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 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”

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”

I Love Raising Little Boys Because…

1. They play hard. 2. They love dinosaurs and bears and any other animal that is fierce and loud. 3. They love building towers then knocking them over. 4. Destruction is always the goal. (Try playing Chutes and Ladders with two boys…) 5. They are dirt magnets. 6. They make mud soup, mud pies, mudContinue reading “I Love Raising Little Boys Because…”

Five Practical Tips That Help the Kitchen Flow (A Little More) Smoothly

The kitchen is one of the busiest—messiest—places in my home! I love my kitchen…but sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when it looks like an army of hungry people have torn through it, leaving a massive trail of destruction. I am definitely no expert, but over the years I’ve found a few little tweaks toContinue reading “Five Practical Tips That Help the Kitchen Flow (A Little More) Smoothly”