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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…

Collecting and Using Flower Frogs

While at a local flea market with some friends, as we always do, we let each other know what items we were searching for so we could all keep a look antique flower frogsout for each other’s collection hunts. Vintage clothing was for one, anything fitting for a country kitchen was for another and for me it was flower frogs.  Everyone seemed accepting of these items and so we set off it was clear to me quite quickly that my friends had no idea what flower frogs really were when the two of them got excited about a huge green ceramic garden frog statue.

Flower frogs were made primarily in the 1930s through the 1950s (although earlier ones exist) to be used Read More…

July and Some August Garden Thoughts and Photos

Well, I’m not sure how July snuck by me but I woke up the other morning and realized it was already August! My weekdays have been filled with workgarden view from the porch and traveling and so my weekends have been used to try to take it slow. That means reading, drinking wine (while reading), visiting with friends, going to local events, and of course working in my garden.

I have to admit the herb and rose garden took a dive this summer. The lack of rain killed quite a few of the herbs. I had been traveling and nobody thought to water the garden….my owe fault for not reminding people! The roses didn’t do so hot over Read More…

Late June Garden Photos

I can’t believe it’s the end of June already.  I’m not sure where the month went. It’s always a bit crazy with my job duringBush beans growing this time with all my weekends doing Relays but this June seemed to fly right by me. Lucky it was such a warm early spring that I was able to plant most of the garden before I got really crazy.

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Putting the Yard to Bed

It has been so WARM here in Vermont lately that it has been odd and pleasant at the same time putting the yard and garden to bed for the winter. I’m out in the yard mowing, pulling, turning over, and what-not in a t-shirt and jeans which is just unheard of around here! I even broke into a sweat turning the beds over.

Two of the beds are still producing as my fennel is still harvest-able along with the kale. My brussel sprouts are FINALLY starting to grow and I can’t wait to pull out my oven roasted maple recipe! For now though, the other beds have been stored for the winter.

garden away for winter

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Vermont State Fair 2015

Going to the fair each year brings back so many memories! As a 4-H kid, that meant the weeks leading up to the fair full of angst and frustration (in a vermont state fairfun kind of way!). Angst in worrying if my tomatoes would ripen in time or if we could squeeze in some last minute canning creation before all the entries had to be in. Making sure all of the 4-H tags were filled out correctly and attached to the right item. Last minute crafts or finishing up that “spring project” that was only half done. There was the frustration combined in that time of seeing the pear trees not ripen in time, or not having grown the “giant” pumpkin that we had hoped for. Or, more personally, not beating my own record of having more entries than the year before.

Once that big rush was over, it was all about enjoying ourselves at the fair. Walking around and seeing the familiar faces and chatting with all of our other friends and neighbors doing much the same thing. We loved walking Read More…

Summer Garden Photos and growing Fennel

I was out in the garden early this morning weeding and thought I would share some of this year’s summer yellow squashgarden pictures! The tomatoes are still so small but the squash is doing okay and the kale and swiss chard have given us several stir-fry’s and quiches already. The brussle sprouts are getting taller every day and the fennel looks amazing! I’ve never grown fennel before and for a long time the seedlings were straggly but Read More…

It’s That Time of Year…..Making Zucchini Bread – With Cream Cheese Center!

Well I sure am happy to see that my piddly squash plants all of a sudden spring forth a slew of zucchini in the garden! I’m not sneaking them into zucchini bread with cream cheese center
neighbors unlocked cars yet (Vermont joke) but I am getting a bit of a pile-up on my counter. Last night seemed to cool of nicely and so I decided to turn on the oven and bake the first batch of zucchini bread of the season! I was humming along to the radio and having a grand old time! I even experimented with adding cream cheese to the center of a loaf. Turned out AMAZING and everyone loved it. The next batch will most likely all have that creamy gooey center as it was such a hit.

This zucchini bread recipe is super easy and can be doubled or even tripled to accommodate all of your zucchini.

1 egg

1 cup of sugar

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Spinach and Fresh Scrambled Eggs

The last of the snap peas were picked yesterday but the nice thing is that as the pea plants die back, the blueberry bushes are full. In among the greenscrambled eggs with spinach little berries, we were able to eat the first bright blue ripe ones right there in the garden last night!

Our brussle sprouts are growing leaps and bounds. I most likely will pull out the pea plants this weekend and plant a second batch of spinach as the heat is making the current spinach bed bolt. Funny how as a kid, so many of these vegetables were seen as the enemy and now we dream for them all winter.

One of our favorite summer dishes when it is too darn hot to cook but you want something more than cereal, is fresh scrambled eggs cooked with spinach from the garden. The easiest way to do this simple dinner is to clean and break up (I just tear the leaves and stems with my fingers) the spinach in a bowl and add a dash of seasoned salt. Then microwave the spinach on high for a few minutes until it is soft and wilted.

ingredients for eggs and spinach

In another bowl, crack the eggs and whisk together until the whites and yolks are mixed. Pour into a hot pan that has been given a spray with non-stick cooking oil. Cook your scrambled eggs as you normally would – except when they are almost done, add a handful of grated cheddar cheese and the spinach and fold them in with the eggs.

adding spinach to eggs

Super simple supper that tastes so darn good when eaten on the porch with your chickens pecking in the garden below. Happy summer!

Herbs, Perennials and Antiques

I have been having TOO much fun lately! After all of the Relay’s I’ve still been working hard but have been enjoying my weekends. The gardens are brimfield2coming along, though some plants seem to be doing better than others. Our pepper plants (six in all) have decided to only produced ONE pepper per plant which is odd. The squash plants took a long time to grow but now are filled with blossoms and we can’t wait for squash! The pumpkins are also doing well. I’ve been spending any of my free time in the garden or working on some small craft projects. Lately those two passions have combined, especially after spotting a great way to use antiques with my plants! This past weekend I managed to head down to the Brimfield Antique Show. We always have a blast and make it a “girls day out” with my sister and friends. brimfield1  This year was wonderful as always and while there I spotted a booth that was doing herb and flower arrangements in Read More…

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