Monthly Archives: May 2011

Recipe For A Farmgirl

All of us farmgirls have much in common, don’t we? Even though our lives, locale and lifestyles differ, we share some key ingredients.

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Swept Away… at Old Sturbridge Village

My in-laws were visiting the last few weeks from Denmark.  They’ve been here many times, visiting New York City more times than we can count.  So, last weekend, I decided to head the other direction to one of my favorite places, a true taste of New England…Old Sturbridge Village, in Massachusetts.  Farmgirl road trip!

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Ms. Margaret and the Past Little While

[Previous Rural Farmgirl, June 2010 – January 2012]

WOW! It’s finally here – the dandelions and robins are the harbingers – but this spring is different on our farm, different than any other in so very many ways. Things come and go, and this year there are some biggies.

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Flags, Flowers and Rememberances

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA. – Lee Greenwood

One thing there’s no shortage of in America’s Hometown is our beloved Old Glory. She flies proudly, waving her stars and stripes against the sky, rain or shine in the front yards of local residents, adorning town buildings, and on the gravestones of Veteran’s who sacrificed their lives for our continued freedom.

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Creativity Challenge(d)

“If you are creative and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re creative and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re creative and you know it then your face will surely show it….”

Are you clapping your hands? Or are you sitting on them, thinking “not me”?

Before we talk about our creativity, or lack thereof, will you participate in our very own Creativity Poll? It will only take a few seconds, there’s just that one question. Here’s the link to the poll.

(Sorry, y’all, that poll only allows for 100 votes; so it’s closed already….88% answered YES and 12% answered NO)

Thanks to the CREATIVITY of reader Sara! I started a new poll. Here’s the link to the new one. Pop over and vote!

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A Bee In Her Bonnet

Having a “bee in your bonnet” is to be tenaciously preoccupied with an idea. The visual is humorous unless the bee is in your bonnet. Anyway, the old cliche`dates back to the 1700s and it is still with us because the situation it refers to is still very much a part of the human condition … and my own of late.

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Going, Going….Gone! (Organic!)

I could fill a phone book listin’ all the ways that MaryJane Butters has influenced my life!  The biggest change has to be my family going organic in the foods we eat.  But, in these tough times, how does a typical Suburban family go organic yet stick to a budget? I’ll tell you how…

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Home Sweet Cottage

~Heaven’s a Little Closer in a Cottage by the Sea~

Sweet reader DeAnn left this comment during our last shoreline visit: Love your photos! Please, please do your beach cottage next. Some of us are living vicariously through you!

Well, DeAnn, you talked me into it! This blog is for you and anyone else who has ever dreamed of a getaway to a seaside cottage!

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The Spirit of Cooking

So Lisa, who is getting married in June 18th, sent such a sweet email. She wants to find a good, solid cookbook that will teach her to cook.
I’m wondering if you could recommend a cookbook for me. I’m looking for a standard, all purpose Bible. I’m very inexperienced in the kitchen. How did you learn to cook? Is there a book that taught you?”
So I do what I always do. I come to my Farmgirl Sisters! What do you think? I’m at a loss for an answer to Lisa’s question.
Her email has made me think a lot about how I learned to cook and how both my cooking and my attitude about cooking have evolved throughout the years.
But truly, I’m not sure how exactly I learned to cook.

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All Things Spring

Spring’s here!  I want to scream it from the rafters!  It’s like the whole world’s awake!  In Connecticut, we can actually store away the snow shovels, bring out our sandals, and pull out the yard furniture!  The season’s off to a busy and good start!

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