Oh beans!

Green Beans and Cottage Ham

I guess I should be happy the rabbits had a feast eating my Swiss chard instead of nibbling on the row of tender green beans. I would rather lose some chard than several plants of green beans since I know the chard will recover. The green beans? Not so much. Here’s a much requested recipe …

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Over Run with Zucchini? Make Chocolate Zucchini Bread/Cake

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I’ve been a bit behind here since I returned from France. (My son, Jason, is a visiting scholar in Bordeaux this summer, so he took his family over there to live, and I got to visit). There’s so much to tell you, food wise, about France and the other countries we visited. But for now, …

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Ranch Macaroni Salad

Ranch Macaroni Salad

Ranch Macaroni Salad a Hit for Picnic Fare Oh wow, here’s a salad guaranteed to win raves. Need a side for that July 4 picnic? Here you go! Mix together: 1 packed Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix 1/2 cup each mayonnaise, sour cream and milk Garlic: either 1 clove minced, or 1/2 …

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Celebrate 4th with Patriotic Blondies

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE BLONDIES Bursting with berries, these colorful blondies are an easy, portable dessert. For a bigger crowd, double the recipe and use a 9″ x 13″ pan. Well, Happy July 4 to each of you! Remember why we celebrate this day in the greatest country on earth. I feel more than blessed …

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Name this flower: Not what you might think!


  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

Cucumbers for salad

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


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


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!

Emerson and Ellery meandering through the rye

        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


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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