Thursday, February 9, 2017

Individual Meatloaves With Cheesy Sauce

Some foods seem to be in constant rotation...

Meatloaf seems to be a menu staple for many home cooks, me included.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Chicken Terminology

Whether you are new to raising chickens or you are a seasoned chicken keeper, there are some words that you may scratch your head, and think 'what'?

I just wrote a post for Community Chickens listing (in alphabetical order) some common chicken terms.  Click HERE to read.

Community Chickens is a website from Mother Earth News and Grit magazines, bringing you lots of poultry information from flock keepers just like you.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Benefits Of Using Wood Ash Around Your Chickens

If you have access to wood ash from a fire place or wood burning stove, why not put it to work for your chickens.

In my recent article for Community Chickens I go over some benefits of using wood ash around your chickens.  Click HERE to read more.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Garlic Crostini

Do you like garlic bread?
Then you are going to like this 'recipe' for garlic crostini.

For the bread, I like to use a french baguette, sliced about 1/2 inch thick.

I like to bake the crostini on a stone.  It helps to create even baking on these small pieces of bread.
But, a regular sheet pan or cookie pan will also do a fine job.

Start with some extra virgin olive oil.
Mix together salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried parsley with the oil.

Brush both sides of the bread.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.

Turn the bread over.

Bake for an additional 2 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Mmm Mmm
Crispy bites of pure goodness!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cheesy Garlic Potatoes

Are you a meat and taters kind of person?

...or maybe just a tater kind of person?

Many times, I enjoy the side dishes more than the main dish.

Taters combined with garlic and cheese?

Yes, please!

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Traveling Lilac Bush

It all started twenty some years ago...

I purchased my first home over twenty years ago.

In the yard was the most beautiful, big, fragrant white lilac bush.  

A start of that lilac bush has traveled with me throughout the years.

I have planted, nurtured, and watched a piece of that original lilac bush grow many times over.  

This is my fourth property to have a start of that lilac planted.

Starts have also been given to friends and family throughout the years.
Its growth and beauty never fail.

This picture is from my parent's property.
This beauty had humble beginnings...
It was just a start, many years ago.

We have been having quite a mix of weather this winter...
Frigid cold with snow.
Ice and sleet storms.
Chilly rain with high winds.
Warm, Spring like temperatures.
Only to be followed by cold again.

This tender start is just 1 1/2 years old.
She is excited, yet confused...
She has started to bud.

I had a little talk with her, explaining that she needed to continue to rest for a couple more months.
She doesn't need to be budding's not time.
I blew her a kiss and told her that I would welcome her with open arms in the Spring.

I hope she takes my advice to rest a little while longer.
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