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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

0 by / on December 15, 2016, 2:23 pm / in Faith, Ponderings

Mostly I’ve given over these shortening days and lengthening nights (typically good for writing), doing two non-writing things. One is coming up with hearty (and sometimes sweet) wintery meals like winter squash, sage, & apple cider tortellini, three-bean chili bolstered with roasted corn & butternut squash, and baking Ginger Stout Cake and salted pretzel peppermint bark. Grace Paley’s poem below […]

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Fern Creek CSA–Week 22

Fern Creek CSA–Week 22

0 by / on October 23, 2016, 5:06 pm / in Newsletters

This weekend Mark worked at cleaning up the Marionberry and blackberry vines and mulched the rhubarb with yellow leaves he raked from under the birch tree. He took out the Asian pear tree, and cleaned up a downed tree from last weekend’s storm. Meanwhile I cleared some of the beds in the Hazelnut Patch and spread fetch, rye, and clover […]

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Ada's Sweet Pumpkin

Fern Creek Newsletter–Week 21

0 by / on October 15, 2016, 10:01 pm / in Newsletters

We’re in the “putting the beds to bed” part of the growing season. That means I’ve had more time to read since that work is less urgent–the crops are mostly in and the work ahead of us can be done anytime. The last few rainy days have made it easy to set aside such tasks, to steep a cup of […]

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Cinderella Pumpkin

Fern Creek Newsletter–Week 20

0 by / on October 9, 2016, 1:41 pm / in Newsletters

As recommended by my daughter, Sarah, and loaned by son-in-law, Luke, I’ve been reading A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. He writes for a lay audience, a youngish lay audience, which is just about perfect for me. Over the last weeks I’ve been traversing our world’s history from its earliest days through ancient and medieval days, the […]

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

0 by / on October 4, 2016, 7:50 pm / in Breads, Farm Home Cooking

Pumpkin Bread smells, tastes, and looks like autumn.  This recipe is an adaptation of one from a bread book I received as a shower gift nearly 40 years ago. I’ve added raisins and chocolate chips in place of the nuts to switch it up some, and to add back some of the sweetness I take away by decreasing the sugar. […]

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