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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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2018 Japanese Beetle Plague

They say, I picture is worth a thousand words. Two nights ago, I made a point to check on the peach trees. (We currently have 7)   There were 3 or 4 Japanese beetles on the tree. 3 or 4! Made … Continue reading

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Bee Careful

Your time is valuable so I will try to keep this brief. 😉 Our honeybees  from last year didn’t make it. Some of you already knew. I think it was mites. Because the whole thing is a hobby, and both … Continue reading

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Moving to town

Picture of dad milking by hand/ early 1970’s ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Today was a BIG day. We moved my parents off the family farm. Growing up on a  120 acre working family farm shaped me in ways I will probably never fully appreciate.  Dad … Continue reading

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