Tag: vegetable

my daughter’s extra garlicky green beans

Ever since she was a toddler, my child has loved herself some garlic.  Given the health benefits of this perennial bulb, I have gladly allowed her to partake of it in many forms.  Her favorites?  Roasted and pickled. One of her favorite recipes is… Continue Reading “my daughter’s extra garlicky green beans”

taking advantage of small spaces in the garden

If you are a front yard farmer like I am or have limited full sun spaces, don’t fret.  I’ve been there, and I’m doing that.  Our little farm has continued to expand a little each year, but this year I am committed to maximizing… Continue Reading “taking advantage of small spaces in the garden”

enjoying autumn greens

In autumn, the sun sinks just low enough in the sky that she hides behind our trees most of the day.  The farm sadly surrenders to shade which means that fall veggies for us are limited primarily to greens.  No matter.  We love chard,… Continue Reading “enjoying autumn greens”

first soup of the season: growing grace farm’s southwestern chicken and white bean soup

This weekend, the first of the chilly autumn weather headed southward and graced us with temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and to celebrate, I decided to make soup in the slow cooker for dinner tonight.  After perusing several recipes for white chili, I… Continue Reading “first soup of the season: growing grace farm’s southwestern chicken and white bean soup”

dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in

Dear Chicas, I have tried to provide you with the best plant matter money can buy–organic kale seeds, swiss chard, winter rye and clover.  I have even made you your own special salads with delicacies like blueberries and freeze dried meal worms.  I must… Continue Reading “dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in”

feeling hot-hot-hot: harvesting the jalapeno peppers

When my jalapeno plants became so heavy with peppers that they keeled over, I knew it was time to harvest.  With only 3 leggy bushes, I ended up with close to 60 emerald green spicy treats.  After putting a few aside for my spicy… Continue Reading “feeling hot-hot-hot: harvesting the jalapeno peppers”

apricot chicken and root veggies

Made this one up this morning so I imagine I’ll play around with it, but here’s the basic recipe for you to try.  Even my 13-year-old who has claimed to be disgusted by beets ate them without thinking twice. Ingredients: boneless, skinless chicken breasts… Continue Reading “apricot chicken and root veggies”

slowwww cooker + slowww Monday = happy family (and some good recipes too!)

In an effort to spend more time with my daughter and less time in the kitchen on Monday nights, I’ve gone back to using our Crock Pot.   Seems that if we can start “slow” on Monday nights, I can set a good tone for… Continue Reading “slowwww cooker + slowww Monday = happy family (and some good recipes too!)”

lessons learned: what thinning plants can teach us about patience

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   One night last week after studying for tests and recounting the day’s “learning opportunities,” I headed outside while my daughter got ready for bed.  In spite of Evening knocking at the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what thinning plants can teach us about patience”

growing grace farm’s award winning zesty marinara recipe

This year, I submitted blackberry and blueberry jams, my blue ribbon pickled okra, and spaghetti sauce in the NC Mountain State Fair.  Though I had spent time getting the recipes just right on the jams and okra (a girl’s gotta keep up her reputation),… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s award winning zesty marinara recipe”

the first chilly morning

SEPTEMBER by: Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) HE golden-rod is yellow; The corn is turning brown; The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down.   The gentian’s bluest fringes Are curling in the sun; In dusty pods the milkweed Its hidden silk has… Continue Reading “the first chilly morning”

here a chick, there a chick–chickens and gardens

As the chickens and I spent several hours out on the farm yesterday, I realized that the sisters are really learning their way around the gardens and woods.  When they hear a hawk call out, they run and search for bugs under low growing… Continue Reading “here a chick, there a chick–chickens and gardens”

end-of-summer rainbow salad

As luck would have it, my folks invited me to a party at their house to celebrate the end of summer with all of their nearest and dearest friends from Sugar Hollow.  I was looking forward to the event and had planned to take… Continue Reading “end-of-summer rainbow salad”

Nature’s crayons: yellows

recipe: “just one more slice” zucchini bread

Removing all grains from my diet for my health’s sake was a challenge but easily accepted once my body started feeling better.  There are a few foods, however, I mourn the loss of–an aromatic thin crust pizza loaded with veggies, a warm glazed donut… Continue Reading “recipe: “just one more slice” zucchini bread”

plant the plate

Thanks, Little Sis at mysisterspantry.wordpress.com, for this blog post.

looking for answers

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . Don’t search for the answers, they could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to… Continue Reading “looking for answers”

kale chips

I love to hear my child exclaim “Yay!” when I announce I am making kale chips.  As thin and crispy as regular chips, we love to make these in the summer time.  Different kale will offer you different texture–needless to say, the thinner the… Continue Reading “kale chips”

beans and greens: recipes from the garden

So in spite of the bugs, rabbits, and mold spores, our greens and beans have fared well this year.  Suddenly, we are filling our refrigerator and our plates with ample  helpings of each.  Here are a few ways we like to eat beans and… Continue Reading “beans and greens: recipes from the garden”

there’s nothin’ better than. . .

Today, as I was working out in the gardens, I picked a few fresh green beans, and uttered, “There’s nothing better than eating green beans off the vine.” Awhile later, cool raindrops began to fall and quench my hot skin even though the sun… Continue Reading “there’s nothin’ better than. . .”

butternut squash

lessons learned: hope came to the garden in the form of pumpkin seeds

new year pledges in my hand pumpkin seeds ~Elizabeth St. Jacques, Poetry in the Light Over the weekend, I found a small treasure–a 4 oz. Mason jar with a mixture of pumpkin seeds in it.  These were not regular pumpkin seeds.  Two years ago,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hope came to the garden in the form of pumpkin seeds”

tomatoes: dehydrating for a little summer all year ’round

There is nothing I like more than throwing a handful of sundried tomatoes into a dish to add a bit of tangy punch and a little bit of summer.  Tonight, I wandered out to the tomato and pepper bed, rounded the corner, and ta-dah! … Continue Reading “tomatoes: dehydrating for a little summer all year ’round”

recipes: Caprese salad

If the farmers’ market was any indication yesterday, we are in the height of tomato season.  Cherokee Purple, BlackBrandywine, Green Zebra, and Lemon Boy graced the tables in a flourish of color.  I ended up with some Yellow Mortgage Lifter and Black Brandywine then… Continue Reading “recipes: Caprese salad”

farmers’ markets: Mr. Arrowood’s okra and beans

Well, today was a magnificent day. I rarely choose such a word and flaunt it, but it truly was so. In the course of finding 2 hours of alone time, I wasted them not and headed to the farmers’ market–the big one, the one… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: Mr. Arrowood’s okra and beans”

farmers’ markets: tips for the trip

So you’ve found your local market, and you’re ready to head out–what’s next? Give yourself plenty of time!  There’s so much to see and explore.  The market is not like the grocery store–it’s not about getting in and out with the necessities.  Take the… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: tips for the trip”

farmers’ markets: from farm to table–it’s what’s for dinner

This past weekend, I had the opportunity for a girls’ night out with a dear friend.  We picked a restaurant that we knew would be quiet  and relaxed but not necessarily lauded for its food.  We were delightfully surprised when the waitress laid down… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: from farm to table–it’s what’s for dinner”

checklist for a sunny Saturday

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.  ~Margaret Atwood 1. Overalls, garden  boots, hats and sunscreen 2. Shovel, hoe, trowel, watering can, wheelbarrow 3.  New seed starts 4. Anticipation, excitement 5. Pitchfork, compost bucket, fresh worms, shredded… Continue Reading “checklist for a sunny Saturday”

plantin’ greens, myths and all

One year, I got it in my head that I could find some vegetable that would love to grow in a bed that only had a few hours of direct sun in the summer.  I had scoured veggie catalogs for something that would work… Continue Reading “plantin’ greens, myths and all”

lessons learned: pullin’ weeds

You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden.  ~Terri Guillemet He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.  ~Henry Ward Beecher It’s been a week of weed pullin’ around here.  With all of… Continue Reading “lessons learned: pullin’ weeds”

rainy days and rain barrels

Oh yeah!  Finally, the rain is coming down, and the plants are slurping up ever last drop.  Little, dry seeds are sending up a chorus of “Hurrah!” Spring rain blesses each new leaf with a promise of growth, and for anyone with allergies, washes… Continue Reading “rainy days and rain barrels”

root food: now you see ’em, now you don’t

My foray into root veggies started with garlic.  (If you haven’t read that post, let me refer you to “getting ready for the garlic” post.)  I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I figured anything you could put in the ground and… Continue Reading “root food: now you see ’em, now you don’t”

giving thanks for the farmers

Give thanks for the farmers, and for everyone in the long chain from soil to mouth via sun and rain. Give thanks for the plenty in our lives. Let every mouthful remind us of the privilege of being alive and more-than-adequately fed, of being… Continue Reading “giving thanks for the farmers”

so you’ve started your seeds, now what?

After I pressed two posts on starting seeds, I noticed the trend in lots of posts and pinterest pics focusing on seed starting.  Yep, we get excited about planting the seeds, knowing that one day they’ll become vegetables and fruit in our gardens, but… Continue Reading “so you’ve started your seeds, now what?”

rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy March day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies… Continue Reading “rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

sugar snap peas: Spring’s candy

Last year, I started a batch of sugar snap peas on our deck and in front on the triangular trellis.  By late May, we had fat sugar snaps dangling from the vine.  I was so excited that I came running in and made my… Continue Reading “sugar snap peas: Spring’s candy”

necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading 2

Ok, folks, got a few more to add to the list! a garlic tube that peels garlic when you roll a clove of garlic inside it–saves lots of times and painful underneath- the-fingernails when you need lots of garlic for pickling or marinara sauce… Continue Reading “necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading 2”

from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading

So, exciting day!  Two years cancer free, and I took my sister’s Christmas gift, a certificate to my most favorite local kitchen emporium (http://sites.google.com/site/commonhousefly/home) and bought a whole bunch of guilty pleasures that are as functional as they are fun.  In walking through the… Continue Reading “from garden to kitchen–necessities and guilty pleasures for homesteading”

starting seeds 2

Ok, wow!  Thanks for all the blog hits on my starting seeds post last night.  You guys got me to thinking, and in hindsight, I realized that I’d left out some other great suggestions and thought I’d put ’em down tonight. pick out a… Continue Reading “starting seeds 2”

what farming can teach us about patience

When I taught young children and as I raised my daughter, I had several lessons I wanted to impart–one of those was “practice being patient.”  If you know young children, it is a tall order to tell them “be patient” so I adapted it… Continue Reading “what farming can teach us about patience”