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My summer essentials for raising kids on the farm

It is officially summer and mother nature is reminding us with the 100 degree weather that is so graciously here. With summer comes lots of outside time for the kids. Raising kids on the farm takes summer to a whole new level. There is just dirt everywhere, dirt in my house, dirt in the diapers, dirt places I didn't know dirt could go. It is just something I learn to deal with and I have also learned to hire a good cleaning lady.
But, with summer comes endless hours of fun and family time. We spend hours outside, in the fields, walking through the orchards, picking up parts, running down equipment and taking meals to the farm during those late work nights.
In the midst of all the craziness, there are certain things I just can't live without. Things that make life so much easier. Things that I have learned to love. I created a list of my summer essentials for raising kids on the farm. These have been some of my favorites during the last four years.

I have two kids, born during…

Brussel Sprouts with Sliced Almonds

Easter is coming up this weekend and I have already started thinking about what we will serve for brunch and dinner. I always try to add greens and lots of veggies for dinner side dishes. It's spring and there is something about spring that makes me want to eat healthy with lots of veggies!

Brussel sprouts, you either love them or hate them. I love them and add bacon, I love them more. I prefer my bacon extra crispy when adding it to dishes like this, it adds a little extra crunch and texture which is nice.

This is a pretty easy recipe and you could substitute green beans or probably any green veggie you prefer if brussel sprouts is not your thing. I also tend to cut my brussel sprouts in half long ways to speed up the cooking time. Just stick a fork in them and make sure they are tender.

The almonds I use for recipes like this are sliced with a little salt and pepper, but you could probably also use slivered if that is what you have on hand. As you know my now, I am not one to s…

National Agriculture Day

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller said it best. I find this so true today and this week as we celebrate National Agriculture week. As an industry we need to stand together and celebrate all we do together. We are not dairyman, we are not cattle ranchers, we are not wheat farmers or even almond farmers, we are agriculture. We come together for the good of all things agriculture.

 This was the case this weekend for me as well. I attended a joint meeting with the California Women for Agriculture and the California Cattlewomen. Together we shared our stories and our passions for agriculture and educating our consumers. We were blessed to have a number of female speakers inspire us through their work. We are not all farmers and ranchers we are educators, lovers of food, industry representatives. Education outreach is just as important in ensuring our children are knowledgable of agriculture and the truth. There are a number of commodity groups and organiza…

Almond Bars

Well it's been a couple weeks since my last post and I can only say motherhood has gotten the best of me. This mommy thing is harder than you think and trying to accomplish things throughout the day really take time.

But here it is. This recipe I stumbled upon while searching for something to use up some almond paste I was given by our processor. I am not a pastry chef or culinary master chef so I look for recipes that are simple and easy. Even with my personal changes and flare, this recipe is an easy one. Delicious too may I add! I will admit, after trying this recipe out, I think white chocolate chips would be a great addition to this!


Until Next Time,
Almond Girl