SPRING SPRING SPRING

SPRING. SPRING, GUYS. SPRING. IT IS ALMOST HERE. When I was a kid, I knew that spring was close when our yard was covered in tiny henbit blossoms. Henbit seems to like my roses, but it is easy to clear away. I don’t use any pesticides/herbicides, so I can clean up my flower beds AND…

Lazy Spaghetti Squash

One of my friends gave me a great piece of advice: she told me that you always have to take care of your future self. I take that advice for self-care seriously. I try to do things now that will allow me to have a more carefree life later. I set out my clothes for…

Zucchini Fritters with Radish Top Pesto

I have been sorting seeds and making a planting calendar – the latter being a completely new venture for me. Radishes are one of the first things I plant, even before the last frost date. (Guys. I have some really exciting ones for this year, including this Round Black Spanish Radish.) This is also a…

Walks and Playground Weddings

The weather has finally turned warmer for a bit, and Jim and I have been walking in the woods. Our treks always cast a lens on the way each of us interacts with the world. As we walk, he points out where different properties connect, calls them by name, tells me their history. He uses…

Ghost Stories and Shortbread

It’s been a big ball of cozy over here, almost to a ridiculous level. I have been reading a lot of ghost stories today, because I am an adult. Ghost stories call for ghost cookies, and these are some of my favorites. I am sending you on an adventure today to one of my favorite blogs…

Coconut Curry Lentil Stew

Guys. It’s been cold. That means it’s time to make stew. It also means I walked around for two hours today with a dried cranberry stuck to the front of my dress. I have nothing else to say. Coconut Curry Lentil Stew Chop up 2 or 3 carrots and an onion. Cook in olive oil and butter in a large…

Snow Day Egg Sandwiches

A few years ago Jim and I set out to build a chicken house together. The house is designed to be mobile. Since our chickens have free range of the yard and garden, the house remains stationary (far too close to the house, and I find it worrisome that I no longer can tell whether…

Lavender and Laura Ingalls

It has been so cold the last couple weeks, and everything I do seems to be an attempt to stave off the chill. The chickens are drowning in straw. Despite the fact that I purchased an expensive warmer for their waterer, I still check it several times a day to make sure they have clean,…

Easier than Apple Pie

Each year the high school FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization sells boxes of fruit as a fundraiser. I was in FFA when I was young, and I always loved the day the fruit arrived in mid-December. We all piled into the cold shop, wearing Carhart coats and thick gloves. The air smelled like apples…

Beets in Winter

In the summer, I only have to walk a few feet in my backyard to find something interesting to look at: a new sprout, a dragonfly, a fresh turd from a strange animal. I love the cold and snow, but there’s only so much joy I can glean from a dead Queen Anne’s Lace bud…

Time to Order Seeds

It’s time to order seeds. My mother gave me The Whole Seed Catalog for Christmas this year, and looking through it continues to be one of my favorite holiday traditions. My husband and I get cozy on the couch and go through the pages with highlighters like a couple of nerds. This year we have…

Thistle and Black-Eyed Peas

I know a woman who once spotted a beautiful plant alongside a country road, the stalks topped with purplish-pink flowers and lined with short, thin thorns. She drove home, grabbed a shovel and a pair of gloves, and returned to dig up the beast. She planted it in her front flower bed, smack dab in the middle,…