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Kitchen Progress

Hello Friends!

It’s been a little quite on here lately. I am officially back to work and now my dad has started harvesting crops here. That means busy days and nights ahead! When I get off from my full time job during the day, I go home to help my mom prepare dinners to take to the guys in the field. And this year with a baby, it has added a whole new level of chaos in the kitchen! 😉

Each night we make meals to feed 4-8 people. It depends on the day and what’s going on that determines the amount of workers my dad needs. We feed the day crew, as well as the night crew. It makes for quite a few hungry men to feed!

After the meals are done and I deliver them, I go out to dump trucks and tend to the dryer and bins until quitting time!

I absolutely love helping my dad on the farm. It makes for some long days, but it’s something I really enjoy doing. My younger sister is coming home again this weekend as well to join in on all the harvest fun! It really is a family event!

Progress at the house has been moving along. This past week Nate got our kitchen cabinets hung! As well as our bedroom flooring done and two bathrooms done. I can not wait to have a kitchen again! Things are really coming together. Can’t wait for this project to be done so we can move in and get back to a more normal and organized life! Living out of storage totes for a year has been a challenge. Then add all the baby gear to everything! I’m sure my parents are ready to have their house back!

I included some photos of the kitchen progress. I have been waiting a long time for those cabinets to go up on the wall!! Can’t wait to get the sink and counters installed. It’s fun seeing everything come together.

Have a fabulous week!!

Maria

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The Country Market

Hey Friends!

I seriously have no idea where this summer went. I am pretty sure I blinked and the summer was over?! Tomorrow is already September and it will officially be pumpkin everything! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. I just hate what comes after fall! And it is such a busy time for us, harvest will be here and gone before we know it!

The other day we ventured down to Slims Country Market just outside of Story City. If you have never been, I would highly recommend a stop there if you are ever in the area! We wanted to grab up some good fresh produce before the season ends.

We picked up quite a few things we needed; but their Colorado peaches they just got in were amazing! My mom and I ate them all before my dad could even sample one! Needless to say, we will be picking up more this weekend on our way to Ames. They also have really good seedless watermelon right now as well!

Since I’m on the topic of really good peaches; I thought I would share my easy peach tea recipe that is really tasty and simple! I plan on making some this weekend after I get more peaches.

Ingredients for the peach syrup:

One cup water

One cup sugar

2-3 fresh sliced peaches

Tea:

3 tea bags

6 cups water

Bring the syrup ingredients to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium. Crush up the peach slices as you stir and dissolve the sugar.

Turn off the heat, cover and let set for 30 minutes.

In a separate pot boil the water and brew tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes.

Remove the tea bags and refrigerate.

Strain the syrup and remove any fruit pieces.

Add the syrup to the tea and serve over ice.

This is also really good with a splash of lemonade! 🍑🍋🍉

Have a good Labor Day weekend!

-Maria