Recipe: Easy Orange Yogurt Cake and Growing Strawberries

A simple, classic orange cake that tastes great with strawberries (recipe here). One of the nice things about living in a very sparsely populated rural area is that when the first local strawberries of the season arrive at the only store in town, the owner is likely to personally call and give you a heads up because he remembers that you bought something like 20 quarts of strawberries last year and are a sucker for rarely available local fruit. "One of the Amish down the road just brought in 40 quarts of strawberries that he picked this morning and needs to sell today because he can't sell on Sundays ....more

Looking Back: A Tiny Tail for Mother's Day

Baby Cary in the greenhouse on May 19, 2006, age two weeks. Once upon a time I had a little lamb. Her name was Cary, and she followed me wherever I went ....more

Tuesday Dose of Cute: Marta Beast

Living up to her name. It's hard to believe it's already been over six months since the last time we spent several hours shearing our beloved guard dog Marta—until you look at her. It's time to get some more doggy downers from the vet and do it again before she gets more matted and the job gets even more difficult ....more

Monday Dose of Cute: It's Monday?

Baaaaaaaaaa! Wishing you a happy, stress-free week. More sheep? ...more

Friday Farm Photo: Have A Sweet Smelling Weekend.

Lilacs blooming in the kitchen garden. Any plans this weekend? Mine are simple: spend as much time near the lilacs as possible.Because of late spring frosts and early budding during winter heat waves, we don't often get many blooms on the lilac bushes down in our little valley ....more

Friday Dose of Cute: Have a Fun Weekend.

Treat time in Donkeyland. (Love longears? Lots more donkey pics here.) Any plans this weekend? ...more

Monday Dose of Cute: Bear's Annual Tradition

He tiptoes through the tulips and then he pees on them. Wishing you an enjoyable week! ...more

Recipe: Confetti Egg Salad with Salami, Olives, Scallions and Pimentos

Egg salad gets pepped up with black olives, pimentos, salami, scallions, and parsley. Colorful, fun, and it uses up a dozen hard boiled eggs! (recipe here) I've been making this protein-packed Confetti Egg Salad since 2007 and still love having a bowl of it in the fridge ....more

Recipe: Easy Chive and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Scones

These simple yet impressive scones are perfect for breakfast, brunch, and beyond (recipe here). Light and moist on the inside, with a pleasant little crunch on the outside, my...more

Growing Your Own Fresh Herbs: My Six Easy To Grow Favorites in the Kitchen Garden

Dividing and planting chives, one of my favorite herbs in the kitchen garden. Read more about them and my five other easy to grow favorites here. Homegrown culinary herbs are an inexpensive luxury ....more