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    That's What's in the Bag

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 31, 2010

      Elaine Stone hit the nail on the head: "This is part of Nathan's "Bushel and a Peck" attire from the Fulton County Fair Talent Show 2010! ??" Right-o, Elaine! Congratulations! Elaine commented yesterday in our little contest, correctly identifying the bag of goods that's been sitting in my mudroom for 2.5 months. She did not, however, have a good explanation for why it was there so long. But she still wins the Prairie Farmer hat! My only explanation is…

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    What's in The Bag?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 30, 2010

    First person (who I'm not related to) who can correctly identify this bag of stuff with a blog comment below wins a Prairie Farmer hat! Bonus points if you can also explain why I've left it set on the mudroom floor for approximately 2.5 months. Because I sure…

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    Good Readin'

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 27, 2010

    I started this blog a couple years back and at the time, oddly enough, I wasn’t much of a blog reader. Really, I have no idea why I signed up to do it, other than Farm Progress was starting this new-fangled blogging thing and I’m always up for something new so, hey, why not? As for why I was so out of the loop, somehow, between babies and toddlers and calves and manure, I’d sorta missed this whole blog revolution. Like, the fact that The Pioneer Woman has existed since…

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    Merry Christmas!

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 24, 2010

    First, a question: what in the wide world happened to December? How is it already Christmas Eve? Not that anyone has an answer to that, but here we are. In a few short hours, the entire Spangler family will descend on our house, and it will be a chaotic and blessedly fun mix of cousins, presents, food and festivities. I cannot wait. Neither can my kids. My. Word. So now, I am off to wrangle small excited children and attempt to keep my house resembling some degree of cleanliness until our…

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    A Trip in Time

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 22, 2010

    Way back when we were sprightly young college kids, we took a little trip. It was the Nabor House Ski Trip, and it involved a couple dozen people, a bus, a lodge and a long drive to Colorado, and it deserved its capital letter designation. It also involved a last-minute decision to forgo the bus and drive ourselves, which led to my experience of riding across Kansas in the middle of the night in the back of a Mustang with four other people, which, as God as my witness, I hope to never do again…

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    Say Cheese! (Because He's Never Heard That One Before)

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 20, 2010

    Do you like cheese? Because this is really good cheese. Our friends, Ken and Becky Ropp, went into the cheese business a few years back, turning their rich, creamy purebred Jersey milk into a sweet sideline business. Ken went to cheese school in Wisconsin (where else?) and this time of year, he and his band of cheesemakers crank out even more cheese than usual. And they have curds. And specialty cheeses. I'm a big fan of the pizza cheese. And the regular old white cheddar. It's…

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    You Can't Get that at IHOP

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 17, 2010

    Every once in awhile, you see something that makes you stop and say, "Now that is just really cool." Like this. It's a pancake. And this. And this! The little girl in her jammies is our sweet friend, Aubrey. The pancakes are purely a creation of her dad, Steve. He got the idea for "Saturday Morning Pancakes" online, but pretty much went to town on his own after that, using clip-art for inspiration and whipping up pancakes with food coloring and chocolate sauce, and…

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    A Depraved Generation?

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 16, 2010

    We don't get out much. We farm, I work from home, we go to church in the country. We just didn't used to have much contact with folks in town. So it came as a big (and heartbreaking) surprise when our kids started school and we learned just how tough some of the homes are around here. And I say "around here" because it is what I know yet feel unfortunately confident that it's happening in rural schools all over the countryside. How many broken homes there are, how many kids come to…

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    Snow Day (But Not Here)

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 13, 2010

      A string of random thoughts involving cold weather: 1.         As I write this, the temperature has soared to a balmy 7.3 degrees, which is only 4 degrees short of our expected high for the day. Lows last night and tonight expected at a big fat 0. My children did not understand how that was even possible. 2.         This is generally where my California friend Liz points out that it's 84 there and…

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    The Massive Gray Middle

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 9, 2010

    I'm thinking through my column for January today, and thinking about the whole lot of us who make up the massive gray middle ground. Like when I see a Newsweek cover that proclaims, "The Dinner Divide: How our foodie obsession is driving Americans apart." The story itself is excellent, if telling. In it, the author leads with the stories of three families and their eating habits: the first (a mom, dad and two small kids) spends 20% of their income ($1000/month) on food, buying local…

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    Worming Her Way In

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 8, 2010

    We're big fans of the Barn Cat, here on the Spangler ranch. We have many of them. Out in the barn. Where barn cats are supposed to be. They eat mice, they play with the kids, we love them. Outside. Then this happened. About a week before Thanksgiving, John called me. He was at the farm up the road, holding three baby kittens. The mama cat had disappeared. The kittens were on death's doorstep. I heard the most awful noise through the phone, and it was those kittens. It was the cry of…

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    The Giving of the Thanks

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on December 3, 2010

    I have been overwhelmed by your generosity and response to my Thanks and Giving series last month. We used to joke about getting a flood of letter, which in general is so true. Believe it or not, we don’t get much mail here at Prairie Farmer. But I’ve been so encouraged by your emails, comments and the chats we’ve had in person. So now it’s December. The first snow fell on our farm December 1 and though it was just a dusting, it still felt appropriate. Thanksgiving is…

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