Natalie Schmitt

Marking time

This has been a long and snowy season with little hope of winter loosening its grip any time soon. It reminds me of the good, old snowstorms when our kids were little.

More treasures

It is amazing the new, old recipes I am discovering in my grandmother’s book. These women didn’t let anything go to waste, and the combinations of things they put together were so creative and delicious. 

Seeing clearly

I remember when my mom started wearing glasses. My dad hooted and hollered about the fact her first pair of glasses were bifocals. I didn’t understand what the big fuss was about until I repeated history.   

Treasure trove

During the year, a spare bedroom serves as the catchall for things to do in the winter.

Family legacy

Generally, we think of a legacy as something of value left behind for people to remember us by. For many farmers, the land they have nurtured from season to season is a legacy they plan to leave for their family.

New year, new recipes

A new year calls for new recipes. I tried out these three recipes over the holiday season. Wow, they are keepers.

Christmas carols

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be in the barn milking cows.

Family holiday recipes

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, I have recipes scattered all over the countertop as I line up family favorites to make for the holidays. The guaranteed staples are my grandma’s fudge and divinity, Mark’s grandma Preusser’s date filled cookies and my mom’s Christmas morning caramel rolls.

Open door policy

Doors are opened wide as we welcome home family and friends this holiday season. It could be called an open door policy where all are welcome. That has certainly been the case around our farm these past few weeks as we welcome home family members and new friends.

Thanksgiving blessings

It sounds like everyone will be making their way home for Thanksgiving this year. I’m so excited to have a house full of hungry people and a table full of favorite dishes.

My favorite month

October has to be one of my favorite months of the year. It is a month full of energy, excitement, stress, colors and peace wrapped up in 31 days.

Fall dishes

September ended with a sense of finality. We were able to close our last bag of silage just before a killing frost drained the corn plants of all color and life. Now, we wait for the moisture to drop …

Celebrating anniversaries

What do you do when your wedding anniversary falls in the middle of harvest season? You give thanks that on at least one day you outranked all the demands of the cows and farm for him to make it to the church on time to say, “I do.”

Sharing the bounty

They say when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When you have way too much zucchini, you make cake and share with others.

Close the barn door

 There is an old, wise saying, “Closing the barn door once the horses are out, it’s a bit too late.”

Church bazaar

Our church had its annual Summerfest this past Sunday. What perfect weather to wander around the church yard talking with friends and eating cheeseburgers slathered in cooked onions.

Say yes

Over the years, it feels like I am always saying no to this and no to that because of farm responsibilities.

Cool summer treats

Hot summer days and cool summer drinks or desserts, a perfect combination. Here are some new favorites and old family classics.

Dipping into summer

We turned the bred heifers and dry cows out on the summer pastures this past week. It has finally warmed up enough for the grasses to take off.

Weathering storms

    Across the Midwest, we have been ravaged with extreme weather in the last six weeks from blinding blizzards, drenching downpours, softball-size hail and gale force winds.

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