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Deck the halls with blooms from Howell's Greenhouse page 6

Looking for a tasteful gift? Ship an Iowa food basket page 7

Small town life is sweeter for a North Iowa baker page 8

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A joyful noise Iowans can enjoy all kinds of Christmas music, even from tubas PAGE 4


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BY dirck steimel

discover a new holiday tradition A tuba, or a whole group of tubas, don’t automatically spring into our minds when we think about Christmas music. But a group of Iowa tuba players (tubists?) may change your mind about that. As you saw on the cover of this month’s Family Living and can read about in Valerie Van Kooten’s article on Iowa’s holiday music, tuba players around our state are oompa-pa-ing their way into becoming a part of our holiday traditions. Also, be sure to check out Gary Fandel’s video of tuba players playing Jingle Bells in Cedar Rapids. It’s a tuba-full of fun. You can find the link on page 4. As you’ll see in Valerie’s article, our holiday music traditions run deep here in Iowa. From the exquisite choirs of Decorah’s Luther College in the northeast all the way across the state to Shenandoah’s Christmas Cabaret, the sounds of the season will be all around us. Attending one or

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more of these holiday music events offers a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and offers a chance to relax while listening to great music. In my mind, it’s a great way to remind ourselves why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. In the Spokesman, our farm publication, we write a lot of stories about young people returning to the farm, bringing new ideas and new energy along with them. The same thing is happening in our small Iowa communities. You can read a great example of that in this month’s Family Living. Jessica Goodale has opened a new bakery in her hometown of Osage. She’s specializing in scrumptious cheesecakes, using her family recipe, making a name for her shop well beyond her northern Iowa community. Two keys to having fun during the holidays are not overstressing about the gift giving and not overeating. We’ve got ideas for both. First, you can learn about giving a holiday gift to a charity, one that has a spe-

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cial meaning for you. It’s a great way to help, while making the season brighter for yourself and those in need. Second, we offer strategies that allow you to indulge in your favorite Christmas treats, like Grandma’s sugar cookies, peanut brittle or fudge, while staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s important information for all of us who are about to be surrounded by holiday treats. We’ve got lots more in this edition of Family Living, so dig in and get ready for a healthy and safe Christmas season. And keep an eye out for something that will make a good Family Living feature this winter, or even next spring. We love to get suggestions from our readers; many of our best story ideas come from them. Give us a ring at 515-225-5416 or email us at familyliving@ifbf.org.

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Features Health insurance answers Talk to a local Farm Bureau agent about how the new Affordable Care Act will impact your family. page 3

Appetite for Iowa Send a gift that's always the right size: Iowa hams, pork chops, cheese, bacon and the famous Maid-Rite sandwich. page 7

Sounds of the season Discover how Iowans celebrate the holiday season in song, with joyful choirs, ringing bells and bellowing tubas. page 4

Healthy living Avoid holiday weight gain by planning ahead, watching portion sizes and indulging in once-a-year-treats. page 10

Editorial Staff Editor Dirck Steimel Senior Features Writer Teresa Bjork Photographer/Writer Gary Fandel Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Craig Hill, president; Joe Heinrich, vice-president; Denny Presnall, secretary-treasurer and executive director; Edward G. Parker, general counsel. Board of Directors (District 1) Carlton Kjos, Decorah (2) Charlie Norris, Mason City; (3) Phil Sundblad, Albert City; (4) Doug Gronau, Vail; (5) Mark Buskohl, Grundy Center; (6) Nick Podhajsky, Traer; (7) Andrew Hora, Riverside; (8) Calvin Rozenboom, Oskaloosa; (9) Jim McKnight, Afton. Family Living (ISSN 1941-5486) is published monthly by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, P.O. Box 670, Iowa Falls, IA 50126. Subscription price of $2 per year for mailing in the continental USA included in the dues of Farm Bureau members in Iowa. Additional subscription fee required for mailing outside of the continental USA. Periodical postage paid at Iowa Falls, Iowa. Please send change of address to your county Farm Bureau office. Postmaster send address changes to Family Living, Spokesman Press, P.O. Box 670, Iowa Falls, IA 50126. Editorial offices for Family Living are located at the Iowa Farm Bureau, 5400 University Ave., West Des Moines, Iowa 50266. Contact Family Living at 515-225-5416. Copyright 2013

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Deck the halls A central Iowa greenhouse offers an alternative to the busy malls for holiday gift and decor shopping. page 6 The sweet life A North Iowa baker brings her cheesecake business back to her hometown, to the delight of local residents. page 8 Feeding the hungry After a mission trip to Africa, an Iowa farm couple starts a charity to send food and medical supplies to impoverished African families. page 12

Departments Member benefits Save money on your holiday gift list with exclusive discounts on smartphones and mobile phone plans. page 3 Family budget Thinking about end-of-year charitable giving? Iowa State University Extension financial specialists offer their tips for making your charitable dollars count. page 5

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On the cover The musicians with Tuba Christmas of Cedar Rapids practice for their upcoming free concert Dec. 14 at the Westdale Mall. Each year, about 80 to 140 local musicians bring their tubas to play their favorite holiday tunes and celebrate the season. Cover photo by Gary Fandel


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fARM bUREAU AGENTS ANSWER HEALTH INSURANCE QUESTIONS With the recent news on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we followed up with Steve Kammeyer, Farm Bureau director of health insurance services, for an update on common questions. What are all of these problems with the new health insurance website? The ACA provided for “Mark­et­places” to be set up in each state. They are a place for consumers to shop for health insurance. Some are run by the state, but most are run either by the federal government or as a joint state/federal partnership. All of those working with the federal government use a website, www.healthcare.gov, to facilitate the shopping experience. Not unexpectedly, that site has been plagued with problems, and consum-

ers are finding it very difficult to use — if they can even get signed on. The federal government has delayed any penalties for not having insurance until the end of March 2014, which coincides with the end of the enrollment period. What am I supposed to do until the website is available? There is a common misperception that you have to buy your plan on the exchange. Remember, the exchange is just another place to buy plans offered by private insurance companies. Those same plans are available through the person most Farm Bureau  client/ members have work­ ed with before — their Farm Bureau insurance agent. The only real advantage to buying on the exchange is if you qualify for any

subsidies to help with the cost of your insurance. Your agent can help you determine that as well. Why are so many policies being cancelled? Many people were under the belief they could keep the insurance plan they had and didn’t have to switch. In fact, that was a point made repeatedly as the law was being debated in Congress. After the law passed, many additional requirements were put in place regarding the new plans, and those requirements made it very difficult, if not impossible, for insurers to continue to offer the same plans and comply with the law. At Farm Bureau, we were fortunate in that working with our carrier partner, Wellmark, we were able to preserve

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sounds of the season Make a joyful noise, The holidays are here From tubas to choirs to bells, Iowa celebrates the holiday season with song.

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Dec. 5-8: Christmas at Luther. Join the six choirs of Luther College in Decorah as they celebrate the season. In addition, last year's concert will be broadcast on Iowa Public Television. (Check www.iptv for dates and times.) See Luther’s website at www.luther.edu/music for times each day or call 563-3871462. Dec. 7: Sioux City Rockestra. Billed as the “most popular Christmas show in Siouxland,” the Sioux City Rockestra performs its take on favorite Christmas carols

Dec. 8: Christmas CabAret. Like a little wine with your Christmas cheer? Head to Shenandoah for “Christmas Cabaret” at the Wabash Wine Company and enjoy an evening of dinner and Christmas music from the group Reconciled. Reservations must be made by Dec. 7. Go to www.wabashwinecompany.com or call 712-246-3009. Dec. 8: Celebrate and Sing Han­del’s Messiah Concert. If you’d rather participate than watch, here’s your chance. Join the Des Moines Community Orchestra and a host of professional singers — along with a hundred or so chorus members — who show up to sing The Messiah. Bring your own music or pick up a copy there. The event is held at the Grace

United Methodist Church in Des Moines; a pre-concert talk begins at 1 p.m. with the concert at 2 p.m. For all the details, go to www. desmoinescommunityorchestra. org and click on “Messiah Concert.” Dec. 15: Christmas concert with Simon Estes. Acclaim­­ ed opera singer and Iowa native Simon Estes will headline what's being billed as the largest Christmas Concert ever held in Iowa, featuring more than 1,200 Iowa high school students directed by the Des Monies Symphony's Maestro Joseph Giunta. The concert is a fundraiser for the Simon Estes Foundation's campaign to purchase mosquito nets to fight malaria in Africa. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. For more information about the mosquito net campaign, visit www. simonestesfoundation.org. Van Kooten is a freelance writer from Pella.

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Top left: The Cedar Rapids Tuba Christmas musicians practice for their upcoming holiday concert Dec. 14 at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Above: Jim Engelbach, Tuba Christmas coordinator in Cedar Rapids, decks out his brass horn with stockings and a Santa. Visit www.tubachristmas.com to find a concert near you.

carol of the tubas When you think Christmas, don’t you automatically think of… tubas? You will when you attend Tuba Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. This is the 13th year that the tuba-palooza has made its appearance in Iowa, says Cedar Rapids coordinator Jim Engelbach, though it’s been running for almost 35 years around the world as a tribute to William Bell, a Perry native who brought the tuba into the forefront as a legitimate instrument. “He had tubas playing the melody, and not just the oom-pah,” says Engelbach. Tuba players from a 90-mile radius of Cedar Rapids will pack up their instruments and show up at the mall for a rehearsal and then a concert at 2 p.m., with players of all ages making an appearance, Engelbach says. “We’ve had them as young as 8 and as old as 80,” he says. “All skill levels are welcome.” Audience members show up early and bring their lawn chairs. “We’ve got groupies!” Engelbach says. Tuba Christmas will also take place on various dates and times around the state, including in Ames, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City, among others. You must register to play. Go to www. tubachristmas.com to find the location of a concert near you.

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FIRST STARTED BACK in 1985 as a way to combat the economic struggles of the farm crisis, Howell’s Dried Florals & Greenhouse is located on a little more than 800 acres in the heart of Madison County off Interstate 35 and just a short drive south from the hustle and bustle of the Des Moines metro’s western suburbs. The business is a part of a farm that has been in the Howell

family for six generations, so the roots run deep for Farm Bureau members Fred and Cindy Howell, owners of the venture. “I always planned on farming, but I also wanted to add something, so we started by growing flowers on a quarter-of-an-acre and it took off from there,” said Fred Howell. FRED IS THE OLDEST of seven children and his youngest brother, Chris, is the one who took over Howell Tree Farm, a neighboring business their father started 50 years ago. These two, long-time businesses are located side-by-side and are run by siblings, but that is about where the connections end, as they are operated as separate entities. Nonetheless, when people come to cut a tree for Christmas, the next logical step is to find a way to decorate it, so Fred’s business is poised to help fill this need with the retail space and product mix they have developed over the years. “Flowers still make up about 20 percent of our business, but Halloween and Christmas are two really big seasons for us,” said Howell, who also explained they have been doing pumpkins for 14 years and that they first opened their current gift shop in 1994 after people kept showing up and asking for more items to purchase.

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARK YONTZ Howell's Dried Flowers & Greenhouse near Cumming is open year round, but the family-owned business goes all out for the holidays. Customers can find gifts and holiday decorations while on their way back from the Christmas tree farm next door.

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NO MATTER THE holiday, Howell’s goal is to offer customers products and/or experiences they have a hard time finding anywhere else. To him, it’s about being unique; maybe even visionary in his approach. “We like to think we offer unique products. This isn’t the mall or a big box store. It’s a different place to visit,” said Howell. “We try to keep it welcoming and real here. This is a working, family farm, which is why we try to keep everything very farm-related,” he continued. WHATEVER HIS FORMULA, it must

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& Greenhouse is a place worthy of a visit, if even to just look around and disconnect from the city shopping experience. So if you are tired of throngs of people and shopping malls and would prefer instead to do some browsing in the ambiance of an old barn on a working farmstead, this is the place to go. Mark Yontz is a freelance writer from Urbandale.

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Goodale says moving back to her hometown to open a bakery was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. “People in rural communities really appreciate small business owners; they want to support the small businesses,� she says. Goodale, 27, admits that she never planned on returning home, or opening a bakery, when she moved to Des Moines after graduating from high school. She started out working at several restaurants, including the Blue Moon Piano Bar in West Des Moines. Her dad, Russell Goodale, once owned the Teluwhat restaurant and bar in Osage, where he

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was known for his cheesecakes.

Her wedding cheesecakes are so popular, Goodale has received requests from as far away as South Carolina, South Dakota and Colorado.

GOODALE SAYS SHE would ask her dad to make a cheesecake whenever she was hosting a bridal shower or party. They would meet half way between Osage and Des Moines so she could pick up the dessert.

Osage

Goodale ended up calling her dad so often to request another cheesecake that he decided to teach her the recipe.

failure,” Goodale says with a laugh. But after a few more tries, she finally got the recipe right — and then she ran with it.

HER FIRST ATTEMPT was an “epic

Goodale took an entrepreneur class at Des Moines Area Community College, where she learned to launch her new business. She named the business Unc’s Cheesecakes after her dad, who is known around Osage as “Unc.”

TREAT YOURSELF Taste by Unc’s Cheesecakes is located at 518 Main Street in Osage. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and a list of cheesecake flavors, visit www.uncs4cheesecakes. com or call 641-832-7340.

NOW, GOODALE BAKES more than 101 different flavors of cheesecake, including favorites like lemon, chocolate chip cookie dough and red velvet and savory flavors like buffalo chicken and bruschetta.

“ T h e yo u n g e r g e n e ra t i o n ( o f brides) wants something different than a traditional wedding cake, and cheesecake is a fun way to go,” she adds. BACK HOME IN OSAGE, the locals are happy to welcome a new bakery to the neighborhood, instead of having to drive 20 miles or more to the nearest city to buy a birthday cake. Goodale and her staff of 12 employees can make decorative cakes, cupcakes, cookies or whatever sweet treats that customers request. Cabin Coffee, a North Iowa-based coffee shop, opened a kiosk inside Taste bakery. And just like a bigcity coffee shop, the bakery offers free WiFi and a quiet balcony area, with comfy chairs and a view of the Main Street traffic from the large shop windows.

In addition to full-size cheesecakes, the bakers at Taste in Osage decorate cheesecake bites for holidays and special occasions.

“OSAGE NEEDED something like this. It’s a place for teenagers to hang out with their laptops. It’s quiet but not too quiet,” Goodale says. “And there are people who have moved back to Osage to raise their kids, and they get used to places like this in the cities.” The bakery’s production room is surrounded by glass windows, so kids can sit on a small bench and

watch as the bakery staff decorates cakes, cookies and cheesecakes. “There’s just something about the rural community,” Goodale says. “Things aren’t always so rushed and go, go, go. I feel more at ease now, and I’ve got more time to enjoy the personal relationships. Those personal relationships are better than a sale and money in the pocket.”

Goodale still sells her cheesecakes wholesale to several popular Des Moines restaurants. She also specializes in multi-tiered cheese-

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BY Teresa Bjork

holiday eating without the guilt tips to maintain your weight this holiday season Watching portion size and focusing on your favorite treats can help avoid holiday weight gain. We all start the holiday season with good intentions. But when we see another plate full of Christmas cookies — at the church celebration, at the bank, at the office holiday party, it’s hard to stick to our healthy eating goals. Jenny Norgaard, a dietician at the North Ankeny Hy-Vee, says it’s OK to indulge in our favorite treats every once in a while. The key to maintaining a healthy weight is sticking to an overall good eating

plan, so you have a little wiggle room to enjoy a holiday cookie. "This seems to be a time of year when there are a lot of ‘extras’ around. But it’s a very short timeframe of the year, and it doesn’t make as big of a difference as long as you are following a healthy eating plan most of the time," Norgaard says. During the holidays and year round, remember the basics of healthy eating: Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, then add one serving of whole grains, 3 ounces of lean meats and low-fat dairy, Norgaard says.

It's OK to indulge in your favorite Christmas cookies, says Hy-Vee dietician Jenny Norgaard. Just make sure to watch your portion sizes, and try to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables for your everyday meals. photo illustration by Gary Fandel

If you stick to a healthy eating plan, then you can indulge in the “extras,” like your mom’s famous fudge, and stay on track with your fitness or weight loss goals, she adds. “It comes down so much to portion size. You can still have those treats, but maybe focus on something that you don’t get the rest of the year,” Norgaard says. “If somebody makes

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