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Family Thanksgiving Vacation

A California Dewey Family Thanksgiving

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that it’s sort of become a tradition that 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. As usual, we made our annual trek to California this year for Thanksgiving and…

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Appetizers Canning Recipes

Balsamic Figs

Fresh figs aren’t something I typically find in the grocery store around here in the Midwest. Luckily I have hookups on the West Coast that love to send me things like fresh figs, citrus, and other California delights. You may remember Megan of The Beef Jar when I featured her Pickled Blueberries recipe several weeks ago? She shares a love obsession of all things canning and preserving. I was green with envy over the photos of her fresh figs she’s been…

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Appetizers Recipes Reviews

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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Family Thanksgiving Vacation

A California Thanksgiving

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that it’s sort of become a tradition that 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. As usual, we made our annual trek to California this year for Thanksgiving and…

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Breakfast Recipes Thirty Days of Food

Avocado and Tomato Frittata featuring Double H Avocado Ranch

Since I grew up in California, I had the joy of being close to where avocados thrive. And consequently, I love avocados. Moving to North Dakota has been more of a challenge in finding and keeping avocados, but I am thankful to find them at our local grocery store! I was super excited to get an avocado grower, Double H Avocado Ranch, from my home state of California. I decided to make a BLT (minus the L) frittata. It is…

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Breads Breakfast Desserts Recipes

Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Muffins are one of the most under-rated breakfast items, ever! Honestly, I love muffins! Chocolate muffins, blueberry muffins, banana muffins… I love them all! But I can’t tell you the last time I had a poppy seed muffin. Growing up, I used to have this intense hatred of blueberries, so when I bought a muffin it was almost certainly a poppy seed. I was reminded of my love for poppy seed muffins after a friend on Instagram shared a photo of…

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Main Courses Recipes Thirty Days of Food

Almond Crusted Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce featuring Jenny Holtermann

Want to hear a small world moment? I stumbled upon this blog one day and had to say the gal in the photo looked familiar. Come to find out, she was! I was in 4-H with her for many many years back in California. Jenny Holtermann has been around nuts, specifically almonds and walnuts, all her life. Not too long ago, she decided to start blogging about her life growing up as a nut grower as well as not married…

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Desserts Recipes Thirty Days of Food

Almond Crunch Cookies with White Chocolate Chips featuring Sohnrey Family Foods

I am SO excited about this next feature, not only because I hailed from the land of almonds in California, but also because I grew up with this family! We were in 4-H together as well as went to school together. I’ve always had a love of almonds, but it took moving to North Dakota to appreciate the access and abundance I had in California. Typically I just eat almonds by the handful, so coming up with a recipe utilizing…

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Agriculture Advocacy

An Afternoon at Bogle Vineyards

One of the number one things critics of “Big Ag” continually re-iterate is that “agriculture is run by corporations, not family farms.” The reality of that statement is that many times, family is indeed still running the business whether it be large or small. And who defines what a large or small operation is? Bogle Vineyards is a great example of this exception, this gray area we often find in agriculture as well. Bogle wines can be found across the…

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Farming Sunflowers

Sunflower Questions Answered – Part 1

Thank you to all of you who asked questions about sunflowers! Y’all asked some GREAT questions! My husband (Sunflowerfarmer) and I thoroughly enjoyed answering these! I decided to split this post into two because it was getting long. Here we go!  What kind of sunflowers do you plant? We plant a black oil variety of sunflower called NuSun Clearfield Hybrid with Downy Mildew Resistance Trait. Basically what this means is three things. NuSun is a newer mid-oleic sunflower that was…

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