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Harvest Day in the Corn Patch

Harvest Day in the Corn Patch


We have been helping our neighbor with his corn patch for the past couple of years, and this year the corn looked tremendous- tall and healthy despite the strange weather we have had this year. There was a lot of cool, rainy weather followed by above-average temperatures, then more cool… Idaho is famous for having unpredictable weather, but this summer has been the whopper of unpredictability.

Thursday was harvest day, and we were unhappily surprised by the results- despite the months of planting, watering, weeding and caring for the corn patch, we harvested a third of what we had expected. Sometimes things happen that are not what we expect. How we react when the unexpected happens is a measure of our personality. Can we see the ‘silver lining’* despite our disappointments?

I am happy to say that, though disappointed in the harvest, we enjoyed our harvest party- and enjoyed the fact that it only took two hours instead of the five or six that it took last year (there is one silver lining!). I also have no doubt that God will provide for us- we will have enough to eat without a freezer full of corn. This means we will have room in the freezer for other tasty foods (silver lining #2)!IMG_8997


The whole family gets involved in the corn harvest- Grandma and I  shuck the corn before the rest of the family show up.IMG_9004


Once the rest of the family arrives, a son boils the corn for just a minute to stop the ripening process.IMG_9005

The corn is then put in front of a fan to cool it quickly.

Even the young grandchildren are able to help. Here, Dante is counting the empty corn cobs to keep track of how many dozen we have grown.IMG_9007

Grandma had an accident a few years ago and is unable to do much, but the family is careful to include her so she feels useful. Her job is to write the year on the freezer bags. One of the grandchildren then helps her put a quart of corn in each bag

At the end of the evening, each member of the family takes home corn for the freezer. We appreciate the bounty of the earth, the space for a garden, the ability to grow a garden, and the water to keep it green. Yes, we were a bit disappointed in the amount, but there is so much to be grateful for!IMG_9030

Even the horses are happy today- the corn husks are a tasty treat!

The only unhappy creatures are the wild turkeys- their free corn supply has ended for the year. 🙂

Now that the corn is finished, it is time to harvest the apples again- make apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple pies, dehydrated apples… and then the tomatoes, potatoes, beans and squash. What a blessing to have a garden and to be able to appreciate all we grow, throughout the coming winter. No matter how the price of food goes up because of strange weather patterns around the world, my family will eat healthy and well. I am truly thankful!



Corn Fritters
Author: Margo
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Serves: 6 patties
A tasty addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner!
  • Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup flour (white or whole wheat)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup milk (I use non fat)
  • 2 cups cooked corn kernels
  • Vegetable oil
  1. Instructions:
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add milk and chopped parsley, and mix together with a wooden spoon until thick and thoroughly mixed through.
  4. Add the cooked corn (boiled or grilled) and mix well with the flour mixture.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan.
  6. Using a ⅓ cup measuring cup, scoop corn mixture out and place into the skillet, gently
  7. pressing the mound down so it’s flattened.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, or until it’s browned, turn it over and cook another 5 minutes, or until it’s browned.
  9. Serve immediately with sour cream

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*A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism in the common English-language idiom “Every cloud has a silver lining.” ex: “The silver lining to not harvesting much corn is that we will have room in the freezer for more ice cream!”


The Clark Helping Hands…..Кларки протягивают руку помощи…

The Clark Helping Hands…..Кларки протягивают руку помощи…

The Clark Helping Hands…..Кларки протягивают руку помощи.  Have you ever heard of the Mormon Helping Hands’? We have our own ‘Mormon helping Hands’ here in our little town…

Clarks Helping Hands
Clarks Helping Hands

We have friends that go ‘the second mile’ when it comes to service. One chilly October morning, we called the Clark family to ask if we could borrow their wood-splitter– we needed to get our wood split and stacked before it snowed. У нас есть друзья, всегда готовые помочь в трудную минуту, не попросив за это ничего взамен. В одно холодное октябрьское утро мы решили наколоть дров и сложить их в поленницу. Сделать это нужно было до первого снега. В то самое утро мы попросили наших друзей одолжить дровокол.

We heat our home with wood through the winter, and usually buy 2 or 3 cords of wood  each fall. This year the wood was dumped in a pile of large pieces that had to be split so they could dry and fit into the woodstove. Ron enjoys splitting the wood with a maul, but his back can’t take as much hard work as it could when he was young. That’s not to say he is old…he is just not young! Зимой мы отапливаем свой дом дровами. По обыкновению, каждой осенью мы покупаем  2-3 вязанки дров. В этот раз дрова были свалены в огромные кучи, их нужно было перебрать, чтобы они высохли и уместились в печь. Рон и сам был бы рад наколоть дров колуном, как он любил это делать прежде, в молодости. Но теперь его спина не могла переносить больше таких нагрузок. Он не стар, нет… я лишь хочу сказать, что он уже не так молод!

Our friend arrived in less than an hour- and not only had He brought the splitter, he had brought his gloves and his two gloved sons. Their oldest son, David,  is mentally disabled with the understanding of about an 8 year old child- and one of the hardest workers in town. He loves to help anyone, and many people in our area have experienced this ‘young’ man’s  service. Не прошло и часа, как наш друг был у нас. Он взял с собой дровокол и перчатки, и привёл в подмогу двоих своих сыновей. Их старший сын, Дэвид, умственно отсталый. Он воспринимает мир и ведёт себя как восьмилетний ребёнок. Несмотря на всё это, я с уверенностью скажу, что Дэвид – самый трудолюбивый житель Инкома. Он с радостью помогает каждому, этот «молодой человек» уже выручил ни один десяток жителей нашего округа.


Their youngest son was home for the weekend from his university and had expected to sleep in on this Saturday morning. He was not too thrilled about getting up and dealing with a woodpile, but here he was- cheerful and ready to help us.  Младший сын Кларков вернулся домой на выходные, отдохнуть от учёбы в университете и выспаться, наконец, в это чудесное субботнее утро. Его явно не воодушевляла работа по заготовке лесоматериалов, но он был с нами: бодрый и готовый помочь.

Michael and Boyd feeding the log splitter

With the five of us working at the pile, we had it split and stacked in a little more than an hour. Alone it would have taken us a full day, and possibly more. Работая впятером, мы управились чуть более чем за час. В одиночку мы бы трудились над этим весь день, а может и дольше.


And then, as we were finishing up, the mom arrived with home-baked treats to share. What can you say about neighbors like that?  We are filled with gratitude! А когда мы закончили, к нам пришла в гости мать семейства и угостила нас домашней выпечкой. Вот такие они –  наши соседи. Мы преисполнены величайшей благодарности!


Transcript of video: “My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness. Be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers we are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth with a mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us. How many times has your heart been touched as you have witnessed the need of another? How often have you intended to be the one to help, and yet how often has day to day living interfered, and you’ve let it for others to help.

We become so caught up in the busyness of our lives. Were we to step backward, however, and take a good look at what we’re doing, we may find that we’ve immersed ourselves in the thick of thin things. May the words of a familiar hymn penetrate our very souls and find lodgement in our hearts. Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I’ve failed indeed. Has anyone’s burden been lighter today because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help, was I there?

That service to which all of us have been called is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. As He enlists us to His cause, He invites us to draw close to Him. If we truly listen, we may hear that voice from far away say to us as it spoke to another well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Have you ever experienced service from neighbors or friends- or the Mormon Helping Hands in your community? Would you give up a day off to give service to a neighbor?