Adventures in Country Living

Adventures in Country Living – Chicken Run

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Adventures in Country Living | 11 comments

Adventures in Country Living – Chicken Run

My husband asked me what I wanted for mother’s day and…as I’ve been wanting to get my garden chicken-proofed so I could plant some spring seeds, he and the kids headed off to the home improvement store, fetched all the things we would need and we were set to go for a Sunday afternoon in the garden. It was time to pull out some spent lettuce and  Little Miss here was my  special assistant.  Blackberries…one of our favorite backyard snacks! The chickens… These ladies are quite comfy in their coop, but...

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Getting Started with Sourdough

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Adventures in Country Living, Recipes | 13 comments

Getting Started with Sourdough

  Greetings friends! Today I am so excited to get to share with you about sourdough. I’ve put together a video tutorial for getting started and if you’ve ever wondered about working with sourdough but have never known how to begin, I hope this video will be helpful to you! And below in the comments, I’d love to chat with you about any sourdough experiences you might have, or if you’re just getting started and have some questions, please ask! :) If you are viewing this via email and the video doesn’t load, you can access it...

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An Evening of Pioneer Revelry

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Adventures in Country Living | 26 comments

An Evening of Pioneer Revelry

As a historical writer, I spend a good bit of time in a world with no electricity through story. I’m always curious–what was it like? Looking back over the Cadence of Grace series, I wondered–did I get it right? So in the spirit of research, I thought it might be fun to get the family involved and when I threw the half-crazy idea out to my husband, he happily agreed. The kids seemed to like the adventure of it: an evening of no-electricity and nothing modern. It’s amazing how the simplest of things–like turning on a light, can be taken such for granted! So before...

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In the Bluegrass Studio (with my Dad!)

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Adventures in Country Living, My Journal | 20 comments

In the Bluegrass Studio (with my Dad!)

  The man on the mandolin, there? That’s my DAD. :) Most folks call him “Buddy Mike” because he’s a friend to everyone. If you saw the pictures from the book launch party, he was the music and folks had such a great time singing along.  He is such a great dad and the little guy you see there is baby Caleb. I took some pictures while we were in my dad’s music room recently. He was working on composing and recording some bluegrass music for me to use in a rug-making video which I’m going to have for you all soon. But in the meantime,...

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Grain Sack Pillow Cover Tutorial {& Giveaway!}

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Adventures in Country Living | 83 comments

Grain Sack Pillow Cover Tutorial {& Giveaway!}

Today, it’s my joy to introduce to you my dear friend, Amanda Dykes. She’s put together a fantastic grain sack pillow tutorial and has so graciously offered a custom-made pillow to give away! To enter, simply leave a comment below! Grain sacks are brilliant and beautiful. The history geek in me gets way too excited about these lovelies. Way –Back-When in Europe, people would cart their grains to market in monogramed grain sacks. The unique stripe patterns and initials—usually in red, shades of brown, or blue– were unique to the farm they came from, so...

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My NEW Pioneer-Inspired Pantry ~ Before and After!

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 in Adventures in Country Living, Recipes | 48 comments

My NEW Pioneer-Inspired Pantry  ~  Before and After!

As a wife and mommy who wants to feed her family natural, homemade food, I was often saddened by the state of my pantry and how I had let it slip away from me this last year since having baby #3. I yearn to cook homemade meals with healthy and delicious ingredients, but was always finding myself staring at the useless mess I called a pantry–with no meal planning inspiration whatsoever. As a writer of historical fiction, I’ve always been so fond of how housewives kept a well-stocked pantry with grains, herbs and spices, and dried beans and such in the olden...

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Moonshine Pecan Pie with Butterscotch

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 in Adventures in Country Living, Recipes, The Cadence of Grace Series | 29 comments

Moonshine Pecan Pie with Butterscotch

Moonshine is a real part of Appalachian culture, and because of this, I wanted the scenes in Be Still My Soul that revolve around it to be as authentic as possible. I also wanted Gideon’s journey to be real. As the hero of the story, he struggles with putting alcohol above the people in his life, early on. But thankfully, there is no struggle too great for God to work and Gideon will grow throughout the book. Here is a brief scene that shows part of his journey:   Bert motioned to the still. The big pot, capped with a lid, seemed to be made of solid copper. A...

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