Where, Why and What to Buy

Indulge in a little retail therapy that will nourish body as well as soul. Here, you can find a farmers market for your Saturday morning enjoyment, or a new bakery that can supply you with sprinkle donuts for your work peeps. Check out a small-town meat locker with an expert proprietor. Explore and engage!

  • Best Thanksgiving recipes - holiday table

    Plan the Perfect Side Dishes for Your Holiday Table

    Every year it seems like the holidays hit the stores earlier and earlier. Don’t get us wrong, we love Thanksgiving and Christmas, but seeing décor on the shelves in August seems a bit too soon, right? Once the calendar flips to fall, we’re ready to go full steam ahead into holiday...

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  • Gluten-free bakery cupcakes in Kansas

    Queen Marie’s: Revolutionizing Gluten-Free Desserts

    They say necessity is the mother of invention. ...or is it confection?  Both ring true in the story of Rani Navarro-Force of Wathena who turned the aftermath of a mystery illness into a sweet business.  In 2011, Navarro-Force watched as her daughter’s health began to go downhill at an...

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  • Summer Squash Varieties

    Types of Summer Squash

    It’s hard to beat the taste of a perfectly ripe, fresh vegetable. With the hot Kansas weather in full swing, we’re especially grateful for the flavors of summer squash this season. Whether you’re looking for a new side dish or are curious about adding this vining veg to your garden, we...

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  • Grilling Tips

    Grilling Tips: How to Take Your Charcoal Grilling to the Next Level

    So, you’ve read our charcoal grill tips for beginners and successfully managed a few meals without burning the house down. Are you ready for the next level? If you’re looking to take things beyond beginner level, use these tips to up your grill game. 

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  • About Gooey Butter Cake History

    Iconic Midwest Foods

    America’s heartland is known for many things: farms, mesmerizing sunsets, tornadoes, a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps work ethic, waving fields of grain, starry skies — we could go on forever, but you get the picture. 

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  • Cotton growing in field

    Six Cotton Byproducts that Might Surprise You

    If you were asked to name a few products made from cotton, we’d be willing to bet “clothing” would be one of the first answers you’d give. And you would be correct! Cotton has been used to make attire for centuries, dating back to at least 5000 B.C.

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  • Ideas for a date night in

    Tips for Date Night at Home

    It’s easy to fall into the slump of routine. The hours tick by, the days blend together and you find yourself wondering how long it’s been since your last shower.  Or so we’ve been told... To break out of monotony without leaving the house, here are some tips to treat your partner — and...

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  • Man shopping in grocery store

    How Much Money Do Farmers Make?

    We all know the cost of food at the grocery store. We see the prices clearly marked on the shelves each visit. But, how much of that money is actually going to farmers?

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  • Varieties of Winter Squash

    Types of Winter Squash

    We love cooking with winter squash! These fun facts about winter squash will help you enjoy this hearty, yet sweet food on a whole new level!

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  • Easy Sheet Pan Dinner

    Easy Dinners for Busy Days

    You know those days when your ducks run amok despite your best efforts to get them all in a nice, neat row? Errands, work, kids’ sport practice, chores — don’t you wish there were an “easy button” for dinner? We’ve got some simple strategies and delicious recipes to help you conquer...

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