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Make Delicious Orange Peel Caviar

Orange peels and rinds are oft ignored flavor salvos just too good to toss or compost. These spongy fruit overcoats hold concentrated essential oils and chewy...

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic - June 9 - 12, 2016 I love it when a familiar place surprises me, when I discover something that has been right...

The Harriet Houdini of Hen House Row

I don't keep chickens, they keep me. My healthy flock of 15 hens, one rooster and a clutch of nestbox eggs keep me busy. I...

May Flowers: What’s Blooming in My Garden

May Flowers: Thank You October-Through-April Showers Each month yields its own little surprises in my garden. In May, I welcome visitors in bloom, bough, petal and seedpod, returning...
old guy in the mirror

Who Is the Old Guy in the Selfie?

Each new season can be a quirky, moody little affair, that at times falls out of synch with my resident disposition, though I venture to say most seasons would...
spring peach blossoms

First Day of Spring, the Flowers All Sing

The first day of spring couldn't have come soon enough, although winter's waning days were nothing short of halcyon — those teaser days when waterlogged...

How to Build an Ikea Dresser (and Remain Sane)

In a weak moment, I was lured by the siren song of Ikea, by the promise of attractive, low-cost furniture flaunting itself (assembled, no...
lots of lemons

Preserving Lemons: A Sweet Way to Save a Sour Fruit

Preserving lemons never looked or tasted so good. Last month my friend Myra gave me some Meyer Lemons from her mother's tree in California. I think...
Happy Chicken Art

Chicken Staycation: Day Trip to the Greenhouse

Chicken Staycation: Greener Pastures Make for Happy Chickens Winter wetness has been a tough reality for my chickens (and me), especially considering February rainfall broke an...
sesame crunch waffles and real maple syrup

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles

Apple Sesame Whole Wheat Waffles light up any morning! Since I showed off my vintage Griswold waffle iron in the last post, I felt it...