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A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer

Let’s face it. Harvest is either here or around the corner. We got done with our wheat a couple of weeks ago, and soybeans will be here before we know it. In the mean time, we have been busy getting hay home and getting the last bales of millet made.

It’s a cool Labor Day on the farm today, and cooler weather makes me think that harvest is only getting closer and closer. This season is busy, but it’s also my favorite because I know that the calm is quickly approaching! Before I married my farmer, I always loved summer. Don’t get me wrong, I still do, but fall and winter is where my heart is. It’s when the crazy comes and the slower season, and calving are getting closer! The end IS in sight, ladies! We also have more corn and soybeans compared to wheat, so our crazy is just getting started! {{Bring it on!}}

So with that, here is a prayer dedicated to all of us farm wives from losing our minds during this crazy, hectic season of life!

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Photo credit:  Laura Schlenker. 

Dear Lord,

Please watch over us during harvest. During the busy. During the crazy. During the parts runs, the harvest food runs, and elevator runs. During the fast paced on the go unloading, and the slower than slow break downs. Grant us the weather conditions that allow us to get harvest done in a timely matter. Guide and protect all of us during this season.

Help my husband to be safe always. Give him reason and time to think and somehow, enjoy this busy season. Cover him in your grace and blessings. Allow him patience during the breakdowns, because we know they are enviable. Allow him quick reflexes and thoughts when he has to think on his feet. Allow him the love and strengththat he needs to function during this busy season.

Help our children to understand why dad is busy, can’t tuck them in at night, or can’t be home for dinner. Guide their little hearts and bless them. Help them to understand this season and grow up with an appreciation of the farm and knowing how hard their daddy worked to provide for us. Help them to remember and cherish this season, as a time to harvest.

Help me as a wife, Lord. Help me to stay strong. Give me the strength to pack the coolers, help with the homework, clean the house, do chaff filled, dirty laundry, prepare and think of easy harvest meals, and somehow allow my heart peace during this crazy time. Help me to find time for You and for me. Even though I go to bed a tired, and alone woman at night, I know You are there protecting our family. Watch over my husband during the late nights and early mornings, and grant us the rest we all need.

Most of all, thank you for the harvest season. We know it’s tiring and seems endless, but it is just a season. And with You, every season brings a time of hustle, crazy, tears, and also joy and blessing. We are so blessed for this harvest, for this season, for our family, our love, and for You. Please lead, guide and direct us, during this harvest season, and in Your perfect timing and love.

Amen.

 

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Health-ish Blueberry Muffins

Well, well, well… It’s been awhile, and I am so sorry! Life itself has basically consumed my life! It’s spring here on the prairie and this week, the old saying was true, April showers bring May flowers. We had a very rainy, and cool week. My hubby is excited to get back into the field and get going. I on the other hand, enjoyed having him in, even if we do have to watch ALL of the NFL draft. I am cozied up with tea, a book, and a blog. 🙂

For the last few weeks, I have really been in the writing mood. I miss it and I am ready to come back, slowly. That reminds me, how often would you like to see a blog post from me?! Just curious! You can comment below. I definitely plan to start writing more in the evenings when my hubby is out working. Even though I hate to see him out late and pulling more all nighters, I am excited to have some me time and get back into writing and my own “summer schedule”.

This week, I had a baking craving. Ever get those?!! Well, along with my current obsession with blueberries, I decided Blueberry muffins it is!! I found this amazing recipe from Pinterest, but like always, I don’t follow recipes well, and put my own spin on it! Here is what I did.

Blueberry Muffins

Serves: 6 Large Muffins

  • 1.5 cups Flour
  • 1/4 cups Plain Yogurt or Greek Yogurt
  • 1.5 cup Frozen Blueberries, do not thaw and toss in 2 tbsp of flour to avoid sinking
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 egg, or 1 Egg Beater
  • 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 1/4 cup Oil (vegetable or coconut)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees. Spray muffin pan with a non-stick cooking spray. I personally use, the Pam Coconut Oil spray!
  2. Mix together in KitchenAid mixer bowl the flour, yogurt, baking powder, vanilla, egg, sugar, salt, milk and oil. Mix well. Set aside.
  3. Take blueberries out of freezer, measure out and toss in 2 tablespoons of flour to avoid sinking in dough.
  4. Fill up muffin tins with batter, place in oven and bake about 20 minutes or until slightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Enjoy warm!
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Why I Love Octobers

Octobers are filled with pumpkin spice everything, Halloween candy, and for my fellow farmers, harvest. If you read my blog at all, you’ll probably notice, I love my fall posts. I never used to love fall so much. Let me tell you a story…

Fall to me was like death. I hated fall growing up. All the leaves dying, the brightest green grass turning brown, flowers freezing up and dying, and when the whole planet of North Dakota turns a grayish, brown. I am not quite sure why I didn’t like fall. Maybe because I lost my first grandma in October, when I was 16, then a few months later my paternal grandmother, and another few months, my great grandmother. I’m just not really sure, but now…

I love the autumn season! To me, becoming a farmer’s wife changed me. Autumn is now filled with excitement, primarily because after harvest, my hubby will be in the house more and be home just about when I get home. To me, having someone there when you get home from work, to greet you at the door or help with groceries is the greatest gift. It’s a short lived gift, but still one of the best.

For farmers, harvest means we get our first pay check in close a year. Depending if you have cattle or not, harvest is about the only time farmers are brining in some sort of income, even if it does all go back into their farm operation. About 99% of the time, farmer hardly sees the money they just sweated, worked, and prayed for because it goes directly back into the farm operation. Have you ever filled diesel in a tractor before? Or bought a “new” (used but new to you) piece of equipment before? Do you know how much those guys at John Deere charge for servicing a truck or tractor? You know what I am talking about!

Honestly, fall gets so crazy and busy at times. It’s almost like holding your breath. In the middle of harvest, right before rain is coming, and you have a day and a half left, the combine breaks down. Then, the cows decide that now would be a good time to get out. Sometimes that grass really does look greener on the other side of the fence…

Fall is also just the start of the holiday seasons. The holidays that are spent with family and friends, laughter, and so much love. Here on the prairie, we look so forward to family time because family is SO important. In most cases, we run our businesses with our families and work side by side our parents and grandparents. Family time spent relaxing on the farm are days that are few and far between, but well deserved! Just talking about it, gets me excited to spend time with both sides of our families. By the way, I am hosting Thanksgiving this year… Pray for me!

Now that I am a married farm wife, autumn to me took on a whole new meaning. I am so thankful that I live on the North Dakota prairie where there are 4 seasons in a year. Especially, when the air turns crisp, the leaves are a beautiful golden, orange-red color, the sky is the deepest blue  you’ve ever seen, the harvest is close to done, and our prairie hearts are full. In every way possible.

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One Year of The Life of the Dakota Farmer’s Wife

Can you believe it? One year ago TODAY, I started this blog. I started out not really knowing what to post about, share, or what this whole “blogging” thing was really about. All I knew is that I loved writing and I needed a creative release outlet.

I can remember the day I created my blog! I remember being over-whelmed by setting everything up and not knowing what to write at all. Looking back, my first posts were well, tough but good. I enjoy looking back. It’s so emotional and biter-sweet, remembering feeling the exact emotions I was feeling when I was writing each and every post.

After one year, I have actual, real life followers, a like page (two actually!), and one year under my belt as a blogger. I seriously LOVE writing and being able to share it creatively with all of you is just mind-blowing.

When I first started, I had no idea how many people my blog would reach or touch. This past year, has been amazing. Today, I am sharing with you some one year flashbacks and stats of The Life of the Dakota Farmer’s Wife/ The Fit Farmer’s Wife!

Views: 73,747

Most Popular Posts:

  • A Letter to the Future Wives of Our Farmer’s (over 47,000 views in many different countries like Canada, South Africa, Germany, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan, China, many countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia. (Seriously, WOW!)
  • What I Learned Growing Up as The Farmer’s Daughter – over 12,000 views

Likes: 34

Comments: 119

Followers: 1,364

Finally, I just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you so much to all of you who shared, liked, and commented over the past year. It means so much that people actually read what you write, and more than anything it has meaning to you! I just can’t believe it has been a year.

Here’s to MANY more years!

As a thank you, I am going to be giving away a VERY special and the BIGGEST prize EVER worth up to $130!!!! To win, please 1.) Share your favorite past blog post, 2.) Share my Fit Farmer’s Wife Page, 3.)Leave a comment on this blog post! I’ll be announcing it this weekend! Good Luck!

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Sunday Dinner: Smokey Buttercup Squash Soup

It’s always nice to have a long, four day weekend to fully relax and get stuff done! I was in the kitchen a lot this weekend! We had company over on Saturday, I made BBQ Chicken sandwiches, a couple of different soups, Ranch dip, and Pumpkin Bars! It was great to spend time visiting with family!

It’s getting cooler here on the prairie, which gets me all excited to break out my boots, boot socks, cozy sweaters, flannels, and of course, pumpkin everything! Fall is just such a cozy season, and I couldn’t wait to decorate my house! I think I had my fall stuff out since Mid-August!

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Fall weather also means SOUPS!! I am so excited to bring back soups in our home. I love my crockpot and having it filled with soup, is even better!

This weekend I made a Smokey Buttercup Soup! It wasn’t with my crockpot, but you could easily do it with!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 medium Buttercup Squash
  • 5 Strips of Smokey Tempeh
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 3 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • Red Pepper Flakes, Turmeric, Coriander Spices

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees, put whole squash in glass baking dish and put in oven for about 2 hours, or until soft and easy to cut. In a medium skillet combine extra virgin olive oil, onion, red pepper, smokey tempeh, garlic and spices and saute until soft. Set aside. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend well. Can do in portions, if blender is not big enough. Puree, so soup is smooth and bisque like. In a crockpot or large soup kettle, place the pureed soup and heat thoroughly, until hot. Serve and enjoy!

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Sunday Dinner: Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

This weekend was short in comparision to last weekend! Two day weekends go so fast and there is so much to do in two days! This weekend consisted of Taylor out working all day on Saturday, we are full into haying season on the ranch. I was meal preping, cleaning, doing laundry, working out, doing some light reading, and playing with my little bunny, Martin! Yes, I FINALLY got a bunny! He is a Netherland Dwarf and four months old! I absolutely love him! He is probably the most spoiled little bun, ever, but he’s a sweetie.

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Sundays call for lazy days.

Sunday morning was spent eating our breakfast outside on the patio, doing our morning devotions, reading, and playing with Martin! How how he loves hopping around the front yard! It ws a beautiful morning for being outside yesterday! Perfect, in fact. Our front yard is west facing before the hot sun hits, it is cool and refreshing. Perfect for a few cups of morning coffee and a good book!

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This makes me wish every morning could be a Sunday morning!

Yesterday for lunch we made burgers on the grill, the perfect summer lunch! We also had radishes and snow peas from my garden! And everyone knows, that no burger is complete without fries! So I made baked sweet potato fries and I am sharing the recipe with you!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 Large Sweet Poatoes
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayene Pepper
  • Egg Whites (2) – For wash
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tin Foil
  • Non-Stick Spray

First, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Then, peel sweet potatoes and cut into fry like rectaular pieces. I cut the potato into fourths lenth-wise, then into halves and went from there. Once all the fries are cut, place the melted coconut oil into a large bowl along with several shakes of cinnamon and garlic powder, and a dash of cayene. Mix fries in and evenly coat. Place tin foil on a baking sheet and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Place the fries somewhat evenly on the sheet. Now, coat with egg white wash. Sprinkle more salt, pepper, and cinnamon to coat. Bake for an hour, turning once, or until done.

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Enjoy!

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Happy Monday! XoXo

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24 Things

Monday was my 24th birthday. What?! How did this happen?! I am almost half way to 30! I still remember the birthday parties from when I was little. All my cousins would be home because I was blessed to have been born two days after America’s birthday. There would be ice cream, cake, candy, and presents gallore. Games would be played for hours, while I was still eating my ice cream cake, which turned into a creamy, white lake by now, and dreaming of the days when I would be older. A grown-up, you’d say.

Age is so funny in that way. When you are little, you literally wish your life away, waiting, wishing to be older, a teenager. Once you are a teenager, you dream of the day when you get your drivers’ license! Once you are driving around in that beat-up old Jeep, you can’t wait to get out of this small town and head off to college. When you are in college you can’t wait to graduate and leave this place of drunk parties and sweatpant wearing “adults” and start the real world. Why? Just to get a grown-up job and work for the next 40+ years.

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Somewhere between the college days and the real world realities, you wonder why you were so crazy to want to grow up, pay the bills, get married, and have this crazy, busy, but beatiful life. What makes life beautiful?

This year, I have grown. I have grown from things that pushed me to grow, my career, my health, my husband, and my faith. All of these things have helped me to realize to enjoy life, no matter how crazy, how busy, or how many curve balls are thrown in. Make your life beautiful from the mess! Here are 24 things that I have learned along the way and have made my life more beautiful.

1. Accepting and Forgiving. Accept the things you can’t change and forgive yourself or others. There is no reason at all to be held down my the chains of unforgiveness.

2. Life is not and never will be perfect. I am a perfectionist by nature, but over the past few years, I have realized nothing is perfect nor can we as humans make it perfect.

3. Stay in love with your spouce. Granted, I have only been married two years, but I plan to be newlyweds with my husbnad forever.

4. Thank your parents. When you are finally paying your own bills, buying your own groceries, and working full time, you realize everything that mom and dad did for you and invested in you for your success in life.

5. Go to church.

6. Pray. God designed your knees to bend for a reason.

7. Always Remember where you came from. Growing up on a farm changed my life. No matter where you are from, be proud because it made you who you are today.

8. Remember your purpose. We all have our own purpose in life. Even if you don’t know yours yet, keep searching.

9. Say your please and thank yous. Appreciate what others do for you.

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10. Travel. Life is short. Enjoy it with traveling. See the world. Learn from other cultures and explore.

11. Learn from the past. That is why it is called your past. I like to think that there are no mistakes, rather learning experiences for your future.

12. Expect the Unexpected. This past year was full of unexpected plans that only God had instore. I love planning and organizing, but I have learned that sometimes you have to sit back, watch the show and hope someone brings popcorn.

13. Dream with your eyes closed and your feet on the ground. It is good to dream big, set goals, but always remember to stay grounded in your faith and values. Know what you believe and follow that.

14. Smile. It’s amazing what a smile can do!

15. Be generous. This isn’t what you think I am going to say. Be generous of yourself. Give away you to others. The best gift you can give anyone is your time, because time is something you can never get back. And it’s a gift that will always be appreciated and remembered.

16. Give more than you take.

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17. Work Harder. Maybe you think you are already at the top of the hard working list, but work just a little bit harder. Afterall, hard work never killed anyone!

18. Grow. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you aren’t improving.

19. Be Thankful for EVERYTHING and in everything.

20. Set Goals for Yourself. Set goals and if you don’t achieve them, set new ones, but I think even you will surprise yourself.

21. Love Your Body. This is one I am currenly learning myself. I always have been and probably always will be very self-conscious of my body, my words, and my actions. I’ve been learning you need to love your body and take care of it!

22. Go Above and Beyond of what others require and think of you.

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23. Take Your Time. In a world that is so busy, it is nice to take even 30 minutes and do something for yourself. Relax, enjoy time outdoors, get pampered. Do something for you once in awhile.

24. Do something that scares you. For me, I changed my lifestyle. It was scary, but it opened up a HUGE door of opportunity for me and my future. I am so glad I took that chance. I would have never known how good it could be until I opened that door of scary opportunity.

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