A Video Recipe: BBQ Meatballs
  1. Combine all the meatball ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Roll into walnut-size balls.  Place in 9x13 baking dish, in a single layer close together.  (Try to keep them in two dishes.)

  2. Combine all the sauce ingredients together.  (I always double the sauce!)  Pour sauce over the meatballs.

  3. Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Makes about 50 meatballs.

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A Video Recipe: Swiss Steak

Cut each round steak in half.  Add black pepper to the flour and coat both sides of each piece of meat.  Put the canola oil in a skillet and heat to medium.  Brown the steaks for about 5 minutes on each side.  Set aside. 

In a crockpot, mix onions and bell pepper slices.  In a small bowl, mix water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and garlic powder.  Empty mixture into the crockpot and stir.  Place your browned steaks on top of mixture in crock pot.  Pour stewed tomatoes on top of meat.  

Cook on low heat for 10 hours, then serve and enjoy!

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Our Story: The Farmer's Market

Derek and I agreed from the beginning that participating in the Farmer’s Market would be a great opportunity to us reach our community, grow our business, and keep me entertained this summer! :)

So the goal to sell beef at the Obion County Farmer’s Market in the summer of 2017 was born.  The next step was to wade through the state regulations, pass the inspections, and create a transportation system that was more sophisticated than a cooler in my Ford Focus.

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Happy Earth Day!

On Earth Day it makes me happy to look back and see how much good will be done, not only for the soil, but for the rest of the Earth too this year.  Our soil is literally alive with potential, the heifers that passed through are big and strong and making their new owners happy, and Derek and I are blessed with the opportunity to be a part of it all.

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And I'm Back!

Hello friends!

I'm embarrassed to see how long it's been since I've written anything, but an amazing (and exhausting) transition has been taking place and I think.. I think I'm about to the other side.  For now anyway...

I need to do a little catching up.  

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Trading Time for Money

I guess to sum up this post and the entire financial keys series, the financial decisions we make early in life set us up on a path.  The popular, well worn path is demanding and stressful, littered by the things people buy and then forget about.  The path less traveled by is undoubtedly uphill, but the view from the top is endless and so worth the challenge of getting there.  I'm so grateful for the people who have taught me these financial keys to success.  I couldn't keep these lessons to myself.  If my words impact even one person's life for the better, the precious time I spent on these posts will have all been worth it :) Thank you for staying with me to the end!

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Compound Interest: the Great and the Terrible

In the last post I talked about the different components of debt.  This time I want to elaborate on one of them, interest!  More specifically, I want to talk about what happens when interest compounds.  There will be a lot of numbers in this post, but stay calm and stay with me!  Here's why you should read this post all the way to the end:

Compound interest is a very powerful financial tool and I want you to understand it and be able to use its power for good in your life!

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Principle vs. Interest

I want to keep this post simple and to my two main points:

  1. There is "good debt" and "bad debt".
  2. The way you pay your debt makes a difference. 

My reason you should keep reading: 

Everyone, but especially young people, need to understand the components of debt, the real costs, and how to make choices that will set you up for financial security and keep you out of the debt trap.

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Assets: what they ARE and what they ARE NOT

I want to begin each of the posts in the “4 Financial Keys” blog series with a reason you should continue reading.  One reason.  I’m going to try to pack every reason I love this important financial concept in to one sentence.  You’re welcome people.

Okay, here's my reason:

Like it or not, you will make a limited about of income during your life, and I want you to know the “secret” to making your money grow all by itself, because you also only have so many hours on this Earth and I want you to spend them really living this beautiful life.

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Unconditionally and Unreservedly

When I begin to resist God's command to love one another, even the ones who are hard to love, He asks me if I deserve love? ...the answer is no...  

Do I deserve grace? ...again, no...  

Am I always right? ...as much as it pains me to admit this, "no".  

And does God still love me?  Humbled, I give my answer, unconditionally and unreservedly yes.


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