I hope everybody had a great extended Labor Day weekend! We brought the kids to the Black Hills for their first visit. While trying to plan the trip I wanted to make sure I gave the kids some down time just to have fun from all of the driving and site seeing. Yes, they’re teenagers and don’t get as wound up as they used to while being stuck in a car, sitting still for a 7+ hour road trip, but boredom can set in easily for teens. When Jim & I went to the Black Hills for our honeymoon  22 years ago we really enjoyed the caves so I was excited to see that Rushmore Cave not only has an amazing cave to tour but they also have activities that were sure to thrill our entire family. We stayed in Keystone while we were in the Black Hills so Rushmore Cave was only a short drive from the lodge.

Rushmore Cave, Keystone, SD

Upon arriving to Rushmore Cave we noticed immediately that the property was inviting and very clean. Everything looked fairly new and there was plenty of room to get around. We first entered the gift shop to receive our tickets and were lucky enough to join a Cave Tour right away.  View full post »

Iowa Food & Family aims to connect families with where their food comes from to help them understand the food cycle. Recently they hosted a farm crawl, Expedition Yetter, to allow people to get out and see where their food comes from. We were greeted by farmer and author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby and Aaron Putze, of the Iowa Soybean Assoc. It was a treat for many to be joined by Iowa Sports Foundation’s Executive Director Chuck Long, who played football for the Hawkeyes, Lions and Rams. The Iowa Sports Foundation and Iowa Food & Family have partnered in helping people live more active and healthier lives.

Iowa Food & Family Expedition Yetter

The Machine Shed restaurant, in Urbandale, hosted a breakfast to kick off Expedition Yetter. We were joined by about 40 other people from around Iowa and Omaha, NE. We all hopped on a charter bus that brought us to Bruce and Jenny Westling’s crop and hog farm hear Grand Junction. Bruce talked to us about how farming is a part of his family and has been for generations. View full post »

Summer has been so busy! We’ve been enjoying BBQ at home and will occasionally smoke ribs, chicken, pork loin, and even beef brisket. When creating the perfect BBQ meal the side dishes must be the traditional BBQ side dishes.

After experimenting with several Corn Bread recipes I have finally found my favorite, I’ve made it numerous times and it turns out good each time. I’ve brought this a few places when we are joining others for a meal and am often asked for the recipe so I wanted to share it. Positively Angel Corn Bread-1View full post »

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