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TAG : summer 2017

Summer Adventures

Since the time I was a kid, poison ivy rashes and bug bites have plagued me during the summer months. Poison ivy rashes can lead to several days of misery and make a person gun-shy of the outdoors. The same can be said of tick bites, mosquito bites, and chigger bites. I remember well the time I ...

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Growing Tomatoes

The amazing number of tomato cultivars that flood the market every year can make choosing which tomato to plant a puzzling choice. Since tomatoes are versatile in their uses, it helps to know which tomato variety falls into which category. One approach that can help your decision is to consider ...

Cooking Techniques for Making the Best Southern Fried Chicken

Traditional Southern fried chicken is a comfort food everyone loves, but many cooks end up with disappointing results. Oftentimes the chicken looks beautiful on the outside, but it's bloody near the bones. Other times, when the cook monitors the internal temperature of the chicken, the outside ...

Letters to the Editor from the Summer 2017 Issue

Memory LaneI enjoyed the photographs of the old woodstoves featured in Memory Lane in the Winter issue. I’m 73 and have fond memories of the Home Comfort woodstove my mother cooked on. I still remember the warmth it provided, and the amazing smells that came from that stove.I have the ...

History of the Old Outhouse

As people settled on the Great Plains, a need for sanitary facilities arose. In order to meet this need, outhouses were constructed using lumber or bricks. Outhouses were a type of “folk architecture” and soon became commonplace.Contrary to need, some people didn't like outhouses and ...

The Family Farm

It had been 42 years since I'd last seen my great-grandparents' farm. It was where my mom's side of our family would gather from time to time during my childhood. It was a haven for my siblings and me. My father was a minister, and we moved often, so the farm provided us children with a sense ...

Capper's Farmer - Your Hub for All Things Handmade

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