Green Does My Garden Grow: Preparing for Next Year


When I considered what I would plant in my garden in the spring after Ole had finished placing each and every rock around the bed, I really just picked things that I liked. I didn't do much planning or thoughtful introspection. I knew I wanted a kitchen garden, a potager, and already had my herbs in pots. I went to the farmer's market, looked … more

Sweet Corn – Hot off the Grill


It's summer in Minnesota, and that can mean many things to many people.  For me, it's not really summer until the road side stands pop up offering cucumbers, melons, potatoes and, of course, sweet corn.  Now, it can't be just any kind of sweet corn.  You see, I grew up spoiled.  My Uncle Duane had a farm in Southern Minnesota where he raised beef … more

The Monday Menu: August 17, 2009


My mom gave me this hibiscus tree for mother's day this year. It sat in my dining room, sad, unloved in its original pot. I spent hours trying to find the pot I wanted at random stores. Then I found a ceramic version that was close to what I was looking for; however, ceramic wasn't going to work for a tree I planned to drag around based on the … more

Refrigerator Pickles: The Taste of Summer


When we were considering what to fill our raised bed garden with this spring, one of the things that made the list and was on the "must have" list were chub cucumbers or pickling cucumbers. Chubs are smaller cucumbers. They're like the short, stumpy cousin to the long, lanky cucumber most of us are familiar with. If you pick them early, they … more

Orange Pecan Zucchini Bread for Doorsteps Everywhere


Our garden is overflowing with zucchini, and after eating it 5 out of the 7 nights last week with dinner sauteed, added in sauces and cut into cold spears, it's time to bake. Lucky for me, one of my favorite quick breads is zucchini bread. This one is complete with orange zest and a light orange glaze and packed with walnuts. A few weeks ago, … more

Need a Staycation for Your Back-to-School Blues?


Last Monday I wrote about using the last weeks of summer to squeeze in one last relaxing staycation over on Deal Seeking Mom, and then I neglected to let you know because I was up to my elbows in bleach and green t-shirts with 26 kids. But you should go check it out...and then find out what else is on sale this week. Tara's in the know and … more

The Monday Menu: August 10, 2009


I did it.  I survived last week.  Just barely, but I made it. I have a less hectic schedule this week, a moment or two to relax and maybe do something for me, like take a photography class (Wednesday), and we may even squeeze a few things in there like an appointment with a plastic surgeon for the Kola Nut, soccer, t-ball, pictures for soccer and … more