Large Pigs At Large; Piglets Behind Bars

  Sooner or later, piglets all get to this stage – the stage where they bust through electric netting and go marauding on devilish and troublesome mischief adventures. In the midst of a busy gardening week, and on top of that a winter virus running through our milking herd and causing some anxiety (all the…

Wild-harvested Stuffed Grape Leaves

I’ve always wanted to try making my own brined, pickled grape leaves.  Not only are the ones in the store shockingly expensive, they are not organic and have weird preservatives. I always loved stuffed grape leaves, but I haven’t made them in years. This spring the wild grape leaves in the forest looked so green…

Welcoming Summer

This week brings some very, very busy days in the garden.  Our garden is almost a full acre, but parts of it are always left fallow.  The size of the garden/fallow area is up to how busy or ambitious I am during planting-time.  This year we have plans to cultivate most of the garden space. There’s…

OEUFS FARCIS: French Stuffed Eggs

It’s so fun dyeing eggs for Easter, that we always hard boil at least 3 dozens. Twelve eggs for each child seems to be a satisfactory number for dyeing, but then we are left with the question – what do we do with them once we are tired of egg salad? Yes, there’s egg salad…

A Garden Interview With Douglas And PJ Worth

  This garden interview is with my friend PJ Worth and her dad Doulgas Worth.  PJ has grown deep roots on the place where she has lived and gardened for her whole life.  She and her father have about an acre of land in Micanopy, all intensively and beautifully landscaped with roses, herbs, fruit trees, and…

Easter and Lichen’s First Calf

Spring is such a lovely time, and Easter might just be my favorite holiday!  This year has been so busy already, we missed out on a lot of our usual celebrations, like making an Easter tree.  I felt downright unprepared for Easter just now, to be honest.  We were so busy putting in an ambitious…

Slovenian Poppy seed Easter Bread

  We will be doing our usual egg painting and dyeing this weekend, but I wanted to share this bread tradition from my family.  This bread was a special treat from my childhood.  If we were visiting my grandmother, it was always out in pretty swirly slices after mealtimes, and I would often grab some to…

Mulberry Pie

We have a huge mulberry tree growing in our front yard.  My parents planted it when we first moved into the neighborhood, when I was 10, which makes it more than 20 years old.  Every spring it is covered with flowers – which look like tiny green mulberries with white curls all over them.  We…

A Bad Haircut

This post is actually about TWO bad haircuts. One of them I actually had a hand in myself – but I’m getting ahead of the story.  It all starts with our Great Pyrenees puppy, Cloud Bear. There’s a spot of cool weather now, but just last week it was hot, really hot.  There were some…

FRICASSEÉ DE POULET: Chicken Fricassee

This chicken recipe wasn’t too involved…if you don’t mind quartering a chicken, and taking several steps during the cooking.  So yeah, it wasn’t the easiest recipe by any means….but it was really, really good.  The flavors were just excellent, and you have a chicken frame to put into broth afterwards, so it’s a budget-stretcher as…

The Lost Art Of Clothing Repair

Clothing repair is a lost art, but I don’t mean to suggest that this post will replace all the art that has been lost!  This is just one way that I’ve found to be a satisfactory way to repair clothes. I used to just throw away clothes with rips and tears, but when I got…

Banana Cream Pie – And A Paleo Grain-free/Dairy-free version

  We had two almost overripe bananas, and lots of creamy milk and eggs on hand – and this was the result.  We can confirm from experience that this delicious pie is great for a picnic at the springs! There are two versions – a real pastry and real creamy milk version, and a Paleo…