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

Butternut Coconut Red Lentil Curry
Butternut Coconut Red Lentil Curry

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 with homemadeRead more

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

Wild Garden Lettuce

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

Cottage Cheese Muffins (Solly’s Taste-Alike)

Cottage Cheese Muffins (Solly's Taste-Alike). Savory, light, hearty, and delicious!

Solly’s is a bakery/deli that we used to frequent when we lived in Vancouver (I still pop in whenever I get the chance). They make unbelievably delicious bagels and knishes, and the chocolate babka loaf is to. die. for.    One of our favourite Solly’s specialties is also one of the simplest. Their cottage cheeseRead more

July

Okay, so another whole month without a post. I really suck at this. Here are some photos of July’s happenings:    I spotted these humongous mushrooms growing in the trees a few feet from my deck at the beginning of the month. After doing some research and talking to a knowledgeable friend, we figured out thatRead more

June Update

It’s been a long, wet month, but things have actually progressed quite well in the garden, despite the lack of sunshine. The good thing about the cool spring is that the new additions to the orchard have had a chance to get established before the heat of summer sets in (see, I haven’t let theRead more

Biding Time

We seem to be smack in the middle of a stretch of typical “June-uary” weather, and my poor eggplant and pepper plants can do nothing but stare longingly out the window, wishing for the arrival of the warm weather so they can join their friends out in the garden. Some have even started flowering inRead more