About Julie B.

It’s me…Julie B.

Hey there! I’m Julie B. I am married to the love of my life, my hunky firefighter husband. I am a busy Mom to three boys ages 17, 14, and 11 who I call Bear (17 year old), Frog (14 year old) and Monkey (11 year old). Two of my boys play baseball on different teams, while the oldest is in the marching band at our local high school.

When I’m not on the baseball field or watching the marching band, I’m outside working in the garden or visiting with my chickens. If I’m inside, I’m usually in the kitchen cooking up something new or trying out a new soap or body care recipe. I am a southern girl through and through. I love my small farm, my chickens, my biscuits and my sweet tea, even though I make the tea with stevia now.

Australorp Chicken
One of my favorite Australorp chickens enjoying some (supervised) free range time.

Why Dogwoods & Dandelions?

I decided to call my blog Dogwoods & Dandelions because the dogwood blossom represents Jesus’s death on the cross. First and foremost in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ. I loved dandelions as a child and they remind me of the carefree, simplicity of my youth. As an adult, I am always trying to find the beauty of life among the weeds and I want to help you do the same.

Why I blog

I started this blog in 2017 to have a creative outlet. I love to learn new things and I want to share what I learn with you. Let’s get back to the days of sipping sweet tea on the front porch and waving at the neighbors as they drive by. Making time for family and friends is so important.

I don’t claim to have it all together. At any time, you’re likely to find mud on my floors, dust on my furniture, and too many loads of laundry that need to be done. My goal is to help you raise a few chickens in your backyard, give you some easy recipes to get you out of the kitchen fast, and help you get started with a small garden. I have my successes as well as my failures and if you hang around here long, you’ll hear about both.

My background

Growing up on a farm, I have been around agriculture and farm animals my entire life. Thankfully, my husband and I are able to raise our 3 boys on the very same farm I grew up on. We are very blessed to be able to teach our sons many of the same life lessons I learned from the farm.

I have been gardening for almost 15 years on my own and I helped my Mom in her garden growing up. I have canned beans with both my Mom and my Grandmother many times. Working in my garden is one of my favorite things to do, and I do lots of experimenting to see what works and what doesn’t.

My husband and I have been married for over 24 years, so I have been trying and implementing homemaking routines since we got married. And we’ve had chickens (sometimes in our bathtub, no less😂) for almost 9 years now!

I hope you enjoy your time poking around my little area of the internet. I love to “meet” new people so please introduce yourself in the comments. Let me know a little about yourself and what you would like to learn. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments at julieb {at} DogwoodsAndDandelions {dot} com.

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A few of my top posts

I wrote Why I Almost Quit Gardening and What I Did Instead at a time when I was very frustrated with my gardening efforts. It has since become one of my most popular posts!

Planting a Fall Garden is another popular post you’ll want to check out. I share the ins and outs of planting a garden for the fall and some of the reasons gardening is easier then too.

Finally, my post on freezing tomatoes gets lots of likes and shares around tomato harvest time. If you think you don’t have time to preserve tomatoes, I hope you’ll check out this post. I’ll show you how to do it the easy way!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll come back soon!