Category Archives: Kitchen

Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen

Kennedy admires the lighted Minnie Mouse Christmas decoration Aunt Emily and Uncle Braden found for her. If you enjoy Christmas lights and decor, travel to my neighborhood ­– several houses are lit up!  

Thanksgiving 2020 leftovers… Keeping it simple

                Harvest has wrapped up earlier than usual.  We are thankful for the beautiful fall weather...
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National Homemade Bread Day, Nov. 17, 2020

By Deb Johnson Before we talk about this coming Tuesday, you might recall that another Friday the 13th is just around the corner. Have you ever walked down the street with someone and come upon an obstacle like a light pole and had to step away from your walking partner, perhaps unclasping hands for a brief...
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A Slice of Home, by Simone Bates – Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie

                November ushers in boots and coat weather with its cooler temperatures and rushes us out to the stores with our holiday gift and decoration lists. It’s a month of festivities, but also of frantic planning. Many of us feel the pressure most of all in the kitchen. As we shut...
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Happy Halloween by Faye Brand

The calendar is nearing the end of October and that means ghosts and goblins will be taking to the small town Iowa streets for trick-or-treating. Growing up in Sully, each year there were definitely streets and/or houses that you never wanted to miss. In my era, a stop at the preschool teacher Dot’s house always required...
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Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen – October is National Pork Month

We raise pigs on our family farm and it’s truly a family affair with everyone lending a hand. One of our favorite pork recipes is Baked Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, which I’m sharing with you today. Visit for more delicious pork recipes.   October is certainly flying by!  What an exciting and interesting fall it has...
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Thelma & Bonnie’s “Have a seat at my table”

By guest writer Blake Dunsbergen I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather we’ve been experiencing lately. I, for one, am not excited for winter and have appreciated how warm October has been thus far. I’m sure some of you will read this and realize that I am an auditor by trade and NOT a writer...
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