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Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website,, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail:

China - Soybeans or Baked Beans? plus new recipes

Jun 29, 2014

For those of you who missed it, earlier we shared the story of a conversation Jo Windmann, the Agweb Web Producer and I had about how we were Getting in Trouble with Naughty Nurses.   You can link back to read but to shed a little more light on that…. – the problem came with the Naughty Nurses Tex Mex Meatloaf recipe.  There were just too many similarities in that recipe name and Naughty Nurses XXX.  As near as we can tell – even though there were not three X’s in Tex Mex  - two were enough to trip Google search engines.  So basically we had to remove the keywords for Google related to those posts – a bit of a mess!  And - the trouble didn’t end there.  I also found we were getting a ton of hits from China…?!

Now, when it comes to websites, some people will tell you all traffic is good traffic.  I guess I don’t agree as in this case I had a hunch we likely needed to make some more adjustments as this just seemed a bit odd.  So, in looking at the reports I first tried to assess….  Are they going through my site to see what’s going on with Agweb?  Maybe going to Agweb and then wanting to see what’s going on in our house?  Are they trying to get insight from Agweb to fuel their plans to cancel shipments of soybeans?  Are they looking for recipes to make really great baked beans?   Certainly we want anyone in any country to visit us but I was becoming more and more convinced this Wasn’t traffic related to a sincere interest in our site but – dare I say….. a little suspect.   Well, after some head scratching we determined this was the work of a spiderweb – which is a tool that is used to pull information OFF websites.  Most commonly it is used to gain contact information and, as you can imagine, it is not always used with a "best interest" focus.  So yes, we made some adjustments to safeguard against this "bot" activity out of China.  No fears for those who subscribe as they didn’t get to that – they were just after the surface level information.

Truly in the middle of all that I began to wonder What in the world am I Doing here?  Not to sound Charlie Brownish but what a way to spend a day.  I was thinking perhaps I should just shut the whole thing down.  I mean seriously? – getting in trouble with Naughty Nurses coupled with fighting off cyber attacks out of China?!   It seemed a little much when just trying to live it up in the land of four seasons of fun.  But, as the solution to the problem surfaced, I was reminded of the words in a Daughtry song – all that I’m after is a life full of laughter.  Seemed even in This there was something to laugh about – after all, the only thing China would get from kristinashouse IS a recipe for baked beans so??????  LOL

Needless to say - as a result of all this clean up we had our hands full and did not get our post out during the height of flu season for Grandma’s Homemade Chicken and Noodles.  We've seen in this years reports that there were those who kept looking to see if we had gotten that one up so, our sincere apologies!  But, rest assured, as we have it all ready to go for next year so stay tuned………….!   In the meantime, check out these new recipes from and watch for our next post "you are not getting fat"

  Jenny’s Black Bean and Corn Salad

  Dawn’s Roasted Vegetables

  Kristina’s Spinach Dip

Getting in Trouble with NAUGHTY Nurses

Jun 26, 2014

I had a chance to visit with Miss Jo Windmann the AgWeb Web Producer recently.  We were talking through all things website related.  I am sure none of you missed us but, we did take a bit of a break after the first of the year.  Jo was curious how things were going and what was going on during our brief hiatus.  I said, "Well Jo, we were getting a lot of hits from people that were googling for……….."  but then I didn’t finish the sentence.  Jo was like – well what Kristina?  I said, "Well Jo, give me a second.  Let me reframe this to sound more professional.  Let’s just say we needed a break to take care of some "programming issues" behind the scenes at kristinashouse."   This still Did Not satisfy Jo’s curiosity so here is the story I told Jo about how we were Getting in Trouble with NAUGHTY Nurses.

The trouble began when looking at the yearend reports for our website.  These are reports that show what people are looking at, how many people visit, what they search for through Google to find the site, etc.  They are helpful to review in order to see what people are looking at so we can post more of the recipes and articles that seem to be most popular.

In reviewing the reports it was exciting to see that we were getting a TON of hits on our posts for Naughty Nurses BBQ.   Naughty Nurses BBQ is a competition level BBQ and catering company located in Kansas and run by my second cousin Greg and his wife Kristie when they are not working their day jobs as nurses.  We were thinking Wow we need to run more things with Greg and Kristie!

But, on closer review of the reports we realized the hits to the site were coming from visitors who weren’t necessarily on the hunt for good BBQ and catering but instead for Naughty Nurses XXX. 

So, to step back to my conversation with Jo – I mean my goodness – now you see my dilemma - I just Didn’t want to say That Word to Miss Jo!  But……., being savvy and anchored in her sense of humor Jo totally got where I was headed anyway.  We LOL and I said, "I know right?  I mean gosh Jo, I can only imagine those visitors were like Geesch! this is the WORST Naughty Nurses site EVER!"  I went on to share that the best LOL was the visitor who came in with a Google search for "naughty nurses  xxx" and went on to step through the site and print a cookie recipe!  So basically….. we needed to spend some time on a refresh to our keywords for search engine optimization through Google to ensure we were getting traffic from those looking ONLY for recipes, bbq and catering.  After all, Greg and his wife Kristie are the only true naughty nurses on our site and they are only naughty because of their sense of humor.  And anything my sisters, cousin and I who run the site may do that would be considered in the "playground" of being naughty nurses would be for SOs Only!  Enough said!  (Big grin)  LOL 

There’s actually more to share on what was going on behind the scenes at that time so be sure to tune in for China – Soybeans or Baked Beans?  And be sure to stay tuned for some new things that we along with Miss Jo have plotted and planned – we have that giveaway and some other things right around the corner.  But, in the meantime – go get in trouble by getting your naughty nurse on and make the recipes posted below from Naughty Nurses BBQ.  LOL   Kristina

  Naughty Nurses BBQ Cottage Pie

  Naughty Nurses BBQ Tex Mex Meatloaf

  Naughty Nurses BBQ Perfect Peanut Butter Pie

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Jun 23, 2014

Jessica came up with this recipe and it is excellent.  We have made this a handful of times already this summer.  This would be a perfect ice cream to make for the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend.  The flavor is excellent!  Best homemade strawberry ice cream we have EVER tasted!

   Jessica’s Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

You may also like…….

  Mom’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  Homemade Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with Grilled Spiced Pineapple
hey – have a great night!

Trophy size plus 2 inches.....

Jun 20, 2014

  16 inches.  As I understand it……. 14 inches is trophy size…. my goodness that’s big.  (Big grin)  By the way – what’s for dinner tonight?

  Kristina’s Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce and Citrus Slawa nice light meal for a hot Friday night.    uumm.... so good.

  Kristinaritas – it’s just an easy Margarita but why should Margaret get the credit?  When you serve them at YOUR house mix out the name to YOUR name.  Jennirita, Suzannarita, Wendyrita – you get it.  To make Jessirita style omit the AB (adult beverage) ingredients from the recipe.  And sorry for the extra step but be sure to put in the password (YesIm21) which is case sensitive in order to get the recipe as we are required to do that by law.  It makes a lot so invite family or friends over as if you try to drink it all yourself your brain and body will be taking a bit of a bath!  (Big grin) Or you can also put some of the mix in the freezer to enjoy them on another night.

Yes – the giveway we are working on is still coming soon so stayed tuned!
Have a wonderful weekend……………


Easy Taco Salad and Ice Cream Dessert

May 24, 2014

If you are still scrambling for something new yet easy for this holiday weekend – here are a couple recipes that come together really fast and taste great!  These are perfect for potlucks, family gatherings and to take camping or to the lake.