Grandma’s Green Beans

Grandma’s Green Beans

When we were planning my daughter Heather’s birthday this year, we decided on an early dinner—kind of quiet with all her favorite dishes, a gluten-free birthday cake and a table full of family and friends. Really, this is pretty much how we do all birthdays, with the...
Create a Bowl Full of Blessings

Create a Bowl Full of Blessings

While I am usually encouraging you to fill your bowls with wholesome breakfast grains and good-for-you soups, I’m suggesting something a little different this time: prayers and blessings. Near the end of January, I attended an online event hosted by Elsie Kerns, a...
Where Is Your Wild?

Where Is Your Wild?

The other night, I was sitting with my husband and our big black cat Bear watching Nature on PBS. It’s one of our favorite shows because it transports us to so many places we will probably never physically visit. It keeps us informed about the wonders of our planet...
The 2017 Christmas Box

The 2017 Christmas Box

My 2017 Christmas box contains a combination of old favorites and new surprises. Green Gal Granola is an annual “must-include”; my homemade citrus salt is making a repeat appearance; and I’ve created another set of homemade cards, using leftover papers and previously...
Farm Like a Girl

Farm Like a Girl

Blaine Bilyeu is a beautiful, statuesque redhead, with enormous blue eyes and flawless porcelain skin. She could have been in high fashion, but she chose, instead, to be… a pig farmer. Blaine is the owner and steward of Papa’s Pasture, a 122-acre family farm, the home...
A Peaceable Kingdom

A Peaceable Kingdom

It is a world where everyone gets along, everyone is respectful of privacy and quiet, everyone does a fair share of the work, and everyone benefits equally from the efforts of all. “So where is this Eden?” you may ask. It’s in East Pierron, (Millersburg) IL. No way!...