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TAG : Fall 2017

Quick and Easy Holiday Snowman Decorations

Recently, while my sister and I were making plans for our family's Christmas gathering, we were trying to come up with something fun, festive, simple, and inexpensive we could make to decorate the tables. Then I remembered the project for these little snowmen, which I'd seen many times on ...

Grandmother’s Holiday Recipes

If you're looking for some new dishes to try this holiday season, I invite you to celebrate with a few of my family's favorite recipes, made legendary by my grandmother.My beloved grandmother was famous – well, almost famous – for her Southern-style pancakes. Most of the people in the ...

Bendigo Shafter: A Tale About Homestead Living

Where the wagons stopped we built our homes, making the cabins tight against the winter’s coming. Here in this place we would build our town, here we would create something new. We would space our buildings, lay out our streets, and dig wells to provide water for our people. The idea of it ...

DIY Home Décor: Tiered Stand or Tray

Christmas is a happy time where giving, decorating, and good food complement the heart of who we are. Homes are filled with trimmings and decorations in an array of festive colors of red, green, silver, and gold. Not long ago, I was inspired to create something fun that could be used ...

DIY Old-Fashioned Clothesline

Laundry is like the mail, in the sense that you can expect some every day.In the warmer months, rural folks often take advantage of the sun’s drying power by hanging their laundry on a clothesline. With minimal investment, you can create an easy and sustainable outdoor clothes drying option ...

DIY Welcome Sign

Every season is a fresh start, offering something new and inviting to wake us up. Fall brings with it a sense of warmth, with colors symbolizing comfort and fun activities. If you're thinking about fall decorations for your yard, this simple stencil sign is the perfect project. Stencils are ...

Canning and Baking With Homemade Applesauce

If you have an abundance of apples every fall, you know that all of that goodness must be preserved somehow. While homemade pie filling, jelly, jam, juice, and cider are all delicious ways to use up some of the surplus, they're all also high in sugar. As a busy home-schooling mom, I want the ...

Heart of the Home: Hershey Chocolates Were a Thoughtful Gesture

As a young girl, I always looked forward to spending time at my grandma’s house each summer. A kind woman raised on a farm in Kentucky, she always had a jar full of cookies and a pie on the counter.Up the street from her home in a quiet neighborhood amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains, an ...

Heart of the Home: Random Acts of Kindness

We asked readers to send in stories about random acts of kindness, either acts they had shown, or acts shown to them. We received several stories. Here are a few of our favorites, including a story of how one reader's mother showed appreciation, a story about generous support from family and ...

Heart of the Home: Generous Support From Family and Friends

In May 1984, when I was five months pregnant with our first child, my husband, Tony, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease – a form of cancer. Fear reared its ugly head. I had so many questions. Would Tony live to see our baby grow up? Was his cancer curable? What if ... how would I ...?I ...

Heart of the Home: Woman Shows Appreciation for Men on Garbage Truck

My mother, who raised eight children, knew how difficult things could be, and she also realized there were a lot of thankless tasks that had to be done.So, one particularly hot summer day many years ago, she put a bottle of soda inside a paper bag filled with ice, and set it on a small chair in ...

Holiday Traditions

Every year, I say Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday, and every year, I have to stop and think about whether or not I can honestly say that. I still can. But it’s a little bit like trying to decide which barbecue in Kansas City is the best, or which cut of steak is best: I love ’em all. ...

How to Cook a Turkey

It seems as though everyone has their own favorite way to cook a turkey. Just ask anyone – or browse the internet – and you'll get a zillion different answers. The differences are generally either a matter of taste preference or because that's how the cook was taught by Mom or Grandma. ...

Letters to the Editor from the Fall 2017 Issue

Cover Illustration Evokes MemoriesThe cover illustration (Winter 2017) of the farm cookstove with the water kettle on the top sending welcome steam into the kitchen and house brings back memories for those of us who used this type of heating and cooking appliance. The coffee grinder and bag of ...