April 30, 2011


Easter breakfast

Life has reached a hectic pace and I've been dancing too fast to sit down and write anything. So what follows are some images of our Easter day food and activities. To all my friends and family that we didn't see over the Easter holiday, I hope you had happy and fun gatherings and lots of good food.

April 17, 2011

Get hopping!

It's not quite Easter, but in our backyard it is time to get hopping! The hops we planted last spring are up and taking over. They look healthy and beautiful just the way they are, but we know that they will do best with just a few shoots left to grow tall.

Such a pity to cut all those spears. My husband found it a hard task to make himself do.

Now those shoots should really speed toward the sky!  We are looking forward to both their fruit and the shade they will provide by covering our pergola in the summer.

After all that hard morning work we ate "our garden's" first big salad of the year. Hopefully there will be many more to follow. That makes me anxious for the peppers and tomatoes in August. And the fresh basil. And...

April 16, 2011

A busy Saturday

Today was a lovely day for being outside. It was supposed to shower, but the rain held off until this evening, which gave us warm and partly sunny weather for working and playing.

April 14, 2011

Rustic Potato Tart

I've been feeling a little neglectful toward my creative side lately, so I thought I would share a delicious meal I made this week. Its nice, simple (even simpler if you cheat and buy ready to use pie crust), and wholesome. And did I mention it was delicious?

April 10, 2011

New Growth

Here in the Intermountain West it is slowly turning to spring. The days are getting warmer - at least some of them are, and the nights.... Well we don't have to worry about the plants every night anymore. Running outside to cover the beds or bring in the seedling trays when snow or hail threatens adds a hectic beat to the daily dance that is our life. We are putting more and more of our seedlings in the ground, but worry about some of the warm-weather plants that we have started. If the nights don't get warmer soon, our little guys will get too leggy waiting for transplant.

April 3, 2011

Homemade Butter

I had a little extra time and what did I do with it? Made butter of course. It is not my first attempt at making butter, but shaking it in a baby food jar at my daughter's 4th grade history field-trip shouldn't really count.
It seemed like the perfect next step to take after learning to make fresh cheese. And now I can use the buttermilk by-product to make my next batch of cheese! Or I might just have to make some buttermilk biscuits or pancakes instead.