Category Archives: Kitchen

Pumpkin Spice Everything – By Deb Johnson

Please don’t get me wrong. I love traditional pumpkin “whatever” paired with whipped topping! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, you get the picture. Nothing says harvest and Thanksgiving more than a dish made with the grand orange squash! And just the thought of the aroma of pumpkin pie spices mingled with the pumpkin taste...
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A Slice of Home by Simone Bates “The Pumpkin Question”

There were many things that struck me as foreign when I first crossed the Pacific Ocean from Australia - the imperial measurement system, spelling “Mum” with an “o,” and driving on the right side of the road - to name a few. Lots of differences were stark, but many more were subtle. We all enjoy...
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Farm to Table by Julie Van Manen

Kennedy helps us load up the pumpkins during our 2020 harvest of the giant orange globes. We wrapped up sweet corn harvest and went right into harvesting pumpkins and a few gourds. Next year, I’ll have two little helpers during pumpkin harvest as Kennedy will be a big sister soon! My harvest menu consists of quick...
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Thelma & Bonnie’s “Have a seat at my table” by Cathryn Dunsbergen

On Labor Day, we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and go to Lake Red Rock. Penelope loved being in her carrier; she’s a curious little one and loved looking around!     During Labor Day weekend, Blake, Penelope, and I said goodbye to summer and hello to fall by decorating our home and taking a...
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Day of the computer programmer – Sept. 12, Day 256 of 2020

By Deb Johnson I am a retired computer programmer; yes, as in “computer nerds” who appear in the popular comic strip “Dilbert.” In my “former life,” I used to write or “code” sets of instructions or “programs” that were interpreted and executed by computers at a much higher speed and level of accuracy than if those...
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Farm to Table, by Julie Van Manen – History in the making

Picking sweet corn for our stands is made all the sweeter when I have this smiley helper with me! August 2020 will definitely go down in the history books. I certainly missed the Iowa State Fair! For us, going to the fair is our chance to take a couple of days of vacation.  Not to mention...
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