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Naming Coila

Naming Coila

4 by / on March 14, 2015, 11:03 am / in Chickens, Ponderings

One probably shouldn’t name an animal one might be eating. Barbara Kingsolver, among others, recommends this. Still, I named Coila this week, even knowing her future at Fern Creek might be severely curtailed on account of being a Mean Bird. Coila is in isolation, and not because she’s sick or wounded. I pulled this nameless Gold Sex Link pullet from the flock of […]

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Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

0 by / on February 19, 2015, 7:00 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Soups & Stews

My favorite way to end a winter day is with a hearty bowl of soup for supper. Every winter Mark and I discover a new favorite to add to our repertoire, and this year it’s this wild rice and mushroom concoction–thanks to Cooks Illustrated. With the abundance of shiitake mushrooms on our logs this year we had a half gallon jar of […]

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Clarifying Beeswax–a Rainy Weekend Task

Clarifying Beeswax–a Rainy Weekend Task

0 by / on February 8, 2015, 10:33 pm / in Bees, Farming/Gardening

One small downside of a very BIG upside to getting to see our grandchildren often is our exposure to their viruses… I’ve been a little under the weather with a cold that Eden inadvertently shared during a sleep-over. But I’m not complaining. If anything I have more empathy for her own little body that battled a cold virus that took some of the […]

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The Super Bowl: Grains, Greens & Other Good Foods

The Super Bowl: Grains, Greens & Other Good Foods

0 by / on January 28, 2015, 9:49 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Main Dishes

About this time of year I need some inspiration in the kitchen. We’ve been eating soups for several months by now, and while we love soup, I start wanting something that will still warm me to my bones but include a hint of spring. Like something with a bit of fresh kale and lemon juice and maybe a sprig of mint and a few pomegranate […]

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Pollifax and Emma

January Happenings at Fern Creek

0 by / on January 10, 2015, 10:19 pm / in Ponderings

Mark, as you know, has been ridiculously productive in the past month. He loves every minute of it, even on the nights when his back hurts enough to keep him from walking straight. He loves building things. Improving things. Adding to things. He ordered 45 Tulameen Raspberries, which are supposedly the best tasting raspberries available. They need good drainage though, […]

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