How to Make Simple Soy Wax Candles

I want to clear something up real quick before ya’ll read this tutorial. I’m no expert candle maker. I don’t have the patience to learn all the different techniques that’s involved with “real” candlemaking. But if you want a quick, cute, unique gift…this is a winner! Friends will think you have some secret candle-making talentContinue reading “How to Make Simple Soy Wax Candles”

Monday Wash Day: An Experiment

It seems that every person I’ve talked to about doing laundry the old-fashioned way said that their Mama did it on Monday. To me, that is a crummy way to start the week. My papaw Wes said his mother was always hateful on wash day. I always answer him, “No wonder!”. I really wanted toContinue reading “Monday Wash Day: An Experiment”

The Winter Heritage Festival

Attention history buffs! This weekend, January 24 and 25, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the Cades Cove Preservation Association (CCPA) will be hosting the Winter Heritage Festival. This two day free event will feature local historians, descendants, and former residents of Cades Cove. Visit gsmheritagecenter.org for the speaker line-up. There will be someContinue reading “The Winter Heritage Festival”

The Importance of Fixin’ Dinner

I saw a commercial the other night. It was of a family rushing around, trying to get out the door, and they didn’t have time for dinner. The catchy phrase in the ad was “There are more important things than fixing dinner.” That line stuck with me for a few minutes. My husband didn’t evenContinue reading “The Importance of Fixin’ Dinner”

Five Lessons From the Garden

Although it still feels like summer here in East Tennessee, the garden seems to think it is fall. It has been in the 90’s this week, and it is the first week of October. I think everyone is ready for some cooler weather…and some rain. My husband let our corn dry on the stalk, andContinue reading “Five Lessons From the Garden”

The Easiest (Healthiest) Fried Okra (THM-FP, S)

This year, we grew a delicious variety of heirloom okra that is called Longhorn Okra. It is perfectly tender even when it grows long…which if you know anything about picking “normal” okra, it will be tough as a cob if it gets too long. We had oodles of okra this year. I pickled a bunch,Continue reading “The Easiest (Healthiest) Fried Okra (THM-FP, S)”

Make a Bigger Plate: Wisdom from the Farmer

H: Why aren’t you doing (insert chore/craft here) anymore? Why don’t you make (insert any homemade/homecrafted goody here) anymore? W: (Shrugs) I really want to! I just have too much on my plate! I go in spurts, I can only focus on a few things at a time! H: Well…make a bigger plate. Okay…this wasContinue reading “Make a Bigger Plate: Wisdom from the Farmer”

Copperhead Bites (An Original Stuffed Pepper Recipe from the Farmer -THM-S, Low-Carb friendly)

Happy Labor Day everyone! By the time you’re reading this, the day will probably be over and your Labor Day cookouts will be wrapping up. I’m going to share my husband’s original recipe for stuffed peppers that we made for our Labor Day burger grill. He was pumped to be using this new pepper varietyContinue reading “Copperhead Bites (An Original Stuffed Pepper Recipe from the Farmer -THM-S, Low-Carb friendly)”