Christmas 2013 Part One: Iowa

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Part One of the Beekman Christmas week! Here goes:

Last week, we traveled to the Iowa farm for a few days and celebrated Christmas Eve with Darrin’s side of the family. It was freezing and windy and dry but also quiet and cozy and peaceful. I think I’ve mastered the basic knitting technique, so the majority of our time was spent playing card games, knitting scarves, or {in Darrin’s case} geeking out and reading some Batman comic books. When in Iowa, I guess.

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Darrin and I always make sure we stop at two places when we visit the farm: the Kalona Cheese House and String Town Grocery. Kalona makes the best cheese curds. The “squeak in your mouth” kind of cheese curds. We always leave Kalona with aΒ 2 pound bag of cheese curds for the long drive home, and I’m not ashamed to admit that we usually arrive home with an empty bag. String Town Grocery is a small grocery store managed by the Amish. They sell an incredible supply of homemade goods and mixes and soup powders and grains and candies and anything else you might need for meals. We came home with a package of homemade tomato basil noodles, dried mangos, and broccoli cheddar soup powder. Dinner this week? Solved.

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Darrin and I traveled back home to Minnesota early Christmas morning. We thought we’d try to make the 6 hour car ride a bit more “Christmas-y,” so we downloaded a virtual Christmas tree and blasted the classic holiday tunes and choir hymns. Who says Christmas has to be in a home? I was feeling the holiday spirit in our little Corolla, cruising down the highway holding my husband’s hand. πŸ™‚

In case you were wondering, we made it back in time for my family’s Christmas dinner! Pictures of that to come!

I hope you have an awesome New Year’s Eve! Thanks for reading!


  • Reply Sarah Heckle December 31, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Okay, anything called the Cheese House HAS to be amazing! πŸ™‚ I love going to the Amish stores up in northern Indiana where my mom’s side of the family is. Deeelish! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Those Amish shops are so awesome! I’m always wanting to buy everything in the shop because it looks so good! They definitely know how to make some amazing candy!

  • Reply jennifer prod December 31, 2013 at 9:51 am

    what lovely pictures, and your stories remind me so much of my own adventures with jon’s family on the farm. i’d never even seen a barn before we started dating, and when he drove me to meet his family for the first time (from chicago to the northwoods of wisconsin) my head spun with all the storybook pictures of cows and tractors and sunflowers (it was august) that filled the countryside πŸ™‚

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      I know, right?! It’s such a beautiful place! I’m just amazed by the amount of stars you can see at night. So gorgeous and romantic!

  • Reply Mara December 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    what a wonderful trip!! It looks like you had a great time! My uncle is a farmer and I always love visiting him. I just took Matthew for the first time last week and he was in awe!! Happy New Years Gracie!!

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      It was such a great trip! I’m so amazed by the farmer’s work ethic. How awesome that your uncle farms! I was probably just as stunned as your hubby! Happy 2014, girl!

  • Reply mark a. December 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    great post! have a great new year!

  • Reply mustika December 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    what a lovely pics dear! wanna follow each other?:)

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