• The Fireside Sipper you Need to Make Tonight: the Huckleberry Spruce Tip Old Fashioned

    Need the perfect Fall drink for comfy chair snuggling, cozy sweater wearing, great book reading, nights by the fire? Of course you do. We all do. That’s what Fall is all about, Charlie Brown. And I’ve got the recipe – and the simple syrup!- for you! Imagine that cozy chair, that soft sweater, those warm slippers, that stormy night outside- what’s in your cup? You deserve something new. Something that wakes you up just a bit, intriguing you with its flavors even as it mellows you right back down in a warm whiskey glow. Something that tastes like a classic, revisited and renewed. You’ll need Huckleberry Spruce Tip syrup, so click…

  • Birthday dinner for our favorite, Kate!

    Kate hasn’t been around on this blog much lately, despite being one of its founders. Way back when, Simple Goodness blog was created as the Dairy Queens, meant to detail the adventures of our little sister Kate in 4H. She began the adventure by showing and caring for Venise’s first couple of goats, EB and Dozer. She’s been showing in 4H ever since and even rose through the ranks recently to be the president of her club. She’s won plenty of ribbons, shaved and washed plenty of goats and welcomed many new kids to the herd. Through this passing of time, she has also grown into a super pretty, delightfully clever and…

  • Simple Goodness 2.0

    Hello again guys! You may have noticed a bit of an absence for a while there. We went on a bit of a hiatus over the summer, so thanks for sticking with us and jumping back on board. It’s been a season of immense change and we’re excited to share some of it with you now. You may have also noticed we’re looking pretty snazzy these days with a new layout and a new URL www.simplegoodnessblog.com. This snazziness is just a hint of what’s ahead for us and we’re both very excited to be moving Simple Goodness forward and reconnecting with you, our readers and friends. Last Winter and Spring,…

  • First Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    I’m not eggaxctly sure why (see what I did there?), but Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. I guess I am simple to please- Jello jigglers (we literally ONLY ever had these at Easter as a kid), a new dress and a pretty, uplifting church service and I am a happy girl. And while almost every Easter in my memory is filled with rain, this year the weather was on our side and the farm was flooded with sunshine and kiddos for the first annual Eggstravaganza (yup, had to.) The pictures are so filled with color and fun and joy that I am already eggcited for next year (ok, I’m done.)…

  • Happy Birthday to Two Special Ladies

    Happy birthday Nanny and Aunt Diane! The month of October has been a great one for me as the Selfies for Nanny have collected on my Facebook timeline and taken me down memory lane daily. These photos only start to tell a story of the wonderful woman she was. Tomorrow the family will gather together for the annual October birthday party and continue to celebrate her, with stories told throughout a grueling yahtzee competition and a verging on glutinous feast of her famous dishes. While the calorie feast would not be Nanny approved, seeing as she ate an impeccably balanced and recorded daily diet as part of her decades long participation in a…

  • Selfies for Nanny

    Our Nanny, the inspiration of Simple Goodness, died last year on October 5th. But more importantly, she lived for 94 energetic, selfless and inspiring years before that. She touched and taught her husband of 67 years, 8 children, 29 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and countless friends and church parishioners. She left this world a better and warmer place when she left it last year, because of both her spirit and the legacy of handmade quilts she gifted to many of those she loved. I spent Sunday morning staring at my son as he did tummy time on the quilt nanny made for me when I was born. I was wishing that she could…