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Doughnuts in Your Socks!

Posted on December 23, 2015

It is Christmas week and many of our readers are waiting on Santa Claus! Do you put up a stocking or receive gifts under a Christmas tree? Or do you have other traditions for giving…

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What’s for lunch? Squash!

Posted on November 10, 2015

Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch? Do you visit one in October to grab a jack-o-lantern pumpkin? Maybe someone in your family has a great recipe for homemade pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Visiting…

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Winter Food for the Pioneers

Posted on January 26, 2015

During the winter months, pioneers in Iowa did their best to keep warm. They would keep the fire in their log homes going all day and wear warm clothes made of flannel and wool. But what…

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Waiting for Santa Claus!

Posted on December 22, 2014

It’s Christmas week! Many children are waiting for Santa to come on December 24! Do you think children in the year 1875 waited for Santa? For kids living in houses like the Flynn Mansion or…

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Christmas Cake

Posted on December 15, 2014

Most families have special food traditions for their December holidays. Is there a recipe that you cook at your house only at this time of year? Do you have a favorite food to eat during…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 24, 2014

This Thursday is a special day in Iowa. Many people will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time when lots of people have a big dinner with their family and friends. They eat together and say…

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Pumpkin Season!

Posted on November 17, 2014

Pumpkins are everywhere in November! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake! Many people just have to have a pumpkin pie with their Thanksgiving meal. Here at the museum, our historic sites…

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Fancy Feasting and Dinner Manners

Posted on November 3, 2014

It’s November! That’s the month of great food and family dinners! Sometimes those dinners are fun and easy. Sometimes those dinners are fun and FANCY! There might be fancy plates and extra forks and knives….

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Cooking Out–Ioway Style

Posted on September 15, 2014

Summer is coming to a close. Over the past weeks, many people have been grilling food for picnics and barbeques to celebrate the last of the great weather. Even our 1700 Ioway historical guides were cooking outdoors to…

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Food Adventures at the 1700 Ioway Farm

Posted on July 7, 2014

What is your favorite thing to eat? Do you love pizza? Will you eat chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese? Will you only eat them if they don’t touch other foods on your plate? Do…

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