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A little about us at Pattern Princess, we love to crochet, cook family favorites, create DIY projects, and spend time with family and friends. We live in a rural community where our neighbors are like family. As we explore, learn, and develop new patterns, tips, and recipes, we will share them with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do and that you find this site inspirational, useful, and fun.

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Vicky From Pattern Princess
Vicky From Pattern Princess

Our Story

Welcome to the country where we are country people that live simply. Like many of you, we have worked full-time while raising families, and farming. Treasured time together is what we love the most. This website was started as a way to share our knowledge with you and learn from you as well.  So, the journey begins…

We want to share a bit of how our family and how we got to the point of starting this diverse blog.

Learning Crochet Skills

When my mom was growing up, her grandmother took the time to show her how to both knit and crochet. However, the one skill that stuck was crochet.

My mom would use her crochet skills to make gifts for friends and family when her and my dad were first married. She often tells me how poor they were, and yarn was affordable. People would be happy to get a blanket that was made just for them.

Learning Sewing Skills

In middle school, my mom had a semester of cooking and a semester of sewing. She fell in love with sewing and continued building her skills by making easy tops and small projects.

Working in Restaurants

The summer my mom was thirteen, she started working in a restaurant washing dishes. However, she was quickly enlisted as a prep cook. It wasn’t long after that when the cook was too drunk to continue cooking, and my mom had to start cooking! She learned how to cook breakfast and lunch food fast in that truck stop restaurant.  

When school started up in the fall again, my mom found a job at a supper club so she could continue working and going to school. She learned additional cooking skills making food that was a bit more upscale.

She did all of this while going to school and farming with her family.

Getting Married and Moving to a New Town

When my mom and dad married, they lived on the farm with my grandparents. They worked on the dairy farm as a family and soon she got a job at the local restaurant and wedding venue. They are famous for their broasted chicken dinners. This is also where she got married and my mom and dad had their wedding reception years ago!

After a few years, my mom realized she needed to attend college to get a better paying job to help support the family. So, she added that to her plate too.

Let’s fast forward over forty years…mom has had quite a few jobs in a wide variety of areas, dairy farming, restaurant, accounting, manager at an automotive repair dealership, and her own bookkeeping business. She continued going to school for many years to earn a doctorate in education and currently works as a dean at our local technical college. To top it all off, she started a successful blog a few years ago. She has always had more than one job at a time.

Overcoming Challenges

The parts I left off where those terrible things that can happen to anyone like health problems or an accident. We have had our share. One that had a huge impact on my family emotionally, physically, and financially is a car and train accident that my parents and I had when I was a baby. It was on a country road where it was hard to see or hear a train coming. We all lived through it, but my mom had to heal the most from her injuries. She has survived cancer and continues to be a positive light in our lives.

She always worked a full-time job, somewhere part-time, and was going to school part-time. As a child growing up watching her push through and overcome many obstacles, I have been amazed and it has taught me how to persevere and make lemonade with the lemons that life sometimes deals you.

Farming Family

At a young age, I started helping do the farm chores on our dairy farm. Some of my best childhood memories come from time spent with our animals.

My mom helped with the morning and evening milking chores and had to take care of the cooking and cleaning all while working and going to school. That left me to help my dad with farming.

I would spend most of my time with at the farm helping take care of the animals, helping my dad do the field work, and learning how to fix equipment. It was so much fun to go on road trips with my dad to get parts.

Attending College

Funny story, we are such a close family that when I was attending school at our local technical college for my associates degrees, my dad signed up for a crop production program and went to school with me. He was close to sixty years old at the time!

We would ride to class together often when our schedules aligned. It was so much fun and there are so many great memories we all have. Now he has a degree too. He didn’t go on with me when I went for my bachelor’s degree. But I know he is proud of me for doing so.

Letting the Men Cook
Letting the Men Cook

Learning How to Cook

With all the time spent outdoors, I did not get much training in the kitchen. So, I never really learned how to cook. I knew the basics, but that was about as far as it went.

Dinnertime at our house when I was growing up was like going out to eat at a restaurant. My mom is a very good cook and there was always something good to eat at home.

We lived out in the country, so ordering take out was not usually an option. Mom did stop on her way home every now and then to bring dinner home.

Swapping Casserole Recipes

Recently, we were at a potluck and the ladies were swapping casserole recipes from memory. My mom didn’t have any, but she was busy writing up the recipes as they were rattling them off. We realized that day that we pretty much ate restaurant-type food while I was growing up. Now, mom is on a mission to learn some easy casserole recipes too.  

Cooking with My Mom

Now that I am married, I am trying to improve my cooking skills. I love spending time in the kitchen with my mom.

Since my mom already had a blog, she helped me and we started this new blog togetherWholesome Farmhouse Recipes. I am learning how to cook our favorite recipes and a few tips and tricks in the kitchen too. It is my job to find new recipes for us to try out.

A blog is a great way to pass down recipes through the generations. My grandmothers on both sides had specialties that they made that were superb. We will be sharing those heritage recipes with you too.

Modeling Handmade Dresses at 4-H Show
Modeling Handmade Dresses at 4-H Show

How I Learned to Sew

My mom was my teacher. When I was in 4-H growing up, she taught me how to sew. I hope to be as skilled as she is someday, but a few of my clothing pieces won first place ribbons. Then I modeled them at the state fair. What an experience.

Learning to Crochet

I am still a new crocheter in training. It takes practice and time, but it is a fun craft to learn. I love collaborating with my mom on crochet projects, picking out colors and crochet stitch patterns.

Picking up New Crafts

More recently, my mom is learning how to quilt. Her close friend makes gorgeous quilts, and she is teaching my mom how to quilt. I have not had the time to try out my quilting skills yet, but someday I hope to.

My mom is just starting out, but she is writing up her quilt patterns and sharing those too.

We hope you’ll find something you’ll love.

Stop by our other site for more of our family recipes and cooking tips. Wholesomefarmhouserecipes.com

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