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A Community Tradition

One of the things I love most about living in the county is the community.My community extends farther than just my little 40 acres. In the years I have lived here, I have seen many lovely community events all around me.Each year there is the annual Bruno Fire Department Fish Fry held to raise ...

Gratitude for the Public Library

Do you frequent your local public library? We continually visited ours when we had our four young children, and started again a few years ago. After giving away most of our personal library, we decided to start borrowing books instead of buying them. Of course, the library had really evolved ...

Kitchen Resolutions For 2015

I have just finished preparing a four-day feast for my family, and now the farmhouse kitchen is somewhat tidy. I still have tins of shortbread cookies and five types of cakes strategically placed and easy to reach. I wanted to write a few kitchen resolutions for 2015. As someone who spends ...

Past, Present and Future Homesteader

I had never really thought of myself as a homesteader. That term had always been used for my great-grandparents, my grandparents and my uncle. They moved from one area and into a new part of the country where they homesteaded. They all made their homes near one another and lived there for the ...

Heritage Harvest Festival 2013

Organic Gardener. Sustainability Spokesperson. Natural Beekeeper. Farm-to-Fork Cook. Small, Local Business Supporter. Committed Preserver.These are some of the hats I wear daily here on our little plot of suburbia. My day may start with a check on the beehives, continue with a little bread ...

Foggy Morning Dreams

September arrived as hot as August, but yesterday we woke to heavy fog. It clung to the valley below us until mid-morning and brought with it a welcome break in the heat. Although they aren't the best for the tomatoes, I love foggy mornings. In fact, when I married into the family in 1981 and ...

Roughing It Was Disastrous

At the age of 22, my husband, Leo, and I impulsively decided to take a family trip and go camping. We didn’t have a tent, but we borrowed a couple of tarps and set off one Friday evening after work. We took food and coffee, along with several bottles of milk, baby food and diapers for our ...

Camping Trip Turns Stormy in Great Basin National Park

For a man, turning 50 is a wake-up call.It’s the one birthday where he finally realizes that maybe — just maybe — he isn’t going to accomplish all of the things in life that he had hoped. Personally, I’m still holding out for that NFL draft pick.So there I was, with August 8, 2009, ...

Family Camping and Fishing Trip

My most memorable camping trip would have to be the fishing trip I went on with my mother, grandmother and three sisters when I was about 9 years old.We went to a small camping area on Pratt Lake in Michigan. Our tent was an old heavy canvas World War I Army tent made with no floor. When we ...

Former Girl Scout Shared Camping Know-How

My daughter was 7 years old and a Brownie, and I was 42. Since I worked, I could only be a Brownie mother on weekends. Imagine my surprise when my daughter brought home a notice that her troop was going on a camping trip for the weekend at the lake on the estate of a retired movie cowboy.This ...

Campfire Cooking Was Best Part of Camping

I’ve always wished I were more of a live-off-the-land ‘outdoorsy’ girl who wasn’t afraid of “roughing it” in the woods and creat­­­­e tasty meals over red hot coals. But a camper I am not!No matter how old I was, where I camped, or how much padding was underneath me as I tried ...

Tent Camping Proved Challenging

“Wanted: Women interested in being Girl Scout leaders. Please call this number.” Wow! That’s right up my alley, I thought. I had been in the Girl Scouts for a few years. I had earned my second-class badge and was working on my first-class when the interest in scouting dropped so low that ...

Stories of Camping Adventures

Camping is a favorite and inexpensive summer activity for many folks. Roughing it in the wilderness can be an adventure, or sometimes a misadventure. While some enjoy tent camping, others prefer the luxury of a camper. Either way, the experiences are many, and the memories made from sleeping ...

Stories of Food Preservation Methods

Many years ago, knowing food preservation methods was necessary in order for families to survive. In today’s world, preserving is once again on the rise. Canning fruits and fresh vegetables is a great way to make your garden produce go the distance.Here are some stories from CAPPER’s ...

Tradition of Preserving Food Lives On

I’m 90 years old and have always lived on a farm. As far back as I can remember, Mama preserved fruit, vegetables and even meat, so our family would have plenty to eat during winter.It began in spring with strawberries. I would help pick them, and then Mama would preserve them. Oh, how I ...

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