A Grateful Pumpkin

I’ve always wondered what we should do with our pumpkins once Halloween is over.  We don’t usually carve them.  The kids haven’t been old enough to have free reign with sharp objects yet.  And I never process them to make pumpkin because The Farmer doesn’t like pumpkin and won’t eat desserts made from it.

So normally they just get thrown in the field.  Until this year.

Last year, social media was buzzing with people writing something they are thankful for everyday during November.  We are taking it a different direction.  A bit more private.  I don’t need to tell the whole world that I’m grateful for my family or my job or my farm.  People who know me know I’m thankful.  And I get sick of reading the bragging these posts turn in to.

So my family will keep our thankfulness a bit more private.  And save our Halloween pumpkins to turn them into a Grateful Thanksgiving Pumpkin.

Each day, we will take one of our undecorated, glitter-free pumpkin and write on it.  Each family member will write one thing they are thankful for each day of November.  By the end of the month our pumpkin will be full of our thoughts.  Last year, our pumpkin was a great reflection of what The Farmer and I are trying to instil in our kids.  Values, morals, love.




What are we thankful for?  Plenty.  We will write on the pumpkin until we reach the end of the month.  If the pumpkin fills up, I still have a few more we can write on.  Because we have much to be thankful for.



Wine Review: When I Disagree with the Judges

I like to see results of wine competitions.  It’s interesting to see what medals the judges award to wines.  And as someone who markets a pretty huge, major, really great wine competition, I find a lot of value in getting the wineries to enter their wines so they can win some awards!

But there’s always a moment when I see a wine that I love that didn’t win a medal.  And I start to question my palate.  Did I miss some flaw in the wine?  Did the wine smell funny?  Had it changed since I last drank it?

Such is the case with a wine I truly love.  Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest and largest winery.  And, as a disclaimer, I work for Indiana wineries.  I think we have some pretty exceptional wineries and wines all around the state.  But most would say if you know the bare bones about Indiana wine, you likely know about Oliver Winery.  Started in the early 70’s, they have won tons of trophies, medals, and accolades for their wines.  They’re great.  The winemaking team doesn’t make a bad wine.

Except that one of my favorite wines didn’t win a medal in the wine competition I promote.  And I was shocked!!  So I bought a bottle on a recent trip to the winery and tried it again.  And I decided I completely disagree with the judges!  Because this wine is great.

So on to the wine.  It’s called Oliver Winery 2012 Creekbend III.  This is their second vintage and I like it as much as I liked the first vintage.  The wine is dry and is a blend of barrel fermented Vignoles and Vidal Blanc, along with portion of stainless steel fermented Chardonel. The folks at Oliver WInery describe it as “delightful tropical aromas combine with flavors of pear and apple and a hint of vanilla and oak for a delightful, lasting finish.”  I just say it’s great.

And it’s only $22 a bottle.  this is the perfect wine to enjoy after the kids have gone to bed.  Just a glass of this wine and a good book.  Or, if like me, you’re still answering email and finishing the days work.  This wine goes well with work.

While I think medals and trophies are wonderful, just because a wine didn’t win a medal doesn’t mean you’ll think it’s a bad wine.  A set of judges on a particular day didn’t like it.  But be your own judge.  Because you don’t want to miss the chance to try a new favorite wine.



Disclaimer: While I work for Indiana wineries, I was not paid to give this wine my undying love.  I bought this bottle of wine becuase I had already fallen in love with it.  And our wine competition is great, with fantastic judges.  They just overlooked this beauty.


How to Get a Wife – According to a 4 Year Old

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If you are a 4 year old boy, girls usually have cooties and are gross.  Unless you are my Little Man.  He thinks girls are awesome.  He has an extreme fondness for one little girl in his daycare. This little girl stopped by one day.  She has a sister the same as as my Monkey […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

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I love breakfast.  Biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, scrambled eggs with bacon and fried mush are a few of my favorites.  But none of those foods are helping shrink my waistline.  And I am making an effort to shrink some parts of me.  So I’ve been on a hunt for some quick and easy breakfast […]

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A Missed Preschool Fieldtrip. And Lots of Tears


My Little Man has the best preschool teacher.  I know we all think our kids have the best, but honestly, his teacher is better than your kids teacher. Why?  Mrs. Walters has taught all three of my kids for preschool.  She is fun, laughs with them, teachers them better than I ever could, Godly, and […]

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Fitness Friday: Running in the Leaves


It’s been a month since my last run.  Ashamed to say that.  But time to get honest with myself. I got out to my trail this week.  And the run was worth it. My trail.  Full of leaves.  I could feel the stress melting off of me and the crunching of the leaves was so […]

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Giveaway: Indianapolis Children’s Museum Haunted House

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I don’t like to be scared.  I’m a super-jumpy person.  Ask anyone who walks into my work office without knocking.  I jump out of my skin.  The Farmer thinks it is hilarious to sneak up on me.  I’ll jump a milk.  And the kids constantly are trying scare me.  It’s not hard! I’ll also admit […]

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Wine Wednesday: Kokomo Wines 2012 Merlot

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Sing with me… Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama Key Largo Montego, baby why don’t we go Ooh I wanna take you down to Kokomo, we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow That’s where we wanna go, way down in Kokomo. I’m not sure […]

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Wine Wednesday: Holman Ranch Rose’

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I love Rose’ wine.  I’ve written many wine blogs on my reviews of Rose’.  Everything from sparkling, sweet, Indiana’s own Chambourcin Rose’ to some fine French styles.  I drink Rose’ year-round and am not afraid to open a bottle just because.  It will always be my favorite style of wine! California’s Holman Ranch recently sent […]

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Family Farming

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It’s October.  Around here, that means The Farmer is knee-deep in harvest and I’m running 2 girls to basketball, school activities and all of their other activities, dragging the Little Man along for the ride and continuing to work my own full-time job while doing a 3 hour commute a day.  To put it simply, […]

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