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Country Woman February/March 2020

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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

in this issue

1 min.
cheers to you

About a year ago, we asked you to help plan this issue. We knew many of you have been with the magazine since before it was called Country Woman (see the timeline below), and we wanted to know what favorite crafts, recipes and stories we should revisit in this 50th anniversary issue. It was a given that you’d come through with wonderful ideas, which you’ll now find throughout this issue (look for the special logo). But we didn’t anticipate the humbling volume of heartwarming tales about how Country Woman became part of your world. We expanded the “Let’s Chat” section on page 8 to share some of those memories. This magazine has always been about you—your families, recipes, homes, projects and ideas. It really is your anniversary. Thank you for letting…

1 min.
sharon o. blumberg pflugerville, texas

Tell us about yourself. I am a writer and voice-over artist who recently retired from teaching Spanish and English. My husband and I love spending time with our two grown children, and in 2018 we moved from Indiana to Pflugerville, Texas, near Austin, to take loving care of our twin grandchildren. What are your hobbies? I love taking walks with my husband along the lake near our home. We also garden together. I enjoy pressing flowers, reading, writing, and working on voice-over projects. As a lifelong collector, what’s the best find you’ve ever had? My husband and I once found a beautiful panoramic oil painting titled Missouri View. It shows rural golden brown hills rolling along the Mississippi River. Who inspires you the most? As an aspiring middle-grade novelist, I am inspired by authors who have mastered…

5 min.
let’s chat

Thank You We were humbled by the letters from readers who have been with Country Woman for most—or even all—of our first 50 years. Your stories took us down memory lane, and we hope they do the same for you. We are grateful to have been part of your family for so many years. With Us at the Beginning I think I must be one of your earliest subscribers. In the early ’70s I saw an ad for a new magazine called Farm Wife News. I ordered it and have been a faithful subscriber ever since. I remember the early issues were on newsprint and folded in half when they arrived in my mailbox—no glossy pages, few photographs and little resemblance to the magazine today. I was a young farm wife in Minnesota,…

1 min.
join in!

Tiptoe Through the Tulips Spring bulbs will emerge from their long winter hibernation soon. Does your community have a particularly beautiful display? If so, we’d love to see pictures and hear the stories about how these vernal gardens were planned and planted. Cast-Iron Traditions If your most reliable kitchen tool is a time-tested cast-iron pan, we’d like to know its history. Maybe you picked up the pan at an auction or knew it as a great-grandmother’s favorite before it became yours. Share the story—and pictures—with us. Friendly Advice What is your best tip for saving money at the grocery store? Are you a coupon clipper? Maybe you scan ads and plan a shopping trip around the bargains. If you have suggestions for us, share them! TULIPS: KENNETH PENNER; COOKS: JEANNE LUNDEEN…

2 min.
moss is boss

Moss doesn’t ask for much. Forget the fertilizers and the pesticides; a little shade and moist soil are all it needs to grow well. It doesn’t even mind a little foot traffic. So spread the green with these three growing methods. IN A CONTAINER Use moss as a lush filler with flowers. Native miniatures, like partridge berry and dwarf crested iris, complement it well, thanks to their diminutive size and pops of color. Keep in mind that if the pot is in a shady spot, the neighboring plants should be shade-tolerant, too. BENEATH YOUR FEET Ditch the lawn mower for good. Moss is much easier to care for than grass, grows where grass doesn’t, and stays a healthy green year-round, making it an attractive alternative. Sheet moss is perfect for newbies because of its…

2 min.
homespun magic

Five years ago, Holly Christensen of Palmer, Alaska, had an idea: She would create a Rapunzel-like wig out of soft acrylic yarn for a friend’s 3-year-old daughter who was about to undergo chemotherapy for lymphoma. Holly had never crocheted before. As a former oncology nurse, however, she was all too familiar with the challenges that cancer patients, especially children, face in illness, intensive medical treatment and chilly hospital wards. The 3-year-old Rapunzel showed off her new hair to friends. Soon others wanted to become princesses, too. So the Magic Yarn Project began, one crocheted fairy-tale wig at a time, transforming little patients into such brave heroines as Elsa, Moana, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel and more. The not-for-profit is led by Holly and co-founder Bree Hitchcock, who both volunteer their time crafting wigs. They and many…