THERAPY – BRAIDING GARLIC

I spent my Sunday handling the garlic crop, which loves our mountain garden. My husband plants bulbs in the ground in the fall then we leave the mountains for the winter. By the time we return in late spring, the crop is ready for harvesting. Several years ago, I discovered how to braid the bulbsContinue reading “THERAPY – BRAIDING GARLIC”

GARDEN NEWS – IT’S ONLY BEGINNING!

  Last year, our Smoky Mountain garden saw very little rain. The whole region suffered from a drought. But this spring and now into June, the rains have been frequent and steady. We left on our trip to Michigan hoping the rain would continue so our friend didn’t have to come over every other dayContinue reading “GARDEN NEWS – IT’S ONLY BEGINNING!”

CUKES & ZUCS – GARDEN MADNESS HAS BEGUN

  Suddenly, I’ve been thrown into overdrive in the kitchen attempting to preserve the produce starting to accumulate. The past two days found me dealing with the cucumber and zucchini madness happening right outside my door.   Yesterday, I decided I had enough cucumbers to do seven quarts of kosher dill pickles. Wrong. I hadContinue reading “CUKES & ZUCS – GARDEN MADNESS HAS BEGUN”

WANING DAYS OF SPRING

There’s something powerful in eating locally grown vegetables, either from our own garden or the farmer’s market. It makes me want to eat much healthier in all ways when the main pieces of a meal showcase homegrown bounty. Something about the mountain air and my husband’s green thumb has bombarded our garden beds this spring,Continue reading “WANING DAYS OF SPRING”

It’s Growing! #gardenlove

My husband rushed to put all of his seedlings in his newly built garden bed before we headed to Florida for a few weeks. The light began fading from the day as he tenderly placed the last plant in the soil he’d been preparing for a few weeks. And then the heavens opened up. HeContinue reading “It’s Growing! #gardenlove”

Happy Spring – Building a Garden

  Living here in the Smoky Mountains during the winter made for some easy living. If it snowed, the sun shone the next day. If the temperatures dipped one day, we were in shorts the next. It’s been a lovely winter in our new home.   But now spring gradually spreads itself over us, andContinue reading “Happy Spring – Building a Garden”

FREE March 9-13 – FROM SEED TO TABLE

Good morning – Just wanted to let you know that my book,¬†From Seed to Table, is available for free download on Kindle today through Sunday, March 13. This book is a compilation of my blog posts about gardening, harvesting, and preserving vegetables. It’s full of recipes and organized by the season. If you don’t haveContinue reading “FREE March 9-13 – FROM SEED TO TABLE”

GRILLED PIZZA WITH VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES!

From my gardening book¬†From Seed to Table, here’s one of my favorite recipes when the tomatoes are overflowing the kitchen window sills. I miss having our garden this year, but thank goodness for local food markets and farmers markets. And to celebrate the harvest, you can download the book for only $0.99 on Kindle byContinue reading “GRILLED PIZZA WITH VINE-RIPENED TOMATOES!”

Saying Good-bye

It took me by surprise when I shut the garage door and prepared to leave the house for the last time. I sat in the driveway, crying. I called my husband, but he was in a meeting. So I sat and cried. We loved this home where we’d lived for the past five years. WithContinue reading “Saying Good-bye”

#Garden – Pea Time

I decided to take a break from my job today to give a brief update on the garden now that we’ve moved into summer here in western Pennsylvania. The spinach has gone to seed, but we put up a few bags and ate quite a few meals of the fresh stuff. The raspberry bushes areContinue reading “#Garden – Pea Time”