Category Archives: spirituality

Artisan bread making for a beginner

The smell of onion flakes, sour dough, caraway, black poppy and sesame seed is in the air….the darn stuff smells so good. I am on a bread making kick (again). For years my go-to recipe was a rye bread recipe … Continue reading

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Solstice Day After 2018

The house is full of microbial activity this morning, much more than normal. I like that word…. microbial. Sauerkraut in the basement…. Bread raising in the oven. A new batch of sour dough starter on top of the frig. And … Continue reading

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Gone

I miss my cat. Pretty sure the coyote’s got him. He’s a neutered tomcat, so that impulse to travel the neighborhood  in search of love  was not there. The longest he has ever been gone before this was  4 days. … Continue reading

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Snapshot

Already there is the hint of Fall in the air. The Ginger-golds (my personal favorite) are picked and in the cooler.  The Cortland’s will be ready to pick this week. Already the earliest ones have started to drop.  The Japanese … Continue reading

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Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.  I invited him to our property  this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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Lost Boy

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted him yesterday afternoon in the center median.  No place for a kitten, not to mention, the temperatures were in the low 20’s and expected to drop overnight. I told my wife, … Continue reading

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Timber

Stand of timber just west of my parents by my buddy Jim’s __________________________________________________________ Wood heat. I grew up with it. My parents still heat their  farmhouse with wood,  and dad is 84. I love wood heat. I love everything that … Continue reading

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