Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon and Walnuts

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon and Walnuts

Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon and Walnuts With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner we’ll be able to stock up on red and green cabbages at low prices. The sales are always great this time of year. Thank you farmers for growing mass quantities of cabbage over the winter so that we may feast! I like the contrasting textures of the crispy bacon, crunchy walnuts and soft cabbage in this dish. We traditionally have a New England boiled dinner with…

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Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings

Maple Syrup Dumplings MMmmmmmmm  Comfort food warning! Comfort foods don’t have to be eaten only when one is in need of comfort. Sometimes the best time to partake is in the company of a friend you haven’t seen in ages. The maple season started early this year and so did the maple treats. I was invited to visit a friend on her homestead in the early days of tapping. She made maple syrup dumplings that we enjoyed with hot coffee…

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Turmeric Dog Treats – Easy on the Joints

Turmeric Dog Treats – Easy on the Joints

Turmeric Dog Treats Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory for humans and dogs. Ava is aging, going on eight in a few months. She carries extra weight as a side effect of her epilepsy medications. Extra weight is hard on a dog’s joints so I’ve started making turmeric dog treats. Ava and Zoey are fussy about their treats and like these so it’s a double win for us. I shared the recipe for Peanut Butter Oatmeal treats and mentioned that they’re…

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Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil – High Tunnel, Late February

Hands Seeds Soil. Add 48° (sorry, I know… it was February and 48°, it was glorious), sun, a slight breeze and water. Glorious. I cleaned out a few raised beds in the high tunnel; weeds that could grow in a Siberian winter, broccoli I hoped would recover, and carrots that survived the deep freeze when the door blew open. Spinach survived, and died (I thought) and bounced back and went dormant, and now it’s growing again. I did a bit…

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Eggs! Fresh Food Daily on the Homestead

Eggs! Fresh Food Daily on the Homestead

I haven’t talked about “fresh food daily” much this year. After losing the veggies in the high tunnel to an open door during a blizzard, there hasn’t been much for fresh food. We do have eggs daily thanks to pullets that I still haven’t identified (should do that today), and now thanks to ducks that started laying three days ago. First one egg, then one egg on the second day, and three eggs on the third day. Four eggs tomorrow?…

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February 26 2018

February 26 2018

Snow started late yesterday afternoon. One to three inches turned to a “dusting,” but dusting isn’t the proper word. Dusting suggests the snow was dry and fluffy. It’s granular, wet, sticky, the kind of snow that makes walking on ice less treacherous. The sun’s going to come out according to the weather report, and it seems that’s true. It’s brighter out at 10:30 am. It’s a writing day. A drink too much coffee, force myself to vacuum before the dog…

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West Musquash Lake Outlet, Black & White

West Musquash Lake Outlet, Black & White

West Musquash Lake Outlet, Black & White West Musquash Lake Outlet – the swimming hole. We’ve spent a lot of time swimming here. Someone built the rock dam I don’t know how many decades ago. Late each spring someone braves the frigid water to put the rocks moved by ice back into place. Jumping off the bridge was the start of conquering my fear of heights (finished later by climbing ladders to bear hunt in tree stands). The stream is…

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February 25 2018 – Snowmobiling

February 25 2018 – Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is one of the things I love about winter. I never tire of riding backwoods roads to see what we can see, and that includes in winter when the roads aren’t plowed. Steve, Taylor and I trailered the snowmobiles to West Lake Road, a couple of miles from the house, and started from there. The trails aren’t groomed out here and some of the roads we ventured out hadn’t been ridden this year or at least not since the…

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February 24 2018

February 24 2018

Sunrise 6:16 am, sunset 5:11 pm. Days are noticeably longer, something that makes me smile even when it’s overcast. It isn’t pitch black, but close, when I wake. These longer days make me feel like we just might survive another winter. It’s coyote mating season. On the move with a definite mission, we’re hearing them more often and closer to the house. I’m a little concerned about Zoey’s safety. Zoey is our youngest dog. At four, she’s finished maturing and…

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February 20 2018

February 20 2018

It’s been a while, eh? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning and replanning and ducking the curve balls of life. Winter has been odd, thank you very much, climate change. Unusually cold and snow, and warm and rainy, and cold and rainy, and warm and snowy. We haven’t been on the snowmobiles yet but have been ice fishing at camp a couple of times. Interesting weather, interesting winter. I spent the weekend at our camp with our…

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