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Get to Know Grandma

Her favorite singer is Frank Sinatra. She was born in 1928 and grew up in a traditional limestone rock farmhouse near Garnavillo, Iowa. The house my grandma grew up in did not have electricity until she was well into her teen years.My Grandma and I have virtually nothing in common. She was a ...

A Day of Thanks

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It's a day to give thanks, a time to remember what you are grateful for and to be with family. As I write this, the Thanksgiving as I knew it is no longer what it used to be for me. Yes, I'm so very grateful for our service members that service members ...

Family Reunions

Memorial Day weekend was a time for reunions and family gathering for my family.As the unofficial start of the summer season, everyone would first gather at the local family cemetery to put flags onto the family veterans that had passed away. Not many in my family have served, but it's still a ...

Sharing the Tradition

Have you ever asked someone for a recipe when your taste buds have exploded with joy after that first bite? And then their sly-smiled response is: "It's a family secret!"Wow, what a letdown! I mean, would it be reasonable to expect an invitation to every meal with this person and then ask them ...

It was Aunt Lucy’s

I lovingly call it the "treasure trove," from her craft emporium to the multitude of recipe books, embroidery floss, now vintage fabric and patterns, everything in between, the lovely Depression glass bowls, butter dishes and crocheted doilies, most of which are now lovely vintage crochet ...

Collecting Family Recipes: A Group Effort

Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions(University of Georgia Press, 2015), by Valerie J. Frey provides useful tips for successfully gathering and preserving family recipes. The book offers advice on interviewing relatives, documenting family food traditions, ...

The Family Plot

The Family PlotMemorial Day is here. A three-day weekend that signals the official arrival of vacation fun. But Memorial Day was intended to be a time of remembrance of our fallen soldiers as well as our loved ones that have passed on. For me, Memorial Day has always meant a trip to the ...

Plum Tired

It happened that day just as it did almost every other day. "Mom," said 10-year-old Tristan as he walked in the door from school, “I want an iPod. Even Sophia in Grade 2 has an iPod." Cody echoed Tristan's sentiments. "I'm the only one in my class without a phone," said the 12-year-old. And ...

My Crochet Teacher

My husband and I have been married almost 30 years. As I type that number I look at it in something akin to shock to realize I have been a part of his family for that long – and survived! However, one of the best parts of his family that I was able to experience was his grandmother – or as ...

Pass It On

It's interesting to me, in taking this journey towards self-sufficiency, how many aspects of "going green" or being "organic" I learned growing up with my parents. However, at that point, it was just the way we lived because my parents were born to parents who went through the Great ...

Managing a Gang on the Farm at Christmas

Santa is coming, and it turns out I am Santa running a country bed and breakfast. When the family arrives for Christmas it is a four-day event. There is so much to do here and instead of getting the tree in last night, I was busy sucking on a syphon to clean the 75-gallon fish tank. I had no ...

Perfect Farmhouse Pancakes

Here on the farm, I often have overnight guests and I always make a big breakfast or brunch to start the day. These perfect pancakes served with my homemade fruit compote and jams are always on the menu. My family loves them. The fruit in the compote changes as the seasons change.Recipes seem ...

Simple Celebrations

We celebrated our second wedding anniversary June 3. Like last year, we planned a picnic for two at a nearby state park to mark the occasion. This year we had to postpone due to the weather, but it didn’t matter. We had a nice dinner, starting with a salad using our very own greens from our ...

100 Years of Mice

Moving into a new home is always an adventure. Moving into a “new-to-you” home that happens to be around 100 years old is even more of an adventure. Moving from the mega-suburbs of Chicago into a “new-to-you” home that happens to be around 100 years old that is on a 40-acre farm on a ...

Thanksgiving Week – 2013

My family has a few traditions – I say that tongue in cheek! We have a ton of Thanksgiving traditions. It is the one holiday that we all do our best to gather at the family farm. There are seven of us siblings and now our children and grandchildren. We have a number of great cooks in the ...

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