TARTE AUX FRAISES: Strawberry Tart

Happy Valentine’s Day! Fresh strawberries and rich pastry crust make this delicious and simple recipe a perfect way to celebrate! This recipe starts with the crust.  Adding the strawberries is simple and is translated below, along with US measurements for the ingredients.  I didn’t have enough strawberries to make a large tart, so I made…

2021 Spring Garden Tour

I know I have been very quiet here this spring. I didn’t mean to be. I would keep thinking of things I’d like to write down, but then I got so, so busy and picked up by the driving, whirling, greening spring – I couldn’t ever get around to sitting down and writing anything. So…

Three – A Birth Story 

Two of my eight mama goats this year were due to kid last week. I didn’t write down the exact day I turned the buck in with them (a healthy goat carries her kids exactly 150 days. It isn’t like cows who have a 20-day window), but it’s easy to see when they are ready,…

Fruit,  Nut, and Chocolate Easter Nibbles

I didn’t mean to skip this past week’s blog post,  but the weather has been so wonderful,  and we have been so busy in the kitchen,  in the garden,  wandering the beautiful pastures,  and celebrating spring that the days slipped by, days full of fun, sun,  work, and beauty. The natural dyes turned out very…

2017-2018 Lettuce Trials

You will have to bear with me for this post,  if you aren’t also a gardening nerd,  but i am so excited to write up the results of the lettuce trials from the fall/  winter season! I grew 15 kinds of open-pollinated lettuce, some were varieties I know I like and always grow,  but most…

Old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie

I was lugging a wheelbarrow full of hay and manure into the garden when the weather changed.  The air was warm and still, and seemed to hang like a muggy curtain around the pea trellis and rows of young cabbages, lettuce, and broccoli as i trundled clumsily along the narrow path. A sound almost like…

A Garden Interview With Tiare From Shepherd’s Hill Farm

This post is the first of a series of interview with local gardeners.  As a gardener, I love talking to other gardeners about what works for them.  I’ve found so much knowledge and inspiration in these conversations.  This interview is with Tiare Street of Shepherd’s Hill Farm. I first met Tiare about ten years ago. …

Easter

    I’m sorry I haven’t been writing!  I realized that this makes a whole year that I have been dedicatedly writing here – and then was forced to take a break by computer problems. Easter was wonderful….it was just right.  Not too busy or full, just right.  Painting blown eggs for our Easter tree,…

Turning Seven

 Rose ended up with no less than two birthday cakes because a consensus was never reached about whether the cake would be strawberry or raspberry.  It served the dual purpose to ensure left-overs, as someone around here is very greedy with other people’s birthday cakes. This is one of my favorite grain-free cakes – It…

Pumpkin Time!

The Summer garden has reached the point where things have mostly been harvested and plants are getting the crispy-and-brown-around-the-edges look.  The black cherry trees have begun to show yellow spotted leaves and the pastures are rank with bahia grass gone to seed. Even in the very hot, humid weather these days I have felt a…