Family Love Story & Marriage

I Am Nothing…

I Am Nothing

I wasn’t going to hit publish on this… I wrote it last week. And it has taken me about a week to work through all of this… I was emotional, I was hormonal, and I was hurting. My personal life, my public life, and my social media life all felt the effects of this hurt. I don’t like continually writing posts like this. It makes me feel vulnerable and open to way too much criticism in a public forum. However, I…

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The Girl Who Never Fit In

“I may not be the most beautiful, the

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where I am in life. Right now. Compared to three, four, five years ago. Right now I am: three years into a new life in Ashley, ND. Married. Literally planted roots here. Trying to start a family. Have re-ignited and strengthened my faith. Continuing to take control of my fitness.  As I think about all of these things, I can’t help but think that right now, this very moment, has been the first time…

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Love Story & Marriage Wedding

Here’s to Two!

Here's to Two!

If anyone of you know me, it should come as no surprise that I tend to be a traditionalist. Last year, the hubby and I celebrated year one of being married. With tradition, I purchased for him a print drawing of a tractor. Afterall, the first year is paper. This year I gifted him with some monogrammed hankies, made out of cotton.  Second anniversary is cotton. It wasn’t until this year that I really thought about the meaning behind traditional…

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Corn Crop of the Month Recipes Sides

Freezing Sweet Corn

Freezing Sweet Corn

If any of you know my husband, you know his love for sweet corn. If you don’t happen to know my husband, let me tell you… eating upwards of four cobs of corn is not anything surprising in our household. He quite literally is a sweet corn monster. So what that relates to is normally we plant two to four patches of sweet corn between our house, our farm, and our business. So at any given time in the summer,…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Soups & Stews

Sweet Corn Chile Chowder

Sweet Corn Chile Chowder (1)

This weekend, our weather took a dip in temperature and suddenly it felt very much like fall. I tried to fight saying goodbye to summer, but eventually I gave in… It helped that I got my boots out which have been hibernating over the summer. As much as I love summer here on the prairie, I think I love fall even more. In my kitchen, fall means the beginnings of soup season!  We are literally up in ears with sweet corn right…

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Building Our Home Interior Design

Building a Home: A New Chapter

MJ House

It’s almost been a month. One month since we moved out of our bachelor pad house and into our forever home. It has almost been one year since we started on this journey of building a home.  And what a journey it has been…  I remember when it was just a field. I remember the day we started digging. Oh, the excitement!  I remember when it was just a big hole in the ground, Mark joked he was building me…

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Corn Crop of the Month Farming

Why Corn?

Facts about corn

Corn seems to be the crop we always throw stones at. Either we’re growing too much corn or farmers are becoming too rich off of growing corn or corn is the devil because most of what is planted in the United States is biotech corn. Whatever the argument against corn is, let’s start with the history. The facts of how and why corn made it to the United States. And what the heck is all this corn used for?  Why…

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Appetizers Crop of the Month Farming Recipes

Poblano Corn Fritters

Poblano Corn Fritters - Prairie Californian (1)

I picked up some poblanos a couple weeks ago and I’ve throwing around ideas on how to use them. I always find them in recipes whenever I don’t have them on hand. Finally have them on hand and bam, no ideas. Isn’t that how it always works?  If you’ve been following my Crop of the Month series, I’ve been cooking and writing through all four crops we grow here on the farm. Last month was all about soybeans. I’ve made…

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