Kathy Weckwerth

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Fabulous Fall Cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Whoopie Cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Whoopie Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 T molasses 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups quick […]

Leadership Moments:  Managing Guilt

Leadership Moments: Managing Guilt

As a leader, there are times when we must make decisions that are best for our organization that will leave someone else unhappy. When we do what’s best, we must move forward without anxiety over the decision. However, when there are decisions made that harm someone unintentionally, we can feel overwhelmed with guilt.  It can […]

Sounds Like a Plan

Sounds Like a Plan

When I met my husband, many years ago, I picked up on all of his habit-phrases.  You know the ones I mean … when people say the same thing after the same situation occurs. One of Farmer Dean’s familiar sayings comes after my delivering some desires and hope of what we should do over the […]

Developing a Child-Like Faith

Developing a Child-Like Faith

As I carried my granddaughter up the stairs of the old 1910 house, each step creaked loudly, echoing the sounds of yesteryears.  I imagined how many times the stairs were climbed as a little child was carried off for nap time. The day was struggling between releasing its summer warmth to embracing the coolness of […]

How to Build a House

How to Build a House

I would say I’m pretty handy, for a girl. I have learned to do some “manly” things on my own solely because I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for my husband to help me. He’s a busy man, with his own long to-do list, so sometimes you just have to stain your own deck, […]

After School Snack~ Caramel Crunch

After School Snack~ Caramel Crunch

8 cups Rice Chex 8 cups pretzels 1 can spanish peanuts 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/2 t. baking soda Mix cereal, pretzels and peanuts. In a saucepan, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil.  Boil for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and […]

Keeping Your Child Safe in Today’s World

Keeping Your Child Safe in Today’s World

Author, Alice Fulk worked as a Crime Analyst for the West Des Moines Police Department for many years, and currently serves as a Legislative Fiscal Analysist.  For fifteen of the most terrifying minutes of my life, my two year old daughter disappeared.  We were at Iowa State University to watch a parade.  I had taken Mary […]

5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School

5 Tips for Back to School With Executive Director, Kathy Weckwerth  “…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b Friends, It’s here!  Back to school.  Fall and back to school means organization … and I love organization.  It means people are more focused, on task and getting back into […]

Can You Live With Silence

Can You Live With Silence

The first thing I do after I open my eyes in the morning is talk to God.  Then, I talk to Farmer Dean.  Then, I turn the music on at my house. My brother calls it “grocery store music,” but I call it music from the 1940s and 50s.  It’s soothing to my soul.  As […]

The Fundraiser in the Grove

The Fundraiser in the Grove

Last weekend was the 4th annual fund raiser for Best Life Ministries.  The week before the event, the farmer and I worked diligently to prepare every single detail to make things comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable. We always think about what will help people experience a glimpse into the past, and one of my favorite things […]