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Laura: A break from the heat

Northwest Kansas—It’s Monday, and we’re experiencing a bit of relief from the heat wave of the past few days. A cold front rolled through July 20. Kansas cutting is complete, and machines are working in northeast Colorado. This is the latest harvest has ever been for us in this region. There have been times we’re nearly complete with northeast Colorado by now, so the extremes in weather are astonishing.

While we have a break from the 100-degree temperatures currently, they will likely return. Cold meals are key during hot days. Taco salad and Suddenly Salad variations are popular. I recently tried a new-to-me corn salad I found online that I thought I’d pass on. It is crew approved with no heat required. Click “here” to be directed to the link. I also like using individual graham cracker pie crusts. You can use pudding or other fillings of your choice. Most requiring little to no heat. Both are pictured below.

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration for the next round of heat. If you have a favorite hot weather dish, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Front that worked its away across on July 20.

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The heat waves have prevented me from getting clear shots of the machines!

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It looks hot and it was hot! More heatwaves seen here!

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Keeping it cold during transport!

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Taco salad with the crisp corn salad.

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Individual chocolate pies.

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  • Dan McGrew
    Posted at 22:26h, 28 July

    Sixty years ago — We got sack lunches in the morning —
    Bologna/Kraft cheese sandwiches, packaged “pastries” — maybe a big Baby Ruth candy bar — water from the can.
    The High Plains Journal was a small tab circulated in about four or five states.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 15:25h, 31 July

      Our crew still eats plenty of sandwiches as well! 🙂 Some things don’t change!

  • charles l cummings
    Posted at 03:28h, 01 August

    We also custom combined in Northeast Colorado around Holyoke, Haxtun & Amherst. We delivered to elevators in Amherst & Julesburg in the 60’s. We stayed in motels so only hamburgers and fries for lunch. We had 2 403 IHC combines with no cabs and 16′ headers. Definitely flat land in that area.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 17:42h, 02 August

      Thanks for sharing your harvest experience, Charles!