Common knowledge shows that there is a mass exodus from rural areas into urban ones. I completely understand why. Cities offer every amenity one could want: restaurants, shops, parks, culture, diversity – just to name a few of the reasons. This really begs the question: why – upon graduating from college – would I move back to the area where I was born and raised and live on a farm, smack dab in the middle of corn fields. I could go on to explain all the different small reasons, but really, none of those matter. What really matters and what I think we all strive to find in life is a sense of home.

Home has a different meaning for everyone. While I knew a city would be an easy choice, and I do love cities, I also know a city would never feel like home to me. Like many, I thrive on the many interests and hobbies I have. While we don’t have an explanation for why we develop hobbies and passions, I know what fed mine.

My passion for gardening and landscaping came from outdoor work with my mom and grandma in our expansive farm yard. Pulling weeds and picking vegetables were accompanied with stories and question and answer sessions. Again, most kids would have wanted to be inside, but something kept me outside working right alongside the older generation. My love for baking came from innumerable short walks to my grandma’s house to make cookies. Our farms were about a quarter of a mile apart and this farm is the one I now live at. Cooking and canning was earned honestly from mom and grandma. In our house, after fruits and vegetables were picked, you simply had to preserve them for the long winter months and I couldn’t get enough of the action. My love for the holidays is a direct gift from mom. She made every holiday an occasion. The house was always warm from baking and you couldn’t have found any additional places to hang the decorations. That being said, my sister and I always seemed to find an open spot for just one last ornament on the tree.

A farm is much more than a house to live in; it’s a lifestyle. As a farmer, my dad believed he was a steward of the land and took that seriously. I now find that I am constantly striving to leave the land in a better state than I found it.

All of this is a part of who I am. It’s almost as if I didn’t have a choice in coming back home because home is a part of who I am. That is how The Gray Boxwood started. I have learned so much and am learning more every day. My degrees aren’t in horticulture or the culinary arts, but my knowledge has been earned from years of home cooks and farmers who learned what they know out of necessity.

The Gray Boxwood is a way for me to pass these passions on to you! Whether you live in a city center or have decided rural life is for you, I hope to inspire you with the projects and recipes I use in daily life. We can’t all live on a farm, but we all need farms in our lives. Now you can be a part of my farm. From the dirt in my vegetable garden to the flour in my kitchen, I’ll show you everything I love to do. My hope is that you will gain some new ideas and receive the encouragement you need to enjoy the seasons to the fullest.

From my farm to your home!


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    August 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    SO excited to watch this develop! So proud! xoxoxox

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      January 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM

      I have learned so much from your videos they really have inspired me , so much that I am going to paint my kitchen cabinets . You really explain everything so well !

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    Amy Vermillion Interiors
    April 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Beautiful! I am a fan ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I just discovered your blog and LOVE it! You have a wonderful vision and I hope that you stick with it.

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      The Gray Boxwood
      June 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Thanks Janet! We are so glad you found us and are as excited as we are! We hope you find the site useful and inspiring!

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    November 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I love your videos. Can wait for you to upload more!

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      November 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Jackie, so glad you love the videos! They are so fun to make. We’ll be uploading a new one this week and some in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

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    January 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Just found your website. I wish you all the best. This is very well done.I’ll be checking in on your progress -keep warm !

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      January 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Glad you found us! What a winter to keep warm, blankets and robes abound around the farmhouse :)!


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    February 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Stumbled upon your guys’ site through Youtube and have been watching none stop. Love what you guys do and can’t wait to see more. Congrats on the start of this new venture and you’ve now have another big fan!

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      The Gray Boxwood
      February 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Thank you! I hope we continue to inspire you, so glad you found us!

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    Melissa Vella
    June 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    i love everything about you guys!!! i love all the vids, i havnt missed one yet. keep up the great work

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    TRea Criscione
    August 5, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    I found you through Entertaining with Beth on YouTube. I really have to say I love you guys! I live on Long Island and love to do everything you are trying to teach! I just don’t have the same type of space. I really enjoy your videos and genuinely look forward to future videos! Hopefully I can learn even more then I already have from you! I hope you prosper in all that you do!

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    Kathy ising
    August 14, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Inspiring content delivered in a very authentic way! Looks like you are following what brings you energy and light.

    It helps others wake up and also teaches about the strong tie between simplicity and profundity.

    I’m a fan!

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    September 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Love this website! I also grew up on a farm in SE Iowa and am very happy to see younger folks using our natural resources for creative, imaginative and healthy living. Good for you! I am currently looking for a good way to make a pumpkin pie and apple pie recipe using almond flour and Truvia. Must reduce sugar intake here. Any ideas?

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    September 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Thank you both for being such an amazing inspiration. I love your blog, videos and beautiful photos on instagram. The recipes turn out without fail and always delicious!!! Im super excited for whatever you both have instore for the future because following and learing form you helps me lead more fulfilling life. Thank you again

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    January 10, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    You guys are amazing..teaching the people your passions and Inspirations. Thank you both for these wonderful new things to us and yet old things to you. Its so fun to see what you have to offer!

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    February 17, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    I can’t find words to define you guys. You are amazing, I can see that you love what are you doing. Thanks because trough your videos you have helped me to enjoy my life a little bit more.
    Thanks a lot . God bless you.

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    March 15, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    What a wonderful article in today’s Hawkeye! I love your site and ideas. Can’t wait for more!

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    March 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Found you from the Sunday article in the Hawkeye! So proud of both of you! March on and I will be following you.

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    March 15, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Great article in The Hawkeye today! If you’re ever in Mediapolis, stop on by!

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    April 13, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    I just happened to stumble upon your vedio on YouTube .You guys are authentic ,creative and hardworking.Kudos for doing the research and it’s truly inspiring.Best wishes Ish

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    April 16, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Amazing videos! Could you tell me how long your pie crust should cook for and what degree?
    Thank you!

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      The Gray Boxwood
      April 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Hi Linda! If you are blind baking the crust, or baking it without any filling, it takes about 25 minutes with pie weights and then 5-10 minutes longer without the weights to finish at 375 degrees. For a filled pie it depends on the type you are baking. Hope this helps, thanks for asking!

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    May 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I’m so excited to find your blog! I think I figured out why I feel so at home here: I grew up in a small town on a farm, too, and strive for beauty in all aspects of my life. Looking forward to learning from past and future blog posts!

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    M Raymond
    November 13, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Congratulations on being chosen by the Rachel Ray show! I was not aware of your site prior but I like what I see; have added it to my favorites. Love the video with your mom! Thanks for sharing your talents!

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    November 14, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Family said you are family…….want to be a part of your friend list! And experience your expertise of much.

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    January 10, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Enjoying your YouTube videos. Looking forward to more. You’ve made me brave enough to try making bread and pie crust. Hoping it’s as easy as you make it look. Wishing you much success.

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    Pricilla Turrentine
    March 19, 2016 at 5:16 AM

    Oh my goodness! YaY! I’m so excited to find y’all on Pinterest, I done hit fallow lol!!! I discovered y’all on YouTube, I was a fan from the first video I watched…I promise I’m not a stalker… Well yeah I guess I am but in a (good way) !! LOL …I love all y’alls work, I also love the old fashion cooking and canning y’all do! I cant wait to see whats next!! I think y’all will be on The Cooking Channel one day,I just don’t know why y’all aren’t already to be honest! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

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    May 17, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    I found The Gray Boxwood on you tube when I was trying to make Picked beets. I followed Kaleb’s recipe with onions it was awesome I hope I can find so much and many more awesome and exciting things to enhance my life. Love you guys

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    August 4, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I just happened apon The Gray Boxwood when I was looking for a tutorial about painting kitchen cabinets. I loved the excitement and easy of your explanation. I know this will be a big job, but because of your video I feel confident that I will be able to do it. From there I looked up your website and absolutely fell in love. My husband and I just bought a house with the hope for a small (very small) garden. I have never grown anything but house plants and grass. So I’m looking forward to some insightful tips and canning. Thank you gentlemen for giving us a glimpse of your loves, I look forward to your future videos and articles.

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    October 25, 2016 at 3:32 AM

    I can’t say anything different from the others, I could congratulate you or thank you, but I will simply say: I love you. Your work inspire me and make me smile. Really, thank you so so much guys. Thank God you two exist and decided to spread beauty on the internet.

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    Kristie Carter
    December 23, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Hey guys! I just found you over the holidays while trying to redo how I have always done the holidays and desperate for difference! What a breath of fresh air you are! Great ideas, great videos, great recipes! Best to you both and may all your dreams come true!

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