Iowa Food & Family

I’ve been guest posting at Iowa Food and Family since the Iowa Blogger Meet-Up that I went to back in May.

Iowa Food & Family is working to show the nation that the food we eat is wholesome and safe for their families.  I will be working in their booth at the Iowa State Fair to help get information out to people.  Stop by and check things out!:)

Each month Iowa Food and Family works to spread the word on a different subject.  For the dairy month I shared our favorite Creamiest Cream Corn recipe.  It is so sweet and even better when made with fresh corn off the cob.

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Another month we were spreading the word about eggs and I shared my favorite Crepe recipe that is delicious with fresh garden Strawberries.

PositivelyAngelCrepe-6Take a peak at the Iowa Food & Family website, their are many other great bloggers who are also sharing their favorite recipes or experiences on the farm.:)


Fair Time

Once again it’s time for the fair.  The kids have been working with their livestock and projects all summer to be ready.

The first day is always the Swine Show which is a little bit easier than cattle because there really isn’t a lot of grooming to be done.  By the time you get to the fair you give your pigs a bath, brush the wood chips off, and go out to the ring when it’s your turn.  A judge will decide how to rate your hog based on muscle and build and you get a ribbon or trophy for your work depending on what he decides.  At the end of the show they always have Showmanship judging.  This year Colten was happy to win Senior Showmanship.  Yay Colten!  This means the judge has been watching you through the night and he likes how you show your hogs in the ring as well as, how you work with fellow showmen.

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The next day is always the Cattle Show which always take more preparation.  Leading up to the fair you bathe your animal daily to help their hair display better, some people even give their cattle air conditioned rooms to help with hair growth.  The day of the fair you wash them, blow dry them, and you style their hair with styling products that are created for cattle.  At the fair you lead the cattle with a halter similar to what some people put on their pets.  You need to work with your calves a lot before attending the fair to get them used to being led.  Again, there is a judge who rates the quality of the livestock and awards you accordingly.  After they are done showing the calves get a bath and supper.

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The last day is the Style Show.  This is where all of the 4-H projects that aren’t livestock or static exhibits are judged.  Lizzie prepared Mexican Corn Dip for Pride of Iowa.  Pride of Iowa is for 4H members in 4th thru 8th grade, they prepare some type of food with a product grown in Iowa and must use one piece of electric kitchen equipment to prepare the recipe, it is a non-speaking presentation.  Lizzie also wore a dress for the Clothing Selection part of the Style Show.

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That evening is the Livestock Sale.  Because of how contagious pig illnesses can be all swine must be sold at the fair and go to a production facility.  This year we sent a pig to Tiefenthaler’s in Holstein.  They make the best brats around.  Cattle can either be sold or brought home, usually people will continue showing them at other livestock shows through the rest of summer.

As soon as we get done with our local fair we have the County Fair.  Lizzie brought a table that I will share in a later post and received a blue ribbon.  Colten and two of his friends did a 3 Stooges Mime that they had prepared for Speech in school.  Each time they do it they change something up, during the school year the three of them got on a motorcycle with a sidecar to go fishing, which was really funny.  For the fair they were all on a bicycle to go fishing and it was still funny.  They made it to the Iowa State Fair with their Share the Fun project which will be fun to watch again.  :)

2014 Share the Fun Iowa Fair

Junkstock – Omaha, NE

Last year when I heard about Junkstock I knew I had to see it.  The photos on the internet of all of the cute vintage findings were great.  At the last minute we almost thought we wouldn’t be able to go because it had rained so much the night before that the fields for parking were very muddy.  While we did see several people who had gotten stuck in a soft spot they did have people their with the means to help pull them out.  There were LOTS of people there braving the mud with us.

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Thankfully my family enjoys flea markets almost as much as I do:)There were many unique vendors who mostly had vintage items for your home, which is what I’m usually looking for anyway so we didn’t have to walk past booth after booth of tools and things that I’m just not very interested in- although sometimes you will find an amazing piece at those types of booths.

Positively Angel- Junkstock-1I love that most of the vendors really cared about the appearance of their booths and set it up in ways that appeal to people.

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I could have taken home everything in this set-up, it’s so chic and fresh.

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There were also food vendors that had great food and very customized concession trailers.  It’s too bad Junkstock is the same weekend as what my community will be having our 125th celebration because I would love to bring them to town.  Jim had some Cactus Jack Nachos that weren’t your ordinary nachos, they had smoked brisket and all kinds of yumminess on them.  I opted for lunch from the pizza trailer and had a slice of Brisket Pizza that was really good too.

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Despite the mud, heat, and humidity we had a great time and will definitely make it back to Junkstock.

July 15, 2014 - 8:19 am

Jordan @ Harleys and Heels - I have yet to make it out to a Junkstock. I love the peace sign made out of tires. What a funky idea. People are so creative. Love getting ideas from others since I have minimal creativity it seems!
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July 15, 2014 - 7:36 pm - We’re in the same boat Jordan! I always feel short of ideas so it’s fun seeing everybody else’s :)

Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Growing up my grandparents had a massive garden.  Living in town with an average sized backyard on a downward slope my Grandmother cramped in every little fruit and vegetable she could.  She was ahead of the times, she even had a lily pool with a running fountain and gold fish that were brought in to large tanks through the winter.

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While she grew most of the normal things you can find at a grocery store like an apple tree, cherry tree, grape vines, strawberries, and many other fruits and veggies, there were other things you don’t generally find in the grocery store like rhubarb, currants, and gooseberries.

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When I was a child I pretty much thought the minute it was warm enough to wear shorts and there was a berry on the bush, it was time to eat it.  Sadly that wasn’t the case.  Most fruits don’t taste good at all until they’re ripe:) But when they are ripe, they can be made into so many delicious desserts, like the rhubarb crisp my mom makes.  It is pretty much the best rhubarb recipe I’ve ever had so I wanted to share it with you.  I think part of the secret might just be the strawberries she adds to hers. No rhubarb crisp is complete without vanilla ice cream, yum!

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Unfortunately I don’t have any rhubarb plants of my own but thankfully my aunt & uncle do.  When my parents were on their way over the other day, they stopped and grabbed enough to make a few batches even though it started raining on them.  So I owe my dad and uncle a big thank you!


1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, melted
3 cups rhubarb
3 cups strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix oatmeal, flour, sugar and baking soda then mix in butter.  Press half of crust ingredients into 9×13 pan.  
Mix filling ingredients in a separate bowl and spread in pan on top of crust.  
Crumble remaining crust on top of filling in pan.  Bake for 35 minutes until crisp and rhubarb is soft.  

Omaha Summer Arts Festival

I’m on a Quasquicentennial planning committee for my community. This summer a few of us have decided to go to as many festivals and celebrations as we can, looking for food venders and entertainment. Last weekend we made it to the Omaha Summer Arts Festival with some friends.

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I saw this location a few weeks ago while I was at  Taste of Omaha and knew I wanted to get a portrait of the kids here and it turned out just like I imagined it would.

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When we got to the Art Festival it looked like it might rain at any minute, but the weather held together and we had a great day. We always enjoy spending time in the Old Market area. There were a lot of unique art venders, one person had even created a transformer out of scrap metal.

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There was a Percussion Band that was fun to listen to, street entertainers, food vendors, and a lot of kids activities. We were with friends, who have a toddler, so all of our teenagers got to “help” him in the kids zone. There was vehicle covered in chalk board paint, so you could draw on it that was pretty cool.

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We also went to the Santa Lucia Festival, that was just down the path.  There were a lot of things to do and the food was great!  All of the activities made for a great day out.  Not to mention I got to pick up a new camera lens while I was in the city, yay!:)

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