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Safe Boating Tips for Summer

Summer provides the perfect time to practically live at the lake if you so desire. Perhaps that’s why more than 20 million Americans, or 7.3% of all residents over the age of 16, own a boat of some form. Bass boats are the most common type of water vessel since they’re simple and affordable enough …

Pie Crust Update!

ALERT! Pie Crust Update!

Ah, pie! Who doesn’t love pie? Custard pie, pumpkin pie, berry pie, meringue pie, ‘mater pie… and any good – or merely beloved – pie chef has his or her favorite crust ‘secrets’ that draw the oohs and ash from their intended pie-audience. Now, there are different sorts of pie crusts for different sorts of …

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Almost Summer

June is upon us, which usually means the spring crops are about done and the summer crops haven’t started producing in abundance yet. So… you’ve taken your morning garden stroll. The corn is a foot high, the tomatoes growing fast but still not blooming, the beans, squash and cukes are up and starting to climb. …

Incoming Fruit!

Pear-Grape Jam & Pear Butter Despite the April freeze, which managed to hit after a March so warm that all the fruit had already blossomed, a goodly amount of concord and muscadine grapes managed to overcome the stress, and the cinnamon pears are falling at easily twice their usual size. And while harvest is a …

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A Merry Christmas Re-Post

This was originally posted to this blog on Christmas Day of 2007. It still applies, even though it’s not a white Christmas here at the ‘stead this year. Best of holiday wishes to one and all… During this 2007 holiday season, it seems the children are all nestled asleep in their beds, with visions of …