Raised in a Barn…

Day-to-Day Life of a Country Mama

Spring Baby Set

I have been working on getting infant shoe and hat sets crocheted for numerous folks I know that are expecting little ones. This is the second set I’ve made and so far I think it might be the cutest. 

My friend is having a girl in the spring. I had just enough of this peach and turquoise to make this slipper and hat set. I have a pattern for the shoes, but I had to come up with a design for a matching hat. I kept it simple with patterned stripes, trimming it with a similar ruffle and purple flower to those used on the shoes. 

I am slowly getting better with crocheting. Maybe by the time I get all these sets made, I’ll be pretty good at them. 


Frozen Peaches

We are preparing to have a steer butchered so I’ve been making room in our freezer in the basement. I felt like I found gold when I stumbled across two quart bags of local peaches. We have now had them with cottage cheese and with pancakes. We have made smoothies and peach crisp. It’s been a great taste of summer during a very cold period. I’m already looking forward to buying from the orchard again. Remember, buy local and put it up for when it’s not in-season!

Repurposed Jeans 

Our dog Raleigh now has a homemade dog bed in his doghouse to help keep him extra warm with the coming cold week. I made it from a pair of my husband’s jeans that were ripped beyond repair and the filling from a bench cushion the dogs tore up. 

I measured the doghouse, cut lengths of denim to match, and then sewed it together like you would a throw pillow. It was easier since I didn’t have to worry about a pretty pattern. I turned it right side out, filled it with a cut section of cushion and sewed up the last side. It turned out the perfect size for the doghouse. 

It never hurts to save torn jeans for material! They are great for all kinds of projects. 

Moisturizing Soap

I have to say I’m very impressed. I’ve been making my own foaming essential oil hand soap. I usually put distilled water, liquid Castile soap, and dōTERRA’s OnGuard essential oil blend in it. I read about adding a little fractionated coconut oil to it to make it moisturizing. It’s great! My hands are bad to dry out and crack through the winter, but I haven’t been needing as much lotion since I stated adding the coconut oil. Here is the basic recipe I roughly use for a small foaming dispenser: 

  1. 3 tablespoons liquid Castile soap
  2. 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil 
  3. 15-20 drops OnGuard essential oil blend
  4. Distilled water 

I put the first three ingredients in the dispenser and pour in the water up to an inch from the top. After I put the lid on, I turn it over and back a couple times to mix. 

It’s quick and easy to make. I think this is the soap we’ll be using from now on. 

Marijuana’s Lesser Known Cousin

I found this article very interesting from betternutrition (Nov. 2017).

CBD Oil: Anxiety Aid & Much More by Lisa Turner

This often misunderstood hemp extract may be a health miracle for many.

You’ve probably heard of – and wondered about – CBD (cannabidiol), a constituent of the hemp plant that’s being used in everything from topical creams to daily supplement pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medicinal cure for thousands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mystery – and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. It comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant family as marijuana. But it’s different. “CBD is like marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin,” says Alex Corren, founder and CEO of Hempower Nutrition, Inc., in Boulder, Colo. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC, the component that’s responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects. The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years for building materials, textiles, and food products such as hemp seed and hemp oil – which is not the same as CBD oil (more on that later).
  2. It’s safe. Unlike medical marijuana, which contains large amounts of THC, CBD products are not psychotropic, meaning they don’t cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. Most contain miniscule amounts (less than 0.3 percent) and some are completely THC-free, Corren says. CBD won’t impact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for children. In fact, CBD came to national prominence with the discovery of its ability to halt seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. And while both THC and CBD are considered phytocannabinoids, they interact with the body in very different ways. THC works by directly binding to cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors, but instead interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
  3. It impacts a body system you probably didn’t know you had. CBD works by interacting with the endogenous cannabinoid system or endocannabinoid system (ECS), a collection of cell receptors that play a fundamental role in the function of the nervous and immune system. The human body produces its own endocannabinoids – the highest concentration is in mother’s milk. CBD works with the body’s own system, blocking or reducing the breakdown of naturally occurring endocannabinoids.
  4. It’s not the same as hemp oil. CBD oil is different from hemp oil and hemp seeds found in grocery and natural food stores. Hemp oil is derived only from hemp seeds, and does not contain appreciable amounts of cannabidiol; CBD products, on the other hand, are make from the whole plant, not just the seeds. There are thousands of varieties of hemp, and the cultivars used for CBD oil contain significantly higher concentrations of cannabidiol.
  5. It’s legal – sort of. CBD is legal, but because of issues related to growing hemp, the production process exists in a regulatory gray area. Growing hemp in the U.S. for commercial purposes is prohibited, and is restricted to research and pilot projects. So hemp that’s used to make CBD products (as well as hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp clothing) in the United States is usually imported from other countries – primarily Eastern Europe, where hemp has been grown for the past 40 years. However, because “pilot project” is a loosely regulated concept, Colorado and other states are increasingly beginning to cultivate hemp. CBD, at any rate, is legal in all 50 states.
  6. It’s highly refined – in a good way. The hemp extract used to make CBD oil comes from cultivars that are already higher in cannabidiol. To further concentrate the active components that material goes through a solvent-free extraction process that involves CO2 or other methods, in a manner similar to the production of essential oils. The extracted oil is then tested for contaminants and toxins such as heavy metals, as well as for cannabinoid content.
  7. It really works. Studies are proving the ability of CBD to stop seizures, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, ease depression, and soothe chronic pain. “CBD has the potential to be the most important wellness ingredient in the last 50 years,” says Corren. “CBD is important for nervous and immune function, and in the same way probiotics aren’t just for people suffering from digestive disorders, CBD is not just for the sick or hurting people. It’s for anyone who wants to be proactive about their long-term health.”


I hope this article was as interesting and enlightening for you as it was for me!

Scorched Pot

I am beginning to think that there is nothing vinegar and baking soda can’t clean. I scorched my good stainless steel pot. Badly. I’m used to an SOS pad taking care of most such messes. It helped a little, but not close to what I though it would. I searched online for suggestions and, of course, the first recommendation involved vinegar and baking soda. So I pass it on in case y’all have a similar problem. 

Pour 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water (or more depending on the size) in the pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add two tablespoons baking soda. Let it fiz (I let mine soak for a few) and dump the contents. Clean as usual.(I used my SOS pad and it all came right off!)

I’ll be remembering this for the next time. (I won’t even kid myself by thinking this will be the last time.) It will save me a lot of time to use it first. 

Stocking Up

I’m making plarn in advance. I’ve gotten a good amount done so far as you can see. Most of it will be white, but I’m building some color balls too. I am taking a short break from working on my basket to work on a few more pressing projects. I’ll share them as I finish them. Happy crafting!


Trigger warning. BIG trigger warning. I’m just going to come right out and say it: this was a terrible book and I may never pick up another King novel. It was the first of his work that I have ever read and it might be the last. 

My husband warned me (he read a large portion of King’s work growing up), but with all the hype I thought maybe it would be tolerably good. I haven’t flipped so many pages since Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It was about as vulgar and crass as Lady Chatterley’s Lover too. I don’t know why the man has an obsession with turning everything sexual, but it gets old quick. 

Anyway, I won’t beat a dead horse. I guess his writing just didn’t do it for me and I seem to be one of the few. I was sorely disappointed and the only thing I found terrifying was how much time I spent on it. I will say in closing though; if a King fan ever comes up to me talking about how Poe’s writing lacks suspense, I will probably laugh. 

Staying Inside

We had a cold snap here. To make up for not getting much done outside, I’ve been doing things like brushing up on using a sewing machine and catching up on my letter writing and reading. Okay, I never catch up on reading, but I digress. 

It’s been good to make some progress inside though I find myself thinking of the ground I need to work outside. It’s hard to bundle up and go outside to work when I have the girls and so much inside I need to work on. Most of it isn’t interesting enough for a post, which is why I haven’t written much lately. I have a couple subjects lined up though so please don’t give up on me! Until then find a good book and a cozy spot to make the most of the cold when it comes to where you are. 

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