Heaven Knows

I still miss his presence after all these many years later.

Unbelievably Delicious and Truly Magical

Dear Reader,As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my semi-weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  What a week of brutal Ohio weather we had recently. Snow covered ice and zero degree temperatures. It’s…

Sorry Mrs. Ellis, I Never Did!

Sherry’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Dear Reader,As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  Here at the farm, this past week, we hosted our farmhouse Appreciation Dinner…

Don’t Judge! A Mindful, Just Go With It Story

Such memories dating back to 2009.  Dear Reader, As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  Wow! What about the winter weather that has moved in to…

Have You Ever Made This Old Fashioned Hybrid Cookie?

As a young farmgirl, I started learning my way around the kitchen early on.  When it came time to start making recipes in the farmhouse kitchen of my youth, I actually liked it.  Cookies and cakes were my specialties.  A number of years back, my husband brought home some cookies from work one evening that…

A New Baby on the Farm

Recently we had a new baby foal born on the farm. It is always exciting when new life begins. A couple years ago, I wrote a heartfelt story very similar of our Easter baby—a colt being born on Easter morning with difficulties. At first the birth was exciting, but then it wasn’t. The baby, born…

My Easter Memories

We always called these flowers Easter Lillies when I was growing up. Just in time for Easter.  As we approach the upcoming holiday, I remember in  the early sixties, about 1963 our preparations of such.  Maybe you have some similar memories that always surface this time of year.  For the Phillips’ we had just moved…

A Farmhouse Ritual: Its More Than Just Making Pancakes

It’s more than just making pancakes as you will see. This week on the farm here in Ohio,  the weather was marvelous: A record breaking heatwave for February.   Monday being a school holiday, Avah, our almost nine-year-old granddaughter came to the farm to spend the day with us. Long ago when she first started coming as…

Easy-Peasy Biscuits. No More Canned Biscuits For Me.

This is so easy. I don’t think I’ll ever buy another canned biscuit.  This past week, here in Brown County, Ohio,  we were threatened with a wintery mix—freezing rain. And the weathermen were right. On Wednesday, I woke to my cedar trees on the property looking like flop-eared bunnies. It brought back terror. Remember when we…