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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Joyful Laundress
Posted by Laurie at 8:26 AM 3 comments:
Labels: calendula, fresh green peas, natural laundry, raspberries
Friday, May 25, 2012
An Herb Lemonade for Memorial Weekend
The music Playlist is now turned off, due to some feedback I received. It's still there, at the bottom of the page. The only difference is you'll have to turn it on now, instead of it coming on automatically.
1/2 c water
1/4 c seasoned (basil & oregano) rice vinegar
2 tbs roasted garlic olive oil
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c raisins
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Have a safe & wonderful Memorial weekend, friends!
Posted by Laurie at 10:20 AM 4 comments:
Monday, May 21, 2012
Goats Rue & Straw
Thanks to a farmer neighbor, Joseph & I put 4 round bales of straw between the garden beds this weekend. That's a lot of straw. One corner of the garden still needs some. From previous experience, the garden will be a lot moister and happier. It's already a nicer place to be, and the weeding doesn't seem so overwhelming now. When I walked past the winterberry bush recently, I couldn't help but notice it was abuzz with pollinators of all sorts. Click on the picture above to see happy honeybees. A lovely thing for a gardener to see. The wild roses have been blooming too.
Posted by Laurie at 9:23 AM 1 comment:
Friday, May 18, 2012
A Healthy Carrot Salad
Not long ago, I mentioned shifting to eating more raw foods. I'm still working on expanding that repertoire. Last night, I tried a healthier carrot salad that's a keeper.
2-3 cups shredded carrots
1 oz. packet of Craisins soaked in water for 5 mins
1/2 cup plain yogurt
8 oz. crushed pineapple with juice
Combine and enjoy. I used 3+ cups of carrots, instead of the 2c called for in the recipe, 1/2 can of pineapple instead of the whole can, and craisins in place of 1/2 cup raisins. Improvise with what you like and what's on hand. I wanted an alternative to a mayonnaise-based salad, and this fits the bill nicely. It's hard to believe this is my 400th post. Happy Friday!
Posted by Laurie at 7:57 AM 3 comments:
Labels: 400th post, carrot salad
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
A Treasure From Afar
Posted by Laurie at 8:00 AM 1 comment:
Labels: Portuguese spoon rest, Wordless Wednesday
Friday, May 11, 2012
A Garden Learning Moment
The honeysuckle was smelling sweet on our walk tonight. The pups charged ahead, Guinness in the lead, and McNibs not far from me, as is their usual. The hay in the back field has been cut, and rolled into large, round bales. It's a pretty spot, back there.
There are 13 new quarts of lima beans on the pantry shelf, and 4 1/2 quarts of crowder peas cooling. Oh, I hope our sweet corn does well this year! That Southern delicacy of crowder peas and corn is good eating. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, friends!
Posted by Laurie at 6:54 PM 5 comments:
Labels: lambs ear, mock orange, storing potatoes, yarrow
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Beans, Beer, Bees and Basil
I harvested the first basil of the season tonight. Aaaaahhh.... is it just me, or do you also think that smell is heavenly? It was a rainy evening, and zucchini soup seemed in order. Actually, it was tromboncino soup. The squash was some I froze last summer. I also defrosted a bag of grated tromboncino, for bread within the next day or two. There's a bag of patty pan squash I'll bake soon, and I believe that finishes up the squash in the freezer. Luckily, we've got some squash seedlings in the ground.
Posted by Laurie at 9:22 PM 1 comment:
Monday, May 7, 2012
When Life Gives You Lemons...
My lemonade is branching out. I've mentioned lavender lemonade. This weekend, I tried rosemary lemonade, which was surprisingly good and mild. Visiting friends suggested both mint and cumin lemonades, so these will probably be next. I'm loving the lavender, but I need to be harvesting most of it for my soaps, and eye and therapy pillows. Plus, mixing it up keeps it interesting.
Not long ago, I mentioned a tufted titmouse landing in my hair. And the sweetness of holding a yellow finch fledgling. Putting on a pair of jeans this weekend, I found the beginnings of a birdnest in one of the pockets. Being honored by all of this bird energy made me curious. I consulted Animal-Speak, which tells me birds have an ability to respond automatically to whatever presents itself, intuitively. They can also teach us about lightness of being & air/breath. Finch energy is about new experiences. Interesting!
This weekend, I switched out all my summer/winter clothes and linens. Flannel sheets are delightful when it's chilly, but I'm welcoming the return of crisp cotton sheets. I planted a bachelor button mix this year, and am loving the deep purple one on the bottom right. May it prosper and spread seed! Have a wonderful week, friends!
Posted by Laurie at 9:03 AM 4 comments:
Labels: Amaryllis, bachelor buttons, bird energy, herbal lemonade
Friday, May 4, 2012
Pride and Passionfruit
Well, the Oxford Biodiesel Plant is now officially open. I must say, the photo they're using for the link is somewhere other than there. The plant is in a bucolic setting, amid farmland and pastures with horses and cows. Neal, in the center below, is a gentleman they enjoyed working with during the build. I know many folks come here for more homestead-type news, but I'm so proud of these guys, forgive me for posting a few pics of the day.
There were several speakers, including Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Well done, guys!
OK, now on to the homestead. Several types of fruit were frozen at the end of last season, and knowing I needed to make room for the coming season spurred me on to canning them this week. I made an elderberry/blackberry jam, an elderberry/blueberry jam, and a passionfruit/lemon/vanilla curd that made the house smell heavenly.
Joseph & I planted seeds this week of suyo long & national pickling cucumber, tromboncino squash, early golden crookneck squash, and Georgia candy roaster squash. Corn was also planted, though I'm not sure which variety. Something chewed off one of our tomato plants... grrr. I'm off to begin listing some of my glass garden flowers in the shop. Figuring out shipping is going to be the toughest thing, as they will all be different due to varying weights and sizes. Wish me luck!
Posted by Laurie at 10:43 AM 1 comment:
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