Encouraging a Love of the Outdoors through Gardening

Encouraging a Love of the Outdoors through Gardening Feature Photo

I grew up loving the outdoors, as a child I used to practically live in tree in our yard.  It had a perfect little nook where I could climb and hide away.  Whether I was watching the clouds pass me by or stuck with my nose in a book, that tree opened the doors to let my imagination run wild!

I’ve shared my love for the outdoors here, here and here.

I’m pretty sure my love for everything in nature was spawned by all the time I spent with my dad outside growing up.  I remember riding along with him to fix fence, spending days on the lake fishing, and bearing the cold and snow to scout coyote or deer.

I’m a believer that we all need our own unique connection to nature in order to appreciate it.  We all have our own story and our own memories that sparked our love for the outdoors, if we had the chance to interact with it on a deep, personal level.

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Herb Garden Basics

Herb Garden Basics Feature Photo

So, you may recall from earlier posts here on CWC that gardening is not really my thing…I’m just not a gardener.

You can catch up on a little bit of my gardening experience here.

I have to give Wildland Man full credit for any gardening experience I do have and any crops we are able to harvest.

But, I tell you what; I’m learning to like it. Heck, I may even be falling for gardening. Only time will tell.

I liken it to how I became comfortable in the kitchen and began to like cooking and baking.

I guess, now that I think about it, both the kitchen and the garden have always been Wildland Man’s domain. Now I’m encroaching on both. Hope he doesn’t mind.

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DIY Pallet Deck Table

DIY Pallet Deck Table Feature Photo

Waste not, want not. That should really be the title of this post. Because if you’ve been reading along the past couple weeks you know that this DIY Pallet Deck Table is project #3 that we got out of just a couple of pallets.

First, Wildland Man and I picked up some pallets to create herb boxes for our deck railing. You can read about that project in DIY Pallet Planters {Part 1}.

Then, we used some of the leftover pallet scrap to make a large square planter box to put flowers out by our mailbox. You can read about that project in DIY Pallet Planters {Part 2}.

Finally, we used what was left of the pallet wood to construct this little table for our deck.

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DIY Pallet Planters {Part 2}

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As a child I used to tend to my mom’s flowers and the few vegetables she had time to plant in the spring.

Well, maybe saying that I tended to them is a bit much. More like watered. Once in awhile. Or forgot and dried up. And probably more like drowned when I finally did get around to watering them. I really wasn’t very good at my job.

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DIY Pallet Planters {Part 1}

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Let me tell you a few of my favorite things about pallets…

  • They make for a good ole DIY project. And I love me a good DIY project.
  • They are FREE! (Of course, you might have to search a bit to find them for free or in decent condition to use for your project.)
  • They have a certain rustic appeal about them, which aligns beautifully with my country-style home décor.
  • There is no shortage of Pinspiration for pallet projects.
  • You can make so many things out of just a few pallets. You’ll find that with this particular project, we were able to make three different planter boxes and a small table for our deck out of just about 2½ pallets.

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Chronicles of a Provincial Wife

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I almost named this blog Chronicles of a Provincial Wife. It’s true. I just kinda liked the sound of provincial wife over country wife. Not to mention the nod to my very favorite Disney princess, Belle, who sang of her provincial life in the movie Beauty and the Beast.

Google defines provincial as “of or concerning a province of a country or empire” and lists several synonyms for the word, including: small-town, rural, country, rustic, backwoods. I feel like provincial is a more sophisticated way to say country. Though I’m not sure why I’m intrigued by a title that sounds more sophisticated, I’m about as plain-Jane as you can get. I mean, I am the Country Wife, folks. Let’s be real.
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Life Lessons from Man’s Best Friend

life lessons from Belle at Country Wife Chronicles

I have always loved animals; I grew up with an assortment of pets and always thought I might end up working in a zoo one day. Though that dream never came to fruition, I did teach high school for a while, which is pretty much a zoo in it of itself. But I digress…

Suffice to say, my husband and I immediately added a dog to our family once we were married. Now, I may be bias, but this was no ordinary dog…this was Bellaroo, our sweet, stubborn, assertive, wire-haired, scraggly and scrappy Drahthaar.

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Who is the Country Wife?

Who is the Country Wife? www.countrywifechronicles.com

Country Wife Chronicles is a blog that documents the journey of a country wife seeking to savor the stillness of a simple country life…but who exactly is the Country Wife?

Ok, that statement sounds a little like “How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?” But I think you get where I’m going here…

So, grab yourself some coffee and peruse the pages of this blog and you’ll find out just who the Country Wife is.

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Indoor S’mores Casserole

S'mores Casserole by Country Wife Chronicles

I heart s’mores. I mean really, truly, love the yummy combination of chocolate, mallow, and graham. My mouth is watering just thinking about the flavors (insert long, satisfying sigh here).

S’mores have been a summertime favorite for us on the fire pit, as I’m sure most of you might also agree. But what about the other seasons of the year? Why should we forget about these delectable treats in the cold and frosty days of winter?

The answer: we don’t have to. S’mores Casserole—made right in your oven. Now you can add some warmth to your kitchen with a hot oven and send the tantalizing smell of s’mores throughout the house! What a perfect pairing with hot cocoa on a cold afternoon! (Are you convinced to go try this recipe yet?)

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Pecan Caramel Popcorn

Pecan Caramel Popcorn, Country Wife Chronicles

Those that know me well; know that I have a slight obsession with Christmas. I relish this season of hope, peace, and love. I love the warm and cozy smells of the holidays, the crackling fireplaces, the fresh-fallen blanket of snow…these things awaken my senses and nourish my soul.

I bust out all my favorite Christmas movies, put my Christmas playlists on a constant repeat cycle, and I spend a whole lotta time in the kitchen. I love to bake, and the holidays, for me, just equate baking love.

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Mexi-Style Breakfast Hash

mexi style breakfast hash at Country Wife Chronicles

When Wildland Man is away and my motivation is lacking in the kitchen, I find that a nice big-batch meal is ideal. I work my magic, or lack there of, in the kitchen once for a whole lot of pay out, and then I have leftovers on hand throughout the week to reach for when I’m not wanting to make anything new. Which happens a lot. I’ve mentioned my issues with this before, right? 

This breakfast hash is the perfect big-batch dish—it is so savory and yummy that I can honestly eat it for any meal of the day—not just breakfast.

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Chile Rellenos Casserole

Chile Rellenos Casserole from Country Wife Chronicles

I have a confession to make. I am no chef. I wouldn’t even say that I cook. That’s my husband’s role. I bake. I love to bake. I could hang in the kitchen all day long with my oven on. So, when I decided I wanted to play the role of doting housewife and have dinner on the table for my husband (ok, at least once in awhile—he still does the majority of the cooking, and often helps me with the savory recipes you see here on Country Wife Chronicles), I knew that an oven-based dish would be the way to go.

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One Tamale, Two Tamale Casserole

Tamale Casserole from Country Wife Chronicles

So, tamales…love ‘em, don’t have the first clue how to make ‘em. Though I could probably figure it out, it just seems more practical to take the ingredients and throw them together in a one-and-done casserole. Casseroles are one of my very favorite things. For this reason exactly—I can quickly recreate the flavors and taste of practically any dish I love with minimal preparation and clean up. Who doesn’t love that concept? I mean, really.

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Quick Delish Pasta Dish

Quick Delish Pasta Dish from Country Wife Chronicles

Ok, just so we are clear, this recipe is not for those watching calories. It’s definitely not the healthiest dish on the planet, but it is warm and yummy and comforting. And quick, oh so quick. Bonus: it can be made with stuff you probably already have on hand in your pantry and freezer.

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Loving the Country Life

Loving the Country Life at Country Wife Chronicles

Call me a redneck. A country bumpkin. A hick from the hills. Honestly, I’d say these are all compliments. I know, I know…most of these terms are considered derogatory, but the way I look at it, I’d rather be considered any of these than a city slicker. But maybe that’s just me.

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