• You've stumbled upon 'The Good Stuff.' Whether you're here to share in my adventures or just passing through, I'm glad you're here!

  • #InstaLife

    #HappyBirthday Jancz 💗 Just remember that "no one likes you when you're 23"... Love, Sissy
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#SpooGirls #sisters #tothemoonandback #sassysisters #theyearof26 #sisteract @janci_lamour #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: There are few things more beautiful than a wheat harvest. There's a reason we sing "...for amber waves of grain."
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #canont5i #photography "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson
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...Happiness, yes, Tom was certainly right about that.
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #theyearof26 #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: Sharing my #TravelJournal from my work trip to #EstesPark a few weeks ago. My sweet mama also got to tag along and we made a mini vacay out it, complete with a great hike!
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#TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #hiking #Colorado #GemLake #PaulBunyansboot #latergram #canont5i #wanderlust #igotitfrommymama #gooutside The company alone was worth the two blisters I earned #billygoattrail #hiking #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #theyearof26 This is what slow, sweet summertime is made of 🍷☀️👫
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@smvwinery @sugarloafmountain #winery #chardonnay #drinklocal #theyearof26 #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #lazysaturday
  • My Favorite Words.

    'The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still' -Exodus 14:14

    "You've got to know your limitations. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way." - Johnny Cash

    "Courage is the ladder that all virtues are mounted on." - Mr. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.

    "It's your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it's one less minuteyou haven't lived." - Gilmore Girls

    "Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible" - Luke 1:37

    "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the lights that I have." -Abraham Lincoln

    "Writing is a struggle against silence." - Carlos Fuentes

    "At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away." - Grey's Anatomy

    "Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. And when it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them." - Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s not that I believe everything happens for a reason. Some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast. There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is." – Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

    "Opportunity knocks; that doesn't mean you have to knock the door off the hinges." - Sam Herringshaw

    "Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors." – William P. Young, The Shack

    ‎"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams

    "I think I'd miss you even if I'd never met you."-The Wedding Date

    "If you don't even believe in the possibility of magic, you'll never ever find it." - Castle

So There’s That: Vol. 3

{Sort of like  a “Friday Five” except it’s probably not Friday and I gave up on the idea of a catchy alliteration. This is my# postgradlife.}

1. Method-Tasting

So just in case you didn’t get the memo or have been living underneath a rock…bacon is hot {aside from literally.} It’s a hot, fun, hipster, trendy food and people can’t seem to get enough of it. Now, I’ve always known bacon was great but everyone and their grandma is now fascinated with this breakfast side. From wrapping it around other foods, desserts, cocktails and multiple snacks, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it all now. {Check out the Today Show’s Pinterest Board.} Now considering I work in the pork industry, I think its important for us to run with this bacon craze while its in style. Personally, I prefer to eat my bacon traditionally but I understand the importance of walking the talk, so recently my co-worker and I did a little taste testing on our own.

bacon tasting

First, on our way to a meeting to Topeka, we tried the Peanut Butter Bacon shake at Sonic. I was pretty skeptical at first, but it wasn’t bad. I am a huge peanut butter fan and the shake definitely had plenty of that. The bacon part though, was a little disappointing. There was hardly any in there!  From the little bit that I did get, I got a sweet and salty savory taste, and like it would on your breakfast plate, it blended well with the peanut butter. Apparently Sonic doesn’t always skimp on the bacon though. I heard from another source that their shake was loaded with chunks of bacon, so that’s good to hear. Second, on my way back from a work trip in central Kansas,  I was getting tired on the drive so I stopped for some sunflower seeds – my go-to trick for staying awake on the road. Next to my normal buy, was this bacon salt flavored package for a dollar less. Sure, why not? At first I liked them. They definitely have the smokey bacon flavor going on and just the right amount of salt. But after a while they started to develop an odd after taste. So they weren’t quite the rock star purchase that I was hoping for but they did do their job of getting me home safely. Now don’t let my C average grade on these two bacon products discourage you. There are many more out there that are fantastic and worth trying! What interesting bacon products are you into?

2. Pass it on…

This warms my heart. Mr Kemper and his family took their vision and invested in it, and I am one of the many people whose life has been made better by that vision. Because of my involvement in AFA, my journey has been set on a path infused with joy, learning, family, integrity and experiences that I will cherish forever. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to share just how thankful I am, but I can promise that I will always continue to “pass it on.”

4. Oregon Dinner

This great big world is actually pretty small and I prefer it that way. One by one Manhattan has slowly become infested by Oregonians in the best way possible. Last week, Lee Letsch, a friend through Oregon FFA and the pork business, took a detour from meetings in Kansas City and visited Nicole, Jake, Brett and I in Manhattan. It was great to catch up over dinner and since Lee spent a year here during college herself, we took her around to show her what has and hasn’t changed around town.

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L to R: Me, Brett, Lee, Jake and Nicole

3. Whyifarm.com

I don’t farm, but my job is to represent those who do and http://whyifarm.com is a great testimony and example of why they are worth working for. Check out many more videos like this one below on the site.

5. 22 Signs You’ve Found Your Best Friend Forever

My reactions upon reading this list: (a.) Sometimes I wonder if my life is being secretly filmed. (b.) How concerned should I be if I can relate to 99.9% of this list? (c.) I seriously have some awesome best friends.

22 Signs You’ve Found Your Best Friend Forever

Peace out kids,
Amanda

One Response

  1. Your blog always makes me smile and laugh! Cheers to westcoasters in the little apple! Hope all is well.

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