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

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

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

CFBP – April – THINK SPRING

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKed

I would love to play an April Fool’s joke on everyone reading the blog today, but to tell you the truth, I am really bad at April Fool’s jokes. They never seem to work the way you think they will, or you have the “perfect” one and someone else beats you to it. So in honor of April 1st, we are going to THINK SPRING and have a new Country Fair Blog Party! Whoooo Hoooooo!! (So much better than an April Fool’s joke.) 

You may have noticed that I missed posting the March Party, my apologies! Yes, there was a blog party and my fabulous co-hosts all got their posts done and selected some of their favorites to share from February. I may not of posted the link in March, BUT, never fear! The link-ups don’t go away! You can go back and check out the past months parties to see what you might have missed or find that one fantastic post you have been looking for. Check out all of the Madness from March at:

Tales of a Kansas Farm MomMarch Country Fair Blog Party

The Tip GardenCountry Fair Blog Hop March 15

This Uncharted Rhoade – March CFBP – March Madness

Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids – Country Fair Blog Party: March Madness

Now on to April’s Party! Like always, you can link-up three of your favorite posts from the past week, month or year. Please use the post URL not the blog URL. Just click on the little blue frog at the bottom of this post and it will take you to the link-up. Questions? Just let me know!

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

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December CFBP – “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

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“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is the December theme for the COUNTRY FAIR BLOG PARTY!

Who is ready to share their posts about the chill of December?  Maybe you have a great winter time recipe? Or how about sharing your posts about all of the cute holiday decorating that you do? Bring them all to the Country Fair!  (Remember each blog can link-up to three posts.)

We have seen a little of winter’s chill here in Missouri.  We have had snow, which was earlier than usual for us, and have had some temps in the 20’s.  Since those winter chills, we have seen temps back up in the 60’s and lots of sunshine.  If you don’t like the weather today in Missouri, just wait, it will be different tomorrow.

Be sure to check out the other co-hosts blogs and if you link-up grab the Country Fair Blog Party Button that Kelly from Old Blue Silo designed for us.

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

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Co-hosts:

Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom

High Heels & Shotgun Shells

Dirt Road Charm

Tip Garden

This Uncharted Rhoade

Belong with Wildflowers

 

My Favorite Five For October: CFBP

October Favorites: Country Fair Blog Party

Fall.  I love fall!  I love the changing of the leaves, the sights, the smells and the change in temperature.  I love having a fire in the fireplace and the smell of wood smoke in the air.  I love seeing the baby calves being born and the equipment out in the fields harvesting.  I love the fact that the KC Royals are still playing baseball!  I LOVE FALL!

I also love the changes we made and the new co-hosts that have been added to The New Country Fair Blog Party!  You did hear about the changes, right? We changed to a monthly link-up and we now have themes for each month.  October’s theme is FALL, of course, and PORK because it is National Pork Month.  (Who doesn’t love BACON!) We also have new co-hosts, (more to come on them later) who are FABULOUS!!

Now comes the part where I am to pick my favorites that have linked up so far and tell you why.  Here is where I am going to need your help. (Yup, I need some help. What can I say, it happens.)  Would you please look at my five favorites and in the comment section of this post, tell me which one should be my GRAND CHAMPION. You don’t have to have any specific reason as to why, just tell me the name of the post that you like the best.  I will then add the “votes” up and we will have a winner. Who is ready to help this tired, busy, going in two directions at once farm mama out!?

My October favorites are in no specific order.  To see all of the links in the October Blog Party, click HERE.

Wearing Grandmas Apron

Linda from Apron Strings & Other Things

Linda had such a heart warming story of the apron her children made for their Grandmother.  She proudly wore it whenever they came to visit and would even bring it with her when she traveled to their home.  Linda’s mother has passed on, but the apron is still worn and the memories of a lovely lady remain with it.

 “She loved gathering the family, cooking for us and nurturing us all. We miss her so. These are some of the memories we share together as I tie those same purple apron strings around the tiny waist of my youngest daughter, who never met her Grandma Karen.” – Linda

Of Kids and Cows

Jodi from Of Kids and Cows

Is there a meal that someone who you love loves to eat, but you do not?  Ham and beans is that meal for Gma.  Gpa loves Ham and Beans!  Gma will drag out the pressure cooker and fix it for him a few times a year.  Usually for his birthday in November.  He and the hired man are the only ones who will eat it.  When I saw this recipe only required a crock pot, I saved it!  Wow, ham and beans in the crock pot!  Gap is going to love this!

“Our past week has been a chilly one so it was time to bust out some comfort food. Ham and beans with corn bread, yum!” – Jodi

Crooked Brand Ranch

Lori from Crooked Brand Ranch

Listen.  Do you hear that?  Do you ever just stop what you are doing and listen?  Lori did and wrote a wonderful post about what all you can hear if you just stop and listen.  She hears music on her ranch in MO, just like you can if you if you stop and listen where ever you are.

“This is the music of CBR.  Close your eyes… Listen….. What does your music sound like?” – Lori

Diaries from the Dirt Road

Erin from Diaries from the Dirt Road

Confession time.  I have never, ever made a pumpkin roll or even a jelly roll.  EVER!  I love to bake and make all kids of desserts.  I love pumpkin.  Heck, I love jelly!  This is the second Pumpkin Roll I have seen on a blog this fall and I am going to try it!  Erin does a great job breaking it down and making it look so easy.

“This recipe I got from a great friend of mine. I actually went to her house a couple weeks ago to learn how to make it!! I am so blessed to have so many great cooks in my life! So here is the recipe!!” – Erin

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Kate from Uptown Farms

One day I ran across a FaceBook post by Kate.  I loved it!  I shared it!  Others loved it and shared it too!  With a little (okay a lot) of encouragement, Kate started a blog.  She does not post often, but when she does, look out!  She has a way with words that amazes me.  She takes what is not always easy to explain and makes it so simple to comprehend.

“But at the end of the day I still have everything I really need – a good husband, healthy boys, and an extra 15,000 bushel of grain to dump in the backyard and walk through with my flip flops on!” – Kate

You have seen my favorites for October.  Time to check them all out and tell me which one you like the best!  Remember, you don’t have to give me a reason, just the name of the blog, blog post or the blogger will do.  When the next blog party starts on November 1st, I will tell who was chosen as my Grand Champion.  Best of luck to my all of my FAVORITES!

Don’t forget you can still participate in the October Party.  If you already linked up your three links, here is the theme for November so that you will be ready when it opens up; November: A time of Giving – Share with us your posts of Thanksgiving and Gift-giving. 

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

*Tales of a Kansas Farm Moms – October Favorites

*Dirt Road Charm – October Favorites

*High Heels & Shotgun Shells – October Favorites

*The Tip Garden – October Favorites

*This Uncharted Rhoade – October Favorites

The New Country Fair Blog Party

Country Fair Blog Party by Country LINKed

Welcome to the new and improved Country Fair Blog Party!

New? Yes!  

Improved?  We hope so!  

Still a party?  Of course!

Why the change?  A weekly party has been over whelming for us farm gals.  Between kids, husbands, farms and jobs we have found a weekly party harder to keep up with then we ever thought.  We want to keep the party going and thought the best way to do that is to have a monthly party.  The first day of every month we will post about a new Country Fair Blog Party.  Latter in the month, by the 15th, each co-host will share their favorites in another post.  You may still link up to three posts and you can choose from any that you have written in the past that might fit the theme for that month.

Theme?  Yup!  We have decided to give a theme to each month that we do the blog party.  The month of October will be Fall.  Link up a post about fall decor for your home, harvest, raking leaves, Halloween costumes, a local fall festival or baby calves.  The sky’s the limit!  October is also Pork month, so if you have a post about pork, link it up too.

How does one Link Up?  Adding a link to the party is really easy.  You find the little blue frog at the end of this post and click on it.  The frog takes you to a new page where it asks for the URL of one of your posts.  Be sure and add the specific URL, not just your blog address.  It then will ask for your email.  No worries, no spam! Promise!  Then you will need to chose a picture to go with your link.  Click add and you are Linked Up!  Remember you can link up to three different posts if you so chose.

Who are the co-hosts?  There are currently four co-hosts.  Nicole, Danielle, Taysha and myself.  We are looking for additional hosts.  If you are interested, contact one of us!  You don’t have to be a farm gal(guy) or an agriculture blogger to be a co-host. You just have to have a love of all things country!

Anything else?  Have fun with this!  Visit the blog posts and leave comments!  Interact with the bloggers!  Try one of the recipes or share one of the posts on your FaceBook feed!  Ask questions!  Again the sky’s the limit!

Don’t forget, if you are a blogger and link up a post(s) add the button to your post so that everyone knows that you are a participant.  Kelly from Old Blue Silo designed it for us and we think it is sooooo cute!  Just click on the image and grab the URL.

Okay, I think that is it.  If you have any questions, just let me know!

Here’s to a fantastic new Country Fair Blog Party!

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

 

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