My dad and husband have a custom hay business that keeps them busy from May to as late as October. In 2019 I started a fun project on Instagram–#hayfieldmeals–as a way to connect with other farm and ranch wives and families. I had no idea how great the response to it would be but its original purpose was to serve as a creative outlet for me to feed my family well with homemade meals–from our table to their tractor. It’s my way to help “make a hand in the field and kitchen” while also getting our two daughters involved. So much to be learned in the kitchen.

 Most summer nights are spent driving to their current job, my vehicle or truck bed serving as a literal feed wagon and traveling picnic table. Gathering together as a family over a meal is important to us no matter what season we are in. I know the same goes for other farming and ranching families like ours.

Since Hayfield Meals started, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many other wives like myself who were in need of a community like this one to connect with. I share recipes, meal prep, snacks, grocery shopping, travel tips, favorite products, our guys in the field, ways your kids can be involved and more.

I’m working on a cookbook for 2021. Trademark is pending.

You can follow along and interact with us on Instagram!

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All of my recipes and blogs will be posted for easy access and printing. Merch will be launched soon!

Cooking for them is something that has brought me a lot of joy and, if I’m being honest, delivering dinner is sometimes the only 30 minutes we see our guys during the day. I’ve had the best time in my kitchen for what feels like the first time, especially with my little ladies as we go get groceries together, chop vegetables, marinate meat, lick the spoon, and pack up a hot meal to take to Papaw and Daddy for the night.

I want this to be a fun community for everyone, full of encouragement, laughs, and cooking. I’ll have everything here and on our Instagram account, but please tag and give credit on my content that you share. I’d love to see your meals and deliveries in action!

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Meat + Cheese Sliders

Meat + Cheese Sliders

Probably one of the easiest meals I make for the guys that always turns out great, is quick, and I am not spending a ton on ingredients. My meat and cheese sliders are scrumptious and what I love most is you can choose whatever meat and cheese you prefer! I usually make them different each time. Be sure to check my instagram for a fun little step-by-step reel. This downloadable card is at the bottom. Ingredients: Meat of your choice (for these I used Cajun turkey and ham from the deli in our local grocery store)Pepper jack cheese and provolone cheese also from the deli (you don't have to use two - we just like them this way)3/4 cup melted butter1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce1 teaspoon brown sugar1 tablespoon poppy seeds1 tablespoon garlic salt12 pack King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.Grease 9 x 13" baking dish with...

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Haykid Summer

Haykid Summer

Summer is for hay. When Dad is out in the field, we try to have some fun when we visit and take a meal. I love that the girls get to experience this life and see that every part of farming and ranching is important. On this particular day, he just finished up with a job and started stacking the bales in rows for a client to pick up. The girls got to hop on the tractor with him and help him for a bit and LOVED it. They will be out there in no time. Afterwards we let them run across the rows for awhile and it brought back a lot of memories of my cousins and I doing the same at that age. I mean, are you even a Farm/Ranch kid if you've never done that? Long live summer and unplugged, rural childhoods.

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BBQ Chicken Spuds

BBQ Chicken Spuds

I made these glorified baked potatoes last night and they were a hit! It was super easy and didn't require a ton of cleanup or make a mess. I'll gladly carry the title of "Queen of the Crockpot" because it's my most used kitchen appliance. No shame in my game, y'all. You can make about anything in those and I'd love to hug whoever came up with the genius invention. I'm convinced it was a farm or ranch wife. If you are needing to feed a crew, I highly recommend these spuds. A few chicken breasts and a sack of potatoes can go along way, especially if you are trying to budget. This is not a tractor friendly meal like his lunches and snacks are. Often times the girls and I will take Zack supper as that's our only time together in the summer when hay is going on. Tailgate dinners have become our mobile kitchen table. I set up a little "fix it yourself" potato bar in the back of his truck...

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Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is such a sacred, simple dish enjoyed at birthdays, holidays, backyard barbecues, and many other gatherings. It's one of our favorite deserts and my go-to when I'm in a pinch and need to take a desert to feed several. It's also one of my most requested Hayfield Meal treats by Zack. If you want to cart it to the field, just assemble in a Rubbermaid and attach a lid. I made a big batch of this to take to the guys and thought I’d share the recipe I love to use. It’s super unhealthy but I’m not making’ ya eat it so don’t judge, just scroll on if ya don’t like it.⁣⁣⁣⁣  Banana Pudding the Farm Girl way. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 4 boxes of cream cheese jello2 cups of milk per box (6 cups total, box also gives instructions)tub of whipped cream2 bags of cheap wafer cookies. They are the best.Teeny tiny splash of vanillabananas Mix jello and milk and let set up for a few minutes. Whisk in...

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