Okay- it’s really more like the Kansas Sampler, but that doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Kate the Great’ does it?
“Kate’s 8” will actually be a regular feature on the towns I visit and what I see as their “8”
According to the Kansas Sampler Foundation, there are eight things every community has. No matter their size, large or small, they can all drum up their eight with a little creativity.
Once you identify your eight, begin building on them and see how many ways you get people to come to your town!
The eight are:
Art, Architecture, Geography, Commerce, People, History, Customs & Cuisine
How do YOU define each in your community?? Is your Art murals? Is it sculpture? Is it the garden layed out in the design of the Queen of England? -Use your imagination
Even if it’s only the Avon lady… it’s still commerce! And it counts. It’s a start. And obviously somebody believes.
What is your history? Do you have a museum? The only stone jail in the state? When was your community settled? A long tradition of ‘old school’ music? Find your own version of history and use it.
Cuisine is everything from Sunday church picnics to that fabulous smoked ham the neighbor makes. Maybe someone makes the best pies this side of the Mississippi. Maybe you have the BBQ joint.
People are everyone. You have people. That’s a start! Tell stories about them. Celebrate them!
Customs can be anything from the yearly Church Social to the community Christmas Tree. It can be past customs. (that way it can also double up as history) Did your town used to have something? Do you celebrate Ukrainian Easter or other ethnic holidays? What do you have?
Architecture– I love architecture. All Kinds! Old buildings (especially with vintage or art deco designs or signs… Oh, hey! That’s also Art!! Bonus!) , new buildings, churches, schools, barns, out houses etc… What do YOU have?
Geography is everything from the sweeping vistas of the prairies to the woodlands and in between. Every place has geography. Rivers, lakes, mountains and so on.
So, go on! Be creative. Involve everyone. Ask around. You’ll be amazed at how differently each person views ‘the eight’
“Kate’s 8” will be ongoing features of the “K-8” that I find in the towns I visit.
What’s in your town?
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Had ya’ll at ‘Glitter Duck’ didn’t I???
We were at an auction last night, and they were selling some duck decoys. So I related the story of my duck decoy buying experience.
Many years ago, a whole boodle of beautiful duck decoys came up for bid. I mis-understood and when the gavel fell and the man hollered “How Many??” I, of course hollered right back “Well- ALL of them!!, DUhhhhh”
Hubby immediately jumps up with a “OH, HELL NO” of his own. In the end I got One duck. Sighhhhhhh.
Hubby: What the heck-o do you want them all for anyway??? Me: I’m going make Glitter Ducks for our duck pond!
Why??? Because I could, and I thought my 1 goose and 1 duck and assorted chickens would enjoy seeing them float around.
Which brings us to the FlaminCows. Have you ever seen one in the wild??? They look suspiciously like their cousins the Flamingo. But cooler.
Around the same time as the Glitter Duck incident, we lived on small acreage. I wanted a cow. Hubby said N-O.
Then I drove by a flower shop and spied a huge plastic yard ‘Mingo. It immediately got a paint job and some smaller ones to go with it.
Viola!!~ I had my very own HERD.
In an interesting twist, people driving by would pull in and ask where I got such cool critters…. I ended up painting selling a bunch that summer! ~ Still keep a small herd to watch over the garden.
SakHat™ ~ What is it???
The fashionably fabulous SakHat is just what the name implies. A hat made from a sack! Mainly they are made from repurposed burlap and linen coffee/feed/seed bags.
Many of the bags I use are vintage.
I love being able to make design fashionable, useable items! These are my way of merging America’s agricultural history with fabulous vintage graphics into something new and exciting. Each one is fully lined.
You can wear your SakHat™ while on the river or on your yacht.
On your horse, in the garden, at work, the beach, the football game, camping, glamping, bicycling… anywhere!
Wear it to shade or eyes or just to show off a unique fashion accessory! Either way- you’ll look fabulous!
~**Custom orders and special requests are always welcome**~ and latest creations can be seen on our Buffalo Gals Mercantile FB page.
This simple recipe is a great way to have a ‘traditional’ Ala King or rev it up with leftover garden veggies or whatever else sounds good.
1 stick Butter 2/3 C flour a tsp of salt
2 C chicken broth 2 C Milk
2 C cubed and cooked chicken
2 -3+ C mushrooms and peas
In saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk quickly to form a stiff roux. Add chicken broth and milk and whisk. Stir over medium heat until thickened. (about 10 min) Add in Chicken and veg and cook until everything is heated. Pour over noodles, rice, toast or mashed potatoes. ( it’s great over garlic toast!)
~ Handy dandy hints and tips:
Chicken: we just dice up a couple chix breasts. You can use leftover chicken too. Or turkey.
No Chicken? That’s ok too! use pork! or leave the chicken out and pour the sauce over steak medallions.
Broth can be whatever is handy… Campbells or Swansons (or whoever) ready made broth, leftover stock, bullion cubes (if you use these- dissolve in boiling water first.. we use extra cubes for better flavor)
Veg: Use whatever sounds good… tomatoes, dill- gives it a fabulous extra flavor, garlic, onions, chives – I like Portabella mushrooms, ~ it’s a great way to get rid of some excess produce.
Whisk: If you don’t own a whisk (my son 😉 ) use two forks. Many times it a actually works better. Like on eggs.
It takes about as long to boil a pound of noodles as it takes the sauce to thicken.
I use burlap in many of the projects I make at Buffalo Gals Mercantile. I love the rustic-ness of it. The graphics on the vintage bags are fabulous and truly speak of our Agricultural roots and early advertising.
Burlap is biodegradable- we actually use the scraps on the garden. It’s a natural soil enhancer and weed barrier. We just till it in at the end of the season. “Post consumer burlap compost creates a constantly renewable product that increases soil fertility, rather than depleting it” -The Green Building Handbook
Burlap is recyclable. – Use old bags to make purses, chair covers, window treatments, accessories, table runners, stuffed animals, lamp shades … the ideas are limitless really. Here’s a link to Pintrest with fabulous ideas!
Did you know…. Statistics show that Burlap is quickly gaining in popularity and may surpass Cotton as the most used natural fiber?
Burlap is Eco-Friendly & Eco- Chic . A great way to use it is as a market tote. No more plastic bags! And it’s quite the fashion statement as well.