Gorgonzola Grape Burgers


We don’t live in one of those mystical, magical places that can grow tomatoes all the live-long year.  We have about a month, maybe two in exceptional weather conditions, where local tomatoes are worth eating.  I tell you this not to make you feel sorry enough for me that you’ll send me crates of tomatoes…

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Are the humans coming? How ’bout now?


This is sweet Leif.  He likes to be where I am.  Or where his Dad is.  If I step backward without checking, there’s a better than average chance that I’ll step on him. He’s my right elbow guy (because that’s his preferred location.) We were confabbing at the grill while I whipped up some hamburgers…

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Blueberry Butter Tarts with Mascarpone Ice Cream


We have a winner!  And I have my power back!  Yes.  I was without power for nearly two days.  With two stinky dogs, sixteen stinky chicks, five stinky chickens, five stinky kids and two marginally less stinky adults, our power came back none too soon.  No power translated to no pump for the well, no…

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Peanut Butter Balls


Hi friends!  The last few weeks have been maddeningly busy.  We’ve done a lot of work on our house and property, camped, traveled, been visited, and had animal crises.  I hope I have a chance in the next couple of weeks to settle back into a regular blogging routine.  With all the fresh produce hitting…

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Campfire Home Fries


I come from a camping obsessed family.  My Dad is, by trade, a camp manager.  My Mom likes to take her blanket outside and sleep under the stars (she also wants an outdoor bath tub, but I digress.)  My sister, Jess, and her family are certifiable trail and tent nuts.  My brother, Luke, digs the…

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Happy Independence Day!

I hope you are all having a great Independence Day full of all the most fantastic things. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting me here, talking with me, and generally making my life a little more wonderful each time you stop by. I appreciate each and every one of…

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Watermelon Feta Salad: Think Pink Thursdays

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Ah!  The Thursday before a three-day weekend is a special kind of Thursday, isn’t it?  It’s a luxurious feeling Thursday.  Despite the rain-that-never-ends, I have an extra dose of patience (snort) and an extra measure of indulgence.  And to celebrate the indulgent feeling, I whipped up a fancy-pants lunch for myself.  I made a gorgeous…

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No-Cook Fresh Pasta Sauce

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This is what  my yard looked like this morning when I went out to check the chickens. I have a serious motivational problem when the weather is this stellar; particularly when it has been raining cats and dogs for a solid week.  The idea of doing anything other than sitting on a blanket with a…

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Watermelon Mojito Slushies: Think Pink!


Yesterday, I mentioned that we’d been experiencing some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of those less pleasant moments was a biggie, folks.  As in a life changing biggie… *Fair warning:  I am about to use the following words; breast, cancer, breasts, self-exam and self-check.  If any of those words bother you, tune out until…

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