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Wed
28
Oct

The Farm Wife

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With Christmas just around the corner, we are trying to figure out what gift to give each person on our lists this year. Often, this is the hardest thing to do. But it doesn’t have to be. One of the easiest gifts to create is a gift basket. They offer more than just a single item, but still don’t have to break the bank!

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Wed
28
Oct

On The Bright Side

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Daylight Savings Time is almost over for 2020. This weekend, we’ll roll the clock back an hour.

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Thu
22
Oct

On The Bright Side

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Despite what “side of the fence” we are on politically, I think we could all agree that Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett strongly exhibited the traits of a true role model during the recent confirmation hearings.

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Thu
22
Oct

Did You Know?

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Most “Historical Buffs”, and there are many of us here in DeSoto Parish, like to read material they can say “I Knew that” but at the close of this article likely you can say “I never heard of that!” That’s kind of a teaser but please don’t read the last before reading this entire article.

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Wed
14
Oct

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Plans are being made for a delicious Thanksgiving meal, and gifts we would love to give. We smile at memories of lost loved ones, and reminisce about past traditions.

But there is one tradition that has been forgotten. It’s called ‘The Thank You Note’.

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Wed
14
Oct

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

Despite a fall that has so far been riddled with political tension, hurricanes, and COVID-19, let’s not lose sight of the good stuff that the autumn season offers.

Just the other morning, I brewed my usual pot of McCafe Breakfast Blend and stepped outside. The crisp, 54-degree morning air was refreshing and reminded me of how fall is both a goodbye and a hello.

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Wed
07
Oct

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

In light of everything that has been taking place in 2020, many of us have either considered making a lifestyle shift to one that is more self-sufficient. We want these changes to be lasting, but still fit within a budget. We also prefer to make as few mistakes as possible so we don’t get bogged down in frustration.

My advice is to take it slow and do diligent research. One way to do that is a new book on the market - The Beginners Guide to Backyard Homesteading. Lisa Lombardo is a fellow blogger at The Self Sufficient Homeacre (https://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com). Her website offers a wealth of knowledge on homesteading, but her book takes it to a whole new level.

The book begins with valid questions that require you to think about why you want to homestead. These are also important questions you need to answer in order to better understand the extent of your ability to homestead.

 

Wed
07
Oct

On The Bright Side

On The Bright Side

With all of the negativity in the world today, it’s good to come across something positive. A pick-me-up.

Something light to read among mountains of heavy information.

That’s why I’ve decided to return to writing a weekly column. Only now, instead of my former column called “Along the Way,” I bring you something new: “On the Bright Side.”

A glass-half-full spin.

A positive perspective.

 

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Wed
30
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

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Kicking A** Pancakes!

I had a half a loaf of Brookshires’ good (for NW La.) French Bread and noticed that it was getting a little stale. I thought that I might could do a good bunch of French Toast with this stiff toast so I cut them into one-inch slices and let them sit out all day. That evening I planned on cooking some bacon and scrambled eggs to go with them and was eagerly awaiting the assembly. Then I got too fancy with the preparations...

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Wed
30
Sep

Did You Know?

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The early settlers of this area were a very hardy group - primarily those from the Carolinas and Georgia with exceptions of the St. Denis group along the Bayou Pierre composed of Spanish and French. Today’s article is going to discuss the Anglo-Saxon Group, which settled the northern half of the parish.

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