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Country Register - Celebrating 30 Years - Page 4 Drawing Winner - Page 5 A Bucketfull of Thoughts for the New Year - Page -6 Resolutions 2019 - Page 7 Welcome to Belle Fourche - Page 8 / Page 9 Robin’s Nest DIY Blog (Fabric Bracelet) - Page 10 A Cup of Tea with Lydia - Page 13 Advertiser Index - Page 14

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Editor’s Notes

Winter Wonderland Magic “Every new day is a blank page of your book waiting to be written.”

January is a strange month. It is deep winter in the Midwest, often dark and full of long winter days indoors. It is also a bit hum drum-y from the holiday high. But, there is magic in January, if you know where to look. January is the beginning of a blank page. It is the start of such opportunity for a new year, new chances, new improvements and new moments to share with loved ones. Each issue I get to start fresh and create a new paper for you all to enjoy. There is nothing more inspiring than that. So, what a great way to look at a new year, right? A new chance to mend fences, start new projects, learn new things, experience new moments, make new friends and to improve ourselves.

Let’s Get Cozy

Kelsey Ruzicka Publisher of The Country Register of ND, SD, WY, MT & N. ID

Those cold January days can seem to go on forever, and it is harder to find the warmth for the soul when the sun is shinning less and the landscape is hibernating. But, there is magic in that winter wonderland too. It means it is the season of snuggles with loved ones, books, movies, cuddling our furry friends, hot drinks and soft blankets that all warm the soul. It is a perfect season for selflove. Finding that time to carve out for yourself. I often find them in those quiet winter moments. February is a month that seems to repeat from January, the cold is bitter generally and we have all had about enough of the “winter magic.” But, maybe it is an opportunity? Maybe it is a chance to adjust focus? This time of year is always a great time to learn a new thing, start a new project, spend time at the gym, write that book, see those loved ones…whatever task or goal you’ve been putting off. February is often also coined the month of love. For some this comes with an eyeroll or cynicism. But really, what a better national holiday than to celebrate love. People get too caught up in the significant other kind of love this time of year. And yes, that is something to celebrate. However, it is just about love. Love of friends, love of family, love of children, love of our pets, and pure love of life. This cozy winter wonderland season, I plan to work hard on my goals, spend precious moments with my little, husband and family/friends. I also hope to look for many more moments to show myself some love too. So cheers to a new blank page, new goals and sharing love! Cheers to a new year of Country Register pages!

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Celebrating 30 Years of Publishing by Barbara Floyd, Founder of The Country Register Here I am knowing this article is due in a few days and for me it takes a deadline to motivate action. So on this beautiful fall day in Phoenix, AZ, instead of being on my usual morning stroll I rolled out of bed at 6:30 a.m. It was barely getting light and just like I did for so many years in the past I began to write very early in the day. Here are some memories of how The Country Register started and grew. Laying on my desk are the first three years of The Country Register of Arizona. I have only made it through the first issue. Such memories it holds! Yes, I have a copy of each paper I published in Arizona, filed in order of their dates. December-January 1988-1989 and ending with December-January of 2011-2012. They all fit in one big plastic container. Computers were not part of my life in 1988…yet! So, our first editions were produced the old fashioned way of waxing the back of each ad and each article one by one and placed, hopefully straight, on “flats” and hand delivered to the printer. It was a process I loved. All the “pieces” were hired done at a local area newspaper office by their typesetter for $15 an hour. It did not take too many hours on that first issue of eight pages, 25 ads, and large type on the few articles. It was the days of geese…. our shop was named The Country Goose so one of the articles was called “Goose Gossip”. My middle daughter was my business partner and she had just turned twenty one. Doing the paper was her idea and years later she was living in Atlanta, GA and started The Country Register there.

are stories behind each of those happenings. Two of the advertisers from thirty years ago are still in business. One has changed ownerships a few times but is still known as The Country Maiden which started in Tempe and for many years now has been a part of Catlin Court in Glendale. The other store, Fancy That! with the same owner, moved from Phoenix many years ago to Prescott and has become two stores. Country decor was the buzz word, some primitives, and you can be sure there were a lot of mauve, hunter green and blue geese perched somewhere in some form in most of these shops. By issue two we had our first quilting store on board and many of our readers from all over will remember The Quilted Apple. That industry began to thrive. On issue number three my son, Brook Floyd was twelve and had just won first prize in Crayola’s National Drawing Contest. So, he drew our third cover art. In his early twenties he was my graphics designer and told me the day he started that this would be the last issue I would lay out manually. When I told him that was the part I loved doing he was so right when he said, “Trust me, you will never miss this”. By issue four we became 12 pages with smaller, normal size print and by our 5th and 6th editions we were

In that first issue there was a special thank you to Wayne and Lorraine Williams, publishers at that time of Oregon’s Country Connection Courier. We loved finding that paper in Tillamook, OR while visiting relatives. That publication was our motivation for starting The Country Register. I made one call lasting about 45 minutes to Lorraine while she generously shared with me how to go about doing this. At that time little did I know that one day in my Arizona home office we would be publishing The Country Register of Oregon, and Washington and Nebraska as well as The Antique Register of Arizona. Of course there

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16 pages and in that 6th edition there was an ad for Gooseberries Tea Room and Gift shop. There is that goose thing again. I had dreams of serving gooseberry pies but could never find any so homemade bread pudding and cinnamon rolls became our signature dishes. Well, this has gotten us through exactly one year, six issues of The Country Register and its progress. The Country Register had pulled together a whole community in the state of like minded readers and started advertising it was interested in expanding to other states. Check back next issue for this continued story because expanding is what happened. Barbara Floyd enjoys her downsized lifestyle in Phoenix, AZ, and her visits to see children and grand and great grand children in Tri-Cities and Walla Walla, WA, Cumming, GA, and Ft. Wayne, IN. She created and volunteers to put together Love of Junk, Walla Walla’s Vintage Show on her oldest daughter’s farm in Walla Walla, WA, each June. She can be reached at 

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Favorite Winter and Holiday Swedish Meatballs from Barbara Floyd’s Kitchen

Collecting cookbooks and recipes has been a favorite pastime of mine although I have given away most of my recipe book collection so it now fits in one smaller cupboard. In 1993, I actually had 1,000 cookbooks printed using mainly family and friends recipes plus past covers and features from issues of The Country Register. Called The Country Register Collection & Cookbook, it is the one that is still most used because it is filled with so many memories of fun times with family and friends through the years! One of my favorite recipes is for Swedish Meatballs from my sister, JoAnn Peterson, now of Pasco, WA. We used to go to Jo’s and her husband Ron’s cabin south of Flagstaff, AZ, and she would substitute elk for the beef. The largest batch of meatballs I ever made was when my three girls and I made this recipe for 100 people to celebrate JoAnn and Ron’s 50th wedding anniversary in Phoenix where they had raised their four children. Our children still use this recipe. In fact, my oldest daughter Brenda just told me it was on their menu for a belated Thanksgiving dinner with her family. Of our combined eight cousins raised about a mile apart in Phoenix, six of them live in the Pasco area and Walla Walla in Eastern Washington.

Auntie Jo’s Swedish Meatballs Meatballs: 1 lb. lean ground beef 1/2 lb. ground pork (easily available at holiday time) 1T butter 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley 1 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs 1 cup light cream (Half & Half works well) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 egg 1 1/4 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper, ground ginger, ground nutmeg Gravy: 2T butter 2T flour 1 beef bouillon cube 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder For meatballs, soak bread in cream about 5 min. Cook onion in 1 tablespoon of butter until tender but not brown. Mix meats, bread mixture, onion, egg, parsley and seasoning. Beat for five minutes at moderate speed with a mixer. (This makes a big difference so don’t take any shortcuts here.) Shape into one and a half inch meatballs. Mixture will be soft. For easier shaping, wet hands or chill mixture first. Brown meatballs in a tablespoon of butter. Remove from skillet. For gravy, melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet with drippings. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour. Add 1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in 1 1/4 cup of boiling water and 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee powder. Cook and stir till gravy thickens. (Sometimes I used part water and part pre-made coffee because it was on hand.) Cook and stir until gravy thickens. Add meatballs. Cover. Cook slowly about 30 minutes, baste occasionally. Makes 30 meatballs. Because we always make more than one batch at a time, we would just cook them in the oven until done. Best served with mashed potatoes.

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A Bucketful of Thoughts For A New Year by Kerri Habben This simple exchange occurred months ago, but the lesson lingers with me. I must warn you. It is a dirty story in some ways, but I will keep it as clean as possible. I found the moral of this tale at a dollar store. I know, Aesop did a lot better with settings. However, I have learned to welcome a truth where I find it. Or perhaps where it finds me. First, for the least poetic aspect. For some months of Mom’s illness, she needed a bedside commode. Having grown up with a grandfather and a great-aunt in a wheelchair I was prepared for this. Pardon the pun, but when you love someone, you quite literally, with dignity and gentleness, do what is necessary. The problem wasn’t with the commode. It was that I didn’t have the original bucket that fit exactly in place. I dug around in the garage until I found every option. One bucket fit, but it was too high. One didn’t fit at all, and a metal one appeared to fit just right. No, Goldilocks and the Three Bears are not in in this story either. Back to the bucket. One day, when everything which could be in the bucket was, it fell with a clang upon the carpet, revealing that it didn’t actually fit the commode. Then I adapted, holding the bucket in place with twisty ties as needed. The next time Mom and I went out, I stopped at the dollar store. I found every bucket they had, along with more lemon ammonia to disinfect. That is the last of any bathroom details, I promise. Now, visualize me at the dollar store checkout. The clerk rings up my purchases, and I ask, “How are you today?” He looks at me with empty eyes and says quite wearily, “Just trying to get through the day.” I gazed at him for a moment. My first thought was, “I have shoes older than you.” My second was “well, at least you’re honest.” My third wasn’t so kind: “Do you have any idea why I am buying all these buckets?” Thankfully I paused until my fourth thought, which was: “And you don’t know why he is struggling any more than he knows why you need a bucket.” I touched his hand for a second as I handed him $4.00 and change. “How about this,” I suggested. “I’ll think good thoughts for you, and you think good thoughts for me. Who knows? It just might get better for both of us.” He smiled at me then and those dull eyes lit up for a precious instant.

We live in a harshly reactive world. People are connected by technology, but we sometimes forget how to genuinely and kindly give. If I had responded immediately to my friend at the dollar store, at best I would have been derisive and at worst defensively indignant. I am grateful I waited. If we all lived on mountain tops, it would be easy to seek our best selves in our solitude. But we don’t. We live in the thumb tacks and sometimes dirty details of life. One of our strongest resources in traveling this sometimes tenuous journey is helping one another. We are often each other’s greatest gift. I shared with Mom about our exchange as we drove home last year. She said, “Maybe one day you’ll write about this.”

QUOTES TO GET YOUR YEAR OFF RIGHT! “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” - C.S. Lewis

“It’s pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Perhaps you are wondering if any of the buckets fit. One did, like Baby Bear’s porridge. Kerri Habben is a writer, photographer, and crochet instructor living in Raleigh, NC. An avid crocheter and knitter, she learned these skills from her grandmother and mother. Many of her yarn creations she donates to those in need. Kerri has gathered a decade of essays she is working to publish and can be reached at

“The Best is Yet to Come.” - Frank Sinatra

“You are never too old to set another goal, or dream a new dream.” - C.S. Lewis

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” - Cesare Pavese

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” - Judy Garland

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Ready, Set, Goals by Kelsey Ruzicka, Publisher Resolutions can seem like a cliché task. They can also seem like something that is pretty pointless. Who sticks with them really? But, they can also be a good roadmap or theme for your year. Life has a way of throwing curve balls and coming up with its own schedule. But, we can give ourselves some guideposts to shape how we form our year. There are some key elements to successful resolution setting. One, is to set flexible goals. Ones you can wear around and move in (like comfy yoga pants). Two, is to set goals relating to various facets of your life. You have work, personal and family goals. That way you are well-rounded and don’t feel locked in to one area. The third, is to set broad or vague goals. Because, it is okay to have high expectations of yourself. But, if you set goals consistently year-over-year that don’t get achieved…you will eventually just stop trying. So, here is a set of tricks and steps I use to create my yearly goals. I like to set a “tone” or theme for the year. I start by reflecting on my previous year. What are some things that would have been really great to have or have done? What am I missing from my routine and happiness cup? What are some things I’ve been putting off and why? I then pick three words that describe those things I want to do, have, be and feel in the coming year. For example, one year I picked creative and compassion. I wanted to find more time to craft and use my skills. I wanted to go on dates with my hubby and needed to get creative with a toddler in the house. I wanted to focus on kindness and spread it where I could…including to myself. I take these theme words and start with each facet of my life and set goals. I then WRITE THEM DOWN. I usually do this in my phone, can be a journal though. But, it is really key to write them somewhere. Last step, look at them each month. Take action to reach those goals. But, always remember to show yourself some grace and understanding. It is ok to not check off every one of them. Growth is growth. Forward movement is all that matters. May the new year bring you blessings. Happy goal setting!

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Whether you were born and raised in Belle Fourche or were transplanted through life’s journey, chances are you are in Belle Fourche because it feels like home. Deb McCart and her husband, Scott, found their way to this town and have made it home. Deb is no stranger to South Dakota. She grew up near Sioux Falls on a farm, attended college East River and got her start in the workforce there. Her job took her all over the US and internationally. Both Deb and her husband had jobs that pulled them all over the world. After a series of life events and the changing world climate, they decided to get back to their South Dakota roots. After stumbling on a piece of property in Belle Fourche, they decided to make it home. Deb and her husband instantly found a favorite spot in the old diner, Mish Mash. They instantly became friends with the owner, and Deb decided to wait some tables. It was there, that she carved out a little boutique in the garage of the establishment and sold boutique items. That lead to needing more and more space. Now you can see her on the corner of State Street and 5th Avenue (Hwy 85) here downtown Belle Fourche. Her mission has always been strong and purposeful. “Women helping women.” She saw a need for women to have a side income and still maintain their normal life schedules. Deb came across talented women needing an outlet for their goods and a helping hand. Each contributor has their own unique items and story. Deb set up a model in her store that actually makes them part owner of the shop. Each lady works a day in the shop and provides goods. They all take part in the operation of the shop. She now has 5 ladies that are part owners and many consignors. This boutique shop not only has a unique business setup, but a great variety of product that brings options to this small town. Items such as jewelry, clothes, shoes, handmade cards, signs, crosses, silk floral arrangements, knit goods, kids gifts and clothing, perfumes, essential oils, lotions and much more. They also showcase classes at the shop such as make and takes, unicorn spit and essential oil classes. It is all about creating an environment where each customer feels warm and welcome. Each lady that owns the store feels like family. “We want anyone walking in our store to be blessed when they come in, and when they go out. We want them to enjoy the beautiful thigs that we offer and feel treasured,” says Deb. If you are in town for market days or just passing through, you have to stop at The Olive Branch for a warm-hearted smile and a truly unique boutique experience.

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Two of my favorite things in the whole world are fabric and jewelry! So what could be better than combining the two things to make something special! There are tons of ideas out there to make jewelry out of fabric and here is one such idea.

You will Need: A piece of fabulous fabric, preferably a medium-weight cotton, coordinating colors of faux leather or real leather, tape measure, a loop turner or a safety pin, pliers, scissors, thread beads, ribbon crimps (I used 5/8 inch)a fastener (I used a toggle fastener) and charms with small findings You will also need a sewing machine or needle and thread.

Step Two

Step Four

Sew the right sides together and trim the seam allowance very close to the seam. You then will want to turn the tube of fabric right side out using the safety pin or the loop turner (either of these worked well for me by attaching to one end of the fabric tube and pulling it through).

Attach the ribbon crimps to one end of the fabric and leather pieces. The long-nosed pliers worked well for this. You then can thread the beads on the fabric and leather strips. Feel free to add as many as you want!!

Step FIVE After you have your beads on the fabric and leather strips, attach the second ribbon crimp to the end to secure the leather strips and material.

Step Six Step THREE

Step One

Measure the circumference of your wrist and subtract the length of the fastener (my fastener was about three fourths inch). This is the length you will want to cut the tube of fabric and the leather pieces.

Next attach the toggle to the crimped ends with small findings.

Cut a strip of fabric about an inch wide and at least more than 12 inches


There you have it a really cool bracelet!!

The possibilities of styles and colors are endless!!

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Countryberries Designs Let It Snow

This pattern is free for you to use. Please give the artist credit. Not for commercial use. Enlarge this pattern to your desired size. Paint this snowman on wood or canvas. Maybe you’d like to rug hook this snowman. He’d also be cute appliqued in wool with embroidered snowflakes, face and buttons. He’d be fun to do with a punchneedle too. Whatever technique you choose, have fun!

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A Cup of Tea with Lydia

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By Lydia E. Harris

Start the New Year with a Teatime Twist Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate with a new teatime twist. Instead of a traditional high tea with crustless sandwiches, scones, and sweets, let’s add unexpected foods to create a fun and unique tea lunch. That’s what I did for my friend Sylvia.

almonds became wings and mini chocolate chips were the eyes. The Buzzy Bees perched on square pretzels called snaps that remind me of honeycombs. To select the tea, Sylvia enjoyed the scent of several blends and chose Paris tea (Harney & Sons), a fruity black tea with vanilla, caramel, and Bergamot flavors.

Sylvia read most of the 100 recipes in my cookbook that releases this August, so I prepared 12 recipes from In the Kitchen with Grandma for her to taste. This “samples tea,” divided into three courses, was served with a different type of tea for each Sweet Finale course. You can’t have a tea party without sweets. We enjoyed Scone Blossoms, Luscious Lemon Curd, and Whipped Cream along with ice cream bread. I had Jamocha Almond Fudge Souper First Course and Mint Chocolate Chip ice creams on hand, so I baked two flavors of bread. One slice We started with A-maze-ing Corn Chowder with Sausage and Easy Batter Bread. of each bread beside a miniature teacup of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream made a tasty These recipes appear in the fall section of my cookbook, but they taste delicious any finale. For Valentine’s Day, strawberry ice cream bread with a scoop of strawberry ice season—especially on a brisk winter day. cream makes a pretty and delicious treat. The Easy Batter Bread was inspired by a recipe from Oma Rosemarie in Indonesia. It smells so appetizing while baking that it’s hard to wait to munch on its crisp crust and soft center. “How sweet,” Sylvia said as she saw the heart-shaped butter pats I had cut with a small cookie cutter. I rounded out this course with a veggie cup, homemade Ranch Dip, and a fruity turkey favor for each person—made with an unpeeled mandarin orange and grapes on toothpicks for a head and tail feathers. Our beverages included sparkling cider and peach herbal tea. Hearty Second Course Next, we enjoyed warm Ham and Swiss Cheese Melts made with Hawaiian sweet rolls. This favorite from the kitchen of Mimi Audrey has become our family favorite too. I cut the melts in half diagonally to form triangles and placed the points together to make a butterfly. A Bacon Knot between the sandwich wings became the body. The knots are easy to make by tying bacon strips into knots and topping them with brown sugar, maple syrup, or spices. Then bake them until crisp. To accompany the sandwich butterflies, I made an apple posy with sliced apples for petals, arranged on a plate with caramel sauce in the center. Then I added tasty bees made from peanut butter, crushed cookie wafers, and powdered sugar. Sliced

From Lydia’s Idea File: Folding a Napkin into a Rose So simple and yet elegant. You’ll need: (for each person) A teacup and saucer A fabric napkin (16 to 20 inches square) 2 green silk rose leaves To fold the napkin: 1. Open the napkin and lay it flat, wrong side up. 2. Fold the napkin in half diagonally into a triangle. Now the right side is up. 3. Roll the napkin loosely into a tube. 4. Then start from one end of the tube and roll the napkin into a spiral like a cinnamon roll. 5. Place the napkin into the teacup with a spiral side up. Add the silk leaves. What a lovely rose!

By now we felt more than satisfied and ended with a black tea from Kenya. Sylvia lived in Africa for more than 30 years, so she taught me to make East Africa Chai, a tea latte using half milk and half water. She simmered the tea leaves in the liquid for about five minutes, strained the leaves, and added sugar and spices. (You can purchase Tea Masala spices on the Internet.) My “samples tea” turned out to be a TEA-lightful time, and Sylvia gave my recipes a thumbs-up. Later she e-mailed, “I especially enjoyed sipping from the beautiful Russian teacup.” I knew Sylvia liked blue, so I had chosen the cobalt blue and gold teacup for her and placed a linen napkin folded into a rose in the empty teacup. (You’ll find directions to make a napkin rose elsewhere in Lydia’s Idea File.) You don’t need to write a cookbook to gather new recipes or old favorites and serve a ”samples tea” to a friend. Think outside the tea box and create a memorable teatime with a new twist. After all, it’s a new year! Lydia E. Harris has five grandchildren, and they call her “Grandma Tea.” She wrote the book Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting (AMG Publishers 2010), and her new book, In the Kitchen with Grandma: Stirring Up Tasty Memories Together (Harvest House Publishers), will release in August. This cookbook is now available for preorder on

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