From Apple Tree to Apple Pie: My Trip to the Orchard

Editor’s Note: With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, we have pie on the mind!  Enjoy this sweet photo trip through the apple orchard from Allison Ervin, daughter of Glenda Ervin VP of Marketing. Keep reading to find the recipe she used to make a fresh, homemade apple pie! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Butterscotch Roll Cookies

butterscotch cookiesAdding a variety of cookies to your holiday baking gives your loved ones an array of sweet choices. Try this classic recipe for butterscotch cookies. (Helpful Hint: Just make sure you leave time for the dough to chill!) Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Sugar Cookies and Frosting

cutting out cookiesCandy canes, Christmas trees, stockings that look so good to eat…today’s recipe is a classic holiday tradition for many folks – making and decorating cutout cookies. Whether you like to intricately decorate each cookie or just like to pile on the frosting (like someone in my family), this is a sweet activity to put you in the Christmas spirit.

So, gather up your favorite cookie cutters and give this sugar cookie and frosting recipe a try. Continue reading

Stumped on What to Give This Christmas? Let Us Help!

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It may seem early this year, but holiday shopping is already in full swing.  With retailers urging to shop early due to delays with shipping carriers, it’s a good idea to start checking things off your list now, so you’ll have everything delivered by Christmas.  But where do you start, especially when you have no idea what to get?

Our suggestion: Start with how your loved ones like to spend their time. Thinking of their interests and hobbies might just lead you to the perfect present. 

Here are a few categories to consider and popular picks that are sure to bring smiles on Christmas morning. Just scroll down to start browsing – happy gifting! Continue reading

Christmas Cookie Recipes: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle CookieThe holidays are approaching, and it’s time to start planning one of the sweetest holiday traditions of all – baking Christmas cookies!

Today we’re sharing with you a classic cookie recipe that is sure to win over chocolate lovers, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. It’s the perfect addition to your cookie tray! Continue reading

The Skills of the Past Will Help Us into the Future

family gardeningImportant household skills, and the amount of people concerned with learning them, have majorly declined over the past century. Skills such as cooking and baking from scratch, repairing things, growing food, sewing or knitting clothes, and creating goods like candles and soap don’t seem to be on the priority lists of many anymore.

It’s easy to see why – modern times have us distracted with other important things, and to give us more time to deal with these distractions, companies have made much quicker, easier, and more automated ways of getting things done. Continue reading

Skills and Hobbies that Blossomed in 2020

Rolling dough for homemade breadIf you had lots of unexpected free time on your hands, what would you do? What would you learn?

This was the question imposed on millions of people in the last year as our society coped with a lot of unprecedented developments, including the pandemic. But not all downtime was bad or difficult. In fact, with so much time on their hands, hobbies blossomed through 2020 as people refreshed old skills and learned new ones. Continue reading

The Recipes of Fall: Amish Noodles

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Looking for a comforting side dish? Noodles are a favorite in our area, and this recipe is sure to delight. Pair it with your favorite entrée – it also makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal! Continue reading