Kristin, center, talks with a host and some of the crew for the show.

Kristin Reese featured on “The Balancing Act” this week

I have written multiple times about the adventures that result when my wife, Kristin, leaves me home with the children for multiple days. Well, now you have a chance to see the other side of the story by getting to watch my talented (and beautiful) wife in action.

Her most recent multi-day absence from home was in October when she flew to Florida for a television shoot for a morning program on the Lifetime Channel. She did a holiday cooking demo for a segment on the television show “The Balancing Act” that airs on weekdays at 7 a.m.

While I was home caring for the livestock and the children, she dealt with the rigors of meetings on the beach, makeup artists, wardrobe consultants, and television sets. She is a real pro, though, doing a great job in just one take!

This was all through the CommonGround program, a grass-roots movement to foster conversations among women on farms and in cities about where our food comes from. The United Soybean Board (USB) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) developed CommonGround to give farm women the opportunity to engage with consumers through the use of a wide range of activities. USB and NCGA provide support and a platform for the volunteers to tell their stories.

Kristin made this cake, along with a pork tenderloin dish, for the show.
Kristin made this cake, along with a pork tenderloin dish, for the show.

Kristin was one of three gifted farm women from around the country to film segments for “The Balancing Act.” More than 400,000 women watch the show every day, offering a perfect opportunity for CommonGround to share the truth about food with the women who buy it.

Kristin had a great time getting to know the other ladies and working with the hosts and camera crew for the show. Kristin’s cooking segment will air twice — Dec. 5 and 12. And, let me tell you from experience, she is an INCREDIBLE cook.

Kristin’s segment is titled “Recipes from American farms to your kitchen.” In addition to Kristin’s segment, CommonGround volunteers shared how they grow and raise food for America’s families in the four-segment “The Balancing Act” miniseries. Viewers will get the chance to learn from American farm women about:


Understanding cost of food in America with CommonGround (Airing Dec. 6)

Mary Courtney, a Kentucky farmer and CommonGround volunteer, provides a way for moms looking for answers about food to connect with and get real, credible food information from moms who grow and raise it.

“‘The Balancing Act’ provides a great forum to connect with moms across the country and let them know that farmers just like me want to share the story behind how American food is grown and raised,” Courtney said.


Food myths and GMOs (Airing Dec. 19 and 26)

Iowa farmer Sara Ross leads the conversation about popular myths surrounding biotechnology, often referred to as GMOs.

“We are thrilled to work with ‘The Balancing Act’ to create television that will really dig deeper into some of the hottest food topics,” Ross said. “There is such a strong desire here to really delve into every aspect of American food, and, as farmers, we bring a unique perspective on issues like GMOs, organic food and the local food movement to an audience that is hungry to hear from women who share their experience and concerns, but also have first-hand knowledge on these subjects.”


Understanding how farmers raise healthy food for our families (Airing Jan. 14 and 21)

Nebraska farmer and rancher Dawn Caldwell shares health news you can use regarding food safety. Caldwell breaks down food-safety myths and gives valuable tips to prepare meat and produce at home.

“People often forget to take the proper safety precautions with food once they get it home,” Caldwell said. “As a farmer dedicated to raising a healthy food supply, I want Americans to also pay attention to how they prepare the food they feed their families.”


The ladies got to stay in a fancy hotel on the beach and eat at a couple of nice restaurants while doing the television filming. Kristin really had fun, but it was hard work too. With the nerves, pressure and “lights, camera, action” that my wife has to deal with on her trips away from home, I am content to just take my chances with the kids and the critters back on the farm.

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