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…

Kefir, An Immortal Ally

  I have bought and tried out many different milk cultures over the years – piima, viili, fil mjolk, heirloom buttermilk culture, Flora danica….there were more, but those were the ones I remember clearly.  While all of these cultures made different and  interesting forms of sour milk, there was one problem – they were incredibly…

Imbolc/Candlemas

Imbolc or Candlemas, the ancient celebration of mid-winter, approaches on February 2nd. It marks the middle of the time between the solstice and the equinox, between the time of long darkness and time of the day outlasting the night.  Imbolc meant “in the belly,” as the sheep were about to begin their lambing season, and…

A Guide For Powerfully Envisioning Your New Year

It’s wonderful to have a fresh starting place every year where you can pause and reflect before taking the next step forward.  Sometimes the new year begins with everything neatly and predictably laid out, but sometimes it’s the kind of beginning that feels like stepping off into the unknown.  However it presents itself, this new,…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #10. Caroling

Years ago when we were reading Dylan Thomas’s lovely book A Child’s Christmas in Wales one December, it occurred to me that I had read about caroling in stories, and occasionally saw it in movies and on TV, but I had never actually met with a band of real, live carolers.  I thought it was…

Grain-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

This recipe is a perfect grain-free, naturally sweetened and Paleo-legal alternative to the traditional wheat-based gingerbread cookies.  Made with almond flour and sweetened with honey and coconut sugar, these cookies turned out deliciously crunchy, chewy, and fragrant with holiday spices. 3 cups almond flour (and extra for rolling out dough) 3/4 cup coconut sugar 1/2…