September 2016: Country Fair Blog Party

Welcome to the September 2016 Country Fair Blog Party! Thank you for joining us in another fun filled month of linking-up. At the Country Fair you will find an array of topics to learn about, recipes to enjoy and projects to try.

Here are my Purple Ribbon Winners from the September Link-up:

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Learning As I Go – Campfire Cinnamon Bites

These bites are not hard, not healthy, but oh so delicious!  The edges/outside gets crispy while the inside stay warm and tender cooked!  You can drizzle these with the icing from the cinnamon roll tube, toss in cinnamon & sugar, powdered sugar, or just eat plain!  And of course, if you’re not a camper, you could easily make these on your stove top!  I’m sure they would be just as tasty!!” – Katy

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Farm Girl Cook’n – Fresh Summer Corn Chowder

In Iowa, the corn state, it is totally appropriate to have a supper of only fresh corn on the cob this time of year; salty, golden nuggets dripping in butter.  Nothing else, well maybe some fresh tomatoes and a slice of bread, but it is the main course.  Yes, our blood sugar is probably screaming from the overdose of carbs, but what a way to go!” – Mary

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check the link to this month’s blog party to see what great blogs link up. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!

Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

April Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKed Welcome to the April Country Fair Blog Party ! We are so happy that you are here. Please take a minute to look over all of the great linkups from the March linkup. We had everything from recipes, to craft projects, to how to buy a bull, to fitness tips. You find it all at the Country Fair!

Here are my Purple Ribbon Winners from the March Country Fair:

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Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden – Chocolate Gravy

Growing up in a family from the South, Chocolate Gravy was a staple in our diet at least once a week.   It was our Saturday morning breakfast.   While other kids were begging for waffles, we were begging for Chocolate Gravy!” – Vickie

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10 Easy Seedling Starters. Are you starting your seeds this season before they go in the ground? check out these 10 ideas for easy seedling starters.

Little Blog on the Homestead – 10 Easy Seedling Starters

When it comes to my seedling starters I prefer options that I can make or reuse rather than buying those plastic seedling starters from the store.” – Nicole

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Dirt Under My Fingernails – By the People

 “To be twelve is to be old enough not just to learn historical facts, but to begin to feel a sense of history, to appreciate the past and compare it to the present.  To touch and visit our landmarks and monuments; to meet, even briefly, those who represent us and govern our country, is to become a participant in our nation, not a bystander, and thus to help bear the burden of the past and future.” – Julie

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check the link to this month’s blog party to see what great blogs link up. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!

Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

March Country Fair Blog Party

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Welcome to the March edition of the Country Fair Blog Party! Please take a minute to look over some of the blog posts linked up in February. You will find more recipes, art, book reviews and great photography! You CAN find it all at the Country Fair!

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My Other More Exciting Self – The Basics of Egg Nutrition
I’m here to tell you that whatever eggs you pick, you’re getting an excellent source of protein and other nutrients. You really can’t go wrong and a simple comparison of two egg brands will show you that an egg really is an egg.” – Lara

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Green Grass Girl – Confessions of a Rookie Farm Wife
They say confession is good for the soul. I’m a rookie farm wife, and I need to do some confessing:” – Rachel

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The Stories I MeetSpring in Huasna Valley
And I’ll never believe that heaven could be anything other than this: sleek cattle on rolling hills blanketed by new grass, the murmur of water bubbling over rocks in the river, and a meal under the oak trees after a hard day’s work.” – Katie

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check the link to this month’s blog party to see what great blogs link up. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!

Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

February Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKedWelcome to the February edition of the Country Fair Blog Party! Please take a minute to look over all of the great linkups from January. Once again our bloggers did not disappoint! They shared with us their top posts from 2015, plans and thoughts on the new year, more great recipes and pictures of cute barnyard animals. You CAN find it all at the Country Fair!

Here are my Purple Ribbon Winners from the January Linkup. (Yes, there are a lot of recipes this time. Yes, they all looked fantastic!)

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Of Kids and CowsHomemade Marshmallows
For those of you unfamiliar with homemade marshmallows, you’re in for a treat. They are nothing like the store bought variety. Soft, pillowy and flavorful best describe this little delights.” – Jodi

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Tasty, light and creamy mocha cheesecake.

BlogdaciousLight & Creamy Mocha Cheesecake
“For this recipe, I opened up the Steele family cookbook and found a classic vanilla cheesecake recipe and just modified it to be what I wanted.” – Chantal

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Just Plain LivingLiving Without Refrigeration
The first step to going fridge-less, no matter where you live, is going to be seasonal, local eating. The more seasonal and the more local, the better.” – Marie

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Diaries From the Dirt RoadGerman Chocolate Cake
“I recently learned that German Chocolate Cake does not originate from the country Germany but rather a man by the name of Samuel German who formulated the bittersweet blend of chocolate that they use!”  – Erin

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check the link to this month’s blog party to see what great blogs link up. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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www.countrylinked.wordpress.comBe sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!
Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

January Country Fair Blog Party

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Welcome to the 1st Country Fair Blog Party of 2016! We are so happy that you are here to ring in the New Year with us. Please take a minute to look over all of the great linkups from December. We had everything from Christmas gift ideas, to crafting fun, to tasty recipes, to chicken coops! You find it all at the Country Fair!

Here are my Purple Ribbon Winners from all of the great posts:

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Vickie’s Kitchen and GardenChristmas Gifts I’ve Made this Week 11/11/15
I have little imagination so I kind of have to rely on other people’s ideas. Thank goodness for Pinterest!” – Vickie

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Kimmi’s DairylandCherry Mint Sugar Cookies
Back to those cookies! I’m sure the cows would gladly steal a few if we’d let them.” – Kimmi

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and click the little blue frog to see the January blog party. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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www.countrylinked.wordpress.comBe sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!
Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

December Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKedWelcome to the December addition of the Country Fair Blog Party! My apologies for being late with this months linkup. I planned ahead to have this done because we are always breeding cows the 1st of December, and then at the last minute, I forgot. I am always honest with my readers and this gal just forgot to get this posted. So, here is the December Linkup and my Purple Ribbon Winners!

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In Between the Sunsets of Life – Adoption Series 2015

“Today begins the Adoption Series 2015 on the blog!  We are excited to let you know that we have four adoption stories to share with you this month!  Please be sure to check back every Monday for those!  We hope to add some other adoption related posts of our own too!” – Julie

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Farm Fit Living – 7 Reasons Teamwork Makes or Breaks FarmLife

“It’s extremely important to understand that farming is not just a job. It is a lifestyle. Teamwork must be there to make or break farmlife. The life you want to live.” – Mindy

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Cooking With Carlee – Pumpkin Slab Pie – A Guest Post by MiMi

 “I found no recipe for a slab pie that fit my criteria.  That’s okay.  I have fun creating new recipes and Carlee can share them on her blog.  That’s a win win for us and a very special birthday treat for Steve.” – MiMi

Now it is time to linkup your posts for December! Please share up to three of your favorite posts form the past or present. I am always on the look out for great gift ideas and Christmas crafts, so PLEASE share those! Just click on the little blue frog icon below to take you to the linkup.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link

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Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!

Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

November Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKedWelcome to the November addition of the Country Fair Blog Party! A month has already passed since the last party and we are still in harvest mode. I wish I could report that the combines are tucked away for another year, but not yet. Soon I hope! The very wet spring and summer lead to a very late planing date for our soybeans, and they are just now ready for harvesting. Yields are not going to be as good as we hopped, but we feel very blessed to have gotten our fields planted and that there is a crop to harvest.

On to the Country Fair!

Here are my October Purple Ribbon Winners:

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LAURA UNEARTHED – Why I Want My Children to be Losers

“My girls need a desire to win, or they won’t try their best.  It’s okay to fail, but not to set out being okay with failing.  But, then again, I guess “winning” is achieving the goal you started with… so maybe I’d be a wise parent to not dictate the goal.”  – Laura

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NEBRASKA WHEATIE – Love in the Shape of a Red Balloon

“Maybe I feel a connection because of my own children. I can’t imagine having to go through what his family is going through – trying to figure out their new “normal”. The only thing that would/could get me through something as painful as this would be the knowledge that I would see him again one day. God says so.” – Tracy

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COOKING WITH CARLEE – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sheet Cake – A Guest Post by MiMi

“I did not want this to be like a cookie but rather a cake that tastes like cookie dough.  Cookie dough and brownie batter are two of my favorite things.  It doesn’t seem right to serve a bowl of cookie dough to your guests, so this cake was the best alternative.” – MiMi

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GIFTIE ETCETERA – When Kids Are Exceptional, But Adults Can’t Tell

“Kids are the same way. Some are so sweet. Others are funny. Each has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, regardless of disabilities and abilities. Sometimes, challenging kids make it hard to remember that. Sometimes, we don’t see the exceptionalities. We are too busy not looking or judging. It’s time to change that and start making the world a better, more accepting place, especially for children facing special struggles.” – Etcetera

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check the link to this month’s blog party to see what great blogs link up. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share!

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

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Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs!

Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

October Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKedWelcome to the October edition of the Country Fair Blog Party! We are in full harvest swing here. So far things are running good and we are making a “dent” in the corn acres. I have been able to be in the combine more this corn harvest then the previous two. (Go Me!) Gpa’s presence was requested at the school for Grandparent Days this week, so I was handed the reins to keep things going. I kept things rolling, but still have a way to go before I can shell as fast and as efficiently as Gpa or my husband. Now, beans, I am much better at cutting them. Have you ever watched a combine in motion across a field? It really is a sight to see, especially when they come to the end of the row and make a turn. As big as combines are, they can move with such ease in the filed. Not so much on the blacktops and highways, so if you see equipment on the road, PLEASE slow down and give them room.

On to last months Purple Ribbon winners! Did you see the September Blog Party? It really does get harder and harder to choose my favorites. If at any time you see one that you think is Purple Ribbon quality, let me know by leaving a comment.

Here are my September Purple Ribbon Winners:

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Little Blog on the Homestead – Emergency Kit for your College Dorm

“So whether you’re going away to school yourself, or are sending off your loved one this Dorm Room Emergency Kit will help get them through the possible emergencies they might encounter!” – Nicole

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Devastate Boredom – How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

“This series is for non-models and other “normal” females, who like to look good without spending ridiculous amounts of time and money on it.  Hence the “rest of us” in the title.” – Sarah

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Dirt Under My Fingernails – From Scratch

“But a well worn recipe is family history…and legacy. Every time we cook a dish that begins with ‘Mom’s’ or ‘Grandma’s’, we reinforce the memories of our common past and honor all the backs of envelopes and dog eared recipe cards stuck inside the stained and sticky pages of the church cookbooks.” – Julie

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check the link to this month’s blog party to see what great blogs link up. If you are a blogger, then please link up to three of your posts. It does not have to be new, just one you love or one that you want to share.

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts blogs! www.countrylinked.wordpress.com

Jan of Tip Garden  Nicole of Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom  Val of Corn, Beans, Kids and Pigs

October Country Fair Link-Up

September Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKedWelcome to the September addition of the Country Fair Blog Party! Now that school is back in swing, things around here have changed. We are getting back on a school schedule with the kids adjusting better than this farm mama. With this shift in change, also comes a shift in the seasons and soon harvest will be here! If you are feeling the change of the seasons like we are, then join us at the Country Fair where all are welcome!

During the August Party I was inspired by all of the great blog posts! Thank you everyone for your continued participation! What a joy it is to know that we will have a successful link-up each and every month.

Here are my August Purple Ribbon Winners:

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CHARMING FARMING – The Problems With Dress Code Defiance

“Surely there are better ways to help our daughters change the culture than encouraging them to defiantly bare their bellies. If this generation of young women would use some of their anger and energy to take on the entertainment and advertising industry, they might someday make real progress in the fight to empower women.” – LC

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FOR FARM AND RANCH WOMEN – Tying off the Rain

 “With our own throbbing, cold fingers, absence of arguing, and with the redeeming smell of rain on our skin, we stood in the weather and admired not what we expected, but instead the humbling experience God gave us that day.” – Jessie

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FARM GIRL COOK’N – Grandma Charlie’s Purple Ribbon Cinnamon Bread

“A simple recipe with quality ingredients is always a winner!
This recipe is reminiscent Amish Friendship bread, without the long term commitment.” – Mary

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MINNESOTA FARM LIVING – Agvoacy Through Baseball and “Big City” Foodies

“And our goal? To have a conversation, make connections and learn from each other. Many of our guests have no connection to farms or farmers, just as many of us pig farmers have no connection to foodie urbanites.” – Wanda

Now be sure and come back though out the month and check out all of the posts that are added. This month we will not be having a theme, so share up to three of your favorite posts. Recent or last month or last year. As long as you have not linked it up before, then we want to see it!

Just like a local Country Fair, we have friends, food, family, farming, animals, crafts, cooking and comedy!

Be sure and check out my lovely co-hosts too! They each pick their favorites from the month and one of theirs might be one of yours!

www.countrylinked.wordpress.com

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

September Link-Up

CFBP – June – Summer Lovin’

Welcome to the June addition of the Country Fair Blog Party! Did you have many CELEBRATIONS in May? May started out with one celebration after the other for us. From graduations, to a birthday, our anniversary, the last day of school, corn planting done and a 90th birthday party for my Grandma. We had a full month!

Here are a few of my favorites from the May Link-up: Click on the picture to go to the post. 

Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

I can’t wait to try this recipe! I have it added to my recipe box and hope to make it this summer while the kids are all home. Who would not love a good Fiesta/Celebration? Thanks Ally for a fun new recipe to try!

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Kirby shared the celebration of their wedding and I could not stop looking at the pictures! The bride was beautiful, the groom handsome, the location breathtaking and all the little details so classic and charming it made me want to have a wedding again. (My same groom, of course.)

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Kathi and I have the same thoughts and passion for Redbud trees! We currently have three planted here close to the house and I can’t wait for the smaller two to be big enough to bloom. I celebrate every time I see them staring to bud in the spring.

Time to link up your Summer Lovin’ post for the June link-up party! You can link up to three posts and be sure to add the post link not your blog URL.

Thanks for joining the Party! I hope you enjoy reading all of the great posts as much as I do!

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

June CFBP Link-up

Your Party Co-Hosts are:

Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
This Unchartered Rhoade
TIP Garden 
A Kansas Farm Mom