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Samantha Johnson writes about the happy things in life—pets, home, family, food, and gardening—and is the author of 10 books. Contact Samantha at miraclewelsh@gmail.com

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Why I Love Barn Chores

Aug 9, 2016 ... Why I Love Barn Chores. The daily rhythm of caring for horses can be oddly comforting in an unpredictable world. By Samantha Johnson ......

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How Wisconsin State Fair cream puffs became créme de la créme

By Samantha Johnson
You’ll have to wait until Thursday to take a bite of a Wisconsin State Fair cream puff, but in the meantime, sink your teeth into some cream puff history....

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Meet The Nightshades - Hobby Farms

You’re likely already growing plants in this crop family—but it never hurts to plant a few more nightshades....

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Fingers That Fly | The Word | Perspectives on the Writing Life

By Samantha Johnson
When I was eleven, I taught myself to type. On a typewriter. Despite the fact that my family's first computer was still a few years away, typing ......

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What To Read This Summer

 By Samantha Johnson  
I always want to read in the summertime....

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Six Ways To Keep Your Farm Dog Cool This Summer

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5 Fun Facts About Miniature Horses

5 Fun Facts About Miniature Horses. There are lots of reasons to love these pocket-sized equines. By Samantha Johnson | July 14, 2016 ......

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How to Have the Perfect Summer Staycation with Your Dog

Ah, summer vacation. From childhood, we learn to associate summertime with relaxation, freedom from responsibility and the opportunity to embark on new and memorable adventures. We learn that summer vacations—especially those in which our pets can join us!—are treasures to be valued and sought after......

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Something To Crow About

Larry, Darryl, and Darryl are back. I suppose this would be an opportune moment to explain that Larry, Darryl, and Darryl are crows.

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What to Do When Your Dog Snores

I have a confession to make. My dog snores. Yes, it’s true. My adorable and energetic Peaches the Corgi has an undeniable propensity to snore. Not every single night, but it’s usually quite obvious when Miss Peaches has fallen asleep for the evening. Regular, repetitive purring sounds float through ......

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A Horse Lover's Summer Reading List

2 days ago ... Samantha Johnson is a freelance writer and the author of several books, including The Field Guide to Horses, (Voyageur Press, 2009)....

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4 Garden Rules You Can Break This Year - Hobby Farms

Go on, live a little. Your garden will be right there with you no matter what.... BY SAMANTHA JOHNSON

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5 Reasons We Love Muck Boots - Hobby Farms

By Samantha Johnson
Gotta get farm work done? There's one tool you must have no matter what's on the to-do list....

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Frozen custard didn't start in Wisconsin—but we're still the custard capital

By Samantha Johnson
Let’s step back and explore the glory that is frozen custard and how it came to be....

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Thanks for everything, Beverly Cleary

By Samantha Johnson

I was 6, and a voracious reader. And on that day, I had a new paperback book. At the top of the cover in big letters were the words "BEVERLY CLEARY."