Winter Abundance

I’ve posted before about how much I love the winter garden, but it bears repeating. Don’t get me wrong, the summer garden is a wonderful thing, with its sweet fruits and vibrant colours, but a lot of the time, the summer garden is all about waiting for things to be ready. The winter garden, on theRead more

Beemageddon

Bees returning to the hive.

I’ve dreamed of keeping bees since I was in my early twenties, pouring over Harrowsmith Country Life and Mother Earth News magazines. When a girlfriend invited me to help with her father’s fall honey extraction while I was living in Nova Scotia, that was it, I was smitten. I did a lot of reading overRead more

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

If I had to define my cooking style, I’d call it wholesome rustic. I love simple food made with basic ingredients. Whenever I’m looking at a new recipe, there are a few ingredients that, if listed in the recipe description, will hook me every time: kale, sweet potatoes, squash, walnuts, and you guessed it, peanutRead more

Ruby Kraut

Pretty Jewel-toned Sauerkraut

First off, my sincere apologies to any email subscribers who were spammed when I merged my old blog with my new one – I had no idea it would send out an email for every. single. post. You might also have noticed that a lot of the posts have duplicates (another glitch from the merge)Read more

Next Year’s Garlic Breath

We’ve been blessed with a few sunny days recently, so we took advantage of it by picking last of the basil (for pesto) and beans (for next year’s crop). Corn stalks came out finally, and are serving as Halloween decorations on the front porch for the next couple of weeks.  My son graduated this pastRead more

Butchering Day

We grow a fair amount of squash, and it usually gets eaten throughout the year – roasted whole, tossed with pasta, turned into soup, or baked into muffins. Most years, I cook one of the big guys and freeze the pulp in glass jars (this is often the remainder of a jack-o-lantern), but in 2016Read more

No-Parm Pesto

I may have overdone it. Again. I have a tendency to get overly excited about one crop every year and plant way more than one family can possibly eat. Exhibit A, last year’s garlic haul: By June, when I still had half a bushel left and it became obvious that we weren’t going to finishRead more

Low Fat Granola

  If you’re familiar with my old blog, my love affair with this breakfast staple is old news, though I have tweaked it over the years, and it’s still a mainstay of our diet, so I thought it was worth sharing again. My husband and I eat this for breakfast almost every weekday, topped withRead more

The End of the Road (Final Post at Free Range Living)

Hello blog world!   Please excuse my ridiculously long absence. In addition to spending most of our free time working on, but never completely finishing, our house (9 years in…), and establishing the garden and landscaping, I went back to work part time when my teenagers decided to give high school a shot (!!), eachRead more

The Beginner’s Guide To Beekeeping: Review

I was given the opportunity to take a look at The Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping early in the summer, and being a beginner beekeeper myself, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The book is written by Samantha and Daniel Johnson, a brother/sister duo who have also written books about raising rabbits, as well asRead more