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    Old world self-sufficiency in a new world … 

So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

4-H for Adults?

I can’t say enough about the 4-H program. With the demise of home-economics and agriculture programs in our public schools, the 4-H program picks up the slack and offers youth ‘hands on learning’ in arts of back to basic living. But what about all the adults who would benefit from such a program?

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Tweezer Weeding – Part 3

A weed is a plant growing where you don’t want it. Use discernment and don’t dis the volunteers. Part three in a short series of experiences and deeper contemplations on the trials of ‘tares’ in the field.

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Tweezer Weeding – Part 2

No weeds, Ever, is not practical and at times even detrimental to the crop. Part two in a short series of experiences and deeper contemplations on the trials of ‘tares’ in the field.

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Tweezer Weeding – Part 1

Since I saw that first advertisement for Troy-bilt rototillers, I thought the perfect garden was to have NO weeds, EVER. This is a series of experiences and deeper contemplation on the trials of ‘tares’ in the field.

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Dehydrated Rose Hips

Thereare many culinary uses for rose hips. They can be used fresh, dried, orpreserved. Rose hips can be used in apple sauce, soups and stews, syrups, puddings, marmalade, tarts, breads, and pie, or made into a jam or jelly.

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Homemade Bread

As I was making bread the other day, I thought about my first few batches and how difficult this brand new world seemed to be.

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