Grilling Cedar Plank Steelhead

How about some BBQ? But what’s on the menu? Cedar plank steelhead please! Fish is one of the easiest things to grill. Our go-to favorite has always been steelhead, but if you don’t have steelhead in your area you can substitute with salmon. Never grilled with cedar planks? No problem! Here’s an easy step by

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Down The Country Road

It was one of those days where you just want to jump in the truck and go someplace new. Someplace never seen before. Sunny October days in Iowa are made for exploring, driving down a country road, through cornfields now stripped and barren. And if you’re lucky that country road might just take you to

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Country Flower Jar

Every year Christmas arrives on December 25th (duh!) Every year I tell myself I’m going to get a jump on gifts. Every year I’m scrambling and wishing I had taken more time to be prepared. Well, I’m determined to do a better job this year, even though we’re already half way through October. There’s still

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Wish everyday was October

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And no, I’m not talking about Christmas. It’s October baby, and that means so much more than Pumpkin Latte’s from Starbucks (yuck!). It means crisp mornings and post season baseball (go Red Sox!) and armfuls of freshly picked apples (Honeycrisp please!). Its the time of year when

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10 Reasons you may not want to move to rural Iowa (and one reason you might)

  So we’ve been here in rural Iowa for over three months now, and I’ve had some time to reflect on our experience so far. I’m sure if given a year, or even five more, I’d have much more insight to share, so take my perspective with a grain of salt, or perhaps with a

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Going Old School With The Ford Jubilee

In 1953, Ford celebrated their 50th anniversary by launching a new tractor line called the Ford NAA. It was dubbed the Golden Jubilee. Slightly larger and heavier than its predecessor, the Ford 8N, the Jubilee featured a 134 cu inch 4 cylinder gasoline engine boasting 32hp. Production actually began on this little gem in late

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Wood Shop Makeover Part 2

Autumn has been knocking on the door. The midwest summer heat has been trying to linger, and with it the incredible thunderstorms, but there is a sudden coolness to each morning that is certainly welcome. This is my favorite time of year. But with autumn there also comes a certain awareness that soon the weather

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Wood Shop Makeover Part 1

We’ve had cooler weather lately, and so its been a good time to start ripping out the walls in the detached garage I’m converting into a wood shop. After three years of ┬áno human activity on the property, the animals have taken over. Remember the war on nature I posted about earlier? I’ve been able

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Converting The Corncrib

Up until the late fifties, and maybe early sixties, corncribs were widely used to dry and store corn still on the cob. They were often wooden buildings with slatted walls for ventilation. Some had elevators that allowed corn to be delivered and stored in upstairs bins, and some stored grain there as well. Some were

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