Do you have a wood burning fireplace or outdoor fire pit? Do you like to have campfires or bonfires? If so, these DIY egg carton fire starters are great to have on hand for starting a fire with little fuss or mess… Continue reading
A tribute to my mom
2015 was a year of highs and lows, the lowest of lows coming the day after Christmas when my mother passed away following a long battle with breast cancer. Mom was the woman who taught me my love of gardening, cooking, crafting, and birds (although not necessarily chickens, of which she had enough as a young girl helping to care for her own mother’s flock)… Continue reading
November is a month of giving thanks, and I have plenty to be thankful for, including a garden that kept giving all month long.
With many fresh ingredients available to me, I planned my Thanksgiving menu around what I had in the garden. Leeks, celery, chard, herbs, and eggs went into… Continue reading
Vegetable Rice Casserole: The inspiration
The fall garden gave up the rest of its bounty last week.
With six to eight inches of snow in the forecast (it ended up being nine), I harvested the remaining broccoli, cauliflower, and… Continue reading
It’s a little disconcerting to open the chicken coop these days; it looks like a chicken has exploded inside. There are feathers everywhere – in the coop, in the pen, blowing around the yard.
It’s apparent… Continue reading
Are your chickens ready for winter?
It’s been a glorious autumn in Iowa, but these photos from last winter provide a chilling reminder of what lies ahead. Where I live, negative double-digit temperatures are all too common during the winter months, along with blowing snow and ice… Continue reading
There may be no more beautiful month in Iowa than October.
Just take a look at my backyard. The woods became a palette of purple, yellow and rust in the last few weeks, even as the vegetables of summer continued to produce blooms in the garden. Frost remained at bay until the early hours of October 17… Continue reading
We harvested the first tomato in June and kept harvesting them – by the five-gallon bucketful – right up until the first frost, which occurred on October 17. Almost a week later, I still have a five-gallon bucket of tomatoes sitting in the garage.
So what does one do with all of… Continue reading
I really can’t remember a more beautiful month of September here in Iowa. With 30 days of sunshine, warm temperatures, and a good rainfall about once a week, the garden is still going strong. And there’s no end in sight. The extended forecast isn’t showing any danger of frost until after… Continue reading
It’s August and it seems like I hardly spend any time out in the garden anymore. Instead, I’m in the kitchen. I’m canning tomatoes; I’m making pickles; I’m freezing green beans and zucchini; I’m drying peppers. And the list goes on.
When I committed to doing all of the… Continue reading