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TAG : Fall 2015

Why I Don’t Mix My Own Feed and More Pages From the Past

Why I Don’t Mix My Own FeedBy E.C. Adams Jackson County, Missouri as told to M.N. BeelerDairycows need a mixed ration. There are two ways to provide what they require. You can buy it or you can mix it yourself. The grain ration can be supplied more cheaply from the home farm if you have the ...

Lambing Season With Suffolk Sheep

Four-Generation FarmWe just finished our lambing season here on Old Home Farm, with the arrival of two sets of triplets from my two special pets, Stormy and Ivory. We time our lambing season for January every year, because we find they do better in colder weather. There’s nothing like sitting ...

Homemade Quick Bread Recipes

Who doesn’t appreciate a piping hot loaf of bread, especially this time of year, when there’s a chill in the air? The problem a lot of us have with baking homemade bread is that it’s time-consuming. For folks who just don’t have the time to wait for yeast bread to rise, quick breads are ...

Preserving and Canning Recipes for Garden Produce

Once upon a time, pantry shelves lined with an abundance of stately jars filled with freshly preserved fruits and vegetables were a source of pride for homemakers, because their handiwork in the kitchen could be counted on to sustain the family through the winter. Today’s supermarkets offer ...

Ring Holder Dish Gets a New Look

I spotted this dish at a thrift store. My original plan was to put it in the bathroom to hold cotton balls, but the color just didn’t match my décor — so I painted it. This dish had a marbled pattern, but a solid stone dish would work just as well.Directions: Wipe down the dish with a ...

Paint Stencils Add Flair to Ceramic Vases

This vase, which held a little bouquet of very faded artificial flowers, came from a garage sale. I don’t typically buy vases, but this one’s shape was unusual, at least as far as vases go, and I thought I could find some use for it. This project was my first attempt at stenciling — and ...

Useful Key Rack

When I saw this pegged shelf at a garage sale, I thought it would make a nice key rack. However, I knew it would take some work, because it looked as though someone else had already attempted to repurpose it by painting it dark blue. I had originally planned to sand off as much blue paint as ...

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