Processing Broiler Chickens: Butcher Day Checklist

Processing Broiler Chickens: Butcher Day Checklist

Were it not for lists, I would surely die a slow death of walking in circles. It’s amazing how you can get up in the morning, determined to tackle all of those tasks you remembered as you tried to fall asleep the night before. It was alllllll there in your mental checklist: Get that turkey […]

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Nasturtium Pesto Recipe

Are you ever amazed to find yourself in the exact same spot you were a year ago, mind blown by how quickly you got from then to now? As we get older, I think we are all more aware of this. In between, time can seem to crawl. We drudge on through the harsh winter […]

Rose Petal & Rhubarb Syrup

Rose Petal & Rhubarb Syrup

Eating fresh foods in tune with the seasons has made me so very appreciative of bonafide, true blue freshness. Foods are no longer selected and consumed based upon what’s on sale in the grocery store. Rather, they are purchased only when they are really, truly in season. And not in season in some distant state. […]

Rhubarb Butter

Rhubarb Butter

Childhood could be summed up in a stalk of rhubarb dipped in sugar. Am I right? I don’t know how I consumed so much of the stuff, paired with store brand bleached white granulated sugar and actually enjoyed it. But I did. And I still love rhubarb. I have a particular affinity for the deep […]

To Everything There is a Season…

To Everything There is a Season…

Call me stodgy, but I don’t typically blog without a good reason. I’m not one of those bloggers who fills her blog posting “schedule” (whatever that is) with fluffy posts merely meant to take up space and keep my blog “current”. I don’t sit at my computer, pondering appropriate topics for the time of year […]

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

How to Make a Sheepskin Rug

Winter time is project time around these here parts. Our winters are long. Cold. Dark. And did I mention…long? As of right now, despite spring’s arrival on the calendar, we’re still under several feet of snow and seeing below-zero temperatures. But that’s life in my part of the world. And so deal with it we […]

Planning for the Permaculture Garden {Lake Time Magazine Article}

Planning for the Permaculture Garden {Lake Time Magazine Article}

I’m so happy to share that I’ve contributed another garden related article to Minnesota’s own Lake Time Magazine. As spring approaches (well, it is currently snowing outside my window, but we’ll try to keep things positive here), there’s no better time to start thinking about the upcoming gardening season and how you can do it […]

Our Year in Photos 2016

Our Year in Photos 2016

So I’m already starting off the year with being behind. Anybody with me? You know, when I started this blog, I thought it would be a nice way to have somewhat of an online diary of sorts. Where if my computer crashed and I lost all of my photos and information…it would be “safely” tucked […]

In the Garden 2016: Year in Review

In the Garden 2016: Year in Review

The 2016 garden has long been put to rest, but I wanted to make sure that I got my year in review post up before this year closes. When I started using hugelkultur a few years back, I’ve enjoyed documenting the process and results through this blog. It began with probably my most popular post […]

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candied Bacon

It’s not hard to tell that it’s pig processing time around here. We are actually nearing the end of it, with a few projects left to complete. I have 30 pounds of pork belly sitting in a maple brown sugar cure in the refrigerator as we speak, destined for the smoker in a couple of […]