Christmas Craft Project

My friend, Hilda Collins, lead our Farm Girls and Feed Sacks group in creating a Christmas craft project in November. I put mine on the tree and think it is really cute! It was simple and kids could make it for teachers or grandparents.

Supplies needed: small jar, glue, decoration with adhesive backing (optional), sponge paint brush, ribbon, salt, disposable bowl and tealight candle.

Directions: Put decoration with adhesive backing on jar (optional), use sponge brush to add glue, put salt in disposable bowl and roll jar in salt. Set aside to dry. Add ribbon on outside and tealight candle inside.

Enjoy!

Latest Basket

This little basket was fun to weave. I am a blue person so this one makes me smile. I love covered bridges and purchased this painted base and blue leather handles at the Texas Basket Weaver’s Convention in Austin, Texas. Special thanks to friends in my basket weaving guild (Tightly Woven Basketry Guild of the NRV) for sharing smoked colored reed🙂 This is my first basket to use this color and I love it!

Latest Basket

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This little basket was fun to weave. I am a blue person so this one makes me smile. I love covered bridges and purchased this painted base and blue leather handles at the Texas Basket Weaver’s Convention in Austin, Texas. Special thanks to friends in my basket weaving guild (Tightly Woven Basketry Guild of the NRV) for sharing smoked colored reed🙂 This is my first basket to use this color and I love it!

Poor Farmer’s Market: Old Fashion Country Store

When visiting Mabry Mill in the Meadows of Dan area, we always have to stop at Poor Farmer’s Market.  They always carry “a taste from the past” including a huge selection of awesome produce, a large variety of dried beans, ground products from the mill, more books than you can imagine by local authors, mountains gifts, crafts, and much more.

Aren’t these October beans a pretty sight?

After being hand-shelled, these October beans sure make a fine addition to an ole timey, all vegetable dinner following a trip to Poor Farmer’s Market.

Y’all come back now, ya’ hear?

Thank you, Felicia Shelor, for such an awesome place to shop for “a taste from the past”.

Kansas Sunflowers

My birthday in Kansas was the best ever! We were there for my niece’s wedding. I had a blast visiting with my kids, grandbabies and other family members. To top things off, the Kansas sunflowers were in full bloom. How exciting! After a fun-filled day, my sister and brother-in-law treated us to the best birthday dinner ever.

On Labor Day, traffic was backed up more than 5 miles and shut down the popular sunflower field. I am thankful that we went to Grinter Farms, near Lawrence, on Tuesday.

A few locals said they have never been here. Seriously? I would be here every year if I lived close by! This place was not on my bucket list but it certainly would have been if I would have known about it and realized how spectacular it was!

For more information, visit Grinter Farms on Facebook.

Featured Cook: Melinda Paxton

Ocassionally, I have a “featured quilter” on my blog, but today (for the first time) I have a “featured cook”. I am excited to share a recipe from my childhood friend, Melinda Holloway Paxton’s cookbook “Remember When We Cooked?” Melinda’s dad, Kenneth Holloway, was an extension agent when I was in 4-H. She and I are lifelong friends and have great memories together.

“Remember When We Cooked?” is about seven friends who met while working at an electric company as home economists. Melinda Paxton, Diane Bim, Jan Davis, Kay Davis, Connie Moyers, Christie Pare, and Gail Simmons traveled and gave demonstrations. In the cookbook, the seven ladies provide family recipes that are special to them, as well as an award winning 4-H Food Show recipe.

Melinda believes it is important to cook at home and the cookbook promotes sitting down together and eating meals as a family.

I recently cooked “Praline Chicken”. It was quick, easy, and delicious!

To order “Remember When We Cooked?” contact Melinda at mpaxton62@hotmail.com