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I am learning to be a true farm girl.

I grew up in the city…
so this gardening and freezing and canning stuff is new to me.

Thankfully my in-laws are so helpful.

They have taught me everything I know about gardening.

We have a BIG garden this year.

Thanks to my father-in-law.

Over half of it was sweet corn.

Joel did all the picking.

My father-in-law and brother-in-law spent the afternoon helping us.

They are so great!

You gotta love those McClenahan men.

They got it all cleaned up and then it was time to cut it off the cob.

I know it looks like they did all the work.

I really did help.

I promise.

We added some butter and sugar.

Then waited for it to boil.


I did help!

We had three kettles full of corn.

We let it cool and put it in the fridge overnight.

The next morning I bagged it all up.

30 bags.

It will be so yummy to pull that corn out of the freezer this winter.

Gotta love being a farm girl!

  • Courtney - Jess I love the country but I too am a city girl. We woulkd someday like to live in the country. Problem I really don’t like bugs and other country critters. Oh well I’m sure you get used to that. Right?? Hope you and baby Mac are feeeling great.

  • Melissa at - That is AWESOME. I so want to eat your sweet corn. I am so planting some corn in my garden next summer. I bet even though it was a lot of work you guys even had a little fun getting the corn ready too.ReplyCancel

  • michelle - way to go Jess!! that is what I am getting ready to do today…only we didn’t grow it, but there is an amish family who sells it cheap, on our way to get pick it up!! It makes me feel good to have a stocked freezer for winter.ReplyCancel

  • purejoy - ohhhh! i want to be a farm girl, too!! wow would you look at all that corn!! and you did help!! you took those amazing pictures!
    i’m comin over this winter to have me some mccoy corn!!ReplyCancel

  • rentz - Yum! I’m so jealous. Ryan’s family usually plants an acre of sweet corn. And we would all work together on it. So much fun! But they didn’t get it planted this year. No sweet corn for us. So sad!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - There is nothing better than home grown veggies!! Yummy!!ReplyCancel

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor - That is very impressive! i think it’s easier to be a farm girl when you have such good farm hands around. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Yummy…didn’t know you had sugar before freezing….ah I’m a city girl 🙁 although I did learn something new!
    Love you blogging!
    Looks like you are feeling well…
    Continue to be in my thoughts(as you can tell from my blog stalking 🙂 and prayers daily…


  • tara - You guys will enjoy that yummy corn this winter for sure! I grew up on a huge farm here in maryland. we had many fields of corn, sadly though it wasn’t sweet corn. It was feild corn used to make silage (for the beef cattle to eat during the winter).
    Hope you are feeling well, i’ve been keeping you guys in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo - Hi Jess. It looks delicious. My family LOVES corn on the cob. This would be a big hit in my house. I’m a country girl now, but I have never attempted the canning thing. I could probably start here. No lids to boil, seal, etc…. Scary to me.
    You look great! I hope all of you are doing well. Lucky you, btw.
    Love and prayers.

  • Jamie from Quinter - You are so cute! My mom could really relate to this posting so I’m going to send it along to her. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristi REDISKE - Being a country girl looks like a lot of work but also looks like some family bonding time. I love seeing families getting together and helping each other-thats great and how it should be. I also enjoyed seeing your kitchen and dining room-loved the piece of black furniture in the dining area! It looks like you have a great life out on the farm-we are still praying for your family and happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - So lucky you are…oh what I would give to live on a farm and have a garden!! One helpful hint for you all…if you take a bundt pan and put your ear of corn in the middle to balance it and then cut your corn down off the cob, it will hold the cob in place and the corn will fall into the pan!!ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - You make a darn good farm girl!

    (but you still dress like a city girl and I like that. Because it’s really all about how you look, right? Haha!)ReplyCancel

  • Judy - Wow, good for you! You made it all look so easy. It almost makes me think that I could do it!ReplyCancel

  • The Gunters - My mouth is watering!!! Mmmmm! I would love a freezer full of that right now!
    My husband and I dream of moving out to the country and growing our own veggies. How fun!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Wow! That’s awesome! Corn is my favorite! Yummy 😀ReplyCancel

  • A - Awesome!! We have two piddly rows of corn, compared to all yours! Looks like it was an awesome family affair to harvest it!!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - WOW!!! Now that is SOME corn!!! Glad you all could spend some happy family time together. Your kitchen is SO awesome…I love it. Continue to pray for your sweet family…you look great, so nice to see you smiling! Sending hugs around the Mac Family from Michigan!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering just reading this post. How yummy and special that you will be enjoying it for months to come.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Mmmm–suddenly I have a craving for CORN! Nice job getting all of that put away for the winter.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Oh my. That looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Shosh - WOW. I didnt know you lived on a farm. That’s awesome! I live in the city… backyard is approximately 40 feet wide…. 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Holly - I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.ReplyCancel

  • Holly - I love pulling out sweet corn from the freezer. So much better than canned.ReplyCancel

  • John & Elisa Seaba - there is nothing better!! my parents grow corn and freeze tons (not literally:) of it each yr and all of us kids go home with a few bags when we visit! store bought corn is just not the same! Great job guys!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - We worked on this yesterday too – at work – I work for a family business and we have big garden so men picked it, cleaned it and we cut it and work on it … I love doing this, to me it’s therapeutic, you relax while you do it, you get to talk and laugh … I grew up in the city but I’ve learned a lot about farming too. Too bad I have a black thumb (some people call them selves a green thumb, I call myself black thumb b.c I feel I kill every living plant at my house) but I’m good at helping in the kitchen … 😀

    Glad to see your smile!ReplyCancel

  • Petit Coterie - First visit to your blog. Loved all the pictures of your sweet corn it reminds me of my grandparents garden. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sara Lynn - yummy. I LOVE sweet corn!!ReplyCancel

  • kristyo15 - I don’t know that I’ve ever commented…but I have followed your journey, and prayed for sweet Cora.

    I had to leave a comment after salivating over the sweet corn. Part of my family has farmed in Illinois, and we LOVED visiting in the summer and having the sweetest corn I have ever tasted. Oh, how I miss that corn…the grocery store ‘sweet’ corn cannot even touch it.

    We will continue to pray for y’all in your new journey with baby Mac. Have a great week!

    *The Owens’ Crew*
    Cypress, TexasReplyCancel

  • The Sweigart Family - real frozen corn from the cob is the BEST!

    Very fascinating to see how you guys do it. Much different than the way I was taught…by my in-laws too!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - ooh, that looks so good! hopefully you left some on the cob to enjoy over the next few days?! nothing better than sweet corn on the cob!ReplyCancel

  • The Carroll's - Kansas is so full of goodness! I’m feeling very un-domestic!!ReplyCancel

  • Polka Dot Moon - Oh how I love a garden! Here in AZ it’s a wee bit hard, but we manage to grow some tomatoes & green peppers. The birds ate most of my tomatoes……..

    LOVE fresh corn! It looks delishReplyCancel

  • Taylor - Oh my gosh that corn looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • jen christians - Oh my garden is pathetic compared to yours… I know how wrong it is to be jealous. BUT I AM!!!! I am an Iowa farm girl who misses the big garden I grew up with. It looks like you had a good day with great help! Take care and enjoy your super yummy sweet corn.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Joy - That is so cool! I love this post and seeing how you guys did that! Total supply and abundance from God’s storehouse!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Yummy. My grandparents have a big garden and the best corn, your looks wonderful also.
    How fun to have a garden.


  • Sherryl - Jess – you have got to try this recipe for sweet corn soup that I posted on my blog. It is delicious!

    Gotta love corn!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - Oh yum!! I am hoping we can maybe have a garden next year! You look great by the way!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - i, too, am a city girl out of my element (southern california girl turned alabama gal lol). although we don’t farm, my in-laws have horses & pastures & barns & tractors. i understand 🙂 that corn looks amazing! so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - That is so awesome. I’m very jealous.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Mmmmm..looks good. My hubby wants me to learn how to garden and can….

    I love your kitchen – very pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - I love your corn! I remember you brought it to the Fasts at small group one time, and it was so DECLICIOUS! I’m hoping someday I”ll have some room to plant some corn. I’m impressed by all your work – but it will be worth it when you get to eat it!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - Sweet corn is so delish!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - w-o-w! What a blessing to have all that help! I’m a city girl, too, so I just buy my corn at Wal-Mart. I know yours is waaaaay yummier and I am so jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - I grew up a small town/country girl and now live in the city. While I love the city life and all that it has to offer, I do miss the country life too. I miss seeing the stars at night the most!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Girl, that corn looks delish!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • sewbusy - Enjoy it for me! One of the things I miss about the “south”.
    We can only grow it in a green house up here or pay close to $1 an ear:)ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - That is SO awesome! Between you and PamperingBeki, I seriously want to move to Kansas. Seriously.ReplyCancel

  • Shana - Ahhh, we just did this too and it is so good in the middle of the winter to pull out garden veggies and use them. great job!ReplyCancel

  • hoosier68 - I agree with Falling Around… all paint a picture of life in Kansas that I thought was gone. Southern Indiana has the good corn and tomatoes but you seem to have the corner on such an uncomplicated, sweet life. That corn will be wonderful next winter. Smiles for all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Oh, my that looks so delicious. There’s almost nothing better than fresh corn. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • The Jones' - I am in tears right now from laughing so hard…not at you I promise!! I too am a city girl that married a country boy! I have learned alot in the 3years we have been married…from farming to raising chickens as well as working calves. I do appreciate all the wisdom my inlaws have passed down. That bein said…I know where your coming from! 🙂

  • Gail - Ummmm…looks yummy! I was supposed to do that with my Mom tomorrow, but the corn isn’t quite ready.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - YUMMY!!!!!

    Cora’s Corn 🙂

    Love it.ReplyCancel

  • sarahross - Yum-O! That is going to taste SO good come winter. I am jealous!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Oohh! It looks like my corn when I get it off the cobs and cook it down with sugar, butter and salt…Mmm! Tastes just like fresh corn when you pull it out and cook it for a meal….Of course up here in MN our corn won’t be ready for a good month or more yet…ugh! Hope your feeling well….ReplyCancel

  • Parks Family - My husband’s parents have a farm in TN and grow sweet corn also. I did the exact same thing you did but it was last year. Seeing your pics brought back memories of it. The sweet corn is always sooo good when you reheat it up.

    I have been reading your blog for awhile and you amaze me every time you post. My little girl Paige reminds me of Cora with her cheeks. I pray for you all the time and see what God has done in your life through this blog. Thank you so much for sharing your life. You are a blessing to many people.


  • Susan - From one young farm wife to another:
    I second the bundt pan idea…and I have another. Use an electric knife- makes it go faster!
    Our corn is behind this year, so we’ve not put any up yet, but oh how yummy it will be.
    Looks like life is going well…so happy for you and still remembering your sweet Cora often.

    Susan in IndianaReplyCancel

  • JJC - i’m a city girl, too. 🙂 we (briefly) moved to arkansas and i was SO confused as to why “canning” was actually in a jar! haha.

    i know that we don’t know each other, but i do think about you and your husband from time to time. we have a little girl who was born on 3.2.08, so close to cora’s birthday. just wanted you to know that i haven’t forgotten her. or y’all. still praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl From Colorado - What a gift it is to be a”farm girl” married to a “farm boy”…you are blessed, farm girl!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - HOw cool is that!?! I have always wanted to live on a farm! Looks like fun…lots of work…but fun!ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - Wow!!! Wish I had that much corn put up! One of my boys is a gardner but thinks if you plant just a few seeds it will be enough! He brought in 1 cucumbe rthe other day and wanted to put up pickles…uh, well if ya get me a whole lot more just like that we will, LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Lexie Loo & Dylan Too - That is awesome! The corn looks so yummy-that will be great for the winter!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Your land looks so peaceful. I love these photos. Jess, you look great!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsa - yum! i love doing corn! i think it is hard work, but it’s def. worth it in the middle of winter!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - That looks so yummy! This country girl that has moved to the city is jealous. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Courtney and the Boys - YUM! I did that one summer with my girlfriend and we loved having that corn for the entire next year! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - My mom always did her corn this way too, but you can just shuck it, clean it and then just put in a bag, no boiling before hand, and it is just as good.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I am SO impressed with this!! Well done to you all, you’re going to love that through winter. My son is an avid gardener and we also grew corn last summer (we only had 5 or 6 plants, so our harvest was tiny next to yours). Well done!!ReplyCancel

  • Shan - Wow! That’s a lot of corn!ReplyCancel

  • rbrum - Our corn is almost ready, I would love your recipe.ReplyCancel

  • harrinr - Hey Jess,

    Will you please send me an email on how to make/freeze the sweet corn. Thanks! God bless,
    Renea H,

  • writing4612 - Shucking corn is hard work! I’ve helped my grandparents can green beans, tomatoes, etc. so I know what you mean.

    The end result is worth it all though. Nothing like a tomato sandwich or fresh corn in the summer time!ReplyCancel

  • Monogramchick - We spent a short 2 years in Iowa and being a southern, city girl, I’d never tasted corn so delicious! I know that sweet corn will be fantastic to gobble up this winter! I seriously miss the corn 🙂ReplyCancel