Farming, Baking and Iowa

Farming, Baking and Iowa


When I was 4, my folks uprooted us from our small home in the small city and transplanted us right into rural Iowa. We lived in a housing development that consisted of 10 acre non-farm properties. The school that I attended was itty-bitty and covered families from miles away. They, on the other hand, we’re mostly farm families.

I have fond grade-school memories of spending the night at my best friend’s house. Liz lived on a farm which meant work was required of every family member and ATC’s were tools of the trade and not recreational toys. It wasn’t always that way… remember being in second grade and participating in a coloring contest in class. I colored my farm animal the wrong color, according to Liz. They aren’t that color in real life. I learned a lot about farm life from Liz.

Now I’m much older and have lived a life much further from the farms. Yet I have an appreciation for the farm life and all the hard work required of it.

When Family Review Network asked if i was asked if I wanted to participate in a blog tour for the Midwest Dairy Association, I thought of the my childhood memories and immediately said yes.

You see, Midwest dairy farm moms face the same challenges that my classmates faced. Farm life is hard work involving the entire family and is a 24/7 job – so maximizing family time is crucial. When possible, especially during the holidays, they use meal time to have real conversations. Unlike the days of my childhood, they need to restrict cell phones as they sit down to enjoy each other’s company over dinner.

And helping out in the kitchen is always a great source of bonding. Helping with dinner prep or after-dinner dishes is always a great opportunity for quality time. Cooking up a batch of brownies or pumpkin bars is even better.

I received a baking dish, recipe card and potholder that I used to make something special.  I surfed their website for one that would be perfect and opted for a batch of brownies. From scratch. Yes. Me. Baking and not burning. The recipe was very easy to make, despite being all from scratch.  Who knew?

The best part is that the final product not only got a thumbs up from my husband, my neighbor and my neighbor’s daughter but it got a super thumbs up from MY daughter.  I was surprised by how much better it tasted than what we usually make… from a box.

The Midwest Dairy Association website has a wealth of information, including recipes like the one I created above, as well as important resources for schools.  I encourage you to check out!  In he meantime, enter this great giveaway where you have the chance to win a quality time baking gift basket of your own!

For more information about life on the dairy farm, the dairy farm families, recipes and more, visit their website.  You can also stop by their blog or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube!


About Nicole

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

18 comments on «Farming, Baking and Iowa»

  1. Kristie says:

    I'd like to try the Inside-Out Cabbage Rolls recipe.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream I have been eating ricotta cheese like it's going out of style, this recipe looks like a great twist.

  3. Cristina says:

    I would love to try this recipe. The brownies look sooooo good!

  4. I could really use a new 9×13 as my old one shattered all over in my oven just a few days ago.
    Those brownies look wonderful.

  5. I learned that there are a lot of bloggers on the Midwest Dairy site. I had no idea.

  6. Unknown says:

    You story reminded me of when my younger sister, would hide after dinner, so she didn't have to help with dishes.

  7. JC says:

    BBQ-Ranch Quesadilla Wedges looks good to try

  8. Pulled Pork Soft Tacos sound amazing! I might have to make them next week!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I heard those pans are wonderful, would like to win this one and try those yummy brownies.

  10. Romapr says:

    I'd like to make the Baked Pears with Vanilla Yogurt and Granola recipe. Looks so yummy. Thanks!
    romapup at gmail dot com

  11. Throughout the years, dairy farmers and processors have worked closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulatory officials to establish safety regulations and practices.


  12. Oh I think the CoJack Cheese Crisps look fantastic! So easy and yummy!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  13. bison61 says:

    Cheesy Broccoli Potato Soup sounds good

    tiramisu392 (at)

  14. Tamara B. says:

    I like their Antipasti Holiday Skewers recipe

  15. Cat says:

    I want to try and make Baked Mozzarella Sticks

  16. Would like to try the Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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