Blackberry Basil Jam Recipe

Making homemade blackberry basil jam

I’m starting to wonder if I should’ve named this blog “breezy canned what now”! But I love preserving! And I feel no shame about it! So if you do too, hunker down and check this out.

Our yard is flanked by blackberry bushes, and as out of control as they can get, we do appreciate their presence. The first half of summer is spent watching, as the little green berries slowly make their appearance. Then more watching, with patience, as they change to a rich dark purple.

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Broody Call: Some Hens Will do Anything for a Little Nesting.

Attila the hen being broody

Attila the Hen went broody! It was mid-June and my number one layer decided her talents would be better dedicated to incubating chicks then laying eggs! Ok. What’s a broody hen? A broody hen is a hen who has got it in her mind that chicks are on the way. She is compelled to sit on the nest, irritable and aggressive, until  her sweet little chicks are born. She will not lay any eggs or come out to play. But there’s no eggs in the nest?! I practically catch them as my girls lay them! Well that doesn’t matter. She will sit there just the same and do her due diligence to successfully hatch her chicks, imaginary or not.

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Fireweed Jelly Recipe

Homemade fireweed jelly

Well we’re heading into the season of preserving. Of trying any which way to hang on to the delicate, limited flavor of a summer harvest. If you’ve followed this blog you will already know I am a fan of jams and jellies. It is such a simple and effective method to hang on to the taste of freshly picked fruit, such as cherries and rhubarb. Or a unique way of enjoying a new and unusual flavor, such as dandelion, on the dreariest of winter days. This year the cherry tree’s production has been weak to say the least and I have other plans for my rhubarb. Plans of a boozy variety. But that’s a story for another day! Today I am going to tell you about fireweed!

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How to Manage a Maggot Infestation in a Very Much Alive Dog

Q post surgery of benign tumor removal

Over the last couple weeks I have had my share of learning experiences. The kind that are learned by doing. By scrambling to figure it out in the heat of the moment. By putting aside anxieties, stresses, tolerances and stepping up to do what needs to be done… I’ll take it back a bit and tell you the whole story. Please be warned that some of the content may make some of you uncomfortable and a couple of the pictures may make your next meal unappealing. But! I did not know the things I needed to know and was thrown into a situation that demanded them. You may too one day, so prepare to feel icky and read on.

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Anniversary Adventure Roadtrip through Western Washington

Exploring back roads in western washington

You know how sometimes you just need ” a reason” to do something you’ve always wanted to do? “A reason” to allow yourself some flexibility and freedom to splurge on something long desired? Well for years I have wanted to spend a night at the Olympic Club in Centralia, Washington. My dad first showed me this gem of a place on our way home on a road trip from California. He’d been before and thought I’d enjoy the place. And I’ve taken every opportunity to stop in for a meal and a pint since.

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No Bake Steel Cut Oat Bars

Homemade, healthy steel cut oat bars

I’m sure we’ve all done it. We’ve all that “ah ha” moment with some new food or meal we are going to start eating to get healthy. That food item that will revolutionize our entire day of food preparations and make us feel better, lose weight and sleep like a baby. Right?! You’ve done that too?! Well a few years ago my “ah ha” moment was steel cut oats. I was going to make a big batch of oatmeal Sunday nights before the work week began and scoop out of it daily for my ‘eat at work’ breakfast. I was going to add things like nuts and raisins and cinnamon and almond milk. I was going to be feeling amazing and saving precious time nightly not making my ‘make ahead meal’. It was going to change my life.

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Wood Burning Mom’s Wooden Spoons

Wood burning art onto moms wooden spoons

Happy Mothers Day to all the mommas out there! Whether you grew a human inside you, have taken on one that someone else grew or maybe you’re like me, and only have babies of the fur and feather variety, this day’s for you! I know you probably think that your mom is the best but I have to break it you that mine is. Yep. She is. I, like most girls, grew up with a conviction that I would never end up like her. But now as a grown woman I am more than grateful for all the lessons I have learned and continue to learn from her all the time. To this very day she will still get a phone call at eight o’clock at night “mom? I’ve had chicken in the fridge for 7 days. It smells ok. Can I eat it?” And of course whatever she says, yea or nay, is the route taken. No more questions asked. Moms know so much!

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To Bee’s Wrap or not to Bee’s Wrap

Using the Bee's wrap bread wrap for my homemade sourdough

Hey friends! And strangers! And how has the first week of May treated you? Wonderfully I hope! I committed myself to having a mellow week and so far so good. Last weekend I got a little out of control making all things dandelion. Things such as dandelion honey butter, dandelion shortbread, dandelion and cranberry sourdough, dandelion pesto! Along with helping a friend start her own batch of dandelion wine. And let’s not forget the rhubarb soda, a huge shepherds pie and sourdough pizza dough! It was fun and interesting! But it was a lot of time in the kitchen. A lot of time with my hands in soapy water. So to give my hands a break I have kept the culinary experiments to a minimum, letting my fella take over some.

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How to Make a Ginger Bug for Traditional Sodas

Making a ginger bug for traditional soda making

Can you believe that tomorrow is May? May! The fifth month of 2017. That is one month away from halfway! I sometimes have to take a minute, have a breath, and swallow the anxiety that the year is passing right on by and I’m not making the most of it. I have a tendency to mentally get ahead and find I have to reign myself in. Remind myself to live in the moment and enjoy the right now. That tomorrows chores, plans, desires will arrive and I will make the most out of them at that time. It can be hard! But breathing helps. Let’s breathe…

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Homemade Dandelion Wine

Making homemade dandelion wine

A little over a year ago, early April weather was like summer and everything seemed to be a little ahead of schedule. The yard was covered with those lovely yellow flowers that most home owners grumble about, buying some toxic chemical to spray them with, hoping to never see their little yellow blossoms again. I can remember as a child, begrudgingly sitting in the gravel with a screwdriver pulling them out. Trying desperately to get the root, hearing my mothers voice “they’ll just come back if you don’t get the root”. My mom loves her yard and she has always had one that’s a pleasure to look at.

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