Learning to Stay at Home as a Homemaker- 1907

From my farm I can see most of the world; and if I wait here long enough all people pass this way. -1907 I ran across this sentence and took a second look at it. It wasn’t specifically written from a housewife’s perspective, but I think it’s meaningful. I haven’t always been a housewife, of…

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How to Can Juneberries and My Favorite Way to Use Them

I scour my seed catalogs every winter, looking for something interesting and unique-to-me to grow in my garden. While it’s fun to master the challenge of growing a “new” food, what do you do with it when you actually get a harvest? I asked myself just that when my two juneberry bushes started to yield…

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How to Make Kombucha Without a SCOBY

There are SO many decisions to make when you’re moving, trying to decide what is worth packing and hauling and what is better left behind. When I moved to Texas last year, I made a last-minute decision to keep my kombucha SCOBY, not wanting to toss a faithful friend to the curb. I put it…

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I’m Working For a Better Future, 1922

This year marks 100 years ago that the Farmer’s Wife magazine asked its readers the question, “Do you want your daughter to marry a farmer?” and received responses from women all over the United States. Laurie compiled many of these glimpses into farm wives’ lives and paired them with traditional quilt blocks in her book…

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