Return Of The Light Grain-free Lemon Cake

It’s been unusually cold lately, cold enough to snow although we weren’t so lucky.   Hard frosts for several days in a row left  everything sparkling with minute crystals in the early mornings,  the ground hard frozen, and we marveled at the layers of ice on the water troughs that had to be broken through.  The…

January Yarn Along

The very cold weather and hard frosts of January are upon us,  completely taking everyone by surprise, as usual.  The weather changes very quickly here. New Year’s Eve was almost warm.  It wasn’t  until we were sitting around a New Year’s fire that night that the first gust of cold wind blew down from far…

Thrifty Leftover Turkey Pie With Garden Vegetables

Cold weather and busy days. There’s so much I’d like to get done before the new year,  but the short days run by so quickly,  and I’m left wondering to myself how it’s so easy to stay up so late knitting by the fire when the nights are so long.  There are lettuce and collard…

Holiday Madness

Everyone always tries to do too much for the holidays. Our version of that this year was an apparent fit of madness in which we decided to take advantage of the cool weather and slaughter a giganormous pig just before Christmas. Bee was actually our first Gloucester old spot to have piglets on the farm….

The Longest Night 2017

Today marks exactly a year since we left our house in town to live in the middle of nowhere with our garden and animals.   I love the long,  dark nights of winter,  when you can wake up in the middle of the night and feel the quiet emptiness around you, and the soft breath of…

Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie

I was lugging a wheelbarrow full of hay and manure into the garden when the weather changed.  The air was warm and still, and seemed to hang like a muggy curtain around the pea trellis and rows of young cabbages, lettuce, and broccoli as i trundled clumsily along the narrow path. A sound almost like…

Building A Garden

I love,  more than anything else about gardening, watching the garden grow. Even before the uncertainty of putting small seeds into earth,  and waiting, there is the dreaming, where long straight rows of vigorous vegetables grow in the fertile imagination.  I’ve tried different gardening methods over my seasons of gardening in the past 10 years, …

First Calf of Fall

I was just telling someone that Geranium looked as if she was going to calve any day.  She was huge,  and her udder had started to fill.  Still,  it was a bit of a surprise to walk up to the cows and find a beautiful new calf on the ground,  already licked clean and shiny. …

All-Raw Eggnog

There was a raccoon raid on the chicken coop last night. We had seen the scoundrel lurking around the barn earlier in the evening,  and in retrospect we should have dispatched him then.  But everyone was tired and chilled, and Ethan felt really ill.  Much later,  long after the restless teenager had ceased to flick…

Radish Salad With Roselle Dressing

 Radishes are one of my favorite things to grow,  although they weren’t always.  They are very easy and reliable,  some years the only vegetable we could manage to grow in the early years of gardening,  before we had cows and goats to enrich the land.  I’ve pickled them, served them with butter,  chopped the roots up for salad, …