Sweet summertime is drawing to a close for another year. For me, this means a lot of change on the horizon.

My youngest, Sadie, is starting college at Fort Hays State University. She is majoring in nursing and will be dancing as a Tiger Deb.

While itís very hard to let go, Iím very excited for her journey and all the fun times ahead for all of us. My son, Hunter, lives nearby and works here in the heartland for a large rancher and farmer. Heís my cowboy, riding the range checking the cowherd daily.

I wonít be cooking as much as recently, but itís still a passion of mine, and I know Iíll spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. Family has been my priority for the last 20-plus years and my favorite way to show them how much I love them is by preparing mostly healthy, balanced meals, along with all their favorites. I come from a farm family and a long line of really good cooks, so Iím no stranger to the kitchen!

My favorite reading is a recipe book or magazine or, more recently, Pinterest. Wow! Even though my daughter doesnít cook as much as I do, we both have found Pinterest to be a wonderful resource for new recipes, and itís so easy to share with family and friends! Sadie has done more cooking than before using Pinterest, or she will send me pins for new meal ideas. A lot of my recipes are tried and true, but all my recipes I share will be at least tried!

In this issue Iím going to share a Lemon-Poppy Seed Cupcake with Strawberry Cream Frosting, a recipe found by Sadie.

The picture is the outcome after Sadie and I made these delicious and moist cupcakes. Iím also sharing my recipe for Chicken Fried Steak (made super easy and inexpensive). This is one of Hunterís favorites. If you have a meat eater at home, you canít go wrong here! The cupcakes would be great at an end-of-summer picnic and the chicken fried steak is honestly just great anytime.

Happy trails for the end of summer, and enjoy!

Kerry Von Schriltz was born and raised in western Kansas on a farm northeast of Shields. She graduated from Dighton High School and later Fort Hays State University with a communications degree. She is the vice president of The First State Bank of Healy. She has two children Ė Hunter, 19, and Sadie, 18. Her husband also farms. Her mom and sisters taught her how to cook, and family meals were a priority on the farm. Her parents still live on the farm she grew up on, and they still gather for family events which are always centered around food. God, family, farming and cooking are the most important things in her life for all they are and have taught her.