Fruit,  Nut, and Chocolate Easter Nibbles

I didn’t mean to skip this past week’s blog post,  but the weather has been so wonderful,  and we have been so busy in the kitchen,  in the garden,  wandering the beautiful pastures,  and celebrating spring that the days slipped by, days full of fun, sun,  work, and beauty. The natural dyes turned out very…

Blooming

Since the first frost that killed the last of the summer zinnias,  there have been no flowers in my garden. In the fall I seeded snap dragons, chrysanthemums, linaria, and poppies. They have grown slowly between the hard frosts, at least bringing the green of plant life to the empty flower beds, but no flowers, …

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…

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…

Hallows Eve

I love celebrating,  and Halloween is especially fun with costumes and carving pumpkins.  But this year the everyday work of keeping a farmstead going and homeschooling three children alone while Ethan is far away working crushed all hopes of a leisurely celebration.  There were pumpkins carved,  and costumes made,  but these celebrations were done mostly…

Hurricane Days

        This season always brings uncertainty and shifts in weather,  and with that,  the hurricanes.  Here in the North and the middle of the peninsula, we are usually sheltered from the worst of the winds that devastate the coasts.  The last really intense hurricane season I’ve experienced was the fall and late…

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…

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…

TARTE AUX FRAISES: Strawberry Tart

Happy Valentine’s Day! Fresh strawberries and rich pastry crust make this delicious and simple recipe a perfect way to celebrate! This recipe starts with the crust.  Adding the strawberries is simple and is translated below, along with US measurements for the ingredients.  I didn’t have enough strawberries to make a large tart, so I made…