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Whiteley Creek Homestead
I'm an innkeeper at Whiteley Creek Homestead B&B, which I own in Brainerd, Minnesota.
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I had a coil of wire. Like a Slinky but not. For years, there it was. Housed in a small box alongside my tool box. I knew not its intended purpose nor what I might do with it one day.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Yesterday, I took a monoprinting class at The Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd (Minnesota). "Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals."... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Looking for a a sweet spring craft that can be easily transitioned into an Easter basket? For bird assembly, I extend grateful thanks to the creator of an instructional video titled "Paper Crafts for Kids - How to Make Paper... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Christmas goodies, more often than not, are mega loaded with sugar and fat. However, a quick online search confirmed that, by subbing healthier ingredients and using substantially less sweetener, we can still enjoy an equally satisfying treat. While I heated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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A rabbit has become a regular visitor at our front door where it nibbles on tender young shoots of Dwarf Korean Lilac. Upon following tracks across our front porch, it is evident that the rabbit's visitor status has transitioned to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Even though the landscape is stripped of leaves and blossoms, winter is by no means drab. However, the soft glow of strategically-placed lights add a welcoming touch. Although summer's outdoor furniture has been stored away, a spiral lighted tree threesome... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Although a light covering of snow blanketed the ground for Christmas Day, it wasn't until two days later that our first heavy snow of the season provided the beauty that we anxiously anticipate each winter. The kind that hangs heavy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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In my childhood, we watched Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Bonanza on a black-and-white vacuum tube television...when it was working. On cold winter evenings, my family would cluster in our small living room... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Each autumn, there is winter prep to be done. That is just the way it is in the Minnesota climate. Some tasks are of the proactive type to prevent water pipes and septic systems from freezing and to maintain a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Driven by the need for a durable surface to accommodate heavy loads, increased traffic, faster travel, and simplified maintenance, dirt roads are becoming less and less commonplace as they are being covered over with asphalt. Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Supplies are gathered. Freezer is stocked with collagen-rich bones. Here's what to do with them. Instant Pot Bone Broth Instructions Place bones in pot. Add vegetables, herbs, egg shells, and peppercorns. Mix vinegar with water and then pour over the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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If your bone broth is thickly-gelled like Jell-O, and even thicker yet so it doesn't even jiggle, you will know that you have perfected the process. It requires the correct amount of... Collagen-rich bones Water and vinegar Cooking time "Animal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Three deer regularly visit our front yard to eat from a flowering crab tree heavily-laden with cherry-sized apples that determinedly cling to their branches despite winter's grip. Frustratingly, the deer believe that my perennials, shrubs, and young tree branches are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Making almond milk in your own kitchen is simply...simple. Soak. Strain. Squeeze. Homemade Almond Milk 1) At bedtime, put 1 cup raw almonds in a quart canning jar. Cover with enough warm water (not city water treated with chlorine) to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Opening the mailbox to discover the season's first seed catalog has been a ritual for decades... a mainstay to count on as much as the approach of the season itself. The wood carving on the left, titled The New Seed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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In March, before the first sign of tree budding or greening of vegetation, I walked along the edge of our woods to gather crisp oak leaves and tall thin spires of dried grasses. To create a bird's nest. Formed in... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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Throughout the year, I save newspaper pages so that I can make newspaper pots for spring planting. I discard pages with colored ink which leaves basically the crossword puzzle/cartoons, obits, and employment/want ads. Sometimes the rolling and tucking results in... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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A farmer planted our field for many years. But he got old. He decided it was time to retire. Dick and I knew, that when that day came, we would plant trees where once buckwheat, triticale, clover, and winter wheat... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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A fence surrounds our coop to keep the chickens safe at night. It provides extra security from invaders like raccoon, skunk, fox, and hawks. Fence door latched. Coop door locked. In the daytime, as our chickens roam freely about the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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One thing leads to the next. Oftentimes, we don't know where we'll end up until we get there. To retrace the steps from whence one came brings understanding to know how it all began. Therefore, I begin at the beginning.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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If you truly desire to gain an authentic appreciation for winter, just leave. For twenty-four years. That's what Dick and I did. Over the span of our dual state lifestyle, we always returned to our central Minnesota home to live... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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A rabbit has made a cozy winter home inside a mammoth wood pile behind our house. It should entertain no concern of needing to move its family anytime soon, as is required of a field mouse named Mrs. Frisby when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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A tarp secured with bungees to outmatch the force of wintry winds covers our greenhouse, emptied rain barrels are turned upside down, late season veggies have been gathered, and dried vines removed. With the closure of this year's gardening season,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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If you truly know me, you will not ask me to eat out on my birthday. Unless the interior space and/or exterior architecture is unique. Unless the menu is healthy fare. Unless the meal is served in an unusual setting.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Whiteley Creek Homestead
Tupperware, I do think. As you quite likely may recall, I had an entire kitchen cupboard section assigned to its storage. Now, glass recyclables...mostly peanut butter jars, quart wide-mouth, and two-quart mason jars are my go-to storage receptacles. But, how fun to hear that you possess a tangible "blast from the past!"
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2017 on banana fudgsicles at Whiteley Creek Homestead
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