Gardening

Burgers with Olive Oil Steak Fries

Burgers with Olive Oil Steak Fries

  My feet are frozen.  Why?  Because I’ve been walking around in wet tennies, in an unheated house, with no socks on. Yesterday I bought a packet of heirloom Bibb lettuce called “Tennis Ball.”  Wouldn’t it be a fun job to develop a variety of […]

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

  I’ve got to come up with something for dinner tonight that doesn’t involve my spending hours and hours in the kitchen.  My sciatica has reached an all-time high!  Ugh. I got the nicest surprise in the mail yesterday.  My eldest daughter used to get […]

Living Life On A Whim

Living Life On A Whim

  Bill and I bought our property in the Oregon wine country 10 ½ years ago.  We still talk sometimes about why we would do such an impetuous thing, on a whim. We’ve come to the conclusion that the “sudden” decision to move to the […]

Three Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

Three Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

  I just got home from schlepping some groceries.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, except for two things.  One, my sciatica (on both sides – ouch!) is horrible today; and two, there was a gal not that far from me […]

Healthnut Soup

Healthnut Soup

  This Healthnut Soup will not win any beauty contests, if you throw the fresh spinach into the pot at the beginning.  The overall color will be a green gray, which is not exactly enticing.. So cook all the veggies and, just before blending, throw […]

Links for the Best 10 Gardening Tools

Links for the Best 10 Gardening Tools

  I hope this list of gifts will give you some inspiration and will save you a boatload of time.  Below I have listed my favorite gardening tools, as well as links to the Amazon site and prices. Some of these are very inexpensive and, […]

Homemade Pumpkin Puree for Baking

Homemade Pumpkin Puree for Baking

  Tomorrow is Halloween, and I’m having really mixed feelings about this. I am a certified Halloween Freak, and have been since the beginning of time.  Well, MY time, at least. This is the very first time I’ve not decorated.  We were so busy this […]

Churkey Noodle Vegetable Soup

Churkey Noodle Vegetable Soup

  Thanks to a childhood of enforced Catholicism, I have a highly developed Super-Ego. Thanks to hard work, diligence and maturity, I have managed, much of the time, to tell my Super-Ego where to go.  And it ain’t Heaven. Cat hair on the couch?  Dust […]

Red Salsa Soup and Salsa Recipe

Red Salsa Soup and Salsa Recipe

  Good Morning!  (or whatever time it is, there!) Yesterday was my birthday, and this was the sight that greeted me when I came down for my morning coffee!! Isn’t my husband a doll?  Wow – he really went all out! One of his presents […]

Propagating Hydrangeas

Propagating Hydrangeas

  My back deck, overlooking our pasture and vegetable garden, is gloriously shady throughout the summer.   About the only things that we can get to grow there are coleus and hydrangeas. I love the hydrangeas especially, because they are huge and beautiful, with deep green […]

Chili Verde Salsa and Chili Verde Soup

Chili Verde Salsa and Chili Verde Soup

  Today I’d like to share with you an easy and wonderful recipe for Chili Verde Salsa.  This freezes really well and, come Fall, I have usually filled up about 25 jelly jars with salsa.  I can grab a couple and whip up soup in […]

Pesto Straight from the Garden

Pesto Straight from the Garden

  Today was Pesto Making Morning.  I have been waiting months and months for this day. Nothing is more satisfying than opening up your garage freezer and seeing every shelf and cubby packed to the gills with food you’ve preserved yourself.  People who actually know […]

The Mixed Bag Garden

The Mixed Bag Garden

  The garden this year was a mixed bag.  I had a variety of 9 tomato plants, all started from seed back in March.  I’ve got a nice, warm craft area upstairs in a loft with shop lights.  When my plants outgrow their 4 inch […]


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