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Warming spring weather brings nature to life with trees, shrubs and bulbs sending out their spring flowers. It also prompts the popping up of another spring favorite for many Missourians – … more
I'm digging for gold again this week, and the “Go Farm” Farmer's Market is a gold mine of foodies to share!  Meet this week's neighbors, Miriam and Bernie Montalvo of Rustic … more
I don't know which takes my attention most or which I enjoy most: cooking, gardening or sewing. Of course gardening in summer and spring fills my time, leaving my house looking like a disaster; … more
I hope you didn't forget to "spring forward" with your clock on Sunday, or you were probably late for worship. I'm not a fan of daylight saving time but will have to abide by it. I recently had a … more
It's been about a year now since COVID-19 took over our lives and changed them in so many ways. But, for some, it's been a good change. Meet this week's neighbors, a mother-and-son team who bake … more
This week I am going to begin by sharing with you a recipe I requested. Recently while visiting, by telephone, with my granddaughter Heather, who lives in Springfield, she said she was making … more
When your last name is Bacon, you've got to be a foodie! Meet your neighbor, Leslie Bacon, of Cabool, who did marry to get the cool last name, but she sure has worked for it. Leslie moved to … more
Several months ago I had a request for Depression-era recipes. I appealed to my readers for help but got no response. I'm afraid there are few who are old enough to remember that time and those who … more
Got a sweet tooth? Need an extra special treat for a loved one this Valentine's day? Meet yet another Mtn. View neighbor who didn't let the pandemic stop her from doing what she loves and has opened … more
Where's the beef? Along just a short drive to one of our neighboring towns lies the WPH Ranch, between Mtn. View and Willow Springs. Meet Monty and Georgia Williamson, high school sweethearts who … more
Happy Groundhog Day, but more importantly, Happy Birthday to my great-granddaughter London Baines who will be 8 on Jan. 8. London and family live in Strafford. Last week I answered a request for … more
This week's neighbor is no stranger and you might even call her famous. Toni Chritton Johnson of West Plains has been a business owner here for decades, feeding the locals while supplying fine … more
I've got to give credit where credit is due, because if it weren't for the internet, namely Facebook, I would have never known about this week's neighbor. Meet Becky Bradley, who, along with her … more
Winter is living up to its name as I write this; it is snowing. It is beautiful, but I don't have to be out in it to feed livestock anymore. My son Randall is in charge of that at our homeplace, … more
It is a pleasure to write the year 2021. Surely it will be an improvement over 2020, God willing. My article today will consist entirely of requested recipes. They may not be your “cup of … more
Most of us can probably say that we've started a new year with a goal of losing weight and/or getting healthier — I know I have. But one of our neighbors actually did it and I've been witness to … more
In the first installment of a new feature I'm calling “Down Home with Sue,” meet Malenda Brotherton, a full time mom, wife and employee embarking on a life of a modern-day homesteader in West … more
Happy New Year. I feel this is the time God has given us to wipe the slate clean of all those things we did amiss and write a whole new chapter in our lives that will be more pleasing to Him. I wish … more
As you read this, we are ending a historical year, and we made it! I'm choosing to see the positive side of 2020, like all the new cooks and bakers who found that cooking from scratch wasn't as hard … more
From 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19, the Howell County University of Missouri Extension will hold a series of country cured ham and country cured bacon (pork belly) workshops for youth and adults. Before … more
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