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Tree Identification – North Carolina Conifer (Solved!)

Update: This North Carolina Conifer has been successfully identified as a Colorado Blue Spruce by the awesome folks at Botany Everyday! There is a beautiful beast of a tree in my back yard here in Western North Carolina.  It towers above the basketball post that we dug out of the honeysuckle (along with the 20+ foot…

Giveaway: Homestead Cooking with Carol (now in print!)

Do you remember when I received an ebook copy of “Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals” by Carol J. Alexander and wrote a review? I really did enjoy that book.   Even though I don’t consider myself a newbie at food preparation and preserving techniques, “Homestead Cooking with Carol” definitely taught me where some of my weak spots in food preparation…

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Wildcrafting Game for Kids!

[columns] [span8] Wildcrafting is a great skill to have – knowing how to identify and use medicinal herbs is so useful for someone of any age.  Why not get started early?  Make this knowledge available to kids so they have a strong foundation to grow from! For this reason, I’ve been eyeballing the Wildcrafting game…

Farewell, Bok the Chicken.

My sweet love had to put down our last chicken today; the poor biddy was sick and dying and he wanted to shorten her pain. He spoke her a sweet eulogy: “Rest in peace, Bok. All life is made new. All life is forever. Now feed the grandchildren of the worms you ate. Feed the…

May and June 2011 Growing Update…

Ok, so we put our tomatoes out way too early…but we were given leggy tomato starts early in the season, and they just couldn’t make it indoors anymore! Unfortunately, only the 2 Oregon Spring tomatoes look like they’ll do anything – the 3 remaining are miserable, and we already lost one of the Cherokee Purples.…

Mid-April Gardening Update

Well, it’s been a beautiful couple of days here in Western North Carolina. The sun has been warm, and the breeze cool – the perfect spring weather that paints the hillsides around me greener every day. My blog is currently bereft of images, as I’ve come to rely on Sarah for her wonderful photography skills,…

March is Green and Misty

Oh March!  The past few days have found me feeling very sensitive and heart-achey for no apparent reason, other than the early spring… when I think of how my heart feels, I have the image of dark, damp earth being pushed aside for a fresh bright green shoot reaching for the yellow warmth of the…

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

Phew…it is hard to find time to write when I’m so busy chopping, boiling, cooking, and eating really yummy food. To start with, I found cherries at a really good price at the grocery store, and I got about 3 pounds.  So far, I now have: Cherry Jam: For this, I used the recipe in…

Photo Post: Evenings at Home

Every evening when I get home, Eric and I open a beer and get the chicken scraps together and head down to give her a snack and check the lower lot berry brambles, catnip, mint, and wormwood. We’ll take a minute to check the compost or clean out the coop if needed, and hang out…

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