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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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Over the River, and Through the Wood

Posted on November 24, 2015

It is Thanksgiving week in the United States. Many people love this holiday because they can spend time with their family and share favorite foods. It is also a time to think of all the…

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Fancy Dress for Halloween!

Posted on October 29, 2015

Fall has arrived in Iowa! The leaves are changing colors. It is much cooler out in the mornings. People are pulling out their coats and sweaters. It is the time of year many people pick…

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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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Christmas is Coming!

Posted on December 2, 2014

   Christmas is coming! For some people, that means it is time to decorate the house and to cook special foods. In our last post, we talked about traditions or past-times. A tradition is doing…

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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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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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A Farmer’s Best Friend: The Scarecrow!

Posted on October 27, 2014

Farmers grow plants that people and animals can eat. At Living History Farms, the farmers plant corn and oats for the cows, horses, and pigs to eat. At the 1850 Pioneer Farm, farmers grow wheat….

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Happy Birthday, America!

Posted on June 30, 2014

July 4th is right around the corner. In 2014, we have picnics and parades on July 4th. Why? On July 4th in the year 1776, the United States of America decided to be a free country!…

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