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.
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?
My first time using Mark's lathe. I turned the spoke of a 100-year-old broken oak chair into a wand.
A friend broke his hammer at my house and said he didn’t want it anymore. I made a new handle from Osage orange, then burned it black. I reluctantly gave it back to him.
Mark made a walnut nightstand for our sons room. I ordered the cast iron drawer pull from Signature Hardware. I think it turned out beautifully.
Custom wooden coat racks with pewter hooks. The bulk of this challenge was making a 72” tapered column. This exceeded the capabilities of my little portable table saw, which I discovered when the saw exploded. I have a new, nicer saw now, and a cool scar on my right wrist to remind me to stop... Continue Reading →
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.
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 →
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 →