Missouri Women Bloggers http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com Gather. Grow. Connect. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:55:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Discover Breckenridge {Wordless Wednesday} http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/07/27/discover-breckenridge-wordless-wednesday/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:55:47 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1555

By Sarah Nord of Pen2page: A blog about food, family and fine living

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Sarah Nord Headshot BWSarah Nord blogs about food, family and fine living at www.pen2page.me. Sarah loves to share recipes and life experiences that are all about the pursuit of health and happiness. By day, Sarah works in marketing for a meal kitting business called Happy Food Co. By night, she loves on her family, tends her home and juggles her many hobbies, including cooking, gardening, crafting and reading. Sarah is passionate about eating well, shopping local and giving back. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, two children, two corgis and cranky cat.

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A Bounty of Veggies http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/06/24/a-bounty-of-veggies/ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:06:28 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1551

By Jennifer Allen at Faithful Homestead

Here in the midwest, this is a perfect time of year to celebrate eating your vegetables. There are many different fresh, local vegetables that ripen during the month of June.  

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Here is sampling of the vegetables, we were able to harvest from our garden just today: Sugar Snap peas, carrots, Red Pontiac potatoes,  lettuce, Yukon Gold potatoes, and shell peas. Earlier this month we also harvested an abundance of broccoli. We were able to enjoy fresh broccoli and freeze several gallons of excess that we will continue to enjoy throughout the year.

Different vegetables have varying compositions of vitamins such Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6. They also contain essential nutrients and minerals which help improve overall health. Some vegetables even have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. These are all great reasons to eat your vegetables; but let’s be honest, we really want to eat something that tastes good. Thankfully, there are many different ways to eat vegetables whether raw or cooked, in which, they taste delicious.  

If you don’t have a garden of your own, now is a great time to visit your local farmer’s market and pick up some healthy, delicious vegetables. Or if you are interested in gardening, it’s not too late to start. Many varieties of vegetables can be grown for a fall harvest. Check with your local extension to find out what types of vegetables you can plant and the recommended planting dates.

Blessings,
Jennifer

Jennifer Allen Faithful HomesteadJennifer is a Christian homeschooling mama of 6 sweet blessings.  She also has two step children who have already blessed her with some sweet grandchildren. Jennifer grew up canning and raising a garden and also raises various types of livestock on the family farm. She writes about the journey of becoming a more self-sufficient family on her blog, Faithful Homestead.

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Let’s Celebrate National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/06/10/lets-celebrate-national-strawberry-rhubarb-pie-day/ Sat, 11 Jun 2016 02:57:09 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1543

By Jennifer Allen at Faithful Homestead

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In honor of National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie which is June 9, I decided to make a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie today. I know, I’m a day late; but better late than never, right? Well, when it comes to pie I would say so.

I didn’t have any fresh rhubarb so I used frozen instead. I was afraid it might get mushy but it didn’t. In fact, the pie was so delicious it didn’t last very long, at all, around our house!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Pie Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • Scant ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ T sugar
  • 3/4 cup lard*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 3-4 T cold water

*I think that lard makes the BEST pie crusts. Since we raise pigs, we have high quality lard available.

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ Clear Jel
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 T bottled lemon juice
  • 2 ½ cups diced rhubarb
  • 2 ½ cups sliced strawberries

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, salt, and sugar in large bowl.
  2. Add lard and egg then cut into flour mixture. I use my handheld electric mixer. You want the lard to be evenly cut into small pieces.
  3. Add the vinegar and stir.
  4. Add 2 T of cold water and stir. You want the dough to stick together but not be too sticky. Add water in small increments until the dough is soft and sticks together. A little bit of water will make a big difference in the dough so you will want to add it in small amounts.
  5. Divide the dough in half and roll out the first half and line the pie plate with it.
  6. For the filling, mix together sugar and Clear Jel in large sauce pan. Add the water and bring to a boil. It will get very thick and transparent.
  7. Remove the syrup from heat and stir in the lemon juice, rhubarb and strawberries.
  8. Fill the rolled out pie dough with the filling.
  9. Roll out second half of pie dough for the top crust. Cut vent holes and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. (I used raw sugar for this.)
  10. Bake approximately 40 minutes in 350 degree oven or until golden brown.

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I hope that you will take time to enjoy a piece of homemade Strawberry Rhubarb pie!

Jennifer Allen Faithful HomesteadJennifer is a Christian homeschooling mama of 6 sweet blessings.  She also has two step children who have already blessed her with some sweet grandchildren. Jennifer grew up canning and raising a garden and also raises various types of livestock on the family farm. She writes about the journey of becoming a more self-sufficient family on her blog, Faithful Homestead.

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Bountiful Strawberries {Foodie Friday} http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/06/03/bountiful-strawberries-foodie-friday/ Fri, 03 Jun 2016 18:32:17 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1536

By Jennifer Allen at Faithful Homestead

Bounty: the theme for June. When I hear the word my mind instantly thinks of the bountiful garden goodies that are available this time of year.  Especially strawberries. Local strawberries, loved for their wonderful taste and beauty, and ripening now. In years past, I have taken the kids to u-pick strawberry patches so that we could get loads of these sweet, luscious berries. However, this year we have been blessed to be able to pick from the surplus of my dad’s garden. Next year, we hope that our newly planted strawberry beds will produce abundantly.

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Of course, we eat them fresh, but we also use them to make strawberry jam. I like to use a low sugar, no cook method for freezer strawberry jam.  Here is how I make Strawberry Jam:

  1. Pick, wash and remove caps from strawberries.
  2. Mash enough strawberries to make 4 cups. (I use a potato masher but you can also use your food processor on pulse) Then put the mashed strawberries into a large bowl.
  3. Mix 3 cups sugar, one box Sure-Jell Less or No Sugar Needed Pectin in large sauce pan.  Stir in 1 cup of water.  Bring to full rolling boil for 1 minute.  Stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in strawberries for at least one minute or until well mixed.
  5. Ladle jam into clean mason jars. Clean rims and apply lids and rings. Let sit at room temperature until it has set up. (Less than 24 hours) then store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in freezer for up to one year.

strawberry-preservesI encourage you to go get some of those bountiful strawberries and enjoy them, whether from your garden, a u-pick patch or your local farmer’s market. I hope you will have a chance to stock up on some strawberries so that you can enjoy their goodness all year round.

Jennifer Allen Faithful HomesteadJennifer is a Christian homeschooling mama of 6 sweet blessings.  She also has two step children who have already blessed her with some sweet grandchildren. Jennifer grew up canning and raising a garden and also raises various types of livestock on the family farm. She writes about the journey of becoming a more self-sufficient family on her blog, Faithful Homestead.

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Meet Our June Foody Friday Editor, Jennifer Allen http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/06/02/meet-our-june-foody-friday-editor-jennifer-allen/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:05:10 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1533

June is here, and we’re excited to introduce this month’s Foody Friday Editor, Jennifer Allen.  Here are some quick facts about her.  Be sure to click over to her blog, Faithful Homestead, to learn more!

Jennifer Allen Faithful HomesteadBorn: Missouri
Raised: Missouri
Educated: BS in Animal Sciences,University of Missouri- Columbia
Day job: Stay at home mom and farm wife
Blog(s):  Faithful Homestead
Other passions: I enjoy sharing my love of gardening and agriculture with others.
Social Media Handles:  Facebook, Pinterest
Where else to find her: Out in the garden, in the barn or out and about on the farm

Jennifer is a Christian homeschooling mama of 6 sweet blessings.  She also has two step children who have already blessed her with some sweet grandchildren. Jennifer grew up canning and raising a garden and also raises various types of livestock on the family farm. She writes about the journey of becoming a more self-sufficient family on her blog, Faithful Homestead.

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Festive Foods You Can Make with the Kids http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/05/27/festive-foods-you-can-make-with-the-kids/ Fri, 27 May 2016 14:43:50 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1529

By Angie Sievers at The St. Louis Cooks

Memorial weekend is the perfect time to get ready for summer and make those fun festive foods. The St. Louis Cooks love everything red, white, and blue. Plus, most of our patriotic foods have involved the kids in the kitchen. Last week, I shared our festive flags that we make quite often in the summer. However, we have two other festive foods to help get you in the spirit of Memorial Day and summer!

The Trifle

It’s not always easy to involve the kids in the kitchen for every meal, however dessert and snacks seem to have worked well for us. Trifles can be a good option for the kid chef in your house. One thing I love about making a trifle is you can get creative and use what you have in the refrigerator. As with most trifles, you need a base of some sort either brownies or pound cake. My daughter made this one we have featured here today. She was only 11 when she made this all by herself. I assisted in determining what would be the ingredients. She cut everything up, did the layering, and design. As a parent though, you have to realize it may not be perfect and that is ok. Allow your children to be creative and make the trifle on their own.

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Chocolate Strawberry Trifle

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Pretzels

Another great snack and dessert that the kids will love to eat and make is white chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels. We make these awesome snacks all the time. It’s a family affair when it comes to making these beauties. Plus there’s a lot of snacking and licking fingers along the way. I usually show the kids how to make them by doing a few of them so they get the hang of it. They are easy to make and fun for kids of all ages.

White Chocolate Straweberries and Pretzels

White Chocolate Strawberries and Pretzels

Involving the kids in the kitchen is fun, but it can also try your patience. Be prepared to have a mess and some foods that are not perfect, but be encouraging, allow creativity to flow, and let the kids enjoy their independence. This Memorial Day weekend get the family in the kitchen and enjoy some quality time.

Happy Summer!

Angie Sievers St. Louis CooksThe St. Louis Cooks is an online marketplace focused on food, recipes, and promoting local small businesses/ organizations. We believe a family that cooks together, stays together. My name is Angie Sievers the founder of The St. Louis Cooks.  I am a born and raised St. Louis girl.  Supporting local businesses is very important to us! Not only do we share recipes, but we promote and build brand awareness for local businesses. Along with my husband (the real chef of the family) and my three kids, I hope you will connect with us at The St. Louis Cooks!

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MOWB and MOST 529 College Savings Twitter Chat May 25th! http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/05/23/mowb-and-most-529-college-savings-twitter-chat-may-25th/ Tue, 24 May 2016 02:06:38 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1525

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Missouri Women Bloggers and the MOST 529 College Savings Plan are co-hosting a Twitter chat this Wednesday, May 25th at 1pm Central.  You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about 529 College Savings Plans, be eligible to win prizes at the chat, and find out how to enter to win a 529 contribution of $5290 on May 29th, which is College Savings Day!

Mark your calendars and plan to attend – we promise it will be the most educational and exciting 45 minutes of your day!

If you have never attended a Twitter chat before, don’t worry, it’s pretty easy.  You don’t even have to get dressed!  Simply log on to Twitter and search for #MOSave4College.  This is the hashtag we will be using throughout the chat.  During the 45 minute chat, we’ll ask a series of questions.  Tweet your answer to each question along with the hashtag, and you’ll be entered to win prizes! (psst – prizes are 529 contribution $$!!) Plus, you can tweet any questions you have about 529 plans to our hosts, and we will get them answered for you!

Here are some more twitter handles that will be handy for you to follow for the chat:

Hosts – @MOST529, @MOTreasurer, @SensibleFamily, @FawnRech

MOWB Attendees – @TSteffes, @CouponistaQueen, @MomentsThatTake

If you are planning to attend, comment below and we will add you to the attendees list! Also, feel free to comment with questions so we can get you all set before the chat starts.

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Festive Flag for Memorial Day http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/05/20/festive-flag-for-memorial-day/ Fri, 20 May 2016 14:57:24 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1519

By Angie Sievers at The St. Louis Cooks

Last week, I took out my American flags and all my summer red, white, and blue decorations. For many, these items stay out all year. For me, I really get the patriotic decorations out in the month of May. Of course, Memorial Day is the first onset of everything patriotic. Plus, it’s the launch of summer for many.

This is yet another reason why I love the month of May. In the kitchen, we love to make patriotic red, white, and blue goodies. Plus, almost all of our patriotic foods involve the kids as well. We have a staple flag recipe that the kids know how to make. It’s a favorite of theirs because it has their favorite fruits and marshmallows. We make the flag recipe for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. In addition to those days we make it for family reunions and parties. Not only is it good, but it is really pretty. I can guarantee you this flag recipe will be the hit of your party.

For this Memorial Day, have some fun in the kitchen and get the kids involved. You can let them snack a little while they are making the skewers for the flag. At the same time, you can reflect on what Memorial Day is all about and educate them about our wonderful service men and women. It’s a great time to reflect on history all while having some fun in the kitchen!

Mini Festive Flag Recipe

Mini Festive Flag

Festive Flag

Original Festive Flag

Angie Sievers St. Louis CooksThe St. Louis Cooks is an online marketplace focused on food, recipes, and promoting local small businesses/ organizations. We believe a family that cooks together, stays together. My name is Angie Sievers the founder of The St. Louis Cooks.  I am a born and raised St. Louis girl.  Supporting local businesses is very important to us! Not only do we share recipes, but we promote and build brand awareness for local businesses. Along with my husband (the real chef of the family) and my three kids, I hope you will connect with us at The St. Louis Cooks!

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My Hometown {Wordless Wednesday} http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/05/18/my-hometown-wordless-wednesday/ Wed, 18 May 2016 21:10:20 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1514

By Mary Masterson of Adventures of My Life

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MaryMary Masterson and her husband live on a farm in the Ozarks of Missouri. In their peaceful setting in the woods, they raise chickens and horses. Building their farm from scratch and recording it on her blog, Adventures of My Life,  leaves memories for years to come.  She loves her God, to create, cook, garden, play and rest. Life is full of adventures even when you don’t go looking for it!

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Gearing up for Summer {Foodie Friday} http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/2016/05/13/gearing-up-for-summer-foodie-friday/ Fri, 13 May 2016 15:50:19 +0000 http://www.missouriwomenbloggers.com/?p=1506

By Angie Sievers at The St. Louis Cooks

The weather is warmer, the flowers are in bloom, baseball season is in full force, and I’m wearing sandals. The month of May is such an exciting time of the year. Another school year is coming to an end, and the anticipation of summer is on everyone’s mind. It’s also that time of year when you start gardening, fixing up the outside, and getting that barbeque pit ready.

Since my hubby is the meat master at our house, I usually take on the sides dishes. Summer is a great time of year for many side dishes and salads because there are so many awesome vegetables and fruits in season. We eat a lot of berries in this house. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries…we love them all! However, one of my all-time favorite summer vegetables is zucchini. In fact one year, we grew zucchini in the backyard. It was so much fun to plant the seeds with the kids and watch these vegetables grow and come to life.

Side dishes and summer salads are ideal because most of them can be prepared at home in advance. Plus, if you do garden or visit the local market for your produce, I’m sure you are always looking for ways to incorporate those vegetables and fruits into your meals. I’m sharing a few of my favorite salad and summer dishes from The St. Louis Cooks. These recipes get me super pumped for another awesome summer season!

Avocado Pineapple Blueberry Salad

Side Salad Using Blueberries

Pasta Salami Salad

Salami Salad with tons of Vegetables

Zucchini Squash Parmesan

Zucchini Squash Parmesan

zucchini boats

 Zucchini Boats

Happy May Everyone!

Angie Sievers St. Louis CooksThe St. Louis Cooks is an online marketplace focused on food, recipes, and promoting local small businesses/ organizations. We believe a family that cooks together, stays together. My name is Angie Sievers the founder of The St. Louis Cooks.  I am a born and raised St. Louis girl.  Supporting local businesses is very important to us! Not only do we share recipes, but we promote and build brand awareness for local businesses. Along with my husband (the real chef of the family) and my three kids, I hope you will connect with us at The St. Louis Cooks!

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