Category Archives: Cottage lifestyle

A Ducks’ Tale

In order to find a safe place for the ducks and Canada geese to nest around our pond, my brother placed a nesting box on top of the metal grid over the overflow culvert.  It certainly kept critters like raccoons, … Continue reading

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The Security of the Sheep Fold

Our rustic garden shed was on the farm property when we restored our barn home.  We believe it was a sheep shed.  Now it houses equipment and tools but I like to think of sheep being herded inside for protection … Continue reading

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Seasons of Farm Grove Cookbook – 2nd Edition

We are excited about the 2nd edition of our family home and restaurant cookbook. It is an updated and expanded version of the original, containing not only recipes from our tearoom but favorites from our families and the best of … Continue reading

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Are You a Closet Prepper?

TEA LIGHT HOME HEATER Women like security. With the increase in natural disasters, having a stash of handy tools is a good idea; and I have friends who feel the same way.  If the electricity is off for a protracted time, … Continue reading

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Pussywillow On The Easter Table

The Pussywillows are in bud–a perfect time to cut some branches to bring inside.  Place the branches in a tall vase with warm water and watch them slowly unfurl. The soft downy bloom reminds me of baby duck down or … Continue reading

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Lime Slush for March–Irish or Not

It was a nostalgic day on Sunday.  Both of our children and their spouses were having dinner with us to celebrate my birthday.  For fun I made the base for Lime Slush from our Farm Grove Cookbook – Recipes from … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Frugal Ways — In Style Again

My winter project is to update and re-publish our restaurant cookbook entitled Seasons of Farm Grove – Recipes from a Heartland Home & Restaurant. One of the chapters is entitled Grandma’s Legacy.  In addition to some of her recipes, I … Continue reading

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