Quick note and Full Disclosure to regular blog readers : I have to admit, I’m a closet follower of several home and design blogs. While the “home and garden” side of heartland Renaissance tends to be taken over by recipes and gardening, from time to time (ahem, like today) I may indulge my inner Martha and share with you some home decor ideas that have been brewing en este casa. If you come here primarily for the recipes and have no interest in discussing the utter potential pink-i-ness of a certain upcoming baby girl’s nursery, no worries, click away and come back next week for a new recipe and cookbook review . . . see you then! In the meantime, for the rest of you still here, let’s get back [... To read more, click here ...]
I can’t say I shouldn’t be expecting it. There are seed catalogs and back issues of Organic Gardening strewn throughout the house . . . But for the last week or two John has been telling me all the plants he wants to plant in the garden this year. Asking me to make a list. So far, we’ve got requests for: Carrots Radishes (though be careful, he warns, they might be spicy!) Peas, and Watermelon When asked if he wouldn’t want to grow some pizza he laughed and said, “No! Pizza doesn’t have seeds!” Seriously, the things you try to put by an almost four year old. . . So just now I find him playing in the living room with blocks and a cowboy hat and a myriad of [... To read more, click here ...]
Please excuse the steam*. It is currently, according to weather.com, 92 degrees Fahrenheit, but it “feels like” 105 due to the humidity. To say it’s a bit steamy is an understatement. We picked a bumper crop of cucumbers this morning! Too hot to garden, we’re getting some pickling done this afternoon . . . I’m trying several recipes including a few from my favorite pickling cookbook, The Joy of Pickling, as well as a variation of this one for a light-vinegar refrigerator pickle, and some lacto-fermented full-sours and Bubbie’s knock-offs. Wish me luck! Oh, and by the way, those cucumbers are meant to be yellow . . . and round. Still waiting patiently for these ones to ripen . . . *I cleaned off the lens three times to take [... To read more, click here ...]
Everything around here is coming up Purple flowering chives . . . lavender . . . sage . . . and a ridiculously thick bower of clematis jackmanii growing over the garden gate. . . Happy Weekending All!