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November 27, 2021
Supper with the Hankens from Jo's Country Junction

Someone asked me how can you think up all the things I write about.  They say, if I was writing a blog there is no way I could think of all of the things.  Well, the answer is, I get help.  My kids are great about allowing me to share things about them.  They often supply the pictures and ideas for a blog post.

I have great kids and I love them so much.  We’re not an affectionate family but simply by the things they do, I know they love me lots and I am so grateful.

Out of ...

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November 25, 2021
Free Patterns, Slow Stitching SAL and Tumbling Blocks, Thanksgiving Recipe Links, from Canadian Needle Nana

Slow stitching is something I enjoy doing either early morning or in the evenings in front of the tv. It is an enjoyable way to start or finish my day. I've been stitching little and not so little Christmas designs for a couple of Decembers. SLOW indeed! One of these Decembers I'll have enough to create an actual project with them. 

The large ones, which are Baltimore Album inspired, were created by Carrie Nelson for her 2020 Moda Fabrics free Holiday SALYou can find 14 of the blocks here.

I've just started my fourth. I will ...

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November 22, 2021
Chicken Gnocchi Stoup from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

One of my parents' neighbors and friends shared this recipe with me earlier this year and I finally got around to making it. Here's the original recipe:Chicken and Gnocchi SoupHe's a very good cook - he and his wife fed me often. We loved it although I changed the way I made it just a little. My version is a cross between a soup and a stew and I think I heard that Rachael Ray called that a '

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November 20, 2021
What I’m Making: Snickerdoodles from Jo's Country Junction

Remember a bit ago that I said I was making cookies for a friend of mine as her daughter was getting married and she was hosting all of the bridesmaids at her home.

I couldn’t find my regular cookbook that I typically use when making cookies so I tried a new recipe.  The recipe I tried was Snickerdoodles.

It was funny as all of the cookies I’ve made in my life, I’ve never made Snickerdoodles.  It was on my list of recipes to someday make but somehow Snickerdoodles didn’t get mastered because…well, coming from a ...

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November 13, 2021
In the Kitchen: MUST TRY Pumpkin Cookies from Jo's Country Junction

I was feeling fall-ish and I had a part of a can of pumpkin in the refrigerator.  I decided to look for a pumpkin recipe and came across this one in the Lawler Iowa church cookbook.

I love using local cookbooks and knowing the person who submitted the recipe.  I know if Marla made these cookies they are likely good!!

Here’s the recipe…


I followed the recipe almost to a T.  I opted for butter and I only baked mine for 17 minutes.  They started to get brown around the edges if I baked them any longer.

The batter ...

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November 11, 2021
The Sopranos, Autumn Quakers, Hand Quilting, Quiltmania, Photo Fail from Canadian Needle Nana

 We are rewatching The Sopranos and enjoying it very much. Last night's episode got me thinking.  In that one, Tony is convincing his mother( played by the wonderful Nancy Marchand)  to move into a facility for old folks...he is careful to not call it a home but a retirement village. Several times he brings up her age,70, as if that is reason enough to be living in such surroundings. The reality is that she is showing signs of early dementia and is really not safe on her own anymore. 

It made me think of people I knew ...

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November 10, 2021
November Tablescapes and Treats from From My Carolina Home

It has been a while since we had anyone come to stay in our home. Last week, our friends that live in Ohio had been on vacation in Florida and came to visit us on their way home. We are a good layover point, and they planned to be here for a couple of nights. It is a motivating thing to be expecting company, and My Sweet Babboo and I did a lot of cleaning before they arrived. The floors haven’t gleamed this much since before covid, LOL!! Of course, I had to set a nice table, even though ...

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November 8, 2021
Yuletide Blanket, Courthouse Steps Hand Quilting, Beef Stew Plans from Canadian Needle Nana

November feels a little like March as a month to me.  Here in Canada they're kind of marker months that just hold time between months with celebrations, etc.  Maybe I feel like that because in school we would have the fun of Halloween then time in between, November, before beginning the build up to the main event of Christmas. Celebrating these events with children during the school year is just the best feeling in the world and made the hard work of keeping up and matching the energy so worthwhile. 

 But for just now, next up on my agenda ...

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November 6, 2021
French Bread from Jo's Country Junction

I think I’ve shared my French Bread recipe with you before but this time, I made it with a little twist, so I’m sharing it again.

The recipe comes for the church cookbook from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Lawler, Iowa.  I’ve been using this recipe for years.  Our family loves it when I make French Onion Soup with French Bread.

Here’s the recipe.


This was one of those recipes I had to try just because it sounded so different.  Part of the ingredients are mixed together…


Then they are left to sit in warm ...

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November 5, 2021
Doan Family Holiday Recipes from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Family time is the best time, and it’s only better when delicious food and snacks are added! The Doans love family get togethers and there’s nothing more special than dusting off those old family recipe cards and sharing a taste of generations past. If you’re looking for some holiday inspiration this year, try out one our own family recipes and start your own traditions today!

Pumpkin Rolls

Perfect for the fall season, Pumpkin Rolls are a delicious treat that can be served anytime between Halloween and Thanksgiving (really any time of the year is fine, they’re ...

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October 30, 2021
What I’m Baking: Pumpkin Chip Cookies from Jo's Country Junction

At the end of October, a friend of our family got married.  The plan was for all of the bridesmaids to get ready at the mother of the bride’s house.  Well, my friend is the mother of the bride, and I wanted to do something helpful.  So I offered to make cookies for her to have there.

I have a standard cookbook that I always use when making cookies but I looked high and low for it and couldn’t find it.  I didn’t want all of the cookies to be the same kind so I made several ...

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October 29, 2021
Fall Works = You Can Find Me in the Kitchen Again from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

It's weaning season around here:That means - yep, you guessed it - I'm in the kitchen again, but before the crew trailered the calves over from the north side of the ranch last week, Skeet and I walked out into the pens after breakfast and added Corid to the water troughs:Hubby and I had put out 12 big bales of hay in the pens the previous evening:Steer calves in one pen and heifer calves in the

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October 28, 2021
Macaroni Salad from Quarter-Inch Capers

I had a craving for macaroni salad. It's not something I usually make, so I don't have a recipe. I made it up as I went, and oh my, it was good.



Before I forget how I made it, here is the recipe:

3 cups cooked macaroni, well drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 T dijon mustard
1/4 red onion, finely chopped (it's not much onion, but it gets more pronounced as it sits in the refrigerator.
2 dill pickles, finely chopped
2 T dried parsley flakes
1-1/2 tsp. black ...

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October 27, 2021
Doan Family Halloween Traditions (Plus: Snack Ideas!) from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The 2020 Doan Family Halloween Party

Every year for Halloween, we have big, themed parties. We love any reason to get together, but Halloween is one of our favorites! As many of you know, and for those of you who didn’t know, Jenny started her sewing journey as a costume sewist for the theater. She’s always been a whiz at whipping up costumes! Besides being passionate about dressing up, she loves a reason to decorate the house and always goes all out during the holidays! 

Leading up to Halloween, we pick a family theme (last year was Harry ...

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October 23, 2021
What I’m Making: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread from Jo's Country Junction

I was in the mood for a little fall baking.  I’ve been trying to feed the kiddos more fruits and veggies and fewer treats.  This recipe does have sugar but I’m calling it a compromise as it has applesauce for the oil and pumpkin in it.

The recipe is super easy.  In no time at all I had it mixed up and ready to bake in the oven.  It is designed to make two regular sized loaves.  I’ve learned that I like to make smaller loaves as I can give some away.  So rather than making two ...

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October 20, 2021
Cooking with Buck from Jo's Country Junction

You might remember a bit ago that I posted some videos from Buck.  Well, he’s been a sweetheart of a kid and listened to your requests to film more videos.  I have two for you today.

Buck is the primary cook at Buck and Lora’s house.  I’ve had his food and he is a natural cook that makes meals I’d love.  I only wish I lived closer and could sample more of them.

Lora does a lot of the clean up so he sometimes finds himself in the dog house for making a really big mess ...

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October 11, 2021
A Taste of Home from From the Strawberry Patch...

We received a big surprise in the mail last week; a time-capsule of sorts, in the form of a file folder chock-a-block full of old family recipes from my mother-in-law's recipe box (it was a BIG one!). My husband's sister cleaned out a cabinet and came across some real treasures, she decided to bag them up and send them on their way. We went through them for hours on end, there was so much to

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A Taste of Home from From the Strawberry Patch...

We received a big surprise in the mail last week; a time-capsule of sorts, in the form of a file folder chock-a-block full of old family recipes from my mother-in-law's recipe box (it was a BIG one!). My husband's sister cleaned out a cabinet and came across some real treasures, she decided to bag them up and send them on their way. We went through them for hours on end, there was so much to

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October 2, 2021
What I’m Baking: 2-Ingredient Biscuits from Jo's Country Junction

I told you I had been watching a lot of Youtube lately and the channel I am addicted to is Whippoorwill Holler.  You can find their channel HERE.

They are a husband and wife duo with more of the wife visible than the husband.  They share all sorts of recipes, gardening tips, sustainable living, and common down-home living that I love.

I aspire to be nothing in my life…just a good wife, mom, and grandma.  I love domestic life.  I enjoy all things that involve taking care of my family.  I really don’t want to be anything more ...

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September 25, 2021
Busy Bakers Making Brownies from Jo's Country Junction

Georgia is a really busy girl.  I’ve told you all before that she is full of spunk and attitude.  She is too smart for her own good and is a little mischief maker.  She can really keep a mom (or a grandma) on their toes.  By far, she ranks high on the list of kiddos that need lots of attention…and I took care of Carver so that is saying a lot.

We all love her just the way she is but we all often find ourselves saying, “That’s just Georgia”.

On the other hand, she can be ...

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