Has this not been the strangest, wettest year in ages? I'm beginning to wonder if winter will ever settle in to stay. We had several weeks of temps down in the 20's and had to switch over to our winter mode for the chickens and ducks. When it's that cold, we have to drain the … Continue reading Will Winter Ever Settle in?
For me, Christmas has always been a time of togetherness with many traditions that involve food and spending time with family at home. I have fond memories of decorating the tree with my mom every year into adulthood, often with a glass of port and Christmas cookies to sweeten our conversation. We always made gingerbread … Continue reading Christmas Traditions
We continued our family tradition of cutting down our own Christmas tree at our local Corsi Tree Farm. Josh began this tradition back when Mcgregor, now 13, and Oliver, 10, were just wee little ones and Baxter wasn't yet born. He recalled this year that first trip when he had to pull two boys in … Continue reading Another year, another tree
As I type I'm enjoying leftovers of my pie from Thanksgiving dinner so, as promised, I'm sharing the recipe. I found this recipe in the Thanksgiving edition of Good Housekeeping magazine and saved it because I still have a basin full of pears from our tree out in the fridge. Any interesting pear recipe I … Continue reading Blackberry Pear Pie
We live right next to an old railroad track. It used to be a very active line with large passenger and freight trains traveling up and down it daily. Now it's just a spur line, used to service a factory and carry some grain out from local farms in the fall. Because there's so little … Continue reading A family adventure
Another weekend, another craft show... come see me today 9-7 and tomorrow 9-3 at the Knights of Columbus Hall (across from Walmart) in Amelia. This show is a group of local artisans selling some really nice handmade gifts. We have quilted items, bird feeders, embroidered towels, baskets, doll clothes, wood carvings and more!
A few years ago I read about a method of growing potatoes in garbage cans. I've tried it a few times and found sweet potatoes do best in the cans. I never got much yield from the white potatoes I planted in cans, but I am always delighted by the sweet orange ones come fall! … Continue reading Storing Sweet Potatoes
I've been absent for some time and here's why... It's Holiday Market weekend at last. I've been so busy making product that there's been no time for blogging. Make it worth my while! Come see me! I have tons of canned goods, gift baskets, cards, beauty products, tea, paintings, Recipe-in-a-Jar, and more. The market is … Continue reading Holiday Market this weekend
The abundance from the two old pear trees continues to fill my days. Yesterday I processed 18 pounds into 4 batches of lavender pear jam and 12 pounds into a double batch of pear butter. That wasn't even one basket of pears. I still have 5 more baskets in the big fridge to make my … Continue reading Pear Pie
I went out in search of goldenrod and came home with a basket filled to the brim with wild grapes. We have grape vines growing up over almost every tree at the edges of our property. It feels like a never ending battle between these and the honeysuckle. Both, luckily, also provide some edibles. Usually … Continue reading Wild Grape Jelly