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Karen Driscoll
Pursuing a simpler life to the glory of God!
Pursuing a simpler life to the glory of God!


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Shiplap, oh yes, Shiplap!
We remodeled our kitchen several years ago, installing a farm sink and stone counter top, but I just couldn't decide what to do about a back splash on the wall.  I thought seriously for a while about subway tile, which I love, but we really didn't want to a...

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Keeping Chickens in the Winter
In southwestern Pennsylvania, our winters can range anywhere from mild to blizzard conditions, dipping into the 'teens at times. Keeping chickens during the winter months is really not any more difficult than the rest of the year.  You just need to be atten...

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Katie's Old Fashioned Mac 'n Cheese topped with Roast Beef and Stewed Tomatoes
When I think of comfort foods, a few leap to my mind immediately:  Mac 'n Cheese, Roast Beef, and Stewed Tomatoes.  Have you ever combined them into one dish? Mmmmmmm!  One of my very favorite places to visit is Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  There I can count o...

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The Potting Shed
do come true.  For years and years I dreamed
of having a picturesque Kitchen Garden and Potting Shed—the dreamy, romantic
kind traditionally known as a potager in France or a kailyard in Scotland. When
Danny and I moved to retire in the country, I wa...

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Planning and Building The Potting Shed
This is the image of a dream coming true. After many years of saving pictures from magazines and jotting down notes, my dream of having a charming Potting Shed was becoming a reality, thanks to God who has given us more than we need or deserve, and thanks t...

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Time to Plan the Garden
The winter months can sometimes seem to drag on forever, especially when the temps stay below freezing and the snow is flying.  What really makes winter furn for me is planning my Kitchen Garden. Fall Prep In the fall I pull out the spent plants, loosen the...

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Jalapeno Poppers! Amazing!
The pepper plants did really well in my Kitchen Garden this year.  I planted one jalapeno pepper plant, and I got such an abundance from that one plant! (I wish I had taken a picture of the plant before I harvested this last bunch.) In this photo are heirlo...

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Tomato Pie Fresh from the Garden
I still have lots of tomatoes in my Kitchen Garden .  I've canned them diced, in sauces and salsas, we've had slices in salads and soups and on sandwiches, and we've still got tomatoes coming. So for a change of pace, today I made a tomato pie. I've never m...

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Home Canning for Beginners
2013 Canning Season: Applesauce, Apple Pie Filling, Peaches, Pickles, Tomatoes, Spaghetti Sauce, Salsa, Red Pepper Relish, Pumpkin Cake If you've never done any canning before but you've been thinking about giving it a try, I'm here to tell you that it's ea...

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Over-Wintering Geraniums
Two of my favorite flowering plants are Hydrangeas and Geraniums.  Hands down.  No doubt about it.  I'm not sure why. I think it's probably because of the lush green foliage and their large vibrant-colored blooms.  I'm just really attracted to them. That, p...
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