fall fashion, Fashion, Fashionista Friday

Fashionista Friday: Comfy Cozy

Yesterday, we got our first SNOW! (AND we finished combining yesterday!!) Nothing major, and nothing stuck, but it still snowed nonetheless! I don’t know about you, but the first snow is always exciting to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ It brings out all those cozy feelings of sweaters, fireplaces, and hot beverages! I was probably a little bit more excited about the nasty weather yesterday, just because this is my first winter that I don’t have to commute! I am a work-from-home goddess! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

I am ready for ALL the cozy sweaters! I love this season!

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Speaking of cozy sweaters….

 

A couple weeks ago, I held my FIRST Pop-Up Shop, with my sponsor boutique, Wild Prairie Market! It was SO fun! You can literally host one wherever you are, and your friends and family will get free prizes, gift cards, and special promos, and you get FREE clothes!! Ahhh! How awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This sweater was one of my picks! I fell in LOVE right away when I first saw it, but it’s even cuter in person!!! AND it’s SO warm and cozy, and SOFT!! Perfect for a fall day like today!! I love the front and the pretty, tie detail!

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I chose to pair it with black leggings, just because I was at home, but check out my links below where I styled an outfit for you! It’s so great, because you can wear it down, or dress it up a bit! I love ย versatile outfits like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Sweaterย ย – Enter ALECIA10 for 10% off your order! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jeansย – ALECIA10

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Boots – ALECIA10

Leggings – These leggings are LIFE!!

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Earrings – for some color and fun!

 

Happy Friday, loves! XO

Dessert, Foodie, Recipes

Caramel Rolls

Ahhh Fall!! It’s got me in a serious cooking and baking mood! I just want ALL the comfort food! And somewhere in between that comes the balance of eating healthy, but also cooking for a farmer! Life is truly all about balance! And I am thankful! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This week, we were able to get done harvesting our soybeans. I had one short minute of being happy until, I found out that digging season had begun. Then begins the long days of my husband not having to quit early because it gets to wet. Digging time is endless. And then we found that our corn will be ready to combine sooner than we had thought. Let’s just say, that I will be much happier after these next few weeks are done and over, and I have my husband back! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I also made caramel rolls, so that helped some!

 

I will never forget when I learned how to make caramel rolls! My best friend came down to my college apartment on a cold, snowy weekend and we had a weekend of FOOD! It was so fun and I will always treasure that memory! I love how most of my greatest memories involve food!

 

The day that I made these rolls, I also made a batch of homemade kneophola soup to take out to my dad and their harvest crew! It was a busy day! Just take a look at my kitchen!! But it was great taking my dad a picnic lunch and riding in the combine with him!

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Disaster Zone!! Luckily I survived this day!

Caramel Rolls

  • 1 package of THAWED, frozen bread dough (yes, I cheat!)
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Cinnamon
  • White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of Vanilla
  • Handful of marshmallows

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9×13 baking pans with non-stick spray. Go heavy on the spray. You don’t want caramel sticking in places it shouldn’t!

Roll out the thawed bread dough. I let mine thaw in my fridge for a couple of days, it should be almost breaking out of the package from thawing and slightly raising the fridge. After rolled out, spread with butter. Make sure everything is pretty well covered. then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Use a pizza cutter to cut into strips, roll up, and place in the greased pans. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough raise for a half hour to hour, near the stove or in a warm place.

In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, ย add in heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and two ย tablespoons of butter, a sprinkle of salt, and marshmallows. Whisk until everything is combined and mixture comes to a light boil. Remove from stove and pour half of the caramel into each pan.

Place the pan into the oven for about 30-40 minutes until the rolls are nicely browned. Remove from oven and let cool to set. Enjoy!!

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MMM!! Can’t wait to dive in!

XOXO

Farm Life, Farm Wife, Farming, The Farmer's Daughter, The Farmer's Wife, The Fit Farmer's Wife

Tips From One Farm Wife to Another

Happy National Farmer’s Day!

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I have been a farmer’s daughter for all of my life and a farmer’s wife for almost 5 years now. I always like to say that I got “promoted” from a farmer’s daughter to a farmers wife! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I never had much interest in farming growing up. I wanted to stay as far away as possible from it. Let’s just say I had big city dreams in a small town. I dreamed of growing up and moving away and working at a high end design company. After college, I did move 100 miles away in our “big city”, but I was dating a farmer and my classmate, ย who I had known since kindergarten.

Sometimes we can “plan” all we want, but God has other plans! And I am a MAJOR planner, but God called me back to the farm, and I couldn’t be more blessed. If I wouldn’t be a farm wife, I would have missed out on my life as I know it. Life is hard on the farm, and stressful, but here are a couple of tips to make it all worth while!

  1. Go on Tractor/Combine Dates.

If you haven’t yet, make your farmer a nice lunch or dinner and bring it out to the field! There have been many times that I have made homemade chocolate chip cookies and fresh squeezed lemonade and taken them out to the field. It’s like a picnic on wheels! And your farmer will appreciate you making him a hot meal or a snack!

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2. Show Interest in the Farm.

Taking some sort of interest in learning about the farm or ranch operation helps you bond and it makes your man excited to teach you! I know I did a lot of learning in the past five years! From driving tractor to working cattle! And I found that I really enjoy having livestock, no matter how much work they are! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

3. Have a Fully Stocked Fridge.

Even though he eats a cooler full of sandwiches, make sure hat you have plenty of food in the fridge and freezer for him when he gets home late. I know sometimes this is easier said than done, but even if it’s just a few frozen pizzas or frozen dinners. If you have time to prepare a few freezer meals on the weekends or weeknights, great! I know I always try and have something ready for him to either snack on or eat when he gets in, epically once it gets cold out!

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4. Spring and Fall are Stressful.

I have learned the hard way not to bring up any important topic while my farmer is out planting or combining! The less stress that you can put on them, the better! Instead ask them if there is anything you can do to help! There might not be much, but sometimes, just asking and letting him know that you care is helpful enough! Do not bring up vacation or weekend plans, especially during a breakdown. Sometimes, it’s best to just let him have his own space. These seasons are just simply seasons, I promise.

 

5. Communication.

For every and any relationship, communication is really the key, especially as farm or ranch wife! It can avoid a lot of arguments, if everyone is in the know! Keep everyone up to date on upcoming events or trips to town, where he has to keep you up to date on if he will be late for dinner or if something broke down. Texting or calling each other a couple of times through out the day, to keep up to date on the actives is important. Or having a down time, with no tv, no phone, just unplug and talk to one another in the evenings or mornings! Know what is somewhat happening before everyone leaves the house, and it makes for a better day!

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6. Support One Another.

One of the biggest things that I have learned being married to a farmer, is that each of you will have different, VERY different at times, goals and dreams! But don’t let that get in the way! Be supportive of each other! I remember, talking for several months about being able to quit my full time job, before I did. We were both scared, but my farmer supported my decision and now, he wouldn’t change it for the world. He supports my dreams and I support his! It’s so amazing having your spouses support and encouragement! It is truly the best and makes you want to chase your dreams, that maybe you never had an opportunity to do so!

 

7. Celebrate the Small Wins.

After harvest, or planting season, plan a night out! Go out on a DATE! Not a tractor date either, a REAL one! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plan a fun evening of food, or a movie to celebrate a victory in the field or with the cows! It’s fun and it will be something to look forward to during those long, lonely nights of being by yourself during harvest or planting! And it’s something that you can both celebrate!

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8. Have ALL the Patience.

Being married to a farmer you will learn that patience is really something that is learned. Meals will be cold, cows will get out on Sundays even though you are ready for church, things will break at the worst times, you will have to attend weddings and events alone, but you have to remember that the busy seasons are only busy for a little while. Be patient with your farmer and with yourself.

 

9. Plan Together.

It’s also important to be planning budgets, vacations, and life together. Know when things are tighter finically on the farm and pitch in to make the money stretch. Include your farmer in on your vacation plans, even if you are the one who is doing all the planning. Planning together all has to come back to communication and why it’s so important. Have designated roles when planning the budget or family trips. This will help make things more organized and that way you or your farmer will have a part in every aspect of plans, finical or fun!

 

10. Get Off the Farm!

And I say this in a GOOD way! Your life doesn’t revolve around the farm or the cattle ALL the time and every, single day! It can do everyone good to get off the farm, de-stress and focus on each other. Every year, my farmer and I get off the farm by planning a mini vacation. It dines’t have to be anything big, but it’s nice to spend a night or two away in the city at a nice hotel. Or else have your own hobbies and friends! Be able to set time aside to pursue the things that give you life! Go shopping, or plan a fun girls trip away! You 100% have your own hobbies, interests, and life off of the farm or ranch, so enjoy life every now and then! ๐Ÿ™‚

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crockpot recipes, Healthy Recipe, Recipes

All Things Apple!

Yesterday, my mother in law and I had a fun morning of apple picking. When you can’t combine here on the farm, you pick apples! It was a cool, crisp, fall morning – the perfect apple picking weather and the trees were full! You couldn’t even tell that we had picked! Apple picking is ADDICTIVE in my book! It’s hard to quit! There is always a better, bigger, sweeter, crisper apple, but it’s so fun! And I went home with a good box full of sweet, apples!

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Now to putting them to good use! AHHH! The overwhelming part! Post apple picking, you start thinking in your head, was I crazy to pick all of these?! What am I going to do with a box full of apples?! Well, I will give you a few ideas of how I used mine, and I still have some left over! ๐Ÿ™‚ As I make more apple recipes, I will also share them with you too! Tis the season of apples! But it’s such a GREAT season!

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This is the most glorious picture with those fall leaves and apples! I just love fall so much!!

I made a delicious applesauce in the crockpot! Super easy and HEALTHY!! Can’t get better and my husband loves it! #farmerapproved I also made one apple, crumble pie, and four quart bags full of apple pie filling, which are in my freezer! I love this time of year and filling up my freezer with garden produce and apple goodness!

 

For the Applesauce: ย {Makes about 10 cups}

  • 18 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • Splash of Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon

In a crockpot on HIGH setting, fill it with the apples and pour over the 2 cups of water. Let cook on high for about 4 hours, then turn on low for another 2-4 hours. Then with a hamburger smasher, smash the apples down (should be nice and soft by now), continuing until all the apples are smashed and looks like applesauce. There will still be a few chunks of apple, but it’s all yummy! Then add in honey, cinnamon, and vanilla, and stir and mix well so all is sweeter and seasoned! Place in mason jars or baggies to freeze!

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Applesauce cooking in the crockpot! I would slowly smash those apples through out the day! It was pretty fun and an easy process!

 

For the Apple Pie Filling: {Makes about 5 quart bags}

  • 20-24 cups of peeled, sliced, and diced apples into small chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, corn starch, and cloves. Stir with whisk. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil, over high heat. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. Then add in apples. Continue to stir then mixture over medium heat. It will start to thicken up and let it simmer, continuing to stir until the apples have somewhat softened. Take the pot off the stove, and stir in the vanilla. Then fill bags until almost full of pie filling, freeze and enjoy!

For the Apple Crumble Pie: {Makes 1 whole pie}

  • 1 apple pie filling (see above)
  • 1 pie crust, store bought (I use the Pillsbury brand)
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of maple extract
  • Tin foil

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Layout the pie crust in the bottom of a glass pie dish and form up the sides of the dish. Pour in the pie filing mixture. Top with raisins. Then melt butter in a microwavable bowl, covered and on high. Mix in oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and maple extract. A crumble should start to form. Place the crumble on top of the pie filling. Cover with foil and place in the oven for about 30 minutes. For the last 5-10 minutes, uncover the pie and let the crumble brown. Remove from oven and let cool to set. Enjoy with some vanilla bean ice cream!

 

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Because the first piece never comes out perfectly! ๐Ÿ˜‰