Country Living Blog Posts

Canning Season 2022 – 5/3 Strawberry and Blackberry Juice

Last year we had a bumper harvest of both strawberries and blackberries. I ended up putting 3 gallon bags of each berry in the freezer. This spring I needed to clear out the freezer to make way for this year’s harvest. We gave 1 bag each to our neighbor, the other 4 bags I tasked […]

Wildcrafting the age-old practice of gathering herbs and plants from wild. Purple Dead Nettle

You may see it on the edges of an empty lot, taking over garden spaces, or growing in patches across still-bare lawns. Some call this plant a noxious weed other consider this plant a godsend for it’s nourishment and healing properties, while other’s seek out this plant for it’s magical properties associated with happiness and cheerfulness.

Ida’s coming

It’s Sunday afternoon – just checked the radar to see where IDA will end up. Looks to be heading right over us. We are in the dot of lines between Memphis and Nashville. Hoping this doesn’t turn into another Hurricane Olga event that left the town’s of Decaturville and Parson’s without power for 10 days […]

What we pass forward. What we leave behind.

For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others. There is no greater gift than that of giving of one’s time and energy to help others, without expecting anything in return.

Happiness is green tomatoes turning red

It’s time to start canning tomatoes! I’ve waited 3 years to get this project started. The last 2 years our tomatoes did not produce, in part because our garden is new and is a wip when it comes to converting crappy red clay over to fertile soil. Our garden wip is starting to pay off […]

Canning 101

I will be talking a lot about canning on this site. If you are interested in doing canning – then please read this post before starting. FIrst and most important – if you want to can something please go to your local county extension agency – most are online now – and read their recommendations […]


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