Homemade Bread

There’s something about the smell of freshly baked bread filling the house. Having grown up in a 300 year old house with a beehive oven in the walk-in fireplace, us kids grew up baking our own bread. It’s a holiday tradition the grandkids now carry on.

With a fireplace like this, how could you not bake bread?!

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Here’s a better look at the beehive oven hidden behind the hanging pot.

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First, we’d get a roaring fire going in there. When it had burned down to coals, we’d push those aside, put in our loaves, and cover the front with a door. The bread always came out with a perfect golden crust […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:54-04:00May 26th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|10 Comments

Planting by the Moon

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Planting time here in upstate NY is considered to be safe (danger of frost over) after Mother’s Day. So, as of this past weekend, the gardening gun has gone off.

While my cold weather crops have been in for weeks, now it’s time to get the rest of the garden going. But, I can’t just yet, you see, because I’m waiting for the New Moon — which is still about a day away. And then I’ll wait a couple more days for the moon to be in Cancer. So, don’t be […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:55-04:00May 15th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|9 Comments

The Earth Knows My Name

The earth knows my name. I hear her call it.

“It’s time…,” she tells me. Her voice a gentle whisper.

There is no trace of my garden buried under two feet of snow. No hint of Spring in the air. And yet, like the magnetic forces beginning to draw the birds back north, I hear her beckon.

Having listened for so many years, I am elated to hear her voice begin to grow stronger once again. And, as I have for so many years, I answer her call.

This morning I placed my order for organic seeds from Seeds of Change. Normally, I wouldn’t be ordering so many packs (I grow my own seeds), but I tried an […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:57-04:00February 23rd, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|9 Comments

My Essential Gardening Tools

gardentools1.jpg I can pretty much do every gardening task I have with just these few tools: 1 EZ-Digger, 1 pair of good gloves, 1 Garden Scooter, and 1 pair Muck Boots. I like to keep it simple; no fuss, no muss. Okay, maybe 1 pair of good clippers or a pocket knife does come in handy every now and then.

I use the EZ-Digger in place of 10 other tools. Mine is a little chewed on the end of the handle (along with the backs of my Muck boots) — a few of Magic’s many teething toys from when he was a puppy. Every time I use them, I think of […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 10th, 2006|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Harvest Time

Garden Bounty It’s a raw and rainy fall day here, in Upstate NY. I harvested the last from my french intensive garden. In another week, I’ll plant the garlic bulbs I dug up and dried back in July. The ones left anyway… My hardneck garlic has become legendary among family members for its flavor and sweetness, and they grab as much of it as they can.

Reflecting back on this gardening season, it was a mixed bag. A combination of too much rain and cold in the spring, and an experiment in using 7 year old seeds (I grow and use my own seeds), made for a disappointing and erratic yield. For instance, while […]

By |2016-10-24T09:57:02-04:00October 1st, 2006|My Garden / Recipes|3 Comments