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Who would want to WWOOF in MO, USA? 
Nov. 9, 2012 12:10 pm 
Updated: Nov. 16, 2012 7:11 pm
Colorado. Oregon. Wyoming. Now they might be among some of my first picks. But Missouri? And it really wouldn't be WWOOFing here at my house, it would be WWOOGing. Who in the world would want to WWOOG in a state that can equal the humidity of New Orleans and the weather can give you plenty to talk about because you just never know what your season will bring you. I do the Ging part here all the time but this is where I live!
What the heck am I talking about? World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and I leaned about it in an article "Postcards from the Veg" by Amanda Kimble-Evans in the Organic Gardening magazine. Originally the program was called Weekend Workers on Organic Farms and originated in England. It was a way to get city folk out on the farms for a weekend lending a helping hand on organic farms in exchange for food, lodging and a chance to learn about where their food comes from. According to the article, WWOOF has 90 countries now involved with 6, 000 hosts providing a way for farmers and volunteers to connect. There is also a WWOOF-USA. There is a name for having this type of working vacation, agro-tourism. Can you imagine going to Italy or France and joining a family to work on their farm, to see how things are done? A lady mentioned in the article had gone to Italy and stayed on several Italian farms. She wanted to connect with her ancestral roots. Another gentleman traveled to New Zealand. He spoke of forging memories, learning new skills and finding a passion for gardening. For those of us non-fliers staying stateside sounds like a good idea to me. But Missouri? And like I said it would definitely be gardening here at my house and not farming.

Yeah, yeah this is a working vacation but to me it sounds like a fabulous idea. Granted I am a little odd in my notions of what a vacation should consist of. Me, I want friends or newly made friends, good food and something fun to do. Again, my ideas of fun are odd. I do like the outdoors but I am tired of having crappy vacations. I have been to Sturgis for a trip that makes people giggle hysterically when they see the pictures and hear how it went. After they stop laughing they look at me and maybe wonder how my spouse managed to talk me into going on another motorcycle trip with a sidecar and my son. We had a blow out riding down the highway at 75 on that one. I have been hit by lightening on the dunes of Colorado. I once thought we had lost my son while 4 wheeling on the Paiute Trail in Utah. We were in the middle of NOWHERE with NO cell service. That was my last vacation with the family.

Come on, fess up! Is there anyone that wouldn't like to stay at petey's and see her life and critters first hand? Oh man, I could learn so much from her and I am a willing worker. Except for the butchering part. I admit being able to do that would be so hard for me and I am not a vegetarian. Weeding and learning how to make cheese and soap would really be more my speed.

Back to me and Missouri. When I saw that people were traveling to help out on farms in exchange for education and seeing where their food comes from, I wished I had an interesting enough place for someone to want to come to help. I could really use an extra pair of helping hands but I don't have a farm and I don't have beautiful vistas to gaze at. I just have lots of gardens. My ability to share good gardening knowledge some might say is debatable, myself included, but I'm always confident I can tell you what not to do! The mistakes I have made in the gardens are too numerous to count. I did have 2 interesting successes this year. One because I've been trying to grow a "salad bowl" for several years and failed but this year I tried something different and TA DA!

Some of those greens were served at the mini MO. That's zucchini next to my lettuce mix. I have horrid squash bugs here so I wondered what would happen if I put my squash in a container. I could control its environment better.

That is celery. When I saw, where ever it was, about re-growing certain plants from the root ends I just had to try.

I do love to chat while weeding. It makes, to me, a tedious task go by faster and I will happily talk about the plants we are working around and what you can do with them. Just ask some of the girls I've been able to hire in the past. One of them was kind enough to say she always learned something while here. To have someone here for a week working with me and sharing food at my table would be such a boon to me. We might have to send the DH &DS to Subway but why not after spending a day in my gardens couldn't we have a nice meal from what it can offer? A rustic gratin of potatoes, tomatoes, onions and cheese served with a nice homemade loaf of bread. I can grow 3 of those things. Figured out juicing those blackberry brandy leftovers make a much better seed free dessert so we could have a really nice easy ice cream. We could go fishing in the pond out back for our main course. After dinner we could sit outside and just enjoy conversation in the nice country quiet. Certainly not fast paced or exciting but it sounds like a good time to me!

Another article which was in the Kansas City Star about the lack of urban grocery stores made me really wish I could WWOOG here at my house. One mother featured in the story lived in a neighborhood lacking in convenient grocery stores but rift with fast food places. She didn't have a car to go to the grocery store but had to walk and then carry home groceries with very small children in tow. She spoke of how her food choices were limited. Once the children wanted to purchase a watermelon but she was afraid the distance they had to carry it would be too much for them since she couldn't carry milk and the watermelon. There were other similar stories. I knwo what these people really needed was decent transportation but it certainly would help them out if they could grow some produce for themselves. I know renters or apartment dwellers might not be able to actually have a  garden plot or fruit trees but they could container garden. At the very least that could give them cherry tomatoes and herbs.

Food matters to me a lot. Fresh food grown without pesticides or herbicides. All of that is important to me and I couldn't help thinking maybe these people just don't know they can grow some produce for themselves. I grew up in the suburbs but we always had a garden and fruit trees. My grandfather farmed for a living. My townie grandma, Mom's mom, always had a garden and fruit trees. Something else occurred to me. What if I could share my cooking knowledge with those who didn't have the opportunity to learn from one of the best thrifty home cooks like I did? With today's food costs and the economy as it is, knowing how to prepare an affordable nutritious yet good tasting meal is important. Again, I don't know everything but I keep learning new things all the time!

Long before reading either article I simply wished for a pair of helping hands in my gardens. There is so much to do here and the team of me, myself and I get overwhelmed sometimes. There are plenty of varieties to sample from here, so a newbie could taste and choose before buying seed or plants and they could see how they grow.
In the tomatoes, Black Krim is my favorite but it is such a pill here in MO. Very fussy about its conditions but the flavor is outstanding. Like a fine wine. Same with Wolf River, if the conditions aren't right the apples rot on the tree. If the planets align correctly you get these.

The Krim is in the middle. The rest are just an assortment I like to grow. I love the different flavors they all have.

Wolf is huge with outstanding flavor. The other normal sized fruits are Asian pear, Winesap, Fameuse, Granny Smith and Red Delicious. Love those Asian pears; they netted me a great gift!

Herbs in a pot. There is basil, saltwort and bay.

Can you see how dark the "soil" is? I read that spraying your basil with a coffee solution can keep some pests at bay. My morning coffee is cold brewed in a French press. I just pour the dregs from my French press onto my potted herbs. Does it help? I don't honestly know but I know it doesn't hurt and it seems to keep those horrid little gnawing gnats from eating my plants.
This year anyone coming here after June 13th would have learned about watering and water conservation. those herbs weren't stacked just to get into the photo. I stack pots so the top one drains into the next pot instead of onto the pavement or ground.

That is my beloved workhorse loaded up. I fill up my water barrel and away I go.

That black thing is a soaker hose. I use the green one as an extension to get where I need to go. It
came to me after the DH's failed attempt at attaching the soaker hose to the barrel to use a siphoning method hence the rock zip tied on. It anchors my siphoning hose in the bottom of the barrel. For those kind enough to wish me a Happy Birthday earlier this year, I could almost feel the "?'s" forming when I said I'd been watering and was going out for another round. You see it takes a while to fill the barrel and use the soaker. Plus, the soaker hose doesn't work everywhere so I had to use 5 gal buckets with holes drilled in the bottom around my parched fruit trees. Yes, it takes time and when I had finished one section it would be time to start back at the beginning. It was really dry here all summer. We had a rain once and when I walked through the mud, I left my footprints on the driveway. They were there until September when we finally got rain.

Despite the drought, my fruit trees were loaded. My dear Asian pear gave me a good crop. Way too many for me and I couldn't let them go to waste so I called people to share my bounty. One dear lady, a fellow Master Gardener, offered to pay me for them. I said I didn't want money but time would be nice. I really didn't think she would take me up on that because who has time? Here though, even for 45 mintues another pair of hands would be nice to have in lieu of payment.
She said she would call and arrange a time.

And she did! Not once but twice. The first time I was getting ready to go to Nashville so I was the one with no time. Yet, she persevered till she found a mutually agreeable time and spent several hours pulling weeds here. That is her in the background. I am very grateful for her help and happy I could share my fruitful bounty with her. Thank you!!

It's not just about having help in the gardens either but how gardens or farms can truly help others. Not just with food but physically and emotionally. Around the time I was reading the articles I've told you about, I saw another about a veteran that returned from Iraq with multiple problems. He and his wife ended up back on his parent's farm. There he started growing blueberries. He noticed physical and mental improvements after working the land for a year and a half. Figuring if he benefited so could other fellow vets. With help from the non profit organization Work Vessels for Veterans, he purchased Veterans Farm. Here the challenges of farming help others like him while teaching another set of skills and giving them a place to share their stories.

My dad was a veteran and he helped me put in my very first garden. I used to wonder why, when he didn't have to, he spent so much time in his garden. Having spent so much time in mine, I believe I know the answer. There is something about the growing of things and turning of soil, seeing and feeling nature that soothes the mind and nurtures the body.

I hope you enjoyed today's journey through my garden and into my kitchen. Until next time, may your garden whatever size it may be help set your table.
Nov. 9, 2012 1:20 pm
Cat, this is a wonderfully written blog! Very fun to read, interesting and informative. Great pics, too. If I lived closer, I would definitely lend a helping hand in exchange for some of that yummy, organic produce. I have to agree, gardening is very therapudic and is great physically activity, too! Thanks for the great read!
Nov. 9, 2012 1:22 pm
Or is it theraputic? They both look mispelled to me - but I think this is right - with a "T". :O
Nov. 9, 2012 1:33 pm
I think #2 but my eyes are tired :) Where is spell check? I know you enjoyed some of my fruit after our fun Nashville trip. I am glad to share it but I do so wish you lived closer. Help is always appreciated :)(:
Nov. 9, 2012 1:34 pm
I was really grateful to the lady who doesn't want to be named but let me get her photo in for lending a hand. And I am glad you enjoyed the read!
Nov. 9, 2012 1:43 pm
I have clean sheets ready to go on the xtra bed, when are you coming? :) I like your watering vehicle, that's pretty cool. I promise not to butcher anything while you are here haha Great blog
Nov. 9, 2012 1:47 pm
Cat, have you thought about sharing the bounty with someone that will can some of it for you? Btw, I spit my coffee out visualizing your trip in the side car! too funny!
Nov. 9, 2012 2:01 pm
What a lovely blog Cat Hill. It brought a sense of peace just to read it and "visit" your gardens with you. After 5+ years in our "new" 60 year old HUD home we finally grew some veggies in a small raised bed in the front yard. The guys had to use pickaxes to dig the trenches to start laying the scrounged timbers for that raised bed! Talk about impacted soil! LOL Happily nature's garden is always there. My most favorite is picking chokecherries in the mountains in Autumn. I call it "Chokecherry Heaven" Nature's free bounty. Love, love chokecherry jam. Almost as much as picking them. Really liked the part about the vet and blueberries. Enjoyed your pics too. (: (; (:
Nov. 9, 2012 2:37 pm
Fun blog to read Cat! I too have a garden that I wish I had some help in. I am not strictly organic as I do use a bit of powder on my cabbages and broccoli, but other than that, I try to stay away from the chems. I have 9 4' x 12' raised beds, 3 cherries, 3 apples, 2 peach, 2 almond, 2 filbert, 2 paw paw and 12 blueberry bushes, not to mention some raspberries. It always gets away from me around July. The weeds get horrid and the voles start the devastation!
Nov. 9, 2012 4:03 pm
Loved this,so very interesting,i was finally able to have a herb garden this past summer,turned out very nice,fresh herbs are wonderful.We also had a veggie.garden,which my husband tended to.Love your pictures,your watering can is to cute,thanks for posting this.
Nov. 9, 2012 5:10 pm
Great blog! Gardening is good for the body and good for the soul. After my girls car accident I reconnected with the earth. There was life even through death in the compost pile. My idea of a perfect retirement would be traveling by RV to different parts of the country to garden, farm, ride, make soap, preserve the harvests - bringing with me, an able body and willing spirit - leaving with a new appreciation of each region. Sounds perfect to me. I would even bring with me my favorite weeding tools.
Nov. 9, 2012 5:54 pm
Oh, petey! Imagine sitting in the sidecar and hearing what sounded like a shotgun blast by your left ear, notice immediately that the DH is HIGHLY concerned and wondered if you should pull your child off into your lap to keep him safe. Then I had to ride on the stick shift back to the Harley dealership because they didn't realize how many passengers they would have. We are so not doing that again :)
Nov. 9, 2012 5:55 pm
Oooo, I bring my own beds :) 5th wheel and I am good at weeding!
Nov. 9, 2012 5:57 pm
Oh dang, I can can, petey!
Nov. 9, 2012 5:57 pm
Great blog Cat and I am fortunate that I have seen and tasted the fruits of your labor. BTW, you do know that I wasn't looking at your footprints on the driveway, right? You know I have to check out the kitty cats! Have you considered contacting the local high school or junior college for "working" field trips? Plus they could get an additional bit of education when they drive past the free range pigs. Sorry, that's an inside joke folks.
Nov. 9, 2012 5:59 pm
redly, I am glad you enjoyed the blog. My Mom copied a saying that said in part that nowhere else were you closer to God than in the garden. I think unless you are gardening in a 4'X 4' area, you never get done but it is worth the effort :)
Nov. 9, 2012 6:01 pm
Doc Simonson, each year I always think "This is the year for the perfect garden". Next year is another year! Sounds like you have quite a bit to tend to too!
Nov. 9, 2012 6:03 pm
manella, I was hoping you would drop in. My oregano of one variety is growing like wildfire but the others not so much. Remember we posted about this on a thread? I LOVE my water can. So much so, I might go thru withdrawals when it goes into the shop if they don't get it back to me soon!
Nov. 9, 2012 6:05 pm
Baking Nana, TAKE ME WITH YOU! Oh dear, but what would the men do? I really would love to go somewhere and learn about their growing conditions and what they grow. I too, have my own tools. Think we could spread some news about GMO's and organics along the way :)(:
Nov. 9, 2012 6:06 pm
Oh B'Nana, you could ride here :) and swim in the pond1
Nov. 9, 2012 6:11 pm
Magnolia Blossom, I am wiping off the screen :)(: which reminds me I forget to tell Heidi about the blog. Unless the FFA/Agri teacher retires and someone that is a little more innovative, no! They have been here to see soil errosion but working nuh huh! And the lady that made such an effort to come back to help, I really didn't think she would. Not that she didn't mean to but sooooooo many have said "oh I'll help you"..... She has even volunteered to come back again. To me that is such a big deal!
Nov. 9, 2012 6:12 pm
If you can can, you could pick up some extra cash on stage in Vegas to help pay for your fuel! LOL
Nov. 9, 2012 6:20 pm
LOLOL! Yep it would be a 3 day drive to you but it would be so cool! I want to learn how to make cheese and soap and all the other stuff you do! We'd have to skip the butchering for sure. The DH had to have me help him butcher a deer once and I didn't eat meat for 3 days. I'm better about that now but the creature was already deceased. I didn't have to do the deceasing part.
Nov. 10, 2012 5:18 am
Great blog! My wandering chillin's (DD and DSIL) WWOOF'ed in So. Cal last spring. They seemed to really enjoy it! I wish we were next door neighbors :) I'd be right in there with ya XOXOXO
Nov. 10, 2012 5:21 am
Really! How cool is that!? We could really have fun in the gardens, Lady S!
Nov. 10, 2012 5:25 am
It was an experience for them. She sent me some cherimoya (pudding fruit) delicious and I'll probably never get it again, LOL!! They are both hard workers. The farmer didn't want them to leave.
Nov. 10, 2012 5:33 am
Thanks Cat! You are right about finding out the joy of gardening by doing it! When I was a child, I couldn't understand my dad, either. Now I get it.
Nov. 10, 2012 7:59 am
Cat-what a great blog. You are inspiring! I just have dirt in my backyard. We moved and now I hope next year to have a garden. There is nothing better than a tomato from your own garden.
Nov. 10, 2012 8:22 am
Lady S, when I read the article, I thought WOW! how fun that would be! It would be a great vacation for me and I would be learning something! Because I always think you can learn something new from others :)
Nov. 10, 2012 8:25 am
Bibi, I started out small and then this "garden" just grew. I do get overwhelmed sometimes by all the work but once I get one section cleaned and mulched it is such a soothing area to look at thru my window. And right now my office view is pretty weedy so I better get back to it :)
Nov. 10, 2012 8:28 am
Lela, thank you! Starting from scratch should give you plenty of opportunity to get it just the way you want it. There are so many things I did not know when I started here. There are many things I would have done differently if I'd only done better research or if I had had a plant and landscape mentor. Good luck with your garden next year! Fresh is best :)
Nov. 10, 2012 11:27 am
Hi Cat Hill sure do remember the oregano is still growing,and i pulled so much out.That stuff just won't quit.My rosemary,parsley and basil are still doing well.Soon will be time to transplant them to my lovely window containers for the winter,not the oregano though.I so enjoy looking and using these herbs all winter.Already planning what we are going to plant next year.My husband thinks we should add another garden,but we will wait and see.
Nov. 10, 2012 2:23 pm
manella, just call me Cat :) I think it is the different varieties that GO! I have one that I have to baby and then another that I use (dry) so much of it that it hasn't spread but that "hot & spicy" that I bought it REALLY spreading. Always something new to learn be it in the kitchen or the garden :)(:
Nov. 10, 2012 5:53 pm
When I was discharged from the military, I had a guilt feeling about being alive. Too many of my friends died in Viet Nam and I came home without a scratch. I carried that feeling for four years when we finally had a spot of land for a veggie patch. I had to turn the soil with a shovel and break the clumps and smooth the dirt with a rake. As I was working I thought a lot about those lost friends and recalled the fun times along with the not-so-fun. Before July 4th, I was able to make sense of it, except why we were there. I called it gardening. The shrinks call it therapy. ... Two years ago, I was given an "Earth Box" which is, basically, a planter with a water reservoir. To avoid using the supplied "fertilizer", used a 50/50 mix of Scotts Organic Planting Medium and swamp dirt. That thing has done wonderfully each year. We have experimented with containers and found our best success has been leafy produce. Yu would find a few other patches around the yard where veggies have had a happy home. ... The Stevia pland has come inside for the winter and has adapted well- though reluctantly.
Nov. 10, 2012 6:07 pm
Mike, the vet in the story had some major injuries as did the vets that came to his farm, I can't relate to that kind of trauma but I do understand how the garden can heal. Glad the Stevia is doing well for you. Checked on its twin today and thought of you wondered it was growing for you.
Nov. 10, 2012 7:32 pm
LOVE the water truck! I think the idea to stack the pots is a great idea - never occurred to me to do that. We tried the celery regrowing and planted several in the garden. I harvested about 12, chopped, parboiled, froze it and will use for soup later on. Have you tried the green onions this way? Amazing how fast they grow! You have a wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables, Cat and how wonderful to share them! Great blog!
Nov. 11, 2012 7:29 am
WFDM?, I used to have to hand carry that water. I LOVE that vehicle! I started stacking pots a long time ago, in part to cut down on how much water I had to move around here the hose is just not long enough! I have not tried the green onion trick. I have bunching onions that cover most of the season and we don't use that much in the way of green onions but I think it is a great idea like the celery idea. I've wondered how long the celery will grow and if you can just cut off of it and it will keep growing. I need to look that up!
Nov. 11, 2012 8:42 am
Ok, Cat,we will have to compare herb stories during the winter,my husband transplanted one of my rosemary plants today,it's 2 feet tall,looks great on my counter,smells good to.Happy Sunday.
Nov. 11, 2012 1:01 pm
Absolutely, manella! My rosemary just stay in pots since our winters are too cold for that plant. I may track you down later if I get it done. I have a plant given to me by that lady that helped me. It smells like mint but it is NOT mint, it grows wrong. I think I need to photo it and blog it, see if anyone can identify it. Happy Sunday to you too!
Arleen Armantage 
Nov. 11, 2012 3:33 pm
Loved reading your blog, Cat! I gardened a great deal while growing up in Minn., and so relate warmly to what you and your readers share. Is there a kind of cherry tomato you would recommend for apt. dwellers to grow indoors?
Nov. 11, 2012 6:45 pm
Arleen Armantage, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog! www.totallytomato.com is where I recommend looking for a variety of tomatoes to pick from. As far as growing indoors, you might not fair so well. I was picturing balcony growing for tomatoes because they need a certain amount of light and wind for pollination, at least in my experience. I've never had any luck growing tomatoes totally inside, the plant yes, the fruit no. My friend with a greenhouse uses fans to pollinate her crops but she has more light available to the plants than I would think you would find from just a window. Sorry, hope that helped.
Nov. 11, 2012 6:45 pm
Oh and my favorite cherries are Brown Berry and Sungold.
Nov. 12, 2012 1:39 pm
Where in the world do you get all that energy?
Nov. 12, 2012 3:58 pm
char, I plod along most days working in one area and then the next. Maybe it is Mother Nature that inspires me to keep plodding :)
Nov. 12, 2012 7:35 pm
Oh Cat, I loved reading your blog. I love to be outside too, but I don't have beautiful gardens like yours. I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed wondering through them this past summer. You work hard and it certainly shows. This summer DH &I met this young woman who was traveling around the country doing just what your blog talks about. Se was in Salem, OR working on a farm for room and board. She tole us she was taking a break from her studies at Virginia Tech and had worked her way across the country. We had the most interesting visit and she was leaving for Washington state to help harvest. I was completely fascinated with the concept.
Nov. 13, 2012 5:33 am
Candice, I'm glad you enjoyed the blog! How to fun to have met someone doing that. I just think it would be the neatest thing to be able to travel like that young lady. In the Master Gardener group here, the gardens and how they are done are as varied as the gardeners themselves so I can imagine what you could learn traveling to other states. Told my DH the gardens were going to be perfect for next year's roundup even if killed me. His reply," Where do you want to be buried?" LOLOL
Nov. 13, 2012 1:16 pm
To your comment that you don't have the beautiful vistas, I have to disagree. Fruitful gardens are, in fact, beautiful to me! I am envious of your gardens, and I absolutely love the idea of stacking the pots for water. That's genious. Fresh, healthy, pesticide-free veggies are important to me, too, and I enjoy gardening very much. I'm just getting into the fruits with raspberries and blueberries, but I hope to do more next year. Loved the blog!
Nov. 13, 2012 1:54 pm
wisweetp, ah thanks! But when I think of pretty things to look at on vacation or to visit I think of mountains & clear running streams. Its hard for me to see what others see when they are here because I am working in it all the time :) I'm trying to do a series of "Garden to Kitchen" blogs to share my gardens with everyone, I am glad you like my stacking tip. I always find other's tips to be helpful and I thought that was one to be shared since the drought hit so many this year. I love raspberries but didn't get mine trimmed back in time this year. This year's fruiting canes need to be removed as soon as they are done. And my blueberries were beaten by the heat. I lost all but one bush. I couldn't keep up with the watering. You know if you are ever down this way you could stop in and share some tips :)
Nov. 13, 2012 2:47 pm
i read this twice and will probably read it again. i love it! very thoughtful, so many different things to consider. keep blogging cat. your insight is terrific! folks helping folks, yeah that should be a kept promise.
Nov. 14, 2012 5:26 am
Wow and thank you! Gary, this blog was one of the hardest for me to get together. It has been patiently waiting for quite some time for me to finish it. I knew what I wanted to say but it wasn't quite right till last week. I'm glad I took the time if it made you want to read it again. You are right folks helping folks, that is how it should be!
Nov. 15, 2012 8:17 am
nice blog, when/if you ever have excess help in the garden, send them my way. I used to give away bushels of veggies and some fruits to those who could not grow their own because of space, or time restraints. I have cut back over the years, now when we go on holidays, I have 2 families who take turns doing a few chores on the yard while I am gone. They get baskets full of goodies, canning, baking and meat every fall as well as all the free eggs they collect. I feel blessed that we have an abundance of food, but I felt used and taken for granted when I gave away veggies and some would never offer to lift a finger while on the farm, except to collect my bounty. I hardened a bit and now I feel apprciated once again.
Nov. 15, 2012 10:49 am
Oh redneck gramma! WHEN/IF! LOLOLOLOL! I am not seeing it happen but IF it does. I know exactly what you are saying! I have had people SAY they were going to help but you know how that goes. I didn't doubt my dear gardening lady meant it when she said she would help but that she went out of her way to find a time to work here meant a lot to me. She will be first on the list to get pears next year too! I might start trading some eggs for her help :)
Nov. 15, 2012 11:34 am
Reading this blog makes me miss you so. XOXOXOXO from Vegas!
Nov. 15, 2012 5:22 pm
Hugs back at you! Been thinking about you!
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I live in the middle of the U.S. in a farming communtiy. Gardening, reading and cooking are the things you'll mostly find me doing. I also enjoy horseback riding & my many pets. A husband & teen, I have 1 of each.
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Bread & BBQ are 2 of my favorite things to cook. I do enjoy a food challenge. Last year it was curing my own brisket for Corned beef & pastrami & porkloin for Canadian bacon. This year sausages & scratch cakes.
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Bread and brittle. I learned to bake bread with my Mom. It was her favorite thing to make. My Aunt made the best peanut brittle ever. She'd stopped making it in the later years but when I told her how much I enjoyed her brittle, she opened the vault ,gave me the recipe & handed over the brittle torch to me.
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