dahlias 2009
December 31, 2009, 1:08 am
Filed under: dahlias, favorite plants, gardening

While I haven’t stopped crying about the great tomato loss 2009, it was a pretty great year for the dahlias. Check it out!

dahlia row

probably should have cut a few more!

will have to recall which one this was.

sample bouquet before the big day


i will paint this scene someday….
December 31, 2009, 12:51 am
Filed under: chickens, liz, spanky, the yard

so idyllic!

Alas the chickens are now shivering and the dahlias are long gone, but wasn’t it pretty?

December 30, 2009, 9:26 pm
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Hard to believe they all made it to adult hood. Here’s a cute shot from the early days. The chicks at one week old.

that bubbles always was a looker!

Bubbles at nearly one month old. What a cutie!

bubbles in her bald man phase

And here’s Spanky at about one month old. Posing as supermodel. Isn’t she confident? Poised? Even sporting a bit of a ‘tude?


Finally, one of my favorite pics. Liz and the Turdettes! The lead singer is actually bottom of the pecking order. But this was a moment to shine!

liz and the turdettes

dama bianca
December 29, 2009, 11:32 pm
Filed under: celery, recipe

A new way to eat celery. I was craving it for some reason. Yum! Kids liked it too.

From Gourmet: The inner stalks of celery and fennel, plus soft chunks of mozzarella, add up to a clean, cool salad that’s quite striking (the name, which refers to a “woman in white,” alludes to its pale hues).

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Active Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 min


2 medium fennel bulbs, stalks discarded
6 pale inner (white) celery stalks, leaves discarded and stalks thinly sliced
1 (1/2-pound) ball buffalo mozzarella (optional), roughly torn
1/2 tablespoon grated lemon zest (preferably from an unwaxed organic lemon)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons good-quality fruity extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


Halve fennel lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise about 1/4 inch thick. Toss with celery and arrange on a platter with mozzarella.

Whisk together zest, juice, oil, sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and drizzle over salad.

My favorite seed places
December 19, 2009, 5:47 pm
Filed under: gardening

Ok, so the first catalogs have arrived, and seeing as how I managed to decimate my seed collection this year, I will need a complete redo!

For potatoes we like Wood Prairie Farm. They’re in Maine, and they’re organic, and a family thing. We’ve tried Red Cloud, Rose Gold, Butte, Russian Banana Fingerling. Yum, they’re all good. And they’ve all done well. We always need more though. This year we planted 3 pounds of seed. Last year we did two. Yields have been great!

For seeds I usually order something from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They have a great collection of yummy stuff. We’ve loved the Gentilina lettuce (kid favorite), Dragon Tongue beans, Gray zucchini (pretty), and then the tomatoes. This year was a bust, but last year was amazing! Japanese Black Trifele was our favorite. Great flavor. We also had Brandywine, Black Krim, Marzano for sauce, and Pink Grapefruit (another favorite).

First real snow this year
December 19, 2009, 5:27 pm
Filed under: chickens, the yard

And all the animals are a bit surprised!

a little bit blustery this morning

say, what the heck is that?

There is no way I’m going out are you, Edwina?

interesting...but no. No thanks. I'll stay in here.

goats in trees
December 18, 2009, 10:50 pm
Filed under: goats

I like to take the goats out for a walk in the woods. They have a good time jumping on all of the fallen trees. Sometimes I’m afraid they’ll get in over their heads, but so far, they’ve always managed to figure it out! Check it out…