Category: North Iowa

The Fieldhouse: Clear Lake, Iowa – Farm to Table

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If you’re looking for the newest and greatest food scene in North Iowa, look no further than Fieldhouse in Clear Lake!  With it’s farm to table menu, cozy setting, along with park & lake views, it can’t be beat!  With an every changing menu and farm fresh supplies, this is a unique dining experience that will blow you away!

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Cooking with Herbs at Enchanted Acres

It’s a well-known fact that I love Enchanted Acres, the pumpkin patch.  I sing their praise each fall over their strawberry jam and caramel apple sundaes! Plus, the owner Shannon is such a great person that it makes it easy to be a cheerleader!  This past weekend, Shannon invited me to come out and participate in one of her workshops, Farm to Table Herbs & Butters.  This awesome workshop was taught by Mary Lovstad of Farm Girl Cook’n and Farm Girl Weddings!

I’ve known Mary for several years as we are both members of the North Iowa Bloggers.  I also know she is an incredibly talented cook, but her knowledge of herbs during this workshop blew me away!  I’m not one to cook with fresh herbs. I don’t grow any, I don’t have access to many, and to be honest they have always scared me! Thankfully, with Mary’s help, I’m feeling more confident than ever!

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2017 Garden Update, 4/24/2017

Can you believe it?! Gardening season is finally here! Well, according to the weather forecast, it’s gardening season for a day or two then it’ll be cold and wet again! Geesh!  But, I couldn’t wait any longer, so it’s officially the first Garden Update post!  Last year, I waited until the end of May and well…that is just too long!  So, here it is!

So, is there a lot to update you on with the gardens?  Have I actually done a lot in the gardens yet?  No, not really, but I am so stinking excited this year to share it all with you, that I figured we might as well start from the very beginning, right?!

Vegetable Garden

I basically badgered T this weekend to till our vegetable garden until he gave in!  It seemed dry on the top…well, maybe he was right and it was too wet.  However, he’s as stubborn as I am, so by the time he had tilled half of it, he told me I was planting it, so planting we did!  We put in cucumbers, green onions, radishes, tomatoes, and a row of green beans!  I’m hoping the sun and warm temps today will give those little seeds a jump start otherwise, I’ll never live this down!  (I think you can see from the picture how wet it actually was..you can see where we packed it down in between rows!)  There is still the other half of the garden to till and plant (when and if it ever dries up) along with 2 other sections that are adjoining!

Vegetable Garden
April 23rd 2017 Vegetable Garden

 

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Friday in Franklin County: Active Family Chiropractic – Sheffield

It’s been awhile, I know since we had a new Friday in Franklin County, but I’m super excited to introduce you to Active Family Chiropractic in Sheffield!  I didn’t grow up receiving chiropractic care, but after popping a rib head out several years ago and working with Dr. Hickman in Hampton and a massage therapist, I’m a firm believer now!

In the years since I’ve been to several doctors including Dr. Hickman and Dr. Claussen, who used to have an office in

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Dr. Trenary’s office in Sheffield

Sheffield.  When Dr. Patrick Trenary opened his chiropractic clinic after Dr. Claussen closed hers, I was hesitant to try anyone new again!  But, now after visiting this unassuming office on mainstreet in Sheffield and having access to a clinic just a half block from my office, which held great appeal, I haven’t looked back!

Dr. Patrick Trenary was an aircraft mechanic in the Marine Corps before he was a chiropractor.  When he left his military life, he knew he didn’t want to pursue that career any longer and a longtime friend of his was going to chiropractor school.  After spending time talking with his friend, it felt like a natural fit to him.  Dr. Trenary says, “When you address issues with the frame, function will return.  When the function returns, the issues that you were having, ie: pain and discomfort, will go away.”  And boy is he right!

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Girls Day at Enchanted Acres

If you’ve followed me for any certain amount of time, you know that I’m surrounded by boys and guys.  It’s all guys at work and all guys at home. (Ms. Nike doesn’t count, does she?!)  So, when I heard about all the fun happening at Enchanted Acres this past weekend, I knew it would be a great day for a Girls Day!  I called my friend Erinne and she happily joined me for an afternoon of fun at the pumpkin patch.

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Friday in Franklin County: Carol’s Flowerbox

Friday in Franklin

When my husband and I got married five years ago, there was no question where our flowers would come from…it would be from Carol’s Flower Box in Hampton!  Owner Carol Schnabel has been in business since purchasing the business from the previous owner in the summer of 2010.  Since then, she’s made it her own and even moved locations.

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So, what is Carol’s Flower Box?  It is a full-service floral shop which includes fresh cut flowers, silk flowers, funeral items (stones, wind chimes, candles, angels, and more).  Carol will create a custom cemetery saddle or containers as well as delivering them to the cemetery for you.  In her store, she also carries numerous gift items such as jewelry, scarves, wine, candy bouquets, balloons and more!  She also provides delivery to all of Franklin County as well as extended areas!  And if all of that isn’t enough, she also offers Teleflora service for out of town and out of state orders!

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Friday in Franklin County: Koerner Whipple & Fireside Gifts

Friday in Franklin

Fireside Gifts is located within Koerner Whipple Pharmacy!  And, Koerner Whipple Pharmacy has been a business on main street in Hampton as long as I can remember.  Originally, Koerner Drug opened in the late 1950’s and then Bruce joined in 1974 to make it Koerner Whipple Pharmacy!  They are both a fantastic asset to our community!

Koerner Whipple Pharmacy can meet all your health and beauty needs, along with your sweet tooth!
Koerner Whipple Pharmacy can meet all your health and beauty needs, along with your sweet tooth!

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Friday in Franklin County: The Wood Cellar

Friday in Franklin

I have a confession to make! I’m addicted! I’m addicted to the decor from The Wood Cellar in Hampton! It’s the truth, my husband is pretty positive that I own stock in their business, and I always ask for gift certificates to the store (or the Orange Possum) for gifts! Whew, I feel better admitting that outloud! 😉

History of The Wood Cellar

The Wood Cellar is a main street staple in Hampton.  November of 1990 is when Guyla Pohlman and her husband opened their doors!  Originally they were vendors at craft shows with their handmade furniture and people were constantly asking them if they had a shop!  Well, that is the beginning and 26 years later…the rest is history!

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Friday in Franklin County: Rustic Brew

Friday in Franklin

A good coffee shop can sometimes be hard to find.  Thankfully, that isn’t the case in Franklin County because of the Rustic Brew!  I got to know the ladies there VERY well when I worked only a few doors down the street…probably too well, but I don’t regret it! 😉  However, I’ve known owners Kathy & Joel Heuer since I was in high school and love what they’ve done with this main street coffee shop!

After working in a law office for 24 years, Kathy felt it was time for a change.  She also knew how much Joel liked brewing beer, so it seemed natural to purchase the shop which was “Mary B’s” at the time and take it over and transform it into the Rustic Brew.  They decided to not only take over the coffee shop, but also add a microbrewery with Joel doing the brewing.  Opening in January of 2013, they now offer a variety of different items including specialty coffees, smoothies, beer, retail items, and delicious homemade foods!  They also have a room for parties and business meetings.  They host class reunions, baby and bridal showers and also do light catering.

Welcome to the Rustic Brew!
Welcome to the Rustic Brew!

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Friday in Franklin County: Chapin Station

Friday in Franklin

Have you ever found a treasure in the most unsuspecting place? Well, that’s exactly what Chapin Station is!  Tucked into the tiny town (actually unincorporated) of Chapin, you will find this unique shop!  Randy and Holly Coffee are the owners of this diamond in the rough in Franklin County!  So, what is it?  It’s a shop that offers a mix of vintage and new decor, rescued and repurposed furniture, antiques, primitives, chippy, rusty, galvanized, architectural, and industrial for your home!

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