Like all personal odysseys, I expect this one will shift and morph. You may find my posts hovering over a topic for a while, and then darting off to look at something different that catches my eye. The changing seasons will drive the content too. Even so, I have no doubt that clear themes will emerge over time.
If I had to summarize in one short thought, it would be: “Now this is something I want to remember! I’d better write it down. ”
Posts to my blog have been scarce during the summer of 2021. I found my concerns over the drought, heat wave, forest fires and pandemic sapped a lot of my creative energy. And the abundant harvest demanded so much of my time. Ironic?
This post is inspired by summer birthdays and plentiful garden vegetables. It could be a carrot cake, or a zucchini cake, or how about a beet cake? Or a combination of all three?
Abundant lettuce suddenly meets unseasonably hot, sunny weather. You know what happens. The lettuce is stressed so instead of producing a nice leafy head, it bolts. I hated to pull and compost all those lettuce plants. But what alternative? Hey presto – grilled bolting buttercrunch. Enjoy!
Black elderberry syrup is valued as a health tonic and herbal medicine. But so expensive! Happily, you can easily make it at home with these instructions.
Allergies. Pollen. Germs. Whatever the cause, having a stuffy head is no fun. This easy lymphatic drainage self massage has been a valuable addition to my natural health toolbox.
Until now I did not know that meringue mushrooms are a thing, and I certainly could not imagine that a sweet treat made with meringue could be keto-friendly. I’m older and wiser now. Enjoy!
Why not grow some sprouted seeds to liven up your meals? Sprouts are brimming with bioavailable nutrients and antioxidants. They grow fast and tending them takes only a few minutes twice a day. Ready to eat in less than a week!
Are seed shortages a concern again in 2021? Maybe I should sort my inventory and place my vegetable garden order early this year. So here I am searching for seeds in mid-January.
Did you know you can make laundry soap from horse chestnuts? They contain saponins just like soapberries. Free, all-natural, easily available laundry soap is on the ground waiting for you.
Crafting hot pepper salts as Christmas presents for our nearest and dearest is a pleasant tradition. In 2020, with travel and social gathering bans restricting who we can visit, I cut back to one base recipe. I'm recording it here for my own reference, but I thought...
Today, just in time for National Pepper Month and National Hot Sauce Day, here is a detailed report of our pepper production from Jim’s garden this year. As a result of his almost fanatical zeal for hot peppers, we have fresh peppers, frozen peppers, dried peppers,...
Although I work hard at preserving our harvest, chances are you won't find much canning on my shelves. That's because anything that requires sugar for preservation is on our "Do Not Eat" list. However, I do make one small exception. Because charming red crab apples...