Home-grown Soap

Ever since we put our first beef in the freezer, I’ve wanted to try making soap.  There were suddenly so many jars of creamy-colored tallow taking up the kitchen shelf.  I read about it, and bought some lye, but I never was brave enough to make the attempt.  Caustic lye, plus the possibility of an…

BETTERAVES EN SALADE: Beet Salad

I have found beets difficult to grow here, so I am pleased to have a decent crop this spring.  They just don’t grow well in acidic soil, and I have found that sprinkling lime on just after I plant the seeds helps them actually grow.  I grew out a beet trial this year, with five…

Kids Love Junk

        Clothilde yells, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!” while wearing ear protection. If you’ve ever visited our house, you will know something about us – we have junk.  Lots of junk. I don’t necessarily like junk.  Actually, if I had things my way, there wouldn’t be a scrap of junk and someone else…

The Cat-cher in the Rye

I know the pun is terrible, but I couldn’t help thinking it to myself! The long rye cover-crop in the garden is the perfect place for the kitty to hide.  In fact, she seems to revert to an ancient feline ancestor that hunted large game while she is immersed in it.   It’s cool, even when…

OMELETTE AU JAMBON: Ham Omelet

We finally roasted the ham we had curing in brine for several weeks.  The best part about ham, I think, is leftover ham.  There’s so much you can do with it.  Ham sandwiches, added to quiche, diced up with potatoes.  Still, there’s nothing that goes together so well as ham and eggs.  With all the…

Spring

    I love spring! The winter garden has burst into lacy yellow, white and pink blossoms.  The tender, bright green leaves of the trees begin to soften the bare branches, and you can smell flowers on the breeze.  The pastures have lost their stark, crackly brown look, and the sweeping broomsedge leftover from the…

Chicks!

  Our first spring chicks arrived safely last week in a scuttling, peeping cardboard box! The morning Ethan went to pick them up at the post office, the lady who has a strange phobia about handling birds was unfortunately working the desk.  Somehow she’s always the one that ends up handing over the baby chicks. …

SOUPE AU POISSON: Fish Soup

  Fish is one of those special “boughten” foods we don’t get to enjoy often.  With a freezer packed full of home-grown grassfed beef, pastured pork and chicken, it’s hard to justify buying fish.  But fresh fish is just SO good (with emphasis on fresh)! I’ve gotten some disappointing grocery store fish, so look out…

Yarn Along: Roses for Rosie Crochet Shawl

This, I am so proud and pleased to say, is actually Rose’s yarn project.  When she was little, she loved braiding and finger-knitting, but when we tried knitting-on-needles, she was rather bored with the whole thing, and found it difficult to manage the needles.  I let the matter drop, but one day (when I was…

A Garden Interview With Tiare From Shepherd’s Hill Farm

This post is the first of a series of interview with local gardeners.  As a gardener, I love talking to other gardeners about what works for them.  I’ve found so much knowledge and inspiration in these conversations.  This interview is with Tiare Street of Shepherd’s Hill Farm. I first met Tiare about ten years ago. …

POTAGE CRÉCY: Carrot Soup

  I got into a whirl this spring, and didn’t thin the carrots until it was too late.  They are gnarly-looking, but turned out very sweet.  Three different kinds were grown out in a sort of carrot experiment: Oxheart carrots, Chatenay Red Core, and an interesting red carrot that I intend to save seeds from…

Hung Out To Dry

It’s terrible to watch this struggle that is going on between people, money, and our environment.  It’s happening at Standing Rock, and it’s happening here in Florida.  I’ve felt this strong desire to refrain from consuming fossil fuel energy as much as possible.  One way I have begun striving for energy independence is by getting…