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Nature’s Corn Nuts

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Remember those dried corn snacks of the 90s? They are literally what comes to mind every time I’m around actual corn. Especially, if I get to feed that corn to some animals – they go bonkers. For Christmas, my mom (Nana Jeanne) got the kids a full toy farm complete with silo full of actual, real, from-the-big-farm, harvested corn. There are, …

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The New Office Nook

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No one – other than my therapist – continues to be surprised by the length of this ongoing renovation, right? Like, there are only so many “we’re still renovating!” posts that I can write before we’re just getting ridiculous. I, for one, chose to accept the fate of this neverending project we’ve moved into and claimed the front entrance of …

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Busting Out the Sleds

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The best part about having the world’s greatest sledding hill in your front yard: it only takes a little snow to get things going! Ever the true kid of the family – Aaron was quick to agree to break out the sleds on day #2 of the new year. We really weren’t “snowed in,” but we used the wintery weather …

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Our New Logo

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Let’s be honest – with a full-time career as a designer and marketer – there is a very slim chance we will take on any project without a logo. The farm is no exception. I’ve attempted to design logos for Crossley Farms for over 2 years. Every time I would think I was heading in a good direction, I would …

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Fresh Snow and Goat Babies

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We welcomed 2022 with fresh flakes covering the entire farm. Aaron and I have spent the last couple of days in 2021 getting various parts of the farm ready for the cold temperatures to move in. All of the animals needed fresh hay, water, shelter and heat – the standards during winter. The shed in the Goat Grove got a few …

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An Omen for Success in the New Year

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While working through our New Year’s Eve brush-clearing project, I found a mostly intact goat skull at the end of our back pasture. It is super cool. The skull is likely a remnant of a carcass that scavengers got to sometime last summer. Unfortunately, in farm world, nature often takes its course when we lose a beloved animal. It’s very …

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Trim and Closets – Our Holiday Reno Projects

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Our renovation is like the home DIY project that just won’t end. Despite the obnoxiously long timeline, it’s stunning. We’re taking our time and working through the frustrating delays one-by-one. Every little bit gets us that much closer to the finish line and – man, I could sit in our master and daydream about what’s to come all day long. With …

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Our Christmas in the Upstairs

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Last year, we celebrated Christmas in the basement while renovations continued upstairs. This year – reno finished or not – I was determined to have our celebrations in our actual living room. So, we did. We added our traditional live Christmas tree to the corner, stockings to the fireplace and gifts under the tree – right where they belonged. Sure – with …

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300 Tulips

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In October, Aaron and I were fortunate to attend the CommunityLinc Rent Party to raise funds to support Kansas City homelessness initiatives. While there, Aaron got a little bid-happy and we ended up with some truly incredible additions to the farm landscaping. The first – 300 tulips – went into the ground today. I’ve daydreamed of planting trees, flowers, plants and …