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Yard Sales, Birthdays and Gardening

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This last week flew right by and here it is already Sunday afternoon. A balmy 71 degrees October 15th Sunday afternoon. I’m sitting on my porch listening to the chipmunks chirp and the chickens cluck wearing a t-shirt, jeans and flip-flops. This seems a bit odd considering this time last year we were wearing multiple layers. It all makes me wonder what is going to happen when the snow starts

chickens enjoying the bean plants from the garden

Our chickens enjoying the bean plants from the garden.

coming down. My favorite time of year is fall so I hope we get some of that weather soon! Until then, I’m keeping my summer clothes in the closet.

Saturday was a busy day for us and was lots of fun! I started my morning frosting a cake I had baked Friday night after work. I can do pretty decent boarders and some swirls but one thing I would really like to learn is to do frosting flowers. Roses in particular, but any real frosting flower would be terrific to learn how to do along with realistic looking leaves. I watched a few how-to videos online but after fighting with the frosting for a good while, I gave up and resorted to my usual star-like flowers and Read More…

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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…

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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