Christmas Memories

Farmgirl with Santa circa 1975     It’s fun looking back at old photographs, especially this time of year. Growing up, my family usually gathered on Christmas Eve at my Grandparents’ house for dinner and gift giving.  It was always a joyful occasion getting to visit with all of my aunts, uncles, and many cousins.  I have fond memories of […]

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Tuesday Tunes: My Favorite Things

 I recently read an article on holiday entertaining.  It suggested having a “Favorite Things” party, where everyone brings and shares a favorite item with the other partygoers.  The gifts don’t have to be expensive– just something you really love: a simple kitchen gadget, a fun nail polish, or a special tea.  Well, since my December is already fairly busy, I won’t […]

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Holiday Snack Mix

I always enjoy making this festive snack mix to share with friends and family.  It makes a fun party favor or even a lovely hostess gift, especially when presented in a colorful tin. Ingredients: Dried cranberries and mini marshmallows will mix merrily with this snack…use your favorites. 10-1/2 oz. pkg. rice cereal squares 8-oz. pkg. candy-coated chocolates 8-oz. pkg. candy-coated […]

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Friday Farm Favorites: Feeling Festive

I LOVE wandering around vintage/antiques stores.  You know the kind—where there’s everything from beautiful, old quilts to those tacky Smurf drinking glasses you just had to collect when you were a child. The fun thing is you never know what you may find….treasure or trinkets.  But, it’s all good stuff! Well, recently, while enjoying a lazy afternoon in one of these […]

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Comfort Food

  Many people have heard of macaroni and cheese, but if you’re Southern, you’ve probably enjoyed this classic on MORE than one occasion.  In the South, mac and cheese is such a popular side dish that some folks might even consider it a vegetable.  Growing up, if there was a family get together, then macaroni and cheese was certainly in […]

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Tuscan Landscape

“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.” ~Mark Twain     “Tuscan Landscape,” 14 x 18 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas by Tonya R. Hengerer   Farmguy and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in Tuscany this year, and I believe Mark Twain’s quote is spot on, because I took over 1000 photographs during our short time there.  Everywhere I […]

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