Best Caramel Popcorn and Spicy Chex Mix: Boo!

You’ve heard me say before that it doesn’t take much to please me.  Today I received another “gift without ribbons.”  Friends Ray and Roger Davis brought a dump truck load of horse manure for my gardens. Black gold is what I call it! We’ll spread the manure out evenly, and let it continue to age until spring.  Seeing those mounds of black gold takes the … Continue reading Best Caramel Popcorn and Spicy Chex Mix: Boo!

Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

 Photo credit Today, Matt Swaim from Sacred Heart Radio’s Sonrise Morning Show and I talked about the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day and how they relate to a secular Halloween.   When was All Saints Day first instituted? Lots of legends abound about the beginning of All Saints Day. From what I can gather, though, way back in the 800’s the Pope … Continue reading Chorizo Nachos with Homemade White Queso

Butternut and Chickpea Tagine

Our garden is gourd and winter squash central for family, neighbors and friends. The little ones love to explore the vines holding these autumn treasures.  During a recent hunt, granddaughters Ellery, Eva and Emerson found what they claimed was a new kind of gourd. Not so. They found edible tan honey nut squash, a very small member of the large butternut squash family.  I planted … Continue reading Butternut and Chickpea Tagine

Let’s Sprout some Seeds and Grains!

Can you guess what the photo is? Pea sprouts! Today Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about sprouts and their links to Bible days. Yep, in Ezekiel 4:9 the subject is a bread made with sprouted grains and legumes. In Biblical times, grains were often prepared by soaking, fermenting, or sprouting before being consumed. And the grains were whole and definitely … Continue reading Let’s Sprout some Seeds and Grains!

Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms: A Forager’s Bounty

My friends and fellow foragers, Butch and Char Castle, and I went foraging for these gems a couple days ago. All I can say is WOW! What’s your take on these incredible edibles from Mother Nature? Have you ever found any? Have you ever prepared or eaten these beauties? Not to mention, how nutritious they are…. Continue reading Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms: A Forager’s Bounty

Mississippi Pot Roast

It was a crazy busy day today on our little patch of heaven. We started out working with the wood pile, stacking it into manageable rows. Then we gathered seeds from the cutting flower rows. And harvesting more peppers including banana. Those banana peppers and a thawed chuck roast were motivation for supper: Slow cooker Mississippi pot roast.  This iconic, yummy recipe can be made … Continue reading Mississippi Pot Roast

It’s Dry Outside. Water! Especially “Newbies”

From friend and colleague Ron Wilson, Natorp. Get that hose out!Importance of Watering It’s Dry! Be sure to water all your plants including your new trees and shrubs. HOW TO WATER NEW TREES AND PLANTSThe most common way to water new trees and plants is by letting a garden hose trickle at the base of the plant, soaking the root ball.  Also, you can use stationary sprinklers … Continue reading It’s Dry Outside. Water! Especially “Newbies”

Roasted Spicy Tomato Jam (Not preserves!) Anyone?

Well, this is the first year that I’ve almost run out of ways to use tomatoes. Are you in the same boat? Regardless of the way the plants/leaves look, most of us have had a bumper crop.  I’ve preserved more tomatoes this year than I ever have in the past.  From freezing tomatoes (I have a vacuum sealer now and just love it), both cherry … Continue reading Roasted Spicy Tomato Jam (Not preserves!) Anyone?