Category Archives: Family

Memory Monday – Airplane Tour

I was talking with a friend recently about how much airport security has changed over the years.  About how strict it is now… and how lax it was when I was younger.

I shared the story of how my brother and I got a personal tour of an airplane when we were kids.  He was probably around 9 and I would’ve been 12.  My family made the 90-minute trip to spend the day in Des Moines.

My dad thought it would be fun to check out the airport.  We parked for a while at a great spot to watch the planes take off and land.  Then we went up to the terminal to see the action from inside.

I don’t remember any sort of security.  We watched a few planes land and unload the baggage.  My brother and I were fascinated by the experience.

After all the passengers had disembarked one of the planes my dad asked a stewardess if we could get a quick look inside the plane.  She walked us right down the portal and into the plane.

We got to go into the cockpit and sit in the pilot’s seats.  I was amazed at all the lights, levers, and gauges.  As we left the cockpit and walked back up the portal, the stewardess handed a pair of gold, plastic wing pins to my brother and I.  We both thought they were the coolest things ever.

An experience like this could never happen today.  If you don’t have a ticket you can’t even get past security to go to the terminals.

Do you have an airport memory from when you were a kid?

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Easy Tator Tot Casserole

I like easy recipes.  I really like easy recipes that taste great.  Well, it doesn’t get much easier than this.  Five ingredients put together to make one tasty casserole.

Easy Tator Tot Casserole

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pound hamburger, browned with 1 medium diced onion

1 bag frozen vegetables

1 small can cream of mushroom soup

1 bag of Tator Tots

What you do:

Spray your casserole dish with cooking spray. Layer the browned hamburger and onions, frozen vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, and tator tots.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for one hour.  Forty minutes covered, twenty minutes uncovered.

Additional notes:

I’m a big ketchup fan and love to put some on this.  Other people don’t.  But it’s good either way.

Below is a how-to video of me putting it together.  I optimistically called it a “family favorite”.  Truth be told, my daughters tolerated this recipe but didn’t appreciate it as much as my wife and I did.

That said, it is really easy to make and a favorite of mine.

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Memory Monday – Farm Equipment Obstacle Course

When it’s Fall in Iowa it’s kind of hard to not see farm equipment.  I’ve been seeing combines, tractors, and grain trucks on the roads, in the fields… and in my newsfeeds.

They all have me thinking about a fun game my cousins and I used to play at my grandparent’s house.  Back then, this story might’ve gotten us in trouble with my grandpa and uncles… but we’re all older now and the statute of limitations has probably run out. 😉

At my grandparent’s farm, there was a building called “the quonset”. It was a long metal building with a semi-circle cross-section.  This building housed all the farm equipment.

There were tractors, combines, planters, wagons, and more… all expertly tucked inside the building.  Their location inside was determined by the time of year.

My cousins and I turned all that farm equipment into an obstacle course.  The game was to start at one end of the quonset and get to the other end and back without touching the floor.  The only to do it was to climb on and over all the equipment.  Kind of like a giant farm jungle gym.

It was fun and kept us busy.  Looking back now I’m sure my grandpa and uncles knew what my cousins and I were up to.  They had to have seen several small shoeprints in the dust on the equipment the next time they moved it all.

What games did you play with your cousins?

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