Category Archives: garden

Winter herb strategy

My summer herb strategy is to have the herb garden downstairs so every time I need any I get a 25 stair times two stairclimbing routine.  My winter herb strategy is to prune the garden back and let it overwinter, … Continue reading

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Rose hip tea

So.  Those are the rose hips from the other day.  Most ended up in my freezer with the hops from the same Buffalo backyard, waiting until I feel like making jam with them, but I used a few to make … Continue reading

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Tomato Jamstory

The story of this tomato jam will be short today.  In a last-ditch attempt to rest this wrist situation (hard to do when so much of life requires at least a small degree of use of the dominant hand) I … Continue reading

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On the road again: words mostly

Yesterday J. and I briefly were in Canada – or to use our own dialect, we decided to anada.  Anada is a word we came up with in the customs line to describe the process of “going to Canada.”  There … Continue reading

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Good drink/bad drink and the magic that is Elixir of Sage

That right there is a good drink – banana wine with a little wild blackberry juice swirled in.  It turned into a great drink when I added some elixir of sage. Elixir of sage is made by steeping sage in … Continue reading

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Jam session

I learned a few things from my most recent day of jam making.  First: I’m good for about one straight hour of pawing through prickly blackberry bushes.  Second: waking up extra early to go berry picking before the shop opens … Continue reading

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Strawberry mint jam and what to do with a small amount of gooseberries

I’ve been making jam recently.  First a Barnraisers jam day in Kenmore entailed making strawberry jam two ways – a traditional cooked jam and a freezer jam (the first I’d made; it’s great mixed in with plain yogurt) – as … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: Mugwort

Apparently mugwort is a very useful plant to have around; among other things, it gives you craaaazy dreams.  We learned this the other day at a medicinal herbs workshop where we also learned to make a jewelweed salve for skin … Continue reading

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Strawberry Jam: for real this time

I’d been waiting to make something out of The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and once our strawberries started producing, the game was on.  After a week of saving them up in the fridge, we’d gathered enough for a 2/3 recipe … Continue reading

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One for the weekend: the perfect snack

So I bake with Fancy & Delicious now – more on that later!  We were up all night Friday baking bread to sell at the farmer’s market, and after coming home and sleeping till 2pm I harvested the rest of … Continue reading

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