Some­times the best things in life are the sim­plest!

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY Bar­bara Jack­sier. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Kim Christie. STYLED BY Heather Cameron.

The best things in life are the sim­plest!

Back in the days when folks woke up with the sun and lived off the land, a homemaker’s great­est chal­lenge was to find sim­ple ways to trans­form what grew sea­son­ally into tasty fare. On Heather Cameron’s 40-acre or­ganic farm, food is still pre­pared that way.

“My trend in cooking—and dec­o­rat­ing—has al­ways been to go back­wards, not for­wards,” Heather says. “I love mak­ing food from scratch with­out the use of mod­ern ap­pli­ances. It’s in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing to use my hands and good old­fash­ioned el­bow grease.”

Heather’s do-it-your­self na­ture extends from cookie and pie bak­ing to crafts and wood­work­ing. She even built her own “shabby shack” with her hus­band. “We use it for en­ter­tain­ing and small par­ties. It’s also the per­fect place to es­cape to,” she ex­plains.

Whether bak­ing a farm-fresh pie or designing a backyard get­away, Heather be­lieves in keep­ing things sim­ple: whole­some in­gre­di­ents, ba­sic color schemes and al­ways plenty of flow­ers!

OP­PO­SITE: Clema­tis vines line the door­way of Heather’s “shabby shack.” The walls and ceil­ing are painted Po­lar Bear white from Behr, and the floor is Benjamin Moore’s Wa­ter­fall blue. CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: New to pie bak­ing? Watch Heather’s video on her blog. To make a dou­ble hang­ing vase, Heather took two vases cov­ered in jute netting and tied them to­gether. Although Heather loved the idea of bak­ing in her hus­band’s par­ents’ stove from their old kitchen, it proved un­re­li­able. Now, it serves up charm in­stead of baked goods. Ed­i­ble flow­ers are put to de­li­cious use in laven­der sugar cookie sand­wiches with buttercream fill­ing. This comfy retreat is the per­fect spot for an af­ter­noon snack of pie and lemon­ade.

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