Posted in 2018, dinner party, Entertaining Kitchen, Food, VVDDP

VVDDP – 2018 Edition – Scavenger Selfie Date Challenge

It’s been six years since we began our tradition of having a couples dinner party in February.  The excitement as the date approaches always gets me into such a fun mood!  I will admit there are moments of frazzled Julie but I just turn some music on and dance in my kitchen to remember to have fun!  The evening has never disappointed in the entertainment or laughter department with this group of friends!

POST #1 from this years event can be found here!

VVDDP 2018

This year we decided to start the fun about 30 days prior to the party!  Most of the time we like to get the couples to spend time together doing something together, whether it be before, during, or after our gathering.  This year we sent them on Scavenger Selfie Date Challenge! I was inspired by this blog post I found on Pinterest!

The rules included ten topics for them to obtain selfies and send to me prior to the party.  I then put them into a powerpoint presentation, with each couple choosing a song for me to play during their slides.

Right here is where I am going to make a suggestion.  DO THIS!  GO out and and play this game with your partner or friend or other couples.  I can not tell you HOW much I laughed, felt sappy, laughed again and felt inspired to put FUN back in my own marriage! Even if you don’t  normally do things like this…. DO IT!

Milton & I did choose to head out one day to try this experience after seeing all our friend’s selfies/photos!  I am using our photos for the blog post.  We had such a good time doing the entire challenge together.  I think we might do similar things in the future to keep our connection & laugh more often!

Click on the photo to read more about each photo!

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Here’s an explanation of the slides. I feel it’s needed!

VVDDP Instructions

You will notice we do not have a #2 or #10 in our slideshow.  We did do a #10 and figured it would work for #2 as well.  We laughed so much while creating it that it’s an epic memory for sure!  I could post it but feel that my husband would probably get some major razzing about it and although he doesn’t care, I tend to be protective of my family.  The best part about it was that he came up with the initial idea and then we kind of worked together to create it.  Let’s just say…. It’s rated G, very G. Think…..

Ward & June from Leave It to Beaver… but I’m pretty sure you won’t be picturing it right! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by & know that friends a  blessing in life, so come together often, allow them to inspire and lift you up!  Have fun and love your partner!




Posted in 2016, family, Farm, Farm Post Friday, Raising Them Up

Farm Post Friday or Monday – Corn Harvest 2016

We finished harvesting all our non-irrigated corn on 9/23/2016, which happen to be my father in law’s 88th birthday!  In the last year he hasn’t be able to help as much but you can still see him occasionally checking in on the activity around the farm.   He was born 88 years ago with his twin brother in the house he still lives in.  That’s a pretty cool thing if you ask me!


This year the farmer started harvesting corn on September 3rd.


Luckily the rest of our corn wasn’t quite ready and rain made it’s appearance too.  The reason it was luck is because Milton was heading out for his elk hunting trip!  He was able to get an elk while there and come home rejuvenated and ready to cut the rest of the corn!


This go around  two of his hunting buddies helped us by being truck drivers for a couple days.  I think it made for a good time by all and my job was feeding the crew!


Here’s a breakdown on the meals I provided. We had roast, potatoes, carrots, and homemade peach cobbler one evening.

roast harvest meal

The next day I prepared a new recipe, Baked Spaghetti.  It made a lot and tasted quite good! I served it with salad and garlic bread. Homemade Snickerdoodle cookies were a hit from what my husband tells me!

baked spaghetti harvest meal

Another day for lunch I ran into town and got us delicious pan fried chicken special from our local diner.  It was great and the pineapple cake was to die for!  I need to see if can get that recipe!

I think my favorite memory from this corn harvest was feeding the crew at the field with our youngest daughter in tow.  Even Grandpa dropped by to check on things!  It just gives me a warm heart writing about it! Good conversation, our daughter getting to know her Dad’s friends, and her uncle giving her a hard time!


Speaking of the farm kid, one afternoon I was searching for her as she hadn’t come back from Grandma’s house next door.  I found her sweeping corn into the pit.  I snapped a photo because in the future she may not be so willing to do farm labor! 🙂


FS, one of the guys that helped us, took the two combine sunset photos  while my husband harvested.  I so appreciate him taking them and sharing them with us.  Can’t wait to have them printed!

case ih sunset farm


When we began our journey into corn harvest we thought it would basically be just the farmer combining and hauling grain himself.   God, once again provided not only help but great friends to share the experience with.  It’s nice to have friends that seem more like family.

Our irrigated corn isn’t ready to be harvested yet and now the farmer has to do a little work on the combine.  Grain sorghum and soybeans are still in the fields so that is up next for the fall harvest. In addition,  he will be prepping the grain drill for wheat sowing.  It’s a cycle folks, one that he loves.  Before we know it there will be “amber waves of grain” before us and a little girl watching her Daddy care for the land!

farmers daughter farm kid corn harvest

Until next time!