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Playing in the Leaves

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We don’t do much raking on the farm. None, actually. But that hasn’t stopped the twins from playing in all of the leaves. Kili and Denali have been rolling in the huge pile of giant leaves left behind by our Sycamore. All have blown up against the back side of the deck. Multiple times a day, I can hear them …

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Celebrating Veterans Day Weekend with Our Veteran Friends

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The whole family is excited to be celebrating Veterans Day weekend on the road and out of the house. Typically, I wouldn’t include our non-farm stories on the blog – but Farmer Crossley’s past experience in the military is a pretty significant underpinning of our lives. Plus, our Veteran friends in Oklahoma have an outdoor wonderland of their own that was …

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The Pears are Ripe

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Last year, we lost the pear tree to an early freeze and Cedar Apple Rust. This year, we lost some of the pear tree to another early freeze and a lighter case of Cedar Apple Rust. But, some of the pear tree is thriving. And, Isai is loving it. We’ve been grabbing pears for a quick bite while we roam. …

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My Sweet Farm Babies

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Today, my cousin Kristin and her family are coming to the farm for a Fall photo shoot. With all of our changing leaves and drying grasses – it will be stunning. However, I haven’t picked up my camera for professional photos in quite a while. To dust off the cobwebs, I snapped my own sweet babes out and about on …

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The Ladies are Laying

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Our sweet ladies in the henhouse are working overtime apparently. They’ve finally hit an amazing stride of delivering half a dozen eggs every single day. You guys, it’s so many eggs. So, we’re on a mission to be a little more entrepreneurial in what happens with these golden butt nuggets. We’ve explored some options on price, distribution methods, packaging, etc. …

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Morning in the Front Pasture

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This morning, the front pasture looked like the biggest, purest breath of fresh air. The early sunshine glowed over the bright blue sky. The rich green grass popped in contrast. It was stunning. As I was heading into the office, I couldn’t help but snag a couple of photos from the end of the driveway. “Heading into the office.” It …

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Hometown Halloween

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This year, we decided to keep our Halloween plans super simple. Last year, we took a 5-hour drive around the region to visit every single grandparent in our costumes. It was incredible to get to see them all and trick-or-treat the way I remember doing as a kid – but my grandparents used to live about 10 minutes away from …

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Trunk-or-Treat Bonfire Fundraiser at the Lake

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We have not-so-subtly forced our way into the Lake Dabinawa community down the road from the farm. The private lake is a 10-minute side-by-side ride from our house and, in addition to just being a fun place to be, Grandpa and Mamah live right on the water. We’ve done plenty of swimming and boating there. I trained for my triathlon …

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We Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Chucks

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It’s been about 18 months since the first Chuck arrived at the farm. Since then, we’ve been collecting orphaned moomakers year-round, feeding them bottles and eventually turning them out to our pasture. This morning, our three original Chucks – Ground Chuck, Chuck Roast and Chuck Norris – were hauled in for processing. The animal lovers in us absolutely hate this part of …

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Haunted Shed Party and Pumpkins

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Nana’s house is always a pretty special place. Tonight, she surprised us all with a haunted shed party. We planned for a night of chili and pumpkin carving – but when we arrived, the entire shed was dark and decorated for creepy fun. The kids had a blast playing in her homemade corn crib. This is a fun activity typically reserved …