We decided on French Onion this week and used a recipe from one of my go-to cookbooks. There's not a lot to say about this recipe as you really just cook onions and add vegetable stock. I will… Continue
Ahhh, it's that time of year when everything that grows outdoors start to take a colorful turn to give us a spectacular show of color just before forfeiting their exteriors to the soil. I like to compare it to a summer time festival where everyone is having a grand ol time appreciating the company of others and making new…
This year at the Scissors & Drumsticks garden we had to grow at a minimum for test purposes. We just didn’t want to waste anything that wouldn’t grow, and believe me, we had our ups and downs. We are not gardeners of sorts, we just wanted to grow and preserve our own food. As much as we could at least. This year has proven to us that it can be done. From the garden years ago in my parents’ backyard I formed my little bit of background in “backyardiculture.” It was the tips from two…
Beets. I always think of canned pickled beets, which gross me out. I think. I'm not sure I've actually tried them, at least not recently, but it's a long-harbored prejudice that I just can't shake. So when it came time in our mission to expand our vegetable… Continue
After reading about the $50 greenhouse I quickly decided I needed to make one of my own. The summer season was winding down and I knew I wasn't over my newly found lettuce addiction. I need to grow well into the autumn and even winter. Time for a simple hoop house.
Part of all my homestead construction is an element of recycling and reusing.… Continue
Believe it or not, kiwifruit (originally known as Chinese gooseberry, native to Southern China) is both locally grown and seasonally available right now in Western North Carolina. A sweet couple from Little Sandy Mush have two very old vines which happened to do very well this year. They explained to me how kiwifruits are picky and… Continue
As we move from Odom's Idle Acres in Barnesville, Georgia to Pink Hill, North Carolina and our own little plot of dirt, the one thing that we intend on intensifying (even while downsizing) is our goal of self-sufficiency. We're not vegans or even vegetarians so we have to think about our source for milk, eggs, and meat. Even if we were vegan though, keeping… Continue
Today is Glenda's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Glenda!) so I took advantage of all of those yellow carrots I gleaned and made cupcakes. What? Too February 2010 for you? Are cupcakes now terribly passe? PSHAW! THEY'RE CUPCAKES and sweet and cute is never out of vogue!!!!
I love clicker training. I use it to train all my dogs and puppies. It's an amazing tool, but I have to admit I've never considered using it to train my goats. At least not until I saw this. Amazing.
I've had such amazing success with dogs using a clicker that I don't have to be sold on it's value as a training tool. It's what they use at places like Sea World to train the marine animals and was introduced to dog trainers by a former Sea World trainer,…
Seth Teicher (see picture), a 24-year-old Michigan grad and DC resident, and his best friend, Nick Weisman, recently started Roadside Organics, a communications firm focused on amplifying and harmonizing voices of leaders in the local food movement.…
I went out to run a few days ago and found this little guy laying (Or playing dead) on the side walk. He would have died in no time with the heat here. So I brought him home and I'm nursing him back to "whole" I didn't know that opossum's are the only North American marsupial, They do NOT carry rabies. They can be a bothersome but for now I'll help to get him strong and take him somewhere safe. I'll keep everyone updated. He actually is so cute!…
I never loved brussels sprouts. They always tasted just like little tiny cabbages, which I suppose is exactly what they are. Meh. At the risk of sounding like one people that think you can grow spaghetti in your garden, I confess that I had no idea brussels sprouts… Continue
My husband recently combined a bunch of online recipes to make a really amazing chili. It's pretty easy to make and incorporated several of my preserving projects, which is an added bonus. We utilized a pressure cooker to cook the beans, but you can certainly cook them the old fashioned way. You can also use canned beans, but why bother? With a little more effort, you'll get tastier… Continue
Yesterday was the highly anticipated CSA member Pick-your-own event at Parker Farm. A good chunk of the membership drove out to the farm - pitchforks, trowels and knives in hand- to glean the remaining produce from Farmer Steve's fields.
It was a beautiful warm fall day. Drier than the originally-scheduled weekend before. Being out in the fields where my CSA bounty was grown is a significant… Continue