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Fresh Spinach Dip

No matter how much you love spinach and have longed for the weather to finally warm the ground enough to plant a row of seeds..  if you are like me, you’ll grow tired of green salads and wonder what in the world to do with all of that spinach!  Here’s an alternative preparation that I think you’ll like. Ingredients: Fresh spinach (a couple of big handfuls) or 1 10 oz box of frozen...

Homemade Fish Chowder

I don’t cook a lot of fish, but as my husband and I discuss the future of our aquaponics experiment, I decided I better get into practice. So tonight I cooked up a variation on Manhattan Clam Chowder.. but instead of clam, I used tilapia filets cut into bite size chunks. I was surprised at the wonderful flavor and aroma!  I’m now looking forward to having fresh ingredients from my own garden...

Nothin’ To Do?

I’m in Texas.. you know, the place where the weather changes from hour to hour- scraping ice from windshields in the morning, donning shorts and a t-shirt at noon, then back in a heavy coat by late evening.  No wonder our gardening tasks are so confusing!  I always get this false sense of security in February.  After a ridiculously warm January, I was almost tempted to start sticking plants in the...

Raw Honey Cough Treatment

It’s autumn, and the first cold winds are blowing through.  Kids are confined to small classrooms and indoor activities.  It’s no surprise when you hear that unwelcome *cough-cough” at bedtime.  It’s cold season, after all… So what can you do to help bring relief to an itchy, burning throat that leaves your kiddos coughing most of the night?  Well, before you reach for that...

Tasty Baked Okra

I posted this simple recipe last year on my facebook page, but realized that I had not given it a permanent home here at the blog.  This  is my absolute favorite way to prepare okra! It’s easy and fast to make, versatile due to the variety of herbs and spices you can used based on your personal preference, and best of all, it’s a snap to clean up afterwards.   No messy oil to filter and store-...

And The Harvest Begins

So you may have noticed that I have been out of touch lately — well, sort of.. I have taken a few minutes every evening to answer email and put a few pics up on facebook.  Maybe some of these photos will help explain my absence from the blogosphere – let’s just say our bushel baskets runneth over- as well as our kitchen counters, our refrigerator shelves, our window sills, our pantry,...

Bobwhite Visits Our Yard

I had been listening to the distant call of a Bobwhite all day, somewhere southwest of our property. Then while cooking dinner, I noticed that Neo, my black cat, was acting peculiar in the back yard. Not sure why Neo acting ‘peculiar’ was anything new to me (he’s a bizarre cat even on a good day), but I was compelled to check on him to see what could be capturing his complete attention....

Fast & Furious Growth...

It’s fair to say that our winter was almost non-existent. And it appears that our spring is moving at the speed of light right into summer! All of the plants look like they normally would at the end of May instead of the beginning- but as lovely as that may seem, my biggest fear is that the heat will strike a vicious blow on the plants before they can adjust, leaving us with only about half-set...

Farm Photo Update

It’s nice to take a stroll around the place and see how things are doing in the gardens. While most of the plants are still pretty small and non-impressive, I am excited with the progress we are seeing in our hugelkultur bed behind the coop Cabbage plants are doing well Robert shows me the difference between pollinated and non-polinated pecans, these are pollinated These pecans have not been...

Herbs That Repel Pests

OK.. I ran this post in January and lots of my facebook friends liked it, but wished that I had run it in the spring time .. so here it is again to refresh your memories.. Here are some herbs for you to consider in your garden as pest repellants along with the pests they are reported to repel: Pest Repellent Herbs Ants Tansy, wormwood Aphids Chives, cilantro, fennel, peppermint, spearment Cabbage Loopers...

Early Spring Weather Means...

OK.. are we actually going to be lucky this year and make it through the first two weeks of April without a freak snow storm or cold snap that knocks out every piece of fruit along with all things green?  I think we just might..  I took a few photos this week to share with you.  Most are just shots of the garden, a couple of our trees, and then some neat close-ups that I just thought would be fun.   Also...

Pocket Change – Silv...

It’s laundry day- and part of my laundry ritual includes gathering up any scattered clothing left outside of the baskets I strategically place throughout bedrooms and bathrooms, in hope of catching at least a portion of the laundry in a centralized location.  Most of the time these efforts prove unfruitful, and even when clothes do manage to make it in or near a basket, I find myself combing the...

Feeling Fat?

My answer to that question, is YEP- at least a lot heavier than I was in my teens, or even my twenties..  If I had to give the primary reasons why my weight has increased over the years I’d have to say my weakness for carbs and my more sedentary lifestyle.  But after reading Jason Aker’s  article on Why This Nation Is (On Average) Overweight, I have some new ideas of where my extra baggage is...

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