Do It Yourself

We overcame rocky soil and built a decorative fence.
A ranch's dirty little secret - the junk pile!
We go into how a hobbyist can actually make her own olive oil with a modicum of patience and the right equipment.
I finally taught myself how to make a Christmas wreath from leftover fir trimmings - with a very rambunctious 1 year old to help.
The author's husband - with a little assistance from the author - transforms a regular bed truck into a flat bed truck.
I worked alongside my dad to build our goat shed.
We finally complete our much anticipated and ballyhooed chicken pen extension.
Being thankful for more than items and other tangible things is important. As well as a brief introduction about my lifestyle.
Old-World archways create an elegant, open flow from one space to another and are much easier to create than you might think!
The sounds in the country are far different than those of the cities.
We were continually working either in the city or on the farm, and loving every moment of it.
We vaccinate and doctor our heifers and castrate our bull calves.
A walk around the neighborhood with my dog.
My journey of raising sheep as a kid and again now 20 years later. Lots of old pictures of me back then.
In reading books of yesteryear, when a young girl was about to marry, her mother purchased yards and yards of material and sewed for days making all the linens she would need for her bed, kitchen and table. Sometimes these would already have been made and waiting in her hope chest.
A home-cooked dessert for comfort and citrus bliss.
Iron pans are great for every thing on a farm, ranch or homestead.
The author talks about her own experiences of bad winter weather and tells a few stories of tragic Great Plains blizzards.
The author shares her experiences with ticks on the homestead and offers some advice.
My mama's hen laid a double yolked egg. My Minnesota poultry expert friend explained how it happened.
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.
What happened to the crafts of the past?
Sometimes you just have to take out time to do something you’ve always enjoyed, such as sewing. A fun project for your granddaughter makes it even better!
Re-purpose old louver doors into a lovely bookshelf in just one day!
A small bench near a quiet pond on a cattle ranch. A Bible and a cup of tea.
The story of how we got here and who we are.
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
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.
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.
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!
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.

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