Four Days in Portugal + “RECIPE”: Portugese Couvert

Let’s talk about vacation and good food and happy things, because really, what else is there to do at a time like this? Don’t get me wrong. It’s not just fun and games over here. I’m working hard to find my own path forward through this whole mess. I’m just like you. I can’t stop…

Chicago Christmas

Way back when I was a young farm kid who frequented no town larger than Janesville on a regular basis, one of the highlights of my year was the Rock County 4-H Santa Train to Chicago. All us country kids and our families would bundle up during a cold day in December, carpool to Harvard, Illinois and…

Columbus, Ohio

The farming season may be in full swing, but sometimes a girl just needs to get away (especially if that girl happens to be in a wedding in a couple of weeks and there is a bride to celebrate). Last weekend I abandoned my hubby and the fields, and made the seven-hour drive to Ohio…

Caribbean Reflections + RECIPE: Cracked Pepper Parsnip Mac & Cheese

Have you ever taken a vacation with your significant other, your parents and your younger sibling? Add in 11 days of travel, a cruise ship and 6 places you’ve never visited, and you’ll just begin to break the surface of our 2016. Yes, we attempted what many would deem (or hope?) impossible. A vacation with…

New York, New York.

New York, New York. Oh how I love you in so many unexpected ways. A lot of people say they love living in New York City. They say there’s absolutely no place they’d rather be. As a Midwest farm girl, I never got it. I’d traveled to New York twice on (very touristy) school trips…

Adventurous spirit

Would you believe it’s been almost three years since I set foot on an airplane?! Okay, yes, I expect that you probably can because it is not really all that strange at all. For the average American, it’s probably very normal. For me, your happy little Leek, it’s quite unexpected. At a point in my…