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How to Make Seed Balls for the Garden

Time to gather up the kids and let them play in the muddy dirt. Teach them how to make seed balls with wild flower seeds. The will have a blast making this fun mud ball, learning about gardening, being outdoors and did I mention getting muddy. Photo by Eva Waardenburg on UnsplashWildflower ...

How To Boil and Store Ground Beef

Looking for a quick way to cook and store ground beef? Try the boiling method for a fast and easy way to cook a bunch of meat all at once. Boiling ground beef was something my mother and grandmother did two or three times a year. They would store the cooked meat in freezer containers in two ...

Grapenuts Toasted Cereal

"Grapenuts" cereal is extremely easy to make straight from your very own kitchen. Please stop purchasing the expensive stuff you find in the stores and start making your own. There are no fancy ingredients to purchase. use a natural sweetener like honey, molasses or maple syrup. Do a ...

Crockpot Lava Cake

Anytime during the year is perfect for using your Crock-Pot; some people may call it a slow cooker. Doesn't matter the name, what your make inside is what counts.Come along and make this simple Crock-Pot Lava Cake for your family tonight. No special ingredients, just open your pantry doors, ...

Classic Cottage Cheese from Your Kitchen

How easy is it to make Classic Cottage Cheese from your kitchen? The key word is easy and yes it can be accomplished from your kitchen. This classic Cottage Cheese can be made in one hour and makes approximately 1 1/2 pounds of cottage cheese. Use your fresh Cottage Cheese in lasagna, ...

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has finally sprung in Central Illinois! I am sure that across many states, we all certainly experienced the LONGEST winter ever! Even though the calendar marked that spring had arrived, Mother Nature apparently did not agree.With that strong feminine mind of her own, she played a great ...

The Noodle Wagon

The last living memory I have of my mom was the day before my 18th birthday. For more than half of my young life, she had struggled with serious complications from diabetes and passed away at the age of 52. As a result, for the last 39 years, I have found myself meandering through life trying ...

The Importance of Soil (and Soul) Mending

When I look back, it's hard to believe that I have been a therapist for over half of my life. It makes sense, though, that my life's calling would end up being a mender of souls. As a young child, I was often found on a porch swing, visiting with my lonely, widowed neighbors. Or, giving ...

Burma Shave Summer

Summer is the time of travel for most people who have the leisure time or means. When I was young, we didn't travel muchm but when we did it was always a road trip. We all piled in the old Ford and as we got a block away my mom always forgot something and we'd go back. No kidding! This didn't ...

Railroad Stories: Loved Passenger Train Travel

In the summer of 1941, my mother, father, sisters, grandmother and I enjoyed passenger train travel from Rock Island, Ill., to Oroville, Calif. All his life, my father had been a railroad enthusiast. His growing up years had been spent on a farm in Missouri, but in his heart, he loved trains. ...

Railroad Stories: Railroad Agent Found Love On the Job

It was the turn of the 20th century in the small town of Galt, Ill., when a new railroad agent began working at the depot. The news spread quickly through town. He was young, tall and good-looking. Most important to a particular segment of the population, he was unmarried. His name was John E. ...

More Hometown Heritage

Murphysboro, Illinois, Survived 1925 TornadoMy hometown of Murphysboro is located in southern Illinois and was hit by one of the worst tornadoes ever, in 1925. I wasn’t quite 3 yet, so I don’t remember it, but I have heard many stories about it from family members. According to the stories ...

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