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Country Woman

August/September 2019

Discover a unique "gathering place" for women who love the country with Country Woman magazine! You'll enjoy 30+ down-home recipes, practical decorating tips, fun-to-make creative crafts and much more!

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6 Issues


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stinging lesson

I was an adult when I got my first bee sting. How I made it through a rural childhood without stepping on a bee while running barefoot through the clover, I’ll never know. But having not learned that lesson as a child, that is exactly how I got my first sting as an adult. Gosh, does it hurt. So I can relate to Cher Tom’s humorous story on page 54 about a sting her sister got. Still, I continue to love bees for their much-needed help in my vegetable garden—nearly a third of the food we eat relies on bees and other pollinators. And I especially appreciate the sweet rewards of the bees’ labor there. Every cold I get sends me straight to the honey jar and a comforting cup of…

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country woman

EDITORIAL Chief Content Officer Beth Tomkiw Associate Creative Director Christina Spalatin Deputy Editor Jennifer Zeigler Art Director Jessie Sharon Editor Ellie Piper Associate Editor Molly Jasinski Layout Designer Samantha Williams Copy Chief Deb Warlaumont Mulvey Copy Editors Dulcie Shoener (senior), Chris McLaughlin, Amy Rabideau Silvers, Ann Walter Food Editor Rashanda Cobbins Senior Editor, Digital Lori Vanover Manager, Editorial Services Kelly Madison-Liebe Production Artist Jill Banks Editorial Business Manager Andrea Meiers Senior Rights Associate Jill Godsey Manager, Publishing Technologies Dena Ahlers Business Analyst Shannon Stroud Junior Business Analyst Grant Beattie Contributors Grace Natoli Sheldon (photographer), Samantha Bender, Stephanie Sliwinksi (crafts), Diane Armstrong (food stylist) Culinary Director Sarah Farmer Prep Kitchen Manager Catherine Ward Food Stylists Shannon Norris (senior), Josh Rink, Sarah Tramonte (associate) Recipe Editor/Recipe Tester Alicia Rooker, RDN Culinary Assistants Sarah Fischer, Maggie Knoebel, Beth McGuire Director, Visual Production Stephanie Marchese Photographers Mark Derse, Dan Roberts Senior Set Stylist Melissa Franco Market Producer/Set Stylist Stacey Genaw BUSINESS Associate Publisher…

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mrs. congeniality

Newcomers to our 106-year-old North Carolina town are frequently asked, “How’d you find Badin?” They often answer, “We stumbled on it. And then we met Vanessa.” A telltale chuckle confirms what most everyone here knows—Vanessa Mullinix is Badin’s Mrs. Congeniality. Vanessa lives beyond the Badin town line and can’t vote or run for office. But she has worked in our community for 25 years, first at the neighboring aluminum plant, then as an entrepreneur in the fence business. For the past eight years she has operated Cottage House Antiques. With a shop in the heart of our village, Vanessa is a sort of one-stop welcome wagon for visitors. On weekends the store frequently fills with residents and tourists mingling and chatting and, sometimes, even shopping. No task is too menial and no dream is…

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adventures in beekeeping

That offhand comment was all it took for my friend Pete to give me a beekeeping gift, complete with bee box and how-to books, two years ago. But Pete’s thoughtful present arrived a little late to order bees, so it sat on a shelf in the garage for a year. Last spring my daughter told a beekeeper about my failure to launch. The next thing I knew, two enthusiastic beekeepers, Cesar Cerna and Carol Kremer, were buzzing around my Wisconsin yard, ready to get my hive off the ground. Beekeepers for seven years, they learned by attending workshops. Now they pay it forward and mentor newbies like me. “I’ve always wanted to raise bees.” The first thing I needed was a complete bee box. I had only a 10-frame super (the structure to…

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clover trove

Nothing says “summer in the country” quite like a county or state fair. And for many, the fair and 4-H are synonymous. If 4-H was a part of your childhood, your own ribbons, annual pins or trophies could be the basis for a meaningful collection. How many of these pieces do you recognize? 1 Patch The now-iconic four-leaf clover emblem was first introduced in 1911. It has an “H” on each leaf, representing head, heart, hands and health. The 2½-inch felt shield pictured could be sewn on a hat, jacket or sweater, and is from around 1950. Worth: $5-$15 2 National Songbook The 4-H Preservation Program notes that singing has been an integral part of 4-H almost from the start, whether in a club meeting, at camp or during the fair. This edition from 1938…

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poutine cake

Recently my daughter was talking about her favorite food, poutine. I was inspired and created a homemade poutine-inspired cake for her 19th birthday. She was beyond thrilled! —DONNA ZACHARIAS CARROT RIVER, SK PREP: 1 HOUR + COOLING • BAKE: 30 MIN. MAKES: 16 SERVINGS 3 cups all-purpose flour2 cups sugar2/3 cup baking cocoa2 tsp. baking soda2 tsp. baking powder1 tsp. salt2 large eggs, room temperature2/3 cup canola oil2 tsp. vanilla extract2 cups boiling water BUTTERCREAM 1 cup unsalted butter, softened1 tsp. 2% milk1 tsp. vanilla extract1/8 tsp. salt3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar ASSEMBLY 12 crisp ladyfinger cookies8 oz. white candy coating, melted2 cups butterscotch-caramel ice cream topping 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 2 greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease parchment. 2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking cocoa, baking soda, baking powder…