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Iowa City then and now. Amazing!

"I love this post from Simplify, Live, Love. Saving $ by shopping at Amish stores. I really wish we had some nearby. Maybe a trip to Kalona is in order :)" -A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa blogger

Brucemore Estate; Blizzard 2012

Eight years ago, when Beth Howard's husband died suddenly, she nursed her grief with the rituals of apple peeling and dough rolling. Spurred into action again this week, Beth drove all the way from Iowa to bake 250 pies, which she'll deliver to Newtown tomorrow. If you're in the NY/NJ/CT area, please contact her on her Facebook page, The World Needs More Pie, to pitch in! She can use all the pie-making help she can get.

Hauge Lutheran Church in Decorah, Iowa. Click to download this image for your desktop.

Part of the National Park Service and listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa were established in 1859.

University of Iowa DIY/History/transcribe project from historic cookbooks to Nile Kinnick Diaries, Very interesting!

Wilson's Apple Orchard outside Iowa City, IA. On any beautiful fall day, I wish I could be there!

Best of luck to Iowan Lolo Jones in the Summer 2012 Olympics