Mindy

Howdy! I’m Mindy Young and I am thrilled to be the Blogger of the Month for November. I’m a brand new blogger from Northeast Kansas and I love it so far!

To be exact, I started on November 7, 2014.  The theme for my blog is Rural Life and Wellness.  I absolutely adore telling people my stories and also giving educated and experiential advice about topics I’m passionate about.

My passions are faith, agriculture, fitness, homesteading and being self-reliant, parenting, and living a happy and fulfilled life.  I believe that everything happens for a reason, so in turn, I try to make the best out of every situation whether it be positive or negative.

My wonderful husband and I have a 17-month-old daughter and our own farm with corn, soybeans, cattle, meat goats, chickens, and hay in Atchison County, Kansas.  As you can imagine, this keeps us very busy.  You can read about our adventures on the blog: Farm Fit Mama.  Not only do I include stories about our rural life as young farmers, but I also include tips and recipes associated with rural living and wellness topics and photos that I take around the countryside.

Even though I’m a new blogger, I jumped on the Blogger of the Month assignment because the theme is Fitness in the Fall!  I didn’t even think twice!  My passionate hobby for fitness and health started in college just 10 years ago with a 6 a.m. deep water jogging class. Since then, I’ve ran a half marathon, gotten pregnant, had a baby, competed in short races, and became a Les Mills Certified Instructor.  My fitness journey has not only made me healthier, but the wealth of knowledge that I have gained from research, answered questions, and experience has made me grow as a fitness coach and as a person.

I’m so excited to enter the blogging world and to connect with all of the fantastic bloggers in this industry.  I’m hoping this assignment not only allows me to grow and learn as a blogger, but also to gain connections and friendships.

Please connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!  I hope I can inspire and encourage you to try something new that will improve your outlook on fitness and also to have fun!

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By Kayla Banzet, An Imperfect Prairie
This past week I celebrated Friendsgiving with a close group of friends. Friendsgiving is just like Thanksgiving but instead of having a get together with family, it’s when friends gather and celebrate the year of friendship and share what they are thankful for.

During our Friendsgiving, one of the couples offered to host the dinner at their new home. They provided the pot roast and the rest of us signed up for a side dish. The weather dropped into the low 20’s so I decided to make a warm, autumn dessert. This apple crisp is very easy and the group gobbled it up quickly. I hope you enjoy it just as much as they did!

apple crisp kayla banzet
Ingredients:
4 cups of sliced apples (I used Fuji)
5 tablespoons of butter, cold (separate 1 tbsp of this for greasing the bowl)
4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon  salt (divided into 1/8 tsp)
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small baking dish with one tablespoon of the butter. I used a 9 X 13 pan.
Peel apples and then cut into small slices.
Mix together the granulated sugar, cinnamon and 1/8 of the salt. Toss the sliced apples into the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Spread the apples across the pan evenly. In the same bowl combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium size bowl and blend with a spoon. Drop in the cold slices of butter and mix together with your hands until the mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle the topping over the apples evenly and bake for 40 minutes or until the apples are tender and golden.
 
 
 
About Kayla
Kayla is a twenty something newspaper writer and designer in Southeast Kansas. She loves the KU Jayhawks,reading books, photography and taking her dog/best friend Pandora to the dog park. Visit her at her lifestyle blog http://www.animperfectprairie.com
 

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Celebrate Young Reader’s Day + Tips on Encouraging Your Child To Read

November 11, 2014
Young Reader's Day

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October 29, 2014
Royals Fans

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Sunday Link-Up {October 12, 2014}

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Molasses Cookies Part of a Culinary Heritage {Foodie Friday}

October 10, 2014
Molasses Crinkle cookies

By Andrea Springer, Knitting Savant I love discovering new recipes. My Pinterest boards are a tribute to trendy food combinations, exotic handmade ravioli, and a million different ways to use herbs. However, as fall settles in I find myself digging into my tried and true recipes. I go back the comfort foods of my tribe […]

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