Pumpkin Spiced Butter

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a general method. Start with several pie pumpkins. Wash and slice pumpkins into wedges. You can discard the pumpkin seeds, but we dry the seeds out for a day, then give them to the squirrels. Drizzle oil of your choice over pumpkins, or use a pastry brush. We... Continue Reading →

Side yard landscaping

We replaced some very pathetic looking day lillies and assorted weeds with new plants. I don’t even have a before picture, but be assured it looked awful. Mark enjoyed renting the tiller and driving it through the soil.

Sweet Pickle Relish

The garden is giving us plenty of cucumbers this summer, so we’re using the KitchenAid’s meat grinder attachment to make sweet pickle relish. Excellent for hot dogs, tuna salads and tartar sauce.

Zucchini chips

We broke out the vintage food dehydrator to make zucchini chips. The results were satisfyingly crunchy, and now we’ll play with the seasonings.

Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow

Maybe you've noticed the abundance of rainbows that appear each June for pride month and wondered what the symbol meant in the past. Or perhaps you've wondered where the purple iris flowers got their name. The answer is found in Greek mythology, with a lovely and often overlooked goddess, named Iris. Jupiter sending Iris by... Continue Reading →

Fox and Friends

There’s a fox who visits my backyard and I adore her. Occasionally she will bring a fox friend too. Her name is Azeria and she’s so beautiful, I want to tame her so she’ll let me scratch behind her lovely soft ears. Is this what having a dog feels like?

A year in quarantine

It’s been a strange year. The world effectively shut down in March of 2020. Like many parents, I was working from home with my 3 year old son, trying to manage him and his needs while doing my regular full time job. The daycare was closed, my office was closed, stores were closed; people were... Continue Reading →

Silver Apprentice Wand

Just made a silver apprentice wand. I say ‘apprentice’ because it’s only 7.5 inches long, so it’s miniature compared with adult wands which are often 10 or more inches long. It’s made from an Edwardian corset hook; the handle is silver plated steel and the point is unplated steel. We used a blow torch to... Continue Reading →

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