Category Archives: Family

Memory Monday – Farm Equipment Obstacle Course

When it’s Fall in Iowa it’s kind of hard to not see farm equipment. Whenever Fall comes around in these parts, the site of Power Harrows and other machinery is an all too familiar sight. 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, compaction equipment for rolling the gardens, 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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Memory Monday – Trick-Or-Treating

Happy Halloween!  It’s Beggar’s Night in our area.  The night for kids to dress up in costume and wander all about town, knocking on doors, and collecting as much candy as they can in the usual 2-hour time frame set for the yearly event.

I’ve written previously about my memories of Halloween costumes. You can find that post here. This time, I thought I’d share some trick-or-treating memories.

To be honest, I don’t recall much about trick-or-treating but there is one thing that sticks out most in my mind.  It’s my Grandma’s little notebook and pencil.

You see, every year we’d start out our trick-or-treating adventure at my grandparent’s house.  They’d want to see my brother’s and my costumes.  Every year my grandma would keep a tally of how many kids would stop by their house for treats.  At the end of the night, she could tell you how the night’s total compared to previous years.

Before we could go on our own, my brother and I would get impatient waiting for our parents to quit chatting with our grandparents.  My cousins usually stopped then too so aunts and uncles added to the conversation.  Us kids didn’t want to talk. We wanted to go. Their conversation was cutting into our treat collecting time!

When I got older and could go trick-or-treating with a group of friends I still remember hitting grandma and grandpa’s house early in the night… and I still remember Grandma adding a mark on her tally sheet for me and each of my friends.

What trick-or-treating memories do you have?

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Easy Chicken & Biscuits

If you’re looking for an easy comfort food recipe idea for your family this is it.

I call it a recipe idea because you can mix, match, and substitute ingredients depending on what you like.  The ingredients listed here are what we used in the video below and will get you started.

What we used:

1 tube of refrigerator biscuits

3 cups cooked chicken – you’ll find the post mentioned in the video here.

1 bag frozen veggies

2 small cans cream of chicken soup

1 can of mushroom pieces and stems

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

Seasoning Salt, onion powder, garlic powder

What you do:

Bake the biscuits according to the package directions.

Cook the frozen veggies in the microwave while you warm the chicken in a large skillet.  Then add the veggies to the skillet, stir in the soup, and sour cream.  Add the spices.  Serve over biscuits.

It would also be good over cooked rice, noodles, or even toast.

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