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How to Make Simple, Low Cost Christmas Gifts

How to Make Simple, Low Cost Christmas Gifts

Christmas is on its way. We are searching for ways on how to make simple, low cost Christmas gifts. Simple, because we are short on time. Low cost, because our budget is already stretched. Handmade, because we want our gifts to have that personal touch.…

This Year Make it the Sweetest Gift-Cookie Trays!

This Year Make it the Sweetest Gift-Cookie Trays!

  Sometimes the best gift  is the simplest – Learn how to create the Sweetest Gift-Cookie Trays! It’s easy, it’s cost-effective, and best of all, it is delicious!   A Tough Call The giving of gifts at Christmas has elevated to the point where we…

Gifts from the Homestead Giveaway!

Gifts from the Homestead Giveaway!

  Gifts from the Homestead Giveaway!     Enter for a chance to win this amazing selection of gifts from my homesteading friends!       Handcrafted Oak & Maple Cheeseboard with Oak Cheese Knives, and a Northwoods Moose! Unexplained Underfoot Objects is sending our…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

    From the hearts of Paradise Plantation The Farm Wife, the Country Boy & all the Critters…   May You Have a Blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

Enough is as Good as a Feast

Enough is as Good as a Feast

  Enough is as good as a Feast, but how do we measure ‘enough’? Is it when our savings account is stuffed to overflowing? Is it when we need to buy a bigger house, just to have more closet space for shoes and clothes? Is…

How to Create New Holiday Traditions

How to Create New Holiday Traditions

Is it time to create new holiday traditions? That was the big question when we first moved to the farm. We were faced with not only a new lifestyle, but also finding the answer. In my family, Dad, Dot, Evelyn, and several other family members…

How to Deal with that Grumpy Relative

How to Deal with that Grumpy Relative

  Ugh. That Grumpy Relative! Uncle Ralph just confirmed he will be here for the holidays. He is probably the grumpiest person! Wait. No. I would have to give that award to Aunt Priss. How that woman comes up with a new list of complaints…

How to Stay Grateful – Keep a Gratitude Journal

How to Stay Grateful – Keep a Gratitude Journal

  We all have made New Year’s Resolutions. But have you ever considered making a Thanksgiving Resolution? You only need to make one, and that is to learn how to stay grateful by creating and maintaining a Gratitude Journal.       How to be…

When You Dream Big… A Book Gets Published!

When You Dream Big… A Book Gets Published!

  Dream BIG We all have dreams. Some are small, and easily obtainable. A few are Big Dreams, and takes a bit more time and effort, but we still manage to get them done. And then there are those. The HUGE ones. Dreams that rock…

Giving Thanks for the Simple Things

Giving Thanks for the Simple Things

  Giving Thanks isn’t New   Giving thanks for the simple things isn’t a new concept.  Yet the Pilgrims took it to heart. Thanksgiving was originally designed as a feast to celebrate the first successful corn harvest. I imagine in addition to freshly grown food,…

Decorate and Plan with Love for a Better Thanksgiving

Decorate and Plan with Love for a Better Thanksgiving

  We are headed full-tilt into one of the busiest seasons of the year – Thanksgiving. So many of us have this mental image of how things should look, and that image is probably from some magazine’s pristine, overly decorated photo. Don’t get me wrong.…

Dinner Made Easy – Two In One Meals

Dinner Made Easy – Two In One Meals

  The Hectic Holidays. It is this time of year that we all too often meet ourselves coming and going. Multi-tasking is the norm. We are on the phone with Aunt Sue, making Thanksgiving plans while tossing a load of laundry in the washer, helping…