Hedge Apples

According to the University of Illinois Extension website, hedge apples are produced by the Osage-orange tree (Maclura pomifera) and are native to that area.  They are also native to my area in South Central Kentucky and have an interesting history.  Settlers found these trees which are short, dense and covered in thorns, to make a … More Hedge Apples

Likin’ the Lichen

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “lichen” as any of numerous complex plantlike organisms made up of an alga and a fungus growing in symbiotic association on a solid surface (as a rock).  That sounds like a complicated definition for something that can actually be very pretty and delicate.  On a nature walk on the farm, I … More Likin’ the Lichen

Weekly Menu Plan

Good morning, folks!  Here we are in the last week of October, and all I can think is, “Where did this month go?!?!”  It has been a beautiful fall so far and the leaves are just hitting their peak here in South Central Kentucky.  Hopefully, the rain we are expecting this week won’t knock them … More Weekly Menu Plan

Never Failing Stream

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”  Amos 5:24 Chad and I love to go on nature walks on our farm and there is one area that is my favorite.  It is part of the remnant of an old limestone quarry and I could stay there for hours.  The … More Never Failing Stream

Weekly Menu Plan

It is already my second week back to blogging/menu planning and, so far, so good!  There were a couple of nights last week that didn’t go quite as planned, but that is A-ok, since I just saved those meals for this week.  I have learned that it helps to be flexible when you menu plan, … More Weekly Menu Plan

Fried Apples

One of my all time favorite side dishes is a bowl of oh-so-simple Fried Apples, and, yes, the canned ones are decent, but they don’t compare with taking just a few extra minutes and making them from scratch.  They are quick, easy, and tasty, especially with any pork dish. This recipe will feed about four … More Fried Apples