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Bread in a Jar

Let’s face it.  As much as I love cooking and eating around the holidays, it can become mighty overwhelming when there is food everywhere you look.  What if there were a way to make treats you could eat up to a year later? There is!  Bread in a jar is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite […]

When the Past is Still Present

We are getting close to our peak fall color here in the Ozarks, and it was a gorgeous day for drive so Dad and I took a trip to Boxley Valley to visit my mom. The old cemetery was beautiful as ever. The church, which was built is the late 1800’s, still holds services twice a month. […]

Signs of Fall

It wouldn’t be fall without asters or beautyberry or dogwood berries or my late blooming okra. But one thing I’ve never seen before is this extra large praying mantis with wings and a colorful body. Nature is amazing. Brenda  

Getting a Jump Start on Christmas Gifts

Normally, I am a wait ’til the last minute shopper for Christmas gifts but for some reason I thought about this. Last year, I saw something about making your own vanilla extract.  My local Natural Food Store carries bulk vanilla beans, so I picked some up and decided to give this a try. The original […]

It's That Time Again

It’s that time of year when we are all cleaning up our gardens and preparing for colder weather.  But, if you would like to have garlic next summer, it’s time to think about planting it now. I’m going to be lazy today and reblog the post I did last year.  Sorry for the rerun but […]

Patience

I have a framed saying from years ago when Al started fishing. It says:  Waiting for the fish takes patience but waiting for the fisherman takes more patience I’m not refuting that statement because I have fished with this man before.   Casting, reeling, trolling, casting, reeling, trolling.  Hour after hour after hour Sometimes catching a fish sometimes […]

From Wild Plums to Jelly

This is the first year my dad was able beat the deer and birds to his wild plums and what a treat they were!    After eating my fill, I decided that some wild plum jelly would be a good way to use up the rest of the fruit. My grandmother taught me how to make jelly when […]

Who Do I Listen To?

There is a debate happening on my shoulder. The debate is about some bare land that has appeared in my backyard. The bare land appeared because a new fence had to be built to keep the baby calves out of the backyard. On one shoulder, the garden angel is telling me I already have 8 […]

Fun at the Lake

We’ve never spent the 4th of July at the lake.  Talk of large crowds, larger boats and crazy people had always kept us at home. In our little cove though, it was quiet. No boats, no crowds, no cell phone service, no tv, no internet.  Just the family. It was THE best. Baby Luke is a […]

And Then There Were 4

The wait is over! Joshua was officially adopted and a member of our family. http://ourtaleof2dragons.blogspot.com/2014/06/joshua-day.html As part of the adoption process, they will have a guide and a couple of other adoptive families that they will hang out with until the end of the month.  Keep checking her blog for their new adventures. So excited […]