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Annual Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2017

If you happen to follow us on Instagram or Facebook this past weekend you probably saw quite a bit of activity.  I was posting photos throughout the day Saturday while preparing for our annual landlord appreciation dinner.

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Our dinner table. I went with simplicity this year.  I made the tablerunner with fabric I bought when I visited The Mercantile Store ( Pioneer Woman)

Including our family of three we fed 16 people! We had to drag out the white six foot table to add to our dining room table to have enough spaces.  We are fortunate to be blessed with eight families as landlords and all but one was able to attend!  I love to host dinner parties and this is quite a special one to me!  There is just something about all of us sitting around the dinner table, I guess because some of my own childhood memories were made around my Mom’s table is why it means so much to me.

The menu we chose this year was…..

HamCreamy Rosemary PotatoesSouthern Style Green BeansWatergateDinner RollsCustard PieBlackberry PieCheesecake

Everyone seem to enjoy it.  The potato recipe I pulled from my Pioneer Woman cookbook, they are kind of labor intensive.  But I found that the taste of them made it well worth the work!  The green beans were found via Pinterest and they were quite delish!  I used frozen verses fresh as that was less expensive for me.

The blackberry pie was from our own blackberries I had in the freezer and the custard pie was made with farm fresh eggs.  We have an abundance of eggs right now so I made two of those pies.  My mother used to make custard pie, I never cared for it but my other three siblings like it.  Whenever I fix this recipe at least one or two people rave about it, so here is the recipe if you want to take a try at this very simple pie!  The cheesecake was a box mix by The Cheesecake Factory, I personally mixed my small piece with a piece of the blackberry pie.  YUM!  YUM! YUM!

The farmer baked the ham on his Green Mountain Grill and we served the dinner rolls you buy in the freezer section.  We kept it somewhat simple, we wanted it to feel like a Sunday dinner with family around the table.  To be honest, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had.  We listened to stories and laughed and it lasted for almost three hours!

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Son and Father. I am thrilled with this shot from our evening!

One thing that came out of the conversation was that Milton’s father started farming some of the rented ground after he came home from being in the Army in the Korean war that ended in 1953.  So in 1954 Richard began farming the land that sits next to his homeplace to the east.  Milton and I began farming this particular set of rented acres in 2015. Sixty three years.

When one of the current landlords said “that has a lot to say”  it felt very profound to me.  I talk about legacy here on the blog and this is part of that legacy.  The point they were getting across was that their family had owned the same land for many generations and then that the family that had rented from them was still the same people for sixty three years.

That has something to say about both families, especially my father-in-law since the landlords can pick and choose whomever they want to farm their ground.  It was a proud moment and I hope the legacy continues for many years for both our families.

No one knows what the future holds for us.  One year we may lose some rented ground, another year we may gain some.  I’m proud of my husband because he has done a good job on farming, not only for his own acres but the rented ground as well.  Milton really does care for the land.  He doesn’t just throw some seed in the ground and not do the work that needs to be done to produce good crops.  There can be areas with drainage issues or weed issues.  Needless to say I’m proud of the work he does.

Our evening ended with little bags of goodies going  home with the guests!  This year we included sticky notes with our farm name and address, a seasonal pumpkin, some candies, and of course homemade jam! I hope they enjoy it all!

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A couple of the landlords brought us this BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement too!  I just love it!  Fall colors always are so lovely to work with!

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Until next year!

Julie

 


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Landlord Appreciation Dinner – 2016

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If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you know that this past Saturday we held our annual landlord appreciation dinner.  This is one of the highlights of my year.  Mostly because I love to have others in our home and around the dining room table makes it even better!  We hosted eleven people, which is all our landlords, except for one.  She resides pretty far away so she will receive her “party favor” bag via the post office!

Speaking of party favor!

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The invitations I ordered from Vistaprint.  I just love the fall colors and cute little decorations available!  The funny thing is I never eat anything pumpkin! Still think they’re cute though!

I like to be able to prep the meal ahead of time as much as possible. So Friday was my primary prep and clean the house day.

Complete Menu for this Year!

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My husband cooked the brisket on our Green Mountain Grill with two different types of seasonings applied.

 

The meal wouldn’t be complete, in my books at least, until there was some sort of bread!  I used Rhodes rolls this year.  I dressed them up with some fresh rosemary, garlic salt, and melted butter!  We also served just plain ones as there was homemade jam on the dinner table!

14729399_1425378607477162_8073457834125186627_nThe mini desserts I love to create.  To be honest they are pretty simple to make and there is a huge variety out there to choose from! I use Pinterest for help, of course!

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We began this tradition three years ago for a couple reasons.   We wanted all of us to get to know one another on a somewhat personal level.  Although it’s a business arrangement we feel it’s important when dealing with farming to bring a personal side into the equation.  Farming isn’t like other businesses.  This also allowed us to show them our appreciation for their faith in us as a farm family.  And who doesn’t love to eat, right?  So hence, the dinner party was created!

Over the years we have lost landlords and gained new ones.  There isn’t a guarantee in farming that when the next generation takes over ownership of the land or the landlord sells the land, that we will be allowed to continue to farm it.  This is one way that farming is a risk. To be honest, with today’s grain prices and expenses, this is a scary reality.  Even losing a small parcel of land can bring forth struggle.  My husband loves what he does and is continuing the farming legacy by being the 4th generation of his family to do it.  We can only hope he gets to continue it as long as his father has, who just turned 88 last month!

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A lovely gift from one of our landlords!

We are quite grateful for the landlords that God has placed in our lives (past and present) .We hope they are happy with the care provide  for their family legacy.  It is God who has gifted to us these people and the land.  We know this.

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 That’s a wrap, folks!  Have a great week!

Grace is a gift,

Julie