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October on the Farm

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It’s been a few crazy months here on the farm. July and August were all about playing catch-up on the farm. Fixing up the garden with newOctober Garden Bounty dirt, new fencing, weeding, planting, and keeping it all growing. For having started the garden so late in the season, with the extreme warm September and October weather, the growing season was extended enough that we’ve been enjoying fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, kale, basil and peppers right up to today.

While the garden and chickens have been happy and healthy, we have been a bit stressed coming back to everything and rushing to catch up. Both of us found jobs over the summer (well, I had moved back knowing I had an offer and started a few weeks after our return) and have been working hard. Unfortunately, we are working hard at things neither of us enjoy, which has lead to a bit of frustration. We keep reminding ourselves that we moved back to Vermont for a reason. Jobs are few and far between in this area but we have kept looking and will continue to do so until we find jobs in our fields. Until then, strong coffee, pep-talks, wine on the porch, and chicken hugs keep us going.

Our niece with one of the girlsMoving back to be near family has been lovely. Our nieces love having us closer and we enjoying being back to a steady part of their lives. The oldest who turns six this month did her first sleep over with us and it was a great success. She is a girl after my own heart and enjoys gardening and chicken tending as much as I do. She spent almost all her time with the “girls” and they received more treats than usual that day. While she claimed that she Read More…

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Cooking Dandelion Greens

I was so excited when I saw dandelion greens in the local MarketFresh Dandelion Greens Basket this weekend! These are a terrific leafy green that you should be eating as they are rich in minerals, super high in vitamins, have potassium and manganese and lots of other good-for-you nutrients. Bonus? If you have a “clean yard” meaning you don’t use any chemicals, you probably have an abundance of these greens in your own back acre!

As we are renting a place for the next few months, I don’t have access to those “pesky dandelions” so I was happy to see they are available at my local supermarket. One thing to know about dandelion greens is that they are bitter. The younger greens tend to be less bitter but then you are gathering little greens all over your yard. Most often the ones you Read More…

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs – Every Time!

Hard boiled eggs are one of those simple yet frustrating foods to Perfectly Cooked Hard Boiled Eggsmake. Boil them too long and the yolk becomes chalky and dry and has an unappetizing green or brownish color. This is especially bothersome when you are boiling lovely farm fresh eggs with that bright yellow/almost orange yolk that you want to preserve for your dishes like deviled eggs, egg salad, or just to eat as a snack. Boil them for not enough time and the yolk might not be firm enough. Good for some things like a cob salad, but not everyone wants a runny middle.

A well boiled egg will also be more likely to peel easily, while under or over boiled eggs tend to stick to the shells causing you to be Read More…

Sunday Frittata for the Week

I am someone that almost always skips breakfast during the busy Sunday Frittata weekdays. I’m either rushing to get to work or too distracted to think of something more than a quick muffin or bagel. Lots of carbs and all the rushing around usually leaves me hungry by 10am. Too early to eat my lunch, so I wind up snacking. I’ve been trying to do better and my idea is to start making an easy, healthy, protein packed breakfast that I can eat and be satisfied with until lunch.

Eggs are my go-to protein breakfast that can hold me over but I never have enough time in the mornings. I have made the cute little breakfast egg cups in the past (check out my good recipe here: Ham and Egg Muffin Cups) but they honestly take too much of my weekend time. I needed something that was a “quick, throw it all together” kind of prepped item that would last me the whole week.

Bonus……….my brilliant ah-ha moment idea also is a great way to clear out the left over side dishes from the weekend that are lying around in the fridge.

Enter………the Sunday Frittata!

A frittata is an easy baked egg dish that requires no crust and is a Read More…

Parmesan Oven Roasted Cauliflower

We love veggies in our house but there are a few veggies that Parmesean Roasted Cauliflowereveryone seems to turn their nose up to unless they are cooked in a VERY specific way. Cauliflower is one of them. I personally could eat it in a multitude of ways (I love it raw but then I’m basically burping it up all day so unfortunately I have to cook it) but in order for anyone else in the house to eat it, it must be oven roasted with parmesan cheese. Oh but wait. Not even the good, freshly shaved off the block parmesan cheese. It must be…gulp….shaken out of those plastic containers.

Actually, that isn’t so bad if you find a good brand that is really using parmesan cheese! So anyway, I have had to be creative in my veggie Read More…

Brined Wild Goose Stroganoff

We have been experimenting with different recipes for our wild Wild Goose Stroganoff geese in the freezer. Our past go-to goose recipes have been far too labor intensive which meant we didn’t cook them as often as we should. This year we have been branching out and trying lots of new recipes and ways of cooking goose. Brining was always something other wild game lovers had told us we had to try. For some reason, it just seemed like another labor intensive step in the process and why bother? Well were we wrong! Brining wild goose is so easy and my God does it make a HUGE difference in the flavor and texture of the meat. Semi-tough goose becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender and the salt water removes a lot of the blood and thus the more intense iron or “game” flavor.

Back in January, we visited friends down in Maryland and was lucky enough to be there at the same time as the town’s annual wild game Read More…

Cranberry Pound Cake for Valentine’s Day

This is the sweetest gift to make your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, Cranberry Pound Cakeor for any special occasion! The buttery pound cake with the velvet cream cheese frosting and burst of tart red cranberries make this cake something special. I’ve actually made this cake around Christmas time as it has that festive white and red look that makes you want to pour a second cup of tea and eat it near the Christmas tree with your family. Even though it is a pound cake, it is quite light and a nice way to round out a family meal, dinner party, or even a romantic meal for you and your sweetheart. This cake and the easy frosting both stay well for a day Read More…

Simple Italian Herb Pizza Dough

Who doesn’t love a good homemade pizza? As they say, it’s all in the Homemade pizza with Italian herb crustcrust. A crust will either make or break a pizza and with so many ways to make an okay one, here is a super simple recipe for an Italian herb pizza dough that will have everyone gathered at your house for pizza night! The dough doesn’t have to rise so it is perfect for those weeknight meals and the crust comes out soft and chewy. It only takes 15 minutes to make this Read More…

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a magical vegetable….or at least that’s what we Perfectly Cooked Spaghetti Squashthink as not only do the adults love it in our home, but the kids do too! True to its name, when cooked correctly, the squash forms long strands with the texture and look of spaghetti. Serve with pasta sauce and perhaps some meatballs or sausage on the side and presto! Good for you spaghetti dinner!

There are a few different ways you can cook spaghetti squash. Two of which I use most often and find are the easiest and best ways.

The first is the traditional oven method. To begin, cut theĀ  Read More…

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Dinner

“Why do we only have Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving” was Thanksgiving in a Slow Cookerthe question my niece wanted to know. Good point. The only time we really do a turkey with stuffing, and green beans, and sweet potatoes and of course cranberry jelly on the side is at Thanksgiving. Why? My reason is it takes so much time and effort to put that all together for a Wednesday night meal.

Well not anymore! This is such an easy weeknight meal you will want to do this every month if not every week! I will note that as our family enjoys chicken more than turkey, we most often use this Read More…

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