On our four acres we raise chickens, hogs, steers, pheasants and  rabbits.  Plus, we have about 2 1/2 acres cultivated for vegetables.  We sponsor a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) program where people buy a share of our vegetable garden and then come each week and pick up a box of produce.  We also sell at a local Farmers’ market and also to a local grocery store. The advantages of farm life!

We are constantly amazed at how much a small amount of land can produce!  We have spoken publicly about the importance of small farms and how many people one small farm can feed.  If it’s done right, you can feed your own family with very little dirt!

farmer's market

Fresh produce ready for customers to pick up


Until next time,

Farm Wife

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4-H Vintage Taco Salad Recipe

4-H Vintage Taco Salad

Growing up, my family was very involved with 4-H. I was attending 4-H functions before I was even old enough to be a member.  A couple of times a year, the club families would gather together for potluck dinners. Now before you cringe at the word ‘potluck’, you need to know this was in the 1970’s and these were ranching/farming wives or homemakers who were providing the food…that means these potlucks showcased dishes that we can only dream of today!

One of those cherished dishes was a Taco Salad that a few of the moms ALWAYS brought.  Mrs. Wallace was the mom who started the tradition and she shared the recipe with all the other moms. After that you could bet that this dish would always make an appearance at these potlucks. We dubbed it “The 4-H Taco Salad” and everyone knew exactly what you were talking about!

I loved that salad beyond all measure. Since we didn’t have chips in our house growing up, except for VERY rare occasions, I loved that this salad gave me the chance to nibble on my very favorite Doritos chips!  initially, that was the only reason I loved the salad!

Today, I love this salad because of the wonderful memories it brings to mind! Whether it was sitting on the grass at Mrs. Wallace’s ranch, in the back yard of our 4-H leaders’ house or in our own home for the annual 4-H Christmas party…this salad conjures up great memories spent with great families and friends.

Yesterday I made a double batch of this salad for my sons’ FFA banquet which was a potluck. I felt caught in the wacky cycle of life…now I was the mom making the beloved salad and my kids were the ones snitching chips out of the bag and waiting for the finished product.  And I knew as I placed this salad on the potluck table which was filled with incredible dishes (remember this is FFA…these people love their food!), I was comforted with the fact that my salad had a legacy and I had the privilege of carrying it on!

4-H Taco Salad Recipe


  • 1 or 1 1/2 Lbs hamburger
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Large can beans in chili sauce
  • 1 Pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 1 large head lettuce, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into 1/8ths or chopped
  • 1 medium sized bag of Doritos tortilla chips, crushed
  • 8 oz of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 8oz bottle of Thousand Island dressing


  1. Brown hamburger and onion (drain any grease).
  2. Add beans and taco seasoning to meat and mix until well blended.
  3. In a large bowl, add the chopped lettuce, tomatoes, crushed Doritos and cheese. Mix well.
  4. Add the hot hamburger and bean mixture. Serve warm.
  5. Optional: Just before serving, add one 8 oz bottle of Thousand Island dressing.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers and dollops of sour cream.

Since I doubled this and there were two can of beans with juice, I decided not to add the Thousand Island dressing. It was juicy enough so I didn’t want to drown it with the dressing!  I also added 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro to the chopped lettuce. I love the fresh taste of cilantro. Because of time, my salad was not warm when we served it. But that’s the miracle of this recipe…warm or cold it is still yummy! Feel free to make your own personal adjustments to this recipe.  I think olives would be a great addition too!

Vintage 4-h Taco SaladIt’s such a beautiful salad and presents so well on the table! It’s a perfect  dish for potlucks, picnics or even weddings/reunions! I hope you try it and it becomes a legacy in your household too!

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