Happy National Banana Bread Day!

Okay, to be honest, I had no idea that February 23rd was Banana Bread Day. I just coincidentally happened to be waiting for a batch to come out of the oven when I stumbled upon this happy bit of news online. But really, what a brilliant idea; who couldn’t use a reason to celebrate inRead more

A Fowl Odour

Over the past month or so, we’ve noticed a funny smell (that’s putting it nicely) coming from the crawl space adjacent to our basement stairs. My husband has torn it apart numerous times trying to figure out where it was coming from, but was never able to find the source. Yesterday we finally solved theRead more

Mid-Winter Deals

Well, it’s that time of year again, when garden centers everywhere are clearing out old stock to make room for this year’s crop of garden delights. Sorry, dark cell phone photo! Yesterday, I headed out to my favorite haunt for a little late January garden center therapy, and was elated to see racks and racksRead more

Deal of the day.

Look what I found at our local thrift store today – a brand new (still in the package!) Yolife yogurt maker for only four dollars! I have always relied on the warmth of my oven light when making my own yogurt, but the temperature isn’t always consistent, and this way, I don’t have to worry aboutRead more

Bacon Jam

I shared this link on Facebook yesterday, but it would be such a good addition to any New Year’s Eve party that I thought I’d share it here too. I know I’ve spoken quite a bit about being at least a partial vegetarian (I was vegetarian/vegan for almost half of my life), but that hasRead more

The Running of the Birds

I hope everyone is having a nice December, and that you’re enjoying your holiday preparations, whatever form they take. I was heading out to the garden the other day to harvest some leeks, and took this video of the chickens along the way. Apparently they see me as the giver of all things good, becauseRead more

Winter Has Arrived

So glad I managed to get my spring bulbs and perennials planted when I did (last week!), it looks like winter might be here to stay:

Full Circle

I knew this day would come, and I knew that I wasn’t going to be ready for it when it did. Realistically, when you have 42 chickens, it’s pretty unlikely that they’re all just going to pass away peacefully in their sleep, sparing my husband and me the unpleasantness of having to dispatch one ofRead more

Winter Garden 2011

I spent some time in the garden this week (in between rain storms), cleaning up the last of the summer crops, harvesting potatoes and onions, and transplanting small starter plants from the nursery bed into their roomier winter beds.    Thinning the carrot patch. Sweet babies!   I like to leave my carrots in placeRead more