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My Winter Turns to Spring

My Winter Turns to Spring

Perhaps because so much out in the world seems uncertain this winter has seemed a bit drear but I always look forward to spring . . . A wind swept beach was my Thanksgiving destination late last November. It was windy and chilly and blew […]

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month this year with a Southern Sunday Supper on a Saturday Night. On Saturday, February 24th, 2018 this dinner for eight will feature iconic African-American and Southern dishes. After a 1st course of “Pot Likker” soup accompanied by Hot Cornbread with Homemade […]

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

It’s the time of year that we who are garden starved pour over the mail order seed catalogs and yearn to get our hands into the dirt. No matter that it’s cold and icy and wet and stormy and the soil would hate being disturbed! […]

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

It was chilly and overcast today – a high of 42-ish. I remembered a recipe for Cornish Pasties I saw in a recent South Dakota magazine and someone on facebook posted a meat pie idea which jogged me into action. I defrosted the hamburger (from […]

Looking forward to the 2015 season in our on-going adventure of self-reliance

Looking forward to the 2015 season in our on-going adventure of self-reliance

As I write this it’s a new season here at our smallholding. When I report back in the fall I’m sure there will be wonderful and delicious things to tell. In the mean time, it’s Mother’s Day morning, I’m off to take my cup of […]