D. Susan Rutz
A look at some country mailbox owners displaying their creativity.
What does this dream mean?
The sounds in the country are far different than those of the cities.
tree carvings, dogs made of staples, houses decorated to keep out the vagrants
A letter to Santa requesting Christmas miracles
Riding a bike is not as easy as shown on TV commericals, it is a skill that should be left to children.
Pretending to be what you are not does not mean you are crazy or insecure.
Flags flying high at a local cemetery on Memorial Day weekend.
At the end of any road can be a surprise, but especially on gravel roads.
Winter is finally ending and the hope of spring is in the garden.
Watch out for the heat over this fourth of July. Don't be a hard-headed person like me.
My first ghost was interesting but the next one is going to be intense.
Questioning why we still have zoos when it is available on-line and documentaries on TV.
Sometimes you just need a friend to get you through the greatest challenges.
What happened to the crafts of the past?
Starting over in the country.
Starting over at any age is difficult; starting over in a different environment is exciting!
Weather predictions - when is spring going to be here?
A short photo list of what I am thankful for.
Watching the effects of the drought saddened us.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
For my inaugural blog post for Capper's Farmer, I'd like to take a few minutes to explain myself. Trust me, I need to.
We are trying to eat more 'greens' and found that buying organic can get costly. I planted plenty this year in hopes of having a good crop to make many green smoothies in our new Vitamix.
Old-World archways create an elegant, open flow from one space to another and are much easier to create than you might think!
From bright and sunny to dense black fog.
From a table-top to yard. How our Christmas tree became a living Christmas tree.
Cave men knapped glass knives for hunting. During the Great Depression glass knives became quite the item to have. Glass knives cut cleanly and didn't tarnish like carbon knives. They were a perfect in the kitchen and at cutting cakes for tea.
We refer to our first year at the farm as the cleanup year. Now, we would begin the second which soon became known as 'the planting year.'
How personal experience and observation can save your sanity
The story of how we got here and who we are.
A transplant's recognition of the realities of farm life and how to adjust.
The Raptor Research Project has followed a pair of Eagles near Decorah, Iowa, for many years. The first of three eaglets is expected to hatch between March 23 and 25. Our family is fascinated watching this bit of nature we couldn't otherwise see.
A small family farm seldom makes you wealthy – there aren’t too many trips to Europe and the retirement plan can be pretty “iffy.” But farming brings its own rewards, those that in the end mean far more than the lights of Paris.
May Day, lilacs are in bloom, strawberries and asparagus.
Re-purpose old louver doors into a lovely bookshelf in just one day!
What do you do when you have baby sheep running around your house because it is too cold outside? Diapers!
Karen walks you through what to do when dealing with viruses or parasitic nematodes in the garden. She also provides a quick overview of her previous posts on vegetable diseases.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
The amount and type of junk would overwhelm anyone, but we persisted in the cleanup, and now our land is lookin’ good!
Rather than choosing one variety of seed, let your little micro-climate choose it for you by growing a landrace!
Just because you live on a homestead and work hard doesn't mean you can overlook your calorie intake. Believe me, it can get out of control very quickly! Noticing subtle changes in how you feel and how you look in the mirror can keep you on track!
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
A paragraph or two on what different people consider comfort foods.
The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
The author's husband - with a little assistance from the author - transforms a regular bed truck into a flat bed truck.
Some of the varieties of free fruits available for the taking. All it takes is a little time, a little work, and some scouting of the area for what grows in your neck of the woods.
We married young and moved to the city, where jobs and responsibilities to our four children choked out dreams of any other lifestyle.
This post is about the prolific growth of the garden over 16 hot, wet July days when we were away on vacation in the Yukon.
Raising heirloom tomatoes, like all farming, is full of challenges. This year we have battled blossom end rot and the war's not over yet.
The first year of our hobby farm continued.
We selected our trees, planted them with love, and watched them grow. Then the fun began - beautiful fruit growing on our very own trees!
Beat winter's chill with this delicious, made-from-scratch chai tea!
Learning to install fence and harvesting our own cedar fence posts proved to be very gratifying experiences.
When I couldn't find the right sized tablecloth just a day before having 12 people over for a ministry meeting and lunch, I had to figure out how to make one with materials I keep on hand. Because the nearest department store is an hour away, buying one wasn't an option.
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
You never know what will happen when you leave a garden unattended.
There are many common sense ways to be kind to the planet (and the wallet), but here are a few other simple ideas.
Baker Creek Seed Catalog Arrives
Sometimes before the rain, we live through those dry days. Rain brings the hope of the greening of the earth, of the life that water gives.
Like all occupations, farming has its challenges. For that matter, so does life. In the midst of our busy days, we need to notice those good moments.
We are learning not to waste anything, not even rotted trees.
My daddy's mix of chickens and pig
Sarah attended what she thought would be an ordinary farm-to-table dinner event at a local farm, but this was anything but an ordinary experience.
A small bench near a quiet pond on a cattle ranch. A Bible and a cup of tea.
Kellsey loves everything about summer, with the exception of triple digit temperatures. But even the dog days of summer help her dream about the future.
We winterized the house and hoped for the best, but we didn’t want to leave.
A trip to the garden to grab some cucumbers for a delicious down-home salad sends me on a trip down memory lane. Do you remember this recipe from your grandmother's kitchen table?
Donna Rae shares her experiences from the 2013 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
Dealing with bugs, snakes and oil.
Tips to help you get started working at home.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
California has had the worst drought year in recorded history. If we don't get some rain, farmers won't be the only ones crying the blues.
We overcame rocky soil and built a decorative fence.
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
The story of my chicken addiction.
We think you'll be inspired to keep your old buildings when you read about Todd's ingenuity, perseverance and hard work while saving the old chicken house.
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.
This blog is about handling “suprise” guests on your farm - something new to a city girl. It gives you a quick, simple and traditional recipe to have on hand for unexpected guests.
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
Hummus is a tasty and healthy treat. At this time of year it's great in a sandwich with garden-fresh tomatoes!
As fall begins to settle in, Donna Rae fondly recalls those first back-to-school days as a child - as well as those experienced by her father.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
A lifelong love of rhubarb.
A story about how I learned that not every rose smells like a true rose.
Simple instructions for two versions of a sewn towel topper - an easy afternoon sewing project.
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
With the wedding season upon us, I'm sharing a few DIY tips my husband and I used for our nuptial to put a unique spin on our wedding while staying debt-free.
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.
Bim Bam and Cockoo clocks are part of my family history.
Susan finally learned to appreciate homemade mincemeat after becoming a homesteader and canner. Bringing back wonderful memories of childhood, mincemeat is now a holiday staple at her house.
Re-discovering the simple things in life that really do make it better!
An Introduction To Our Old Place Farm
A goal of trying not to eat fast food fries turns into making them at home.
Keeping bees without breaking your back.
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
Memories of Dad and Horses
Early spring on Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
A Wilson family tradition - homemade cinnamon rolls.
Preparing for spring.
A rooster and his hen
Mush is a tradition at our house. Anytime the family is together there will be at least one batch of mush.
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
Using old-fashioned gardening tools and methods.
A cool creamy coconut pie is just right for Summer time.
My mother's lessons in the garden, and my eventual understanding of the soul that is in gardening.
A short story about what happens when you turn two boys loose in a peach orchard. Even when they are supervised.
A tale of two imaginative children.
Making the classic pot pie with rabbit meat.
An update of spring tasks and happenings at Green's Organic Farm and Apiary.
The Kidding Season has begun at Green Spot Farm in Southeast Kansas.
One of the first veggies of spring happens to be one of my favorites, peas.
Make corned beef the way your mother used to make it.
Simple to put together, chicken tunnels make for safe free ranging.
A story of hidey holes and the hows, and whys, of finding them on old farmsteads like my cousin did at her in-laws place.
A lesson on folklore and why it is sometimes true.
What happens when you try to show a teenage boy something and you are a preteen girl.
Reminiscing about winter and the times when Santa would visit.
A short history of a few Red Currant bushes at the ranch where my husband and I live.
Fall Honey Harvest
A short dissertation on the differences between modern farming machinery and the ones my grandfather used.