Delightful Garden Guests

Delightful Garden Guests

Gardens delight in so many ways. They’re a treat for all five of our senses. That’s what makes them worth all the time and sweat, and sometimes agony, that we put into them. One of the ways is by the visitors they attract. This past spring and summer I tried to capture pictures of some …

A Cabbage Worth Keeping ~ Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

A Cabbage Worth Keeping ~ Early Jersey Wakefield

I grew my prettiest cabbages yet this year. It wasn’t a good year for many of my usual crops, but it’s been great for cabbage and kale. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog. Overcoming Challenges One of my biggest challenges with cabbage and kale in the past has been battling …

In the Eye of the Storm ~ Hurricane Harvey

In the Eye of the Storm ~ Hurricane Harvey

My husband’s worst nightmare was coming true. We moved to southwest Missouri from Rockport, Texas, ten years ago, but we still own a business there. While watching the coverage of Hurricane Harvey, they began to predict that he would make landfall at Rockport. Scott’s business, our livelihood, was directly in the eye of the storm. …

America the Beautiful ~ Our Summer Vacation

America the Beautiful ~ Our Summer Vacation

Our summer vacation took us through five states within a week’s time. Our main destination was Colorado, because we had never been there before, but our route took us through other new areas, as well. We did an awful lot of driving and within that short time span the vistas changed dramatically, as did the …

Seasons of Parenting

Seasons of Parenting

When I was expecting our first child, I read a lot of books to prepare myself for the new world of parenting. I didn’t know much of anything about taking care of babies and raising children, so I wanted to learn as much as I could. Little did I know that parenting had different seasons, …

Roadfood ~ The Roadtripper’s Companion

Roadfood ~ The Roadtripper's Companion

My husband and I both enjoy road trips, watching the scenery go by and being in control of our route and schedule. We also prefer eating in diners and local joints as a way to further experience the areas we visit. When I saw Jane and Michael Stern’s book, Roadfood, on Blogging for Books, I …

Mid-Life Blogger’s Peach Cobbler

Mid-Life Blogger's Peach Cobbler

I managed to salvage some peaches in my battle with Brown Rot and I wanted to make a cobbler. There are lots of recipes for peach cobbler, but I was looking for one with more of a crunchy topping, versus a “cakey” one. I ended up combining two different recipes. I was really happy with …

Brown Rot is the Pits

Brown Rot is the Pits

I wasn’t sure if we’d get peaches this year because we had a late freeze right in the middle of blooming. A lot of peaches formed, but most of them fell from the tree. The tree has grown by leaps and bounds this season and has a lot of foliage. A few chickens have taken …

A Passion for Seeds ~ Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

A Passion for Seeds ~ The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

I’ve wanted to visit Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company for a long time. For at least ten years I’ve received their catalogs and watched Jere Gettle’s business and family grow. Their festivals have always looked like so much fun, yet I never found the time to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. My contact there, …

Let Homeschool Freedom Ring!

Let Homeschool Freedom Ring

When we first started homeschooling, I was full of anxiety and self-doubt. As time passed, however, I relaxed and started to enjoy the freedoms it had to offer. I truly treasured them and am thankful that we were able to spend more time with our kids during their fleeting childhood years. At a time when we …