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    Food & Swine

    Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    I have been nipped by the ‘baking bug’ as I’ve spent quite a bit of my time recently with my family, helping bring the crops in for Harvest 2014.  Time in the…

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    Food & Swine

    Champion Cinnamon Rolls

    Cinnamon rolls could be considered my ‘best recipe’.  They were the first contest I’d ever entered and the first contest I’d ever won ($500).  Lucky me, I guess.  This recipe has been…

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    Food & Swine

    the girls are home

    Over the weekend we (somewhat) dove in to tidying up the machine shed to make a nice place for a couple Duroc gilts that we may take to the State Fair.  Their…

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    Food & Swine

    Pig Chores & Caesar Sliders

    Before getting all fancy yesterday for Winefest Des Moines’ “Iowa Lawn Party”, we did chores.  Here are some pictures of all of the fun and some of the nonsense.  We were totally…

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    Food & Swine

    weanin’ and smokin’

    Today we weaned 2/3 litters of our little pigs off of Oink and Cinnamon.  It is certainly time to do that and it was fairly easy. The two big ladies were excited to…

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    Food & Swine

    good girl diamond

    Much to our surprise and delight this morning upon early chores it was discovered that Diamond had pigged.  She is the York gilt we kept (a few litters back) out of our beloved…

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    Food & Swine

    Perfect Lard Pastry & Pear Pie

    I couldn’t call this blog Food & Swine without giving you a fabulous recipe for Perfect Lard Pie Crust and a recipe for my favorite pie. Lard is my second favorite ‘pork product’…

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    Food & Swine

    Little Snuggly Pigs

    We made a quick trip to the barn to see the little pigs tonight.  I can’t believe how big they are getting.  Cinnamon’s little red pigs are really big and thick with…

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    Food & Swine

    sweet babies

    My husband took the kids to the barn tonight to check in on Oink’s new litter and see how big Cinnamon’s pigs have gotten as well. The three of them couldn’t have…