What I Love About This Time of Year & Other Randomness

  August. Still Summer, but for the gardener, it’s time to think and dream of fall. It’s time to start cleaning up, amending, and making room for our fall plantings. Cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, kale, greens, beets, potatoes, and all of the other wonderful crops that come with the cool weather. It’s time to finish […]

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How to Start Tomatoes from Seed

  Every year we usually do a mix of planting from seed and starts. In more recent years we have been planting more and more of our tomatoes from our own starts. Why? Why start tomatoes from seed when all the work has already been done, and sitting neatly on the nursery rack? We found […]

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A Summer Tomato Harvest.

Dear Friends, We’ve got so many tomatoes, that I (almost!) don’t know what to do with them all. Yes. This is our kitchen, and a wagon full of tomatoes….yes a wagon. The kids, and Grey, love to harvest them…and just about daily–we are getting that many tomatoes. This is also our kitchen…the coffee & tea […]

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Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

There almost isn’t a smell better than freshly baked bread. If you want in on a secret, our freezer is full of this bread because I bake it faster than we eat it–I just love filling our house up with the smell of fresh bread. Making our own bread on a regular basis (replacing our […]

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Fast & Easy Peach Crisp

  I love summer fruit. Melons, plums, cherries, grapes, nectarines, berries, and peaches. It is an abundant season with plenty of fruit to choose from.I have run into a few problems with summer fruit though. 1) A lot of varieties are not easily packed (plums and peaches just get squished, in a bag!) 2) They […]

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Roasted Vegetable Manicotti

Our cupboards are officially stocked after spending all day Sunday hunting and gathering. Hunting and gathering at Costco, of course. It does seem like quite the trek with a two-year old and newborn. Oh my. It took Grey and I five hours just to go to two stores. Between nursing breaks, diaper changes, getting everybody in […]

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Cucumber & Pita Chip Salad with Feta

We usually have a plethora of lemon cucumbers in the garden, (they’re our favorite!) this year we opted to grow a different variety, which were also wonderful..They seemed to have a much shorter productive time than our lemon cucumbers usually do. We enjoyed snacking on fresh cucumbers and making recipes like our Mediterranean salad, and […]

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Garlic Lemon Dressing

We’ve been really into making our own salad dressings lately.Once I found a few simple “go to” dressings that work, and are delicious, I was hooked. Homemade salad dressings 1) have only simple ingredients 2) are fresher than store bought bottles 3) are more cost effective 4) are tastier! I love the combination of lemon […]

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Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Dear Friends, Thank you for all of your kind words about our sweet baby girl’s arrival! It has been a month pure babyland in our house. Greyson just turned two last week, and has been a chock-full of energy. Between playing with him and stopping to nurse our baby girl almost every hour, when she’s […]

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The Birth Story of Our Daughter.

Dear Friends, I’m finally getting around to writing our daughter’s birth story on her one month birthday. I’ll call it my maternity leave from blogging to make myself feel a bit better about quite a lengthy absence. To be quite frank, the recovery of this birth is taking more time. Every birth is unique, and […]

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