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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    Christmas Card, O Christmas Card!

    Capturing the perfect Christmas card photo can be a challenge when kids are involved, but sometimes that magical moment just creates itself! Readers show us that the season can bring out the most memorable expressions. Winning Cover Photo submitted by Jessica Haak Edlund of Jamestown, ND of children Kenlee, Alyse, Marshall, Lily. Photo by Lisa […]

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    How to take a Christmas card photo

    Step 1: Set unrealistic expectations. To properly achieve this, head to your favorite mom blog to find that she has already published a series of her perfectly groomed clan in matching Christmas jammies decorating the tree, laughing. hugging and looking like they love one another while reaching to put the star on top. And if […]

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    Show them how to be grateful

    At the end of November, two days after Thanksgiving, my oldest and first daughter, Edie, will turn three. And almost three, apparently, is the age when you become aware of your birthday and what it means, because for the past month or so, birthdays have been the big topic of conversations at our house. Her […]

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    Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bacon S’mores

    Save the tricks for another time; this Halloween is all about the treats. Halloween parties are par for the course, and spooktacular hosts and hostesses want to serve their guests something special. Enter a dessert hybrid that layers various flavors to create a masterpiece that simply works. This recipe for “Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bacon […]

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    Celebrate Fall with Hand Print Paint Pumpkins

    Fall is here and so are the pumpkins. My little sister, Alex, came over to visit and brought with her this fun, easy and adorable fall themed art project. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the season and commemorate your little one’s growth. Alex had plans to send her one-year-old’s cute handprint pumpkin to her […]

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    Ask not what your community can do for you

    Last week I helped plan a welcome event in my hometown of Watford city. On a Friday afternoon, before a home High School Football game, nearly 600 people came through the doors of our community center. And the purpose wasn’t to shop or be convinced of anything, but to show them what our community has […]

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    Back-to-school ice breakers to ease first day fears

    To help students transition to the classroom with fewer worries, teachers and parents may want to initiate ice breakers and other stress-reducing interactions. Here are some ideas. Buddy up Many schools will give out classroom assignments a few days before the first day of school. Parents can investigate who is in their child’s homeroom and […]

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    Are meal delivery services right for your family?

    As school gets in full swing, planning nutritious family suppers can be a challenge. Working parents are busy with commitments to work, family and their children’s school and extracurricular activities. As a result of such commitments, families may find they have little time to devote to cooking, let alone shopping for food. As an alternative […]

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    Make art with bubbles

    Looking for a fun outdoor activity for all ages while the weather’s still nice? Try bubble art! We did, and it was an easy, creative hit that you can do with supplies you might already have around the house. It was so fun we brought the idea to share with the kids at the Watford […]

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