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!:)

Country Fried Pork

This post was written with Iowa Food & Family in mind, last month they were spreading the word about pork, how it’s grown and and how wholesome it is.

My father works at Smithfield, which is the largest pork processor and hog producer in the world, so you can bet I ate a lot of pork growing up.  My mother often made country fried pork and it was always good.

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When Jim and I were first married we actually lived on his family’s farm and raised hogs.  When our pigs were grown and went to market we would save money by having one of our own pigs processed, so we always had pork on hand.   I rarely make this for my family now a days, but it was so good everybody was left wondering why we don’t have it more often.

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These pork chops were around 3/4” thick so I sliced them in half to make them thinner or the crust would be overcooked before the middle of the pork chop was done.  I like to dip my meat twice to make the coating thick and crunchy.  Dip pork chops in eggs, then coat with flour, dip in the eggs again, and coat with flour again.

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While I’m breading the chops I start the oil heating on medium low.  Place chops in hot oil carefully and cook for 3-5 minutes.  If the oil isn’t hot before you start putting your meat in the coating won’t be as light and crunchy.

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When the edges begin to turn brown flip and cook another 3-5 minutes.

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When pork chops are golden brown and center is no longer pink remove and allow to cool on a plate covered with paper towels.  Pork’s optimal cooked temperature is 145 degrees F.

For the gravy I like to use a recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook for Pan –Fried Chicken with Gravy, it always turns out perfectly.

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14 Thin, boneless pork chops

4 eggs

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups oil for frying



Prepare egg wash for pork chops by mixing eggs and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.  In a separate larger bowl prepare breading by mixing all dry ingredients.  Dip pork chops in egg wash, then coat both sides with flour then repeat eggs and flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium low heat.

Carefully place in hot oil and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.  Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes.  Breading is very flaky so be careful not to move around too much.

Remove pork chops from oil when golden on both sides with internal temperature of 145 degrees F, place on a plate with paper towels to drain excess oil.  If preparing gravy save pan drippings for base.


Thank you to fellow Iowa blogger Sara @ Sara’s House HD for sharing this recipe with her weekly findings.  Go check out some of her other great finds:)


A Day In The Life

This is part of a blog circle with some of my favorite photography friends, giving you a look into our lives this June.

Many of these gals have shared “A Day in the Life” blog posts.  I’ve been wanting to do it for some time now and I knew it had to be over the weekend, because really how much fun would photos of my desk at work be throughout the day?

This particular day started out at the airport with my family for the Flight Breakfast.  Several of my uncles are pilots and we join them at the flight breakfast.  It was windy though so the kids were bummed they couldn’t go up with Uncle Bob for a ride.

Positively Angel, Long EZ When we got home we took care of a few household chores.

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The kids decided it was time for the pool.

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Lizzie wasn’t very happy with me for bringing the camera to the pool though, so she tried to stay away from me with her friends.  Teenagers:)

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Colten figured if I got my picture I would leave quicker, he’s a smart boy:)

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The city just replaced the diving board at the pool so everybody has been enjoying the extra spring.

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After getting my photos I went home to read a photography book on my iPad, I love having a library at my finger tips any time I have a minute to read.

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We decided to run to Sioux City for some yard supplies and the day was looking beautiful as we were driving through the Loess Hills.

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As we drove up the interstate though we saw the storms rolling in.

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While we were there we enjoyed supper at Texas Roadhouse.

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Things stayed pretty wet and windy the rest of the day and by the time we got home the day was gone.

Seija has been busy with birthday celebrations, take a peek!

June 13, 2014 - 8:57 am

Jana - Love your post Angel!!!! What an awesome peek into your day <3

June 13, 2014 - 11:01 am

Sand & Sea » Emily Poston Photography - […] Now hop on the blog circle train and check out the fabulous Angel’s post here! […]

June 16, 2014 - 8:00 am

Emily Poston - What a fun day! I love that you captured the everyday moments like that. The last shot is so cool!

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