Soncek Sije - the adventures of a new mom and new farmer

Adopting an eight year old boy and becoming the steward of 23 acre property on a northwestern gulf island in the same year = steep learning curve for this woman. An avid beekeeper and organic gardener - I am attempting to grow food, fun and family. My mistakes along the way may save you some headaches....more

Creamed by the Corn

My corn crop was not a rousing success this year.  Being from Illinois corn country, I had  a higher set of expectations than I probably should have.  I am a corn snob...you can read about it here.  The sweet corn that came from the fields surrounding my house was the best in the world.  Little else has ever compared....more

It's the Little Things

Today we all ate a great breakfast as a family, including Poppy (the kids’ grandpa) who came in from out of town. There was pancakes, oatmeal, a medley of fruits, and some delicious bacon to fill our hungry bellies. Talk about good eatin’! Then we all went out in the front yard to attempt to make it beautiful again....more

Sounds like a perfect day!more

MY BOOK IS DONE AND MY GARDEN IS A MESS

I just received the following post from my friend Fran Waksler. August is a really tough month for gardeners and most of our gardens look a mess, but at least Fran has finished her book!...more

A Gardening Sabatical: Saying Good-bye to Daddy

I love to garden.  Fruits, veggies and flowers. It is a wonderfully satisfying and relaxing hobby that I learned from my father. When he was alive, his flower gardens could have been on the cover of any number of gardening magazines you see lining the racks at your local home & garden center.  They were absolutely gorgeous! They were filled with all the colors of the rainbow. He definitely had a 'green thumb.'...more

A Gardening Sabatical: Saying Good-bye to Daddy

I love to garden.  Fruits, veggies and flowers. It is a wonderfully satisfying and relaxing hobby that I learned from my father. When he was alive, his flower gardens could have been on the cover of any number of gardening magazines you see lining the racks at your local home & garden center.  They were absolutely gorgeous! filled with all the colors of the rainbow. He definitely had a 'green thumb.' This past February my father passed away and with his passing went my desire to garden.  Who would I share my successes with?...more

That Which We Call A Rose

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Cooking with Twitter

I had a blast trying Chef Rick Bayless' Twitter Recipe Photo Contest.  Thought you all would be interested.  Here's the link to my post and info on the contest.  http://www.gardengateblog.com/2010/07/cooking-with-twitter.htmlIt was a great way to use some of the veggies from the garden and made a delicious and easy dinner. I believe the contest runs for two more weeks. Have fun!Cynthiawww.twitter.com/cynthiamckenna*************...more

Pefect Moment Monday: Strawberry Smacks

Each week I hold the intention to participate in Perfect Moment Monday, sponsored by Weebles Wobblog. According to Weebles, “Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one.” Here is my Perfect Moment for this week....more

A Walk In My Grandmother's Shoes

I am a child of the ‘60’s.  I was born three weeks after President Kennedy was assassinated.  I grew up during the Johnson administration, the Vietnam War, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon and the Brady Bunch.  But I have found myself lately wondering what life was like before all that…before television and electrical appliances and Sputnik....more