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Flavored butters made with what’s on hand | By Ann Marie Craig

April 12, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – Make a pretty addition to any meal in simple steps that use ingredients already in your kitchen. Welcome to the Century Farmhouse Kitchen. Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, and get a glimpse of the kitchen in

VIDEO | Stepping out to the Back 40 at Century Farmhouse | By Ann Marie Craig

March 24, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – Here at Century Farmhouse, as all around the globe, we are stepping back from our daily lives into new normal routines that are hopefully both short-lived and healthy.  Our preparations and worry about family and friends both near and far

VIDEO | A little walk in the Century Farmhouse Maple Woods | By Ann Marie Craig

March 15, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – A few weeks ago we tapped the maple trees in the Century Farmhouse Maple Woods. There is something about being out in the woods – walking around, touching trees, listening to the return of the birds, and seeing the sap

Thumbs up for clean hands | By Ann Marie Craig and Century Farmhouse Soap

March 2, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – For years we have been told the best way to avoid getting colds and flu is to thoroughly wash our hands. Now it seems almost daily we are reminded of the quick spread of COVID-19 and influenza, and that one

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

The story of how I began making soap | By Ann Marie Craig

February 23, 2020 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My grandmother – the grandmother who lived in this pretty log farmhouse – was a soap maker, probably because she had to be. A farm woman was frugal, and with animal fats readily available it was a given that she

Watering the Christmas Tree with a Plastic Pipette and Other Christmas Adventures | By Ann Marie Craig

December 29, 2019 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – Life in a vintage log cabin is never dull – especially at Christmas time. Life in this tiny log Farmhouse is never dull, and at Christmastime it can be downright entertaining. Take, for example, the mouse that was indeed stirring

Century Farmhouse Notes: A Neighborhood Parade Celebrates the 4th! | By Ann Marie Craig

July 4, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The sun is shining on the chairs lined up along Wagner Lane and Kenny Drive, and excitement thrums through the late morning air. Red, white, and blue are the predominant colors against the greens of trees and grass and the bright spots

Century Farmhouse Notes: Wrapped in Quilted Love | By Ann Marie Craig

  May 12, 2018 – Big Cedar Lake, WI –  It was another age; another time. Grandma Rosa lived in the house I now call home and created beautiful but useful things of fabrics that caught her eye and fabrics she had stashed – edges of mostly-worn cotton sheets,

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week | St. Frances Cabrini School – a Catholic lesson for life | By Ann Marie Craig

Jan. 31, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The wooden bead was just about the same size as the hole. Sister Suzanne Marie was hurrying us from the hallway to our second grade classroom after square dancing in the gym, and I needed to get my little cowgirl hat

Century Farmhouse Notes | St. Frances Cabrini School at 60: How can the years have passed so quickly? | By Ann Marie Craig

    Nov. 3, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Her hair was a bit whiter than the last time I saw her and moving around seemed to be more difficult for her, but the memories were spilling over as we shared stories about sixth grade so many years

Century Farmhouse Notes: Everyone is Invited to Celebrate 60 years of education at St. Frances Cabrini School | By Ann Marie Craig

    Oct. 23, 2017 – West Bend, WI – There is going to be a party in West Bend on Oct. 29  and it will include a trip down memory lane for former and present students, parents, teachers, and administrators of St. Frances Cabrini School. Sixty years of

Century Farmhouse Notes: A Neighborhood Parade Celebrates the 4th! | By Ann Marie Craig

July 4, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The sun is shining on the chairs lined up along Wagner Lane and Kenny Drive, and excitement thrums through the late morning air. Red, white, and blue are the predominant colors against the greens of trees and grass and the bright spots

Century Farmhouse Notes:  Wild Mint & Maple Syrup Soap Tastes the Best: 16 Years of Farmers’ Market Fun | By Ann Marie Craig

June 17, 2017 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – The door slams behind me as I carry the last load of soap from the house to the waiting van.  Geese honk overhead as the dawn light slowly creeps into the indigo sky, and the very slight chill in the

Century Farmhouse Notes: Lesson No. 1 – Always keep the doors closed when packing your van | By Ann Marie Craig

June 2, 2017 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – The school bus that passed us was strapped to the flat bed of the tow truck that passed us as we hurtled along the 11 p.m. darkness of the Pennsylvania highway, and I was driving. Was I still awake or dreaming?

Century Farmhouse Notes: Great-Grandma Anna’s Hermits – a muffin recipe | By Ann Marie Craig

  May 24, 2017 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – My sister Carol sent what we think is one of our oldest family recipes to the Milwaukee Journal. Let us introduce you to my great-grandmother, and her Hermits muffins recipe. Try them, they are wonderful! When she was making

Korean War Army vet Robert Schotzko of West Bend will be on the May 21 Honor Flight | By Ann Marie Craig

May 15, 2017 – West Bend, WI – As he sat at his kitchen table, Robert Schotzko of West Bend thumbed through the yellowed and well-worn War Department Technical Manual TM10-412, a leftover from WWII, but useful even today. It is one of Robert’s prized possessions and one that

Century Farmhouse Notes:  Ready to get some soap?? By Ann Marie Craig

May 9, 2017 – Big Cedar Lake, WI – Normally in May at the Farmhouse, I am getting soaps ready, planting early vegetables and herbs, and scoping out which flowers from my mother’s gardens will be ready to snitch in the dark of the early morning to decorate our

Century Farmhouse Notes: My View from the Trolley – A Little Bling is a Very Good Thing. By Ann Marie Craig

    April 28, 2017 – West Bend, WI – When there is chocolate on the trolley, you know it will be a good ride.   Add a little bling and it will be a very good thing. The Diva Group’s Spring Bling on Thursday, April 27 featured a
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