I started hanging clothes five years ago, shortly before we bought the farm, and I just can’t go back to using the dryer again.
A century-old seed packet offers some interesting insight into an earlier era of farming in the Midwest.
You don't have to be a poultry farmer to have an appreciation for the hard work that went into this 1924 edition of The American Standard of Perfection.
From a table-top to yard. How our Christmas tree became a living Christmas tree.
Chef Elizabeth prepares for Christmas on the farm with family.
There is always tension between so-called "civilization" and "where the wild things are" as Maurice Sendak said. Rural living on the edges of wilderness teaches us that we can live in that tension but it's not always easy.
A recipe for my mom's famous Oatmeal Molasses Cookies.
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
After searching for three years for the perfect modern sewing machine, and never really finding exactly what I wanted, my parents surprised me with an early Christmas gift of a 1961 Singer Slant-O-Matic 500.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
The Christmas spirit can keep us going even in the roughest of times.
These tasty cookies make excellent Christmas gifts.
Here's an authentic recipe for buttery cookies using the addition of almond flour.
How to take the stress out of gift giving.
It's the middle of winter and we appreciate that nature has thrown us a bone in the form of abundant water. We look forward to lengthening days.
You can make unique hot pads for yourself or for presents with little or no cost.
I've learned to do so many things on the farm this year, I couldn't wait to share with everybody for Christmas. From soap to pickles, everything was homemade!
Trying to look good on the farm in winter.