Jessie Veeder

Jessie Veeder

Jessie is a singer/songwriter/writer and statewide columnist living on her family’s ranch near Watford City with her husband and daughter. She blogs at veederranch.com . Reach her at jessieveeder@gmail.com. (facebook.com/veederranch)

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    New phases

    0 I just got done scrolling through photos of my sister-in-law’s family vacation to Florida. They surprised their three girls, ages nine, 12 and 14, with the trip last week and if the photos tell an accurate story, that story was all smiles. Oh, I’m one of three girls, so I know there was some […]

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    Summer Photo Contest

    0 Top 10 Fan Voted Winners We asked and boy did you deliver! You shared so many wonderful photos of your kids and grandkids enjoying summer in all its glory that we had to ask for your help to choose. Congratulations to our top 10 fan-voted winners and to our Winner, Britani Keller who submitted […]

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    Make berries the center of a sweet cocktail

    0 Perhaps nothing is more relaxing on a warm summer night than sipping a cocktail as the sun sets. Some cocktails, such as the following recipe for “Blueberry Crush” from Susan Elia MacNeal’s “Infused: 100+ Recipes for Infused Liqueurs and Cocktails” (Chronicle Books), even evoke the twilight hours of summertime with their unique look. Blueberry […]

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    Picture Perfect North Dakota Summer

    0 Summer is here and in North Dakota that means cramming as much fun in a three-month time period as possible. For my family it also means trying to keep up with fencing and haying at the ranch while juggling work (because we still have to work) and getting the kids in their swimsuits as […]

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    Fathers of Daughters

    +3 In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to talk here about my dad. He’s been the harmony to my solo, the swat on my horse’s rump and pretty much the one person in this world who understands what it’s like to have a nose that seems to keep growing, despite the fact that neither […]

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    “Get the cold compress!”

    +1 When I was about thirteen or so my best friend and I were babysitting my little sister when she came screaming into the living room with a staple stuck straight into the top of her tiny pointer finger. There wasn’t any blood, but just to be safe my friend instructed her to get off […]

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    Sound Off! Describe your perfect Mother’s Day!

    0 Looks like it’s coffee, sleep, sunshine and fight-free family time for the win! “Mother’s Day at our house is always the same! My favorite day. We spend the day at our place at the lake. The kids clean and prepare our yard for the summer season. Can’t wait!”– Sherri O. “I want to sleep […]

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    Blueberry and chia seed smoothie

    0 Packed with vitamins and protein, this smoothie is the perfect breakfast for busy mornings (especially when made the night before!). And a great idea for mom’s breakfast in bed! Ingredients (Makes 1 serving) Smoothie: 1 cup frozen blueberries  3/4 cup milk*  1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tbsps. chia seeds 1 tsp. vanilla extract […]

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    Gorgeously garnished salmon burgers

    0 Classic hamburgers are a summertime staple, but why not switch things up a bit next time you get the urge to fire up the grill? This tasty salmon burger garnished with crispy toppings galore is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and something fresh and different for a nice spring supper on the deck with mom. Ingredients […]

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    Quick and easy Pad-Thai

    0 If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate vegetables into your meal, this is a winner! Ingredients: Stir-fry rice noodles 3 Tbs. dark brown sugar 2 Tbs. soy sauce Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup lime juice 1 1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce (If I don’t have fish sauce on hand, […]