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TAG : Winter

Appreciating the Icy Winter on the Farm

Can we all say it together? WE'RE SICK OF WINTER!!! This one has been especially tough here in the Midwest. Since it's our first winter on our Wisconsin farm, we've had a real education in rural living ... or should we say survival! We are now pros at heating with wood, and I've learned what ...

Warm Up With Chai Tea

This recipe comes from my friend, Rittu, who grew up in India. The first time I was there when she made it, I asked her what smelled sooooo good in her kitchen, and she said "it's chai tea ... would you like a cup?" No thanks, I said. I don't really care for chai tea. She just smiled. "Have a ...

Winter Break on the Homestead

In December our weekends are free for the first time since March. Spring, summer and fall find us working to grow and preserve our own food and further our self-reliance. Since Jim and I both still work full-time, gardening occupies our free time nine months of the year: from starting plants ...

Frozen

In the Inland Northwest we get four actual seasons of weather. Each season is unique with its own traits. Spring is when our world begins to awaken and is revitalized with new life. Summer is a time of growth and abundance. Fall is spectacular when the bushes and leaf trees turn shades of ...

A Memory Of Mom – Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

Christmas time was one of Mom’s favorite times of year and the smell of these cookies baking often filled the house – ginger, molasses, raisins and walnuts – spicy and good.I can remember helping Mom make these cookies when I was about 12 years old. One reason I liked these cookies is ...

Santa’s Visit

More snow up here where I live, and I remember growing up and walking to school with my heavy old snow boots and a coat that was a couple of sizes too big so I could grow into it, and the ever present mittens. I still hate mittens! We would carry our good shoes to school with us and change ...

Boys and Girls

Keeping oneself busy during the fall and winter can seem like a daunting task for those of us who are used to being on the go all the time. I do believe that is why so many people in the towns and cities of this great country got hooked on television. (Only my opinion.)In my household when I ...

Trucks in the Snow

Since it’s still technically winter, I thought you all might be interested in one of my first farm adventures. I grew up a town kid, but I had friends that lived on dirt roads.When we moved to our home on a dirt road, I thought I knew what it was all about.Granted, I’d wrecked my dad’s ...

You Could Always Count on Methodist Preachers

One night in northern Nebraska, when a blizzard was raging, my husband's grandmother, Sarah Mead, opened the door, closed it quickly, and reached for her apron to wipe the snow from her face, saying "Only coyotes and Methodist preachers would be out on a night like this!"Her grandson, my ...

On The Garden Path-Winter-blooming plants complete a garden

It’s February, and we’ve hit those difficult weeks when winter has lost its charm, and the cold has yet to give any hint of giving way to spring. Gardeners are full of dreams and plans, and as the craving for flowers grows stronger, we threaten to do dangerous and extravagant things to ...

Health: Nourish your skin in winter

Winter is a time of itchiness and dryness. Flaky skin becomes a norm and constant nourishment becomes essential. You might bundle yourself up in layers of wool but the skin underneath needs much more. Therefore, you need to keep yourself well-moisturized throughout.Here are some easy ways to ...

Herbs can spice up your winter

Gardeners considering growing herbs at home to add some special flavor to their winter can look to the Internet for some inspiration. The United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., contains the National Herb Garden, the nation's largest designed herb garden in the nation. On the Web ...

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