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…

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!…

Cherry Ridge Farms

Cherry Ridge is where I hang my hat at the end of the day! So much going on. Check it out.

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. 

TAKE JOY! TEA TIME

What a great way to relax. Between November and May 2017 we plan to offer small parties in the farmhouse. I love Victoriana and you will too, and I want to share this past time event with you.

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…

And the Winner is…

See the Country Woman of the Year 2017 Video Acceptance Speech Never in my wildest dreams did I think my country living roots here on my  farm would inspire someone to choose me as the winner of such an award.  I’ve been a country girl since 1962. That’s a long time. When my parents moved us…