Yes we can!

This is what we have canned from the garden so far, and this doesn’t include the several jars of salsa, jam, marinara sauce and pickles we’ve already eaten or given away. If you had trouble locating canning jars this year, my apologies, I think we used them all.

Strawberry Cornbread

To celebrate Lughnasadh I made strawberry cornbread muffins. They turned out delicious, made with the fresh strawberries that were so ripe that I needed to use them immediately. Baking something at home is a great way to celebrate this first harvest festival. Zucchini bread is another great choice if you have lots of zucchini coming... Continue Reading →

A porch swing for summer

For mother's day my request for Mark was to make me a porch swing. And he delivered in fine style. The porch swing was made of oak and black locust, which is very durable and rot resistant wood. The final design included one special feature I requested, a cup holder on the arm rest.  ... Continue Reading →

A geeky baby quilt

I made a Hogwarts house baby quilt for my cousin and his wife and their baby boy. The quilt was made from fabric remaining from the last Hogwarts blanket that I made last year, with a golden minky backing so it was extra cozy. {"cameraType":"Wide","macroEnabled":false,"qualityMode":3,"deviceTilt":-0.035436242818832397,"customExposureMode":0,"extendedExposure":false,"whiteBalanceProgram":0,"cameraPosition":1,"focusMode":0}

Tropical batik hexagon quilt

The quilt for my best friends wedding gift is complete. It’s the biggest quilt I’ve made yet, and made much more quickly than usual, thanks in part to staying at home these last weeks. It’s in blue batiks with tropical colors, hexagon pattern with blue triangles between. 112” x 98”, a little bigger than king... Continue Reading →

Dandelion jam

Spring has arrived and our yard has exploded in dandelions and violets. And in these uncertain times, you need to maintain the skills of foraging food and enjoy the bounty that nature provides. In his recession punk style, Mark cooked up some dandelion jam. It has a light floral flavor, and it’s the golden color... Continue Reading →

Vanilla bean honey infusion

Made honey infused with vanilla beans and my house smells divine!  Vanilla and honey have health benefits and the combination is an excellent way to infuse magical energy into your day. Real vanilla bean adds a warming, sweet, and floral flavor that compliments just about any sweet treat it’s added to. This is a great addition to... Continue Reading →

Hydroponics Expansion

Last spring Mark bought a second grow tent to start seedlings for our backyard garden. This tent was narrower than the first one, only 4x4 feet. He sold several of his young pepper plants to coworkers and neighbors, which covered the cost of the second tent. This year he's bought a third tent, another 4x8,... Continue Reading →

Vote McGonagall Weatherwax

I made an political sign/image mashup of the two witches I most admire from literature: Minerva McGonagall from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books & Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books. I would have them run as equals of course, but I put McGonagall first because, as Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts school, she has more... Continue Reading →

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