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Happy Birthday to Me: Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

Today is my birthday. To be more specific, it is my 28th birthday. I know, I’m a baby. But as I quickly approach the end of a decade in my life, I can’t help but look back. The past decade has contained some of the worst years of my life, but also some of the best years of my life. So today, I wanted to give some advice I wish I would have listen to, to my 16 year old self.…

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Agriculture Advocacy Family Farming

What Does Agriculture Mean to You?

Today is National Ag Day, but as people around the nation celebrate a day to acknowledge and recognize agriculture, I want to take some time today simply to share what Agriculture means to me. I’ve gotten the pleasure to share all about why I am Agriculture Proud before, but I want to put the pen to paper here.  Agriculture is so much more than something just for those of us involved in it to be proud of at the end…

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Faith Family Love Story & Marriage

2014. Our Year in Photos

Time goes by so quickly, it’s so easy to forget all that happens in a year. I love putting together our year in photos. It reminds me of some of the wonderful times we shared together, with our families, and with our friends.  As I look back on 2014 in photos, I am reminded of our  epic trip to Singapore, Cambodia, and Thailand, our trips to the Black Hills on the Harley, our Thanksgiving in California, celebrating our first year…

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Family Recipes Soups & Stews

Knoephla Soup: A Germans From Russia Tradition

While many parts of the world have traditions based on things like grits or rice, this part of North Dakota – the Iron Curtain as we like to call it – was raised on dough. You could feed a family well on flour, water, salt, and a little leavening and the Germans from Russia recipes prove it. Dough and bread were an all purpose food that was used in soups, casseroles, breakfasts, desserts, made into noodles. You ask any good German…

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Family Thanksgiving Vacation

Thanksgiving in California

It’s sort of become this tradition… My husband and I spend our Thanksgiving in California. After I moved to North Dakota, we both decided it is too hard to try and split Holidays. So we told both of our families, Thanksgiving will be spent in California and Christmas will be spent in North Dakota. I hope one year one or both families will be able to travel with us for the appropriate Holidays. And as much as it sucks to…

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Agriculture Advocacy Family Farming

What Is A Factory Farm? The Truth About Farms.

Several of my friends in Agriculture have posed the question to consumers… factory farm or family farm? You decide. Surely we have all heard the term factory farm before. But I don’t think anyone has ever defined for me what a factory farm is? What is it?  Is it a farm that farms over a certain amount of acres? Is it a farm that uses a lot of technology? Is it a farm that contains over a certain amount of…

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Breads Breakfast Desserts Family Recipes

Dakota Kuchen

If you think back to when you used to visit grandma’s house as a child, I am sure grandma always had some special kind of dessert for you. Whether it be some sort of cookie, brownie, or cake. For children who grew up in Germans from Russia households, that special treat is kuchen, pronounced “ku-gen”, which is the German word for cake. Kuchen is a rich custard dessert with fruit poured into a sweet dough for the crust.  Kuchen is…

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Desserts Family Recipes

Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars

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. You see in a small town it is common for…

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Family

Four Life Lessons I Learned From Dad’s Quotes

If your Dad was anything like mine, he had these certain sayings that he repeated all over again as we grew up. Many of them were spoken to us in times of trial. And while Dad was one of the most loving and caring dads I know, at the time, I didn’t really understand his words of advice. As I grow older and become more experienced in what this world has to offer, I finally understand Dad’s famous quotes. And I…

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Desserts Family Recipes

Nonny’s Cheesecake

Well since last week I shared a recipe from my grandma Betty, I figured this week I would round things out and share a recipe from my Nonny. I don’t really know how or why we started calling my Dad’s mom Nonny. But that is what we all called her. Even people that weren’t in our family called her Nonny. Nonny and I were very close. I spent nearly every summer as a kid at her house. She lived up…

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