Easter 2020

Our naturally dyed eggs turned out so pretty this year! We made the most beautiful blue dye from the very dark purple Nebula carrots in the garden.  We did the usual beets and turmeric for red and yellow.  I woke up very early,  when just the barest white violet light was bathing the dew-soaked garden….

Easter

This was the first year we were able to dye eggs with all home grown dyes: turmeric, beets, red Brussels sprouts leaves, mulberries and spiderwort flowers.  The natural dyes are so subtle and beautiful. They blend in beautifully with nature and are really hard to find.  I woke up early to cut dewy grass and…

 Birthdays

This past week was full of rushing here and there and the birthday celebrations of my oldest – now 14, and my youngest – now 6.  We made homemade corn dogs (hotdogs dipped in corn bread batter and fried in home-rendered lard.  There were a few presents wrapped in paper feed bags and tied with…

Blooming

Since the first frost that killed the last of the summer zinnias,  there have been no flowers in my garden. In the fall I seeded snap dragons, chrysanthemums, linaria, and poppies. They have grown slowly between the hard frosts, at least bringing the green of plant life to the empty flower beds, but no flowers, …

Return Of The Light Grain-free Lemon Cake

It’s been unusually cold lately, cold enough to snow although we weren’t so lucky.   Hard frosts for several days in a row left  everything sparkling with minute crystals in the early mornings,  the ground hard frozen, and we marveled at the layers of ice on the water troughs that had to be broken through.  The…

The Longest Night 2017

Today marks exactly a year since we left our house in town to live in the middle of nowhere with our garden and animals.   I love the long,  dark nights of winter,  when you can wake up in the middle of the night and feel the quiet emptiness around you, and the soft breath of…

Easter and Lichen’s First Calf

Spring is such a lovely time, and Easter might just be my favorite holiday!  This year has been so busy already, we missed out on a lot of our usual celebrations, like making an Easter tree.  I felt downright unprepared for Easter just now, to be honest.  We were so busy putting in an ambitious…

Grain-free Calamondin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rose and I created this recipe together one day when she was inspired to bake and a glowing bowl of calamondins was taking up all the space on the kitchen table.  Rich, and chewy, these cookies have the perfect orange/chocolate flavor balance. Grain-free Calamondin Cookies 4 cups almond flour 1 cup coconut sugar 3 eggs…

Hard Frost In Florida

            There was the first hard frost a few days ago.  It was the first hard frost in several years.  Ethan turned on a sprinkler in the corner of one of the pastures to make beautiful icicles during the night. The children woke up early the next morning, eager to…

A Guide For Powerfully Envisioning Your New Year

It’s wonderful to have a fresh starting place every year where you can pause and reflect before taking the next step forward.  Sometimes the new year begins with everything neatly and predictably laid out, but sometimes it’s the kind of beginning that feels like stepping off into the unknown.  However it presents itself, this new,…

10 Ways To Celebrate A Destitute Christmas: #10. Caroling

Years ago when we were reading Dylan Thomas’s lovely book A Child’s Christmas in Wales one December, it occurred to me that I had read about caroling in stories, and occasionally saw it in movies and on TV, but I had never actually met with a band of real, live carolers.  I thought it was…