Monthly Archive: June 2017

Name this flower: Not what you might think!

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  After returning from France, here’s what I saw in my herb garden. The garlic scapes had flowered out! Pretty, yes?

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July 4 picnic? Try Cucumber Avocado Salad

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I love talking to Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart radio. He’s filling in for a while for Annie Mitchell, who is on maternity leave. Matt is like a bible scholar and so knowledgeable. Today we chatted about cucumbers – did you know they were a much favored and guarded veggie during Bible …

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Check this out: photo of home harvested garlic

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OK so this is gorgeous. Reader Chris Holtz, a fine creative cook, harvested his garlic. Look how large the bulbs are! FYI: Garlic is best planted in fall. That way, by mid summer of the next year, it will  have grown. You’ll know it’s ready when the leaves start to die back. Garlic has to …

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Easy way to remove cloves and peel garlic

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Readers want to know: How to peel and mash a garlic clove without getting garlic on your hands Wrap whole head of garlic in towel loosely. Hit with the flat side of a chef’s knife pretty hard. This dislodges all the cloves and leaves them intact without being smashed. Lay clove on cutting board. Cut …

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Making Rye Bread, from the Ground Up!

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        Usually each week I try and have a photo of one of the recipes I’m sharing. Well, for this week, we’re going back to the source for the rye bread recipe. Farmer Bruner came by yesterday and baled the field of winter rye he planted late last fall. He planted it …

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Vacation Bible School Crafts & Snacks

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Note: I’m having trouble with my word press and can’t seem to load the photos for this story, so bear with me. As soon as I can, I will add photos. When I taught CCD to the little ones at my church, Holy Trinity, we used crafts and snacks to bring the Bible alive for …

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A June Day and Simple Country Pleasures

Goin' fishing for crawdads and fish

     

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Jalapeño Peppers. Some Like it Hot!

  How to grow and use Jalapenos. Jalapeno Peppers I remember well the first time I started growing jalapeño peppers in my vegetable garden. That was years ago, when growing jalapeño peppers was considered a novelty. Today, the popularity of growing jalapeño peppers and other hot chili peppers is burgeoning. Why? Just tune into the …

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The Duck Doctor and Strawberry Pie

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You know the saying “life happens.” Well, I had a good dose of it a couple of days ago when my neighbor, Erin, knocked on the kitchen door with a swaddled bundle in her arms. “Can you help me?” she said. When she stepped into the kitchen I saw a black bill poking out of …

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Basil Buttermilk Dressing Makes Good Use of Excess Basil

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Pruning your basil? Well, so am I and here’s the perfect recipe to use with those trimmings!   If your basil is starting to flower or is leggy, cut it back. Use the cuttings in this tasty recipe. Adapted slightly from Dottie K. This is delish on sliced tomatoes or mixed greens. Dottie’s original recipe …

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