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Missouri Living: An Introduction

JudyVince and I moved to Missouri in December 2006 from Kentucky. We thought our residence in Kentucky was a bit rural but moving to Nevada, Missouri, has brought a whole new meaning to “rural.” Even though we’re currently living in the city limits, we’re looking for land where we can have the freedom to grow and build as we please, without restrictions, covenants, city ordinances and . . neighbors! We have fallen in love with southwest Missouri and hope to stay in this area.

Vince has never had much desire for living in the country, but with the current economic times, and the need to feel more in control of our own lives, he is coming around, and we’re looking for more land. He wants to have bees. I want a milk cow. Of course, there will always be chickens and a big garden.

Judy and chicken

I love to cook from scratch and will share recipes here. I can as much as possible, so I’ll share my canning experiences.

canned tomatoes and apple jam

I grind wheat to make yummy and nutritious whole wheat bread, so you’ll hear some about wheat grinding and bread baking.

grinding wheat

I quilt (a lot!), so no doubt, there’ll be some quilting stories here.

peaches and dreams quilt

For now, we’ll be happy with our 9 hens and our little garden in town, but I hope that very soon, readers will be able to follow along in our journey as we find the perfect piece of land and prepare to live “the good life” as amateur rural farmers.

bren
6/24/2010 5:17:59 PM

Welcome to blogging... have been doing some blogging myself on living a simplified faith based life. Am looking forward to reading some of your canning recipes. I do some canning myself... did some squash years back but have since read it's not a good idea to can squash. sigh How long have you been canning and living a lifestyle like this?


lisa_8
5/20/2010 7:10:50 PM

That's a nice quilt. Welcome to blogging. It's addictive. Think about getting goats instead of cows for milk. They're cuter. (I might be biased on that. lol) I've been trying to bake bread for years now and I have no luck. Hope you'll be able to provide bread recipes for the bread making challenged. Lisa Spring Peeper Farm


nebraska dave
5/19/2010 9:10:43 AM

Judy, Missouri is kind of a border state between the South and the North. I lived in St. Louis for 7 years and met friends who lived out in rural Missouri about 50 miles outside of St. Louis near a town of 3,000 called Washington. It was a wonderful experience to hunt, fish, foliage blackberries, and immerse myself in the rural Missouri culture. I always wanted to have a rural acreage but finances just never allowed it. I eventually moved back to Nebraska, my home state, and vowed never to move away again. I really love it here. It’s the best place to live. Of course I’m just a little prejudice. I am looking forward to reading about your new life. Welcome to Grit blogging.


s.m.r. saia
5/19/2010 5:24:12 AM

Good morning! I look forward to learning more about canning and bread-baking from you! That is a beautiful quilt.


michele' preston
5/18/2010 9:07:47 PM

I am from Springfield Missouri so I know where you live & love that small town. We were placed here in Massachusetts by the Military in 1997...big difference from the southern attitudes I am used to! I hope to learn a lot from your blogs on your breads....I am just learning after 50 yrs how not to bake bread that even the dogs can't get their teeth into. Its also nice to see someone else who enjoys the old art of quilting.