Heaven Knows

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

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…

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…

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…

A Must Make Farmhouse Favorite

My daughter, Christi, made this just last night and sent me a  picture. Of course I drooled. Of course I drooled when I saw this photo! Remembering she leaves the walnuts in big chunky pieces! I love her bread pan.  Stop!  Don’t throw those overripe bananas away. Instead make a killer loaf of banana bread!…

Farmhouse Finds

Treasure hunting at yard sales, flea markets, second hand shops is great fun. Sometimes I find a really cool collectible piece, an antique that I don’t want to pass up because I already have one and maybe you do not. 

Bring Back the Monarch

Oh my, isn’t that gorgeous? Wow! The Monarch, so beautiful, indeed.  Here at Cherry Ridge Farms, we have been busy conducting our Outdoor Classrooms. Many years back, a decade ago,  we began offering field trips for kids to connect with my girlhood farming roots. Growing up on the farm encompassed many great childhood memories for…

Bittersweet

Sister Debbie, a long time ago, cutting our Christmas trees.I like to think she entered heaven’s gates just like this! As many of you may have learned, Country Woman Magazine recently chose me as Country Woman of the Year 2017. I couldn’t be happier to have been selected among many other country women nominated across…