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Busy mother enjoys kitchen chores

By Staff | Dec 14, 2012

KRISTIN PEDLEY and daughter, Aubree, said they are looking forward to their afternoon of family Christmas baking.



OCHEYEDAN – Up for a challenge? Try being a farm wife, mother of four and a full-time day care provider.

Kristin Pedley, of Ocheyedan, takes on those challenges with a smile. She and her husband, David Pedley, have four children, Paige, 10; Cole, 7; Hallie, 6; and Aubree, 2 1/2.

With his brother Kyle Pedley, David Pedley operates a custom manure business, and also works for his father, Keith, of Pedley Holstein.

AUBREE PEDLEY, daughter of Dave and Kristin Pedley, of Ocheyedan, said she likes the star shapes best.

Kristin Pedley, who formally worked in an office setting, decided to be a stay-at-home mother after the birth of her youngest child.

She said she enjoys making her home cozy and comfortable, decorating it with antiques she collects at auctions.

“I love finding unique pieces and using them to enhance my home decor,” she said.

As a family, the Pedleys enjoy traveling to tractor pulls throughout the U.S. as Pedley brothers pull under the name “Wide Loose”

Last year, the brothers ran the Grand National Tractor Pulling Circuit under the Super Farm Class. They placed second in points.

KRISTIN PEDLEY prepares one of her “go to” recipes from her Grandmother Ledema.

When it comes to feeding a busy family, Pedley said she looks for economical choices that please everyone.

“Luckily, as a farm family, we have plenty of meat in the freezer,” she said, “because with a family of six and my daycare kids I am making some rather large meals.”

Another way this busy mother saves money is baking and decorating her own cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.

Most recently her Elmo cupcakes delighted the young faces who look forward to her fun treats and homemade surprises.

Pedley said she also enjoys holiday baking.

“Each year, my sister-in-law, Dea Pedley, and I get the kids together and put them to work decorating cookies for the holidays,” she said. “The kids decorate and we work at making a variety of candies.

“We have a big mess when we are finished, but we end up with a lot of memories as well as goodies.”

Most of Pedley’s recipes have been passed down from both sets of parents hand grandparents.

Roll-out sugar cookies

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

1 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs.

Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well.

Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Chill for 1 hour. Roll out and cut. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Butter icing for cutouts

2 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon cream

3/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla

Blend butter and sugar and add cream.

Sugar crumb crispy

1/4 cup softened butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash salt

1/2 cup flour

1 8-ounce can crescent rolls


1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon soft butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Combine all glaze ingredients until smooth.

In small bowl cream butter with sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in flour to form crumbs.

On an ungreased cookie sheet spread crescents to cover bottom of the pan. Sprinkle crumbs over the dough. Bake 8 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown. Drizzle with glaze. Cut into small triangles or squares.


2 squares of semi-sweet chocolate

2 cups of white sugar

2 tablespoons dark corn syrup

2/3 cups of whipping cream

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Boil first four ingredients to a soft ball. Take off heat and add vanilla and butter.

Beat until stiff, pour into buttered 9-by-9-inch pan.


4 pounds ground beef

3/4 cup oatmeal

2 eggs

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix together and form into balls.


2 cups of ketchup

1 1/2 cups of brown sugar

1/2 cups chopped onion

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons liquid smoke

3/4 cup water

Bring sauce to a simmer and let it simmer 5 minutes.

Pour over raw meatballs. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour (raw meatballs can be frozen for baking later)

Raisin puff cookies

1 1/2 cups of raisins

1 cup of water

Boil and simmer until water is absorbed.


1 cup butter

1 teaspoon soda

Stir and let cool

Add: 1 egg

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Fold in 3 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Form into balls. Roll in sugar and flatten.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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