Hey there!

We've been busy here on the farm weaning calves, making hay, bush hogging, gardening, foraging.......and planning a homesteading/simple living conference!!! That's right! Grandma Bea's is welcoming folks to the homestead for a day of learning (and fun)! 

GRANDMA BEA'S NATURAL LIVING CONFERENCE will be held July 27, 2019, from 9am to 5pm. So far we have six classes planned including soapmaking, salves and infused oils, tinctures, herbs and foraging, natural first aid kits and natural cleaners. Live demos, vendors and food are also in the plans! It is going to be a great day! I love sharing this way of living! The conference will be held in our wedding barn called Ladders & Lace. (Check it out on Facebook -

Tickets sales started today! There is limited seating so you'll want to purchase your tickets as soon as possible. And just a little incentive....for email subscribers if you purchase a tickets from today (Saturday, June 15, 2019) through Monday, June 17, 2019, you will receive a coupon code for 20% off Grandma Bea's Natural Products!!!

Here's the link to purchase tickets:

In other news, Elderberry bushes are in full bloom here in Southeast Missouri!  The blossoms are easier to locate than the berries, so now is the time to locate and make a note of where your elderberries are for harvest time.


Elderberry blossoms

Can't wait until the elderberries are ripe to enjoy their goodness? Then here's a recipe for Elderberry Blossom Fritters to make!

• 4 to 6 clusters elderflowers per person
• Pancake batter
• 1 teaspoon or more light-flavored vegetable oil

1. Be sure elder flowers are fresh and white, not brown. Rinse and clean them, discarding any discolored blossoms, woody stems or leaves. Wrap flowers in a towel to absorb excess water while you prepare a pancake batter.

2. Make your favorite pancake batter.

3. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan. (Follow the cooking directions for your batter; some recipes require low cooking temperatures, others are higher.) Test a drop or two of batter in the oil to make sure the pan is hot enough; the batter should sizzle when it hits the oil.

4. Holding an elderflower cluster by its main stem, dip it into batter then place it in the frying pan. Don’t crowd the pan—pancakes should not touch their neighbors! Fry until bottom is golden brown (lift gently with a spatula to check). Flip and fry until second side is golden.

5. Drain cakes on paper towels. To make additional batches, add a bit more oil to the pan; keep cooked cakes warm in an oven until ready to serve. Serve with syrup or elderberry jelly.

 If you like, you can make a double batch of these pancakes and freeze the extras. To reheat, bring to room temperature, then heat in a 350-degree oven until hot, about 5 minutes.

We'll talk again soon!

Debbie with Grandma Bea's