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Sharing Mango Chutney

Here it is year number two of successfully making mango chutney, well that is if I can follow the recipe and stir the chutney every ten minutes for the next three hours. It is 4:00 p.m. which means the chutney won't be finished until at least 8:00, three hours to simmer and then canning time. I started this project at 1:30 and love every minute of it but really wish the mangos had ripened in a week as planned to be able to…


Added by Sarah on June 23, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Fresh Raspberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)


I can't think of a better way to celebrate the first day of summer than by making a batch of ice cream. The raspberry canes in the garden are completely doubled over with the weight of this year's crop. Already filling their own corner…


Added by Rachel Brownlee on June 22, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

HOMEGROWN Fair Submission - homemade cheese: English-style Coulommiers (a.k.a. English farmhouse cheese)

[Originally posted on my blog briciole as English-style Coulommiers (a.k.a. English farmhouse cheese)]

I am not sure why I had never tried to make this fresh cheese before, but I am certainly glad that the availability of fresh goat…


Added by Simona on June 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

What are your summer solstice plans?


Hi everyone! I'm getting excited to celebrate the start of the summer solstice tonight. Anyone else have special plans?


Above is a photo of my friend Katie Red at our solstice celebration last year. We actually ended up celebrating at the very end of the solstice instead of the…


Added by Aliza Ess on June 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

1995 Subaru Impreza Wagon--My Car

This is my car.

Can you tell we live on a dirt road?

I really like my car. My son bought it about 4 years ago for $500.

It was all banged up like this when he bought it. The previous owner hit two deer.…


Added by Carol J. Alexander on June 20, 2011 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

Digital subscriptions - save money, space, and take it with you.

 Want to save some money and take your subscriptions with you?  When  subscribing to periodicals or purchasing  books,  go with  the digital version of your subscription. 

I have updated the majority of my magizine subscriptions this way.  I've, stopped those which were not in digital format, after asking the publisher to digitally publish their periodical and moved over to reading artilces using their on line websites.  I  also purchase my hard books in digital format as well when…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on June 18, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

:: The Modern Life ::

(Hey, come visit me sometime at eatatdixiebelles)


Having some down-time in the last week since my operation, I've been thinking about big issues (trying not to, but you know my brain doesn't listen to me!), and…


Added by dixiebelle on June 16, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Busy Bees and Plant Sex

If you've eaten a lettuce salad, some fruit or even nuts today, chances are you have a bee to thank.  Even if you don't eat honey, that delectable byproduct of the bee's busy work, you wouldn't be dining well at all…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on June 16, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

In Defense of Summer Magic...

Summer vacation is upon us here in Southwest Virginia. Kids home 24/7...need I say

more? The house is alive and wild, noisy and happy, bubbles being blown on the

front porch and squirt guns squirting through screen windows...literally as I

typed this my daughter just turned on the stereo and it was playing, "School's

Out For Summer"...really loud, whereby I asked her to turn it off. Really off.

Not that I don't like the music, just not…


Added by Country Girl on June 16, 2011 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Boone Street Garden Update


For those of you new to my posts, my friend Cheryl and I have started a community garden and urban farm in Baltimore City. This link will take you to the early March section of the blog that shows us meeting with the…


Added by Aliza Ess on June 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

And then there was one...

So, picking back up where I left off...regarding our premature turkey hatch and 3 'hens' setting on 8+ eggs-


Let me just say my wife is awesome. For so many reasons, but specifically, in this instance, for buying my plan.

We're going to pull the chicken hen off and isolate her with the poult and remaining 7 eggs.


To provide a little image, our setup is part Sanford & Son, part clever given our stamp-sized lot. We built a 4x10 permanent coop with…


Added by Mike Guzo on June 10, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Compost: Where it all begins.

I have a a deep and abiding love for my compost bin. It's quirky and hobbled together and perfectly suited to it's designated purpose of composition. My husband and I built this together with found objects: a bit of cement slab that we dug up out of our yard, pavers that we… Continue

Added by Aleah Weltha on June 10, 2011 at 3:47pm — 4 Comments

It Happened Again / New Garden Cart

Here's the newest posting, where I have a picture of my new garden cart!


It Happened Again





Added by Cynthia Schrage on June 10, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

You Can Move a Nest of Baby Birds--Successfully

This little blue spruce tree in our yard is one of my favorites. I can't take credit for it. It was planted by the previous owner. I love the color and the shape of it. I never realized before how prized the blue spruce tree is until one day our friend the landscaper came by and commented on it. I shared with him how much I liked it and was distraught to find the goat… Continue

Added by Carol J. Alexander on June 6, 2011 at 9:05am — No Comments

Its all been a little crazy

Shenanigans never cease and I made an effort to record some of the more memorable.  And, well, I've missed out on more than I can count.  Since I last posted, we've added a son, some rabbits, a few more chickens, and at least one new turkey...


Our original flock- the old '3 Wise Hens' are getting up there. We lost one of them,  Colonel Grey (silver-laced wyandotte), to a raccoon last fall; Red (red sex-link), hatched from one of our surrogate mom Australorps, dropped out this…


Added by Mike Guzo on June 5, 2011 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

:: The Chia Experiment ::

So, we can grow our own fruit, herbs and vegetables, we have plans for our own eggs and honey, even chicken or…

Added by dixiebelle on June 5, 2011 at 12:24am — No Comments

A Journey of Challenges

For the second year the Victory Garden Foundation launched a campaign to encourage, support, and inspire the installation and maintenance of…

Added by Victory V Lee on June 4, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments


Feeds are a great undiscovered internet resource. One of the main features of blogging platforms, as opposed to standard webpages, is that they usually include a feed in one format or another. So what, you may ask, are feeds?

A feed consists of some internet content reformatted in a very strict, standardized way so specialized browsers called feed readers or aggregators can parse them quickly and easily. That way, the blog content can be exported to another page or stored…


Added by Ed Watts on June 4, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

HOMEGROWN Fair Submission: New Baby Rabbit!

Our American Chinchilla rabbits had kits! Two, to be exact, although only one has survived (I think the other one may have been squashed by the mama when it was still in the nesting box, but I'm not sure.) Two is a really small litter, as some rabbits can have up to eight. Not sure if small litters are characteristic…


Added by Aliza Ess on June 3, 2011 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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