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TAG : Winter 2015

Letters to the Editor from the Winter 2015 Issue

Family FavoriteI really enjoy Capper’s Farmer. All through my growing-up years, Capper’s Weekly was an eagerly anticipated periodical. Often it was a contest between us three children to be first to the mailbox on the day Capper’s came. Each of us, as well as our parents, had a favorite ...

Plenty of Christmas Gifts for Regan Boys

Christmas on the farm, with three young boys spaced two years apart, was a special time of year at the Regan household. Our family was of sufficient, but by no means wealthy income – Dad was a schoolteacher and Mom was a homemaker, though through determination she supplemented the family ...

Playing in the Snow and Baking Cookies

When I was young, we lived up North where there was plenty of snow and cold winter weather. My sisters and I anticipated that last day of school before Christmas break, and would veritably bust out of the school building and race for home as soon as the day ended.We had what seemed like a small ...

DIY Remembrance Pillows

A great way to honor a loved one who has passed away is to make a remembrance pillow out of one of his or her button-down shirts.Even if you’re not an experienced seamstress, this is a simple project. If you don’t have a sewing machine, and you don’t want to invest in one, you can ...

Families Gathered for Christmas Celebration

My folks made Christmas a special time for me and my younger sisters, with lots of decorations, fun and love.I remember decorations all over the house. I’m sure my mother didn’t have those in the early years, particularly when I was very young, but she certainly has them now – many large ...

Capper’s Farmer Christmas Traditions

Every family has traditions when it comes to celebrating the holidays, from must-have foods and decorations to church services, to decorating the tree and opening gifts. Following are the family traditions from the editors of Capper’s Farmer.Holiday Traditions from the StaffPlaying in the ...

Christmas Eve Jitters: Waiting for Santa Claus

When my sister and I were kids, Christmas dinner with my mom’s side of the family took place at our house, and later that night, we went to my grandparents’ house to celebrate with my dad’s side of the family. So, since Christmas Day was full of activities from sunup to sundown, my ...

Christmas Cookies & Candies

Easy Christmas Candy Recipes and Holiday Cookie Recipes

I’m not exactly sure when – or how – it started, but somehow through the years my mom has become the cookie and candy maker in the family. She loves cooking and baking, especially for others, so I know she doesn’t mind it. However, as the family has grown, so has the list of requested ...

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Real Christmas Trees: A Family Tradition

Christmas has been one of my favorite holidays since I can remember. As a family, we would head to the pasture and cut a cedar for our Christmas tree. We’d haul back the fragrant mass of prickly branches, and my brother and I would immediately begin to decorate it together, all the while ...

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Spending time with loved ones and celebrating all the things we’re thankful for is what Thanksgiving is all about. Of course, a delicious feast is something we’ve all grown accustomed to – and something we eagerly anticipate.It’s believed that the first Thanksgiving, held in 1621, saw ...

20 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Preparing meals in a slow cooker is a great way to save time. Simply place your ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, cover it, and let it cook all day. When you get home that evening, supper is ready – and as an added bonus, using a slow cooker also makes cleanup a breeze.Soups and ...

Festive Halloween Party Snacks

If you’re planning an upcoming Halloween party, here are a few fun and festive ideas to get the party started.The first order of business is decorating for the occasion. Decorations don’t have to be spooky, just Halloween-ish. Carved pumpkins, colorful autumn leaves, cobwebs and a few ...

Decorating for Christmas: Nativity Scene Becomes a Favorite

My folks made Christmas a special time for me and my younger sisters, with lots of decorations, fun and love.I remember decorations all over the house. I’m sure my mother didn’t have those in the early years, particularly when I was very young, but she certainly has them now – many large ...

DIY Christmas Sprouting Pots

These little Christmas pots are reminiscent of the spring season, with green peat moss. The candles are strictly decorative and are not to be lit.Christmas Pot Materials• Small planting pots — metal, terra cotta or ceramic • Clean rag • Masking tape • Black chalkboard paint • ...

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