Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ink Slinger Merit Badge, Part I

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 5,091 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—6,887 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

For this week’s Stitching and Crafting/Ink Slinger Merit Badge, I finished the last page of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, with a satisfied sound and prepared to … wait for it …

Write the Great American Novel.

Well, eventually.

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Livet är bra! (Life is good)

Ace, our resident foodie photographer, let us know that our glamping trip to Lindsborg, Kansas, would be extra special for her. Her family members are Swedish-speaking Finns and, well, why don’t I just let her tell it?

Take it away, Ace!

Uff da! Where to begin? Lutefisk and köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) have been a Christmas tradition in my farmour’s (grandmother’s) house my whole life.

My farmour, Ingegerd, was born in Jakobstad, Finland, a Swedish-speaking border town in Finland. And my farfar (grandfather), Edwin, was raised by his Finnish immigrant parents in logging camps in northwest Washington.


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Gone Fishin’

Mia got a fishing pole for Christmas this year. Ever since then, we’ve been itching to get out and do some fishing.

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Glamping It Up in Kansas

Arriving in Lindsborg, Kansas (Little Sweden, USA), after driving through my previous hometown of Emporia, we were greeted by Dala horses on every corner.


A popular symbol of Sweden, this herd of Dala horses were cast in large fiberglass forms and are hand-painted by local artists. Each is publicly displayed and has a distinctive pun-filled name.

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Day EIGHT Magazine Giveaway!

Drumroll …

And …

The EIGHTH and final winner of MaryJanesFarm magazine giveaway is …


WAIT! This lucky lady doesn’t just win a one-year subscription to MaryJanesFarm, she wins a LIFETIME subscription in celebration of our twelfth year of getting to know readers like yourself.

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Day SEVEN Magazine Giveaway!

Do you daydream of escaping? Do you fantasize about a night under the stars? Or maybe whipping up some delicious cast iron recipes around the campfire or in the kitchen?  You’ll find all that and more when you wander through the pages of:


Congratulations …

Hope Davis! You’ve just won a one-year FREE subscription!


There’s always HOPE that soon you’ll be using your cast iron skillet over a campfire!


Hope Davis said:

“This magazine has held a space in my heart for almost every stage of my life—from learning to garden, to getting our first chicks, to relationships … It is timeless and sweet and classic.”

Hope, thank you for posting and watch for an e-mail from the farm.