Category Archives: Kitchen

A Slice of Home  by Simone Bates – “Berry Nice,” August, 2020

My oma and opa lived in a small town in the hills of Germany. Their house was full of books, photographs, and trinkets from all over Europe and the world. It was endlessly interesting for two little kids to explore. But our curiosity usually led us outside to the sprawling yard, perfect climbing trees, and...
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A slice of home – Say Cheese (cake!) by Simone Bates

In my childhood kitchen, there was always activity, from the whirring of the mixer to the clanging of utensils. There were smells and sounds of every kind. My brother and I knew better than to get caught underfoot while Mum was busy, but there was a job we were always up for. So when Mum...
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Thelma & Bonnie’s By Cathryn Dunsbergen

If you are super busy like my family is, give Home Chef a try! Between a new baby and our schedules, we’ve relied on Home Chef for easy and nutritious meals at home. All ingredients as well as a recipe card are delivered right to your door. There are so many different options...

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Farm to Table- May is Beef Month in Iowa By Julie Van Manen

We were blessed with a great spring for planting! For the most part, between planting 2020’s crop and receiving new groups of pigs and calves, on some days life seemed pretty normal. Watching Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ daily updates, planning biweekly trips to the grocery store, spending many hours creating videos for virtual learning experiences, and gathering in...

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From the kitchen of Emily Gibbs

                Every time Emily Gibbs of Sully steps into her kitchen, she considers it a unique experience, particularly when it comes to baking. The mother of three jokes that she has burned a lot of things. However, for as many times as she’s burned a sweet concoction, she’s dished up hundreds of healthy...

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A slice of home

A slice of home

By Simone Bates

When life gives you lemons…

                At my grandparents’ home, there was a huge, sprawling, prickly lemon tree. It always smelled divinely fresh, filling the air as we played around it as children. My mum would send us outside with...

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