Let’s Chat (Mrs. Katie’s Blog Posts)

How We Use Homeopathy, Essential Oils, Herbs and More…

Interested in learning how the Heritage Ways family avoids (traditional, allopathic) doctor visits, saves money, and heals with many God-given sources?

We are by no means perfect in the health department but we are continually learning and going in the direction of a more God-given way to live life fully. We want to share with you and, in turn, want to learn from you. Life is about walking in fellowship, living in community.

What a blessing that we can all learn from one another as we walk in community together and share what the Father has bestowed on us to live life fully. (John 10:10)

Mrs. Katie periodically hosts FREE “Health Chats” with interested folks via Zoom.
Four things are required to join these chats:
  1. Wi-fi connection which will support (at least) audio-version of Zoom
  2. Zoom account (free for you)
  3. Sign-up for Heritage Ways email list. You have the option of receiving ONLY the information on health if you will do so using the “update profile” link at the bottom of every Heritage Ways email. Due to the many folks who are interested (yay!), I am afraid that this will be the only method by which I will notify folks of Zoom calls.
  4. Grace to all involved in the chat groups.


  • “I don’t want to be seen.”
  • No problem, you may choose the audio-only option when you click the link.


  • “I don’t want to have to talk.”
  • No problem, come on in and just listen.


  • “I don’t know what Zoom is.”
  • Just search Zoom in your search engine (we use duckduckgo for more privacy) and it’ll walk you through installing Zoom.


  • “What do you discuss?”
  • Well, I will begin by explaining that I am not here to diagnose or treat you but to share information. Then, as time and interests allow, I will share what we have successfully used a great many ailments. I may discuss homeopathy, essential oils, herbs, Bach flower essences, prayer, faith, lifestyle, choices. Please note that our beliefs and our brand are not separate so everything we do is with a Christian worldview.


  • “Why is this free? What’s your angle?!”
  • No angle, unless you count walking in community and sharing life as an angle. Our family has been blessed in many ways through the years and we want to give back in any way we can. Also, the “changing times” (aren’t they always changing???) are moving more swiftly than many of us can maintain. A strong community of like-minded folks is super-important as we are all seeking the best paths in this new era.


  • “So, there is no cost?”
  • No, the Zoom meetings are FREE. However, Mrs. Katie had to recently purchase a Zoom membership/account in order to maintain the opportunity to have these meetings. The cost for our family is $12.49 per month, payable a year at a time(!). If you would like to drop a dollar or two into a tip jar to help defray that cost, then we would be very appreciative. Please do so by using PayPal “friends and family” option: homeheritagehope@yahoo.com OR by check to: Heritage Ways, POB 355, Loudonville, OH 44842
Would you mind adding your email address to my mailing list where I will send out information of upcoming Zoom health chats and any other information that I want to share regarding health at home? By forming a list, I can ensure no one is inadvertently excluded from Zoom links, etc.

You may change/update/add email preferences by using the “Update Profile” link at the bottom of all Heritage Ways emails.

(Ignore the free chapter of the cookbook, if uninterested in that. 😃)

How We Homeschool on the Road

I have received questions about how to homeschool for the almost 18 years that I’ve been educating my children at home. A good many of those questions have come as we’ve traveled because folks are genuinely curious about how we handle academia on the go. Every now and then I get the person who looks at me sideways and upside down and crooked indicating that they very much disapprove of our educational freedoms and choices. That’s OK. Mr. Patient and I have learned what’s best for our children and we are good with our choices. Furthermore, I’ve learned to extend more grace than I used to.

But to respond to some of those questions of, “How do you homeschool on the road?”, let’s talk about it…

We kind of use the CC method. No, I’m not talking about the popular and effective Classical Conversations. It’s a term I made up, CC, Concentrated Chunks. 

First off, we try very diligently, especially in recent months, to not overbook our schedule with meeting folks or seeing all the great things in America. We’re trying to intentionally plan down days where we have no out-of-home obligations, or only the laundromat.

Secondly, we take advantage of these down days by “catching up” on any  written work we need to do such as grammar or composition. The children also work on practicing piano using a portable keyboard and work on their Teaching Textbook math which is on the computer. (Two of the children are “on grade level” and one is “above grade level”.)

Mr. Patient uses Beautiful Feet history curriculum and living books on an (ir)regular basis to lead the children in history lessons and discoveries. You’ll understand the (ir)regular in a second.

(We are currently researching science curricula for Jonboy.)

So we really hone in on chunks of academic time when we have the opportunity, play “catch up“, if you will. 

We also have Concentrated Chunks of learning time when we visit historical museums, Wildlife preserves, famous peoples’ homes in all sizes of towns across America. (Thus, the lack of using a lot of history curricula at this juncture in our lives.) The children also learn a great deal of social skills, heritage stories, and a variety of information from the hundreds of people we meet as we travel. They are not afraid to strike up conversations and learn. Well, two of them are not afraid to do so but the third one is listening closely.  

We also have quite a library of educational DVDs in our home and we visit as many libraries as possible for hours at a time. The children enjoy reading library books although we can’t check them out while traveling.  Speaking of books, they all three love love love to read and do so often. We require that they read the Bible and a book of their choice at least an hour and a half every day.

They have “wind down“ time from 8 to 10 every night, as possible, and often times they listen to creation-based educational audios on their individual DVD players which Gran bought for Christmas last year.

So as you see, we basically have to be flexible and redeem the times that we have whether it’s to catch up on handwritten and traditional schoolwork or take advantage of what some folks might call unschooling opportunities. 

Our homeschooling has looked different every year that I have been a home educator. It will look very different when we settle down in the **near** future as well. Honestly, I’m looking forward to a more rigid routine; but for now, this is how we roll, literally.

❤️Mrs. Katie

Granny’s Chocolate Pie RECIPE

I remember asking Granny Brewer to write down her Chocolate Pie recipe. She said, “I don’t have one; I just make the pies.” Hmmm, that didn’t help me out much in the baking department but her pies were always a hit. And, when she said “pies”, she meant more than one. You see, she had two grandsons and she thought each one needed his own pie. Bless ’em. They always got their pies but I never got my recipe. From her, that is. I had to experiment until I hit on what must have been her method/recipe because it is that good. Hit on it I did, several years ago, and I’ve been making chocolate pies ever since. The trouble is, I came to understand what she meant when she said, “I don’t have a recipe.”

Oh, happy day! I have finally done it! I have recorded the recipe in writing for those who have been asking for it. That is, Granny Brewer’s Chocolate Pie, or Southern Classic Chocolate Cream Pie with Meringue. It’s about time, yeah I know. Our YouTube instructional video has hit over 10,000 views so I am sure folks are happy to have this in writing.

The recipe is written for you below but I have made a nice little link for y’all to print if you wish to add it to your three-ring homekeeping book.

Make sure to check out the PIE VIDEO (from 2+ years ago when we were new to YouTube).

Need a Meringue how-to? How to make MERINGUE


Granny’s Chocolate Pie, or Southern Classic Chocolate Cream Pie with Meringue


This recipe is for ONE pie although my instructional video is for two pies. As one may tell, making this pie is more of a method than a recipe. It is certainly a time-honored southern tradition passed down by my husband’s grandmother, Granny Brewer.


Bake pie crust at 400° for 10 minutes. Allow to cool while pie filling is made.


In a COLD cast-iron skillet with NO heat, add

3 egg yolks

3 T. all-purpose flour

4 T. cocoa powder

1/8 t. salt

1 generous cup sugar


Needed LATER:

A scant cup milk (a bit less than one cup)

1 generous T. butter

½ t. vanilla extract


NOTE: I use a gas stove so my pie filling cooks a bit quicker than if using electric heat. My directions reflect that.


Turn heat to low. Immediately begin to whisk all ingredients and add about ¼ cup milk, creating a medium-thin paste. Steady and constant whisking is the key! Mix well. There will be no lumps if whisking continuously and thoroughly.


Turn heat to medium, continually whisking. The mixture will become thinner before it thickens. This is because the sugar is melting.


As the mixture begins to simmer/bubble, slowly add milk, 2-3 tablespoons at a time. All of the milk may not be used. A full cup of milk is too much, typically. Adjust heat for a slow and constant boil. Whisk until desired consistency, adding milk as necessary. The ideal consistency is a thick pudding, not as thick as peanut butter. The filling will thicken just a tad as it cools.


Turn off heat, add vanilla and butter. Whisk to blend. Pour filling into pie crust. Top with meringue. Bake until meringue lightly browns. Or, allow to cool and top with sweetened whipped cream, then baking is unnecessary.


NOTE: I made this pie today and the filling took 12 minutes to prepare.


Shipwreck Stew for a crowd

One of the most wonderful aspects of fall (in the northern hemisphere) is the appeal of warming stews and soups as the weather cools.

Look no more for a recipe to use this fall as you prepare to feed a crowd of folks –whether it is a yearly meeting at the fire hall, church potluck or extended family celebration.

Shipwreck Stew will be a hit!

Join my cousin, Ben, and me in the kitchen as we work together to prepare supper for the family. Check out our video how-to HERE.

Print the recipe HERE! Enjoy, y’all ❤️

This recipe is part of my family’s story. Everyone has one, a story. Won’t you take time today to listen to someone’s story?

Be blessed, y’all,

Mrs. Katie

Banana Split Cake, a no-bake dessert

Looking for a yummy no-bake summer (or anytime, really) dessert that’ll satisfy a host of folks? Try this one from our family’s recipe file.

The printable link below is an accompaniment to our video tutorial which is HERE. Welcome to our kitchen!

{We really hope you’ll enjoy our video tutorial as we five work together to create this dessert for two special occasions. This video also includes lots of kitchen tips and tricks, as well.}

Printable recipe is right HERE! Enjoy ❤️

Are you already familiar with this recipe, or had you not heard of it until now? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for walking life with us, friends.

Remember everyone has a story. Please take time to listen to someone’s story today.


Mrs. Katie

52 Falls

Hey y’all…

I’ve been off social media for a few days. We are in a season of prayer and decision-making. If you want to know more about all of that I have two heartfelt posts on our Patreon account. If you’re not intimidated by my authenticity or frightened by my transparency, I invite you to go to http://www.patreon.com/heritageways  and “follow“ that page. You’ll have access to the public posts that I put out  on that platform.

Reading this post here today will make more sense to you.

August 15, 2019

The First Day of Fall (in my world)

The Fall of My Life

This is what happens when I am left alone with my thoughts and a laptop…

My life has taken interesting turns. You know, those turns which I never would’ve thought up, if I were to have written my own story. I don’t know what I expected my life to look like if I were writing the story. As a young girl, I remember wanting my life to resemble my mother’s (before she worked outside the home). I wanted to be a wife and mommy. I wanted to cook, and cook a lot. At some point I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. Was this due to the fact that my father, grandmother, aunts, great-aunts, and other family members were teachers in public school systems? Was it because I enjoyed instructing?

Today, on my 52ndbirthday I sit and reflect on those years. Fifty-two sounds like a big number. I sit and think. Here, in the shadow of big Illinois grain elevators, or silos (I don’t know about those type things), I feel the breeze blowing and get happy at the thought that fall is not far. It is the kind of breeze that makes me think about getting up and grabbing my favorite cardigan but not cool enough to actually do so. Autumn is my favorite.

There comes another breeze, a hefty one this time. Some leaves have released themselves from their branches and glide in the wind to my happy delight. There is something restful about fall. Perhaps I am drawn to its coziness. The feeling of wrapping up in the warmth of sweaters near a campfire, the look of prairie skirts and leather boots, the members of the family brown. The promise that rest is ahead.

The first unofficial day of fall in our home is my birthday. Pronouncing this declaration a few years back, my birthday is the day that Morgan would hang our large autumn wreaths on either side of our front porch screen door. Bringing out the sunflowers, pumpkin spice essential oil blends, and all the remaining fall decorations just give me hope that the summer heat, biting bugs and busyness of the harvest would soon turn to fall breezes, dancing campfire flames and appreciation of harvest preservation.

A flock of Canadian geese fly over the lake I sit beside. The leader calls to the others. There’s always a leader. They fly in perfect formation, a God-given instinct to know how, where and when to fly. They just know. They don’t fret about flying or when to fly or where. They just do it. They cause me to pause as they move in a southwest arc over the large beautiful Illinois lake by which our camper, our home, lives for a few days.

Yes, a camper. Who knew? He did. I didn’t. Too often I wish the Lord would just send me a quick memo, an email, a text message, or even a telegraph and say, “Go here, go there. Do this, avoid that.” I so want to live for Him and do His will but that direction can be quite blurry. Should it be? I mean, do I have a lack of faith or ability to “hear” Him if I don’t know the direction to turn?

We are in a season of life that is, honestly, quite stressful. However, I doubt He wants me/us to be stressed. As we wonder with heavy minds and hearts what our next steps will be, we ask Him if we should stay on current plan/path or chart a new course. “Did we hear you correctly, Lord?” Perhaps we were not supposed to travel to serve and encourage folks as we meet new friends along the way. Oh good grief, Katie, now you are being silly. “Is it time to abandon this current season of our lives and prepare for the next?” “Do we keep on, perhaps with renewed spirit and determination?” Who knows? He does.

The One Who instilled in those gliding geese where to go, when to go, how to go knows what is best for me, for us, for my family. I, on the other hand, have no clue.

In the meantime, I am thankful for today. I am thankful that He saw fit for me to become a wife, a mommy to six, a Marmee to two, a (homeschool)teacher, a cook and so much more! I am thankful for 52 years of living life that is my own, different from anyone else’s. I have made mistakes. I have made choices. I have paid consequences and reaped rewards. I have made enemies and I have made friends. I have a lover who thinks I am the most beautiful person in the world, and that’s even knowing my faults. If he loves me that much, I can’t comprehend the extent to which my Abba, my Heavenly Daddy, loves me after having heard each and every angry thought and having seen all my darkest deeds.

I am thankful. I am grateful for 52 years of a sweet life, 30 years of marriage. What blessings! I am overwhelmingly and humbly grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice for me — for me! He knew and He knows.

As my birthday gift to myself, I think I’ll just try my best to rest where He has me now, as in, right now. He has me having just moved from a campground in the middle of an Illinois cornfield to a lake not far from the Illinois River in the shadow of big gray silo things. He has me living (for 10 days) in an RV park with lots of other folks who have their own stories. Folks who are just doing the best they can in life. I wonder if they have clear direction? Likely not. I wonder if they know my Abba Whom I love? Hope so.

That’s it. I may not know the direction we should take from here, both physically and mentally but I know the spiritual direction we should take. This world is not our home. We are not just passing through the USofA but we are passing through this mortal life. What is important is shining a light, His Light. That, which is one of our goals of this traveling, is what living here is about, after all. No matter where we physically live, work and breathe, our objective is to spread kindness, spread hope, shine light, push back the darkness.

Thank-you, Lord, that autumn is here. And, thank-You, for 52 autumns.


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