July 24, 2013 @ 1:16 AM

I know I've grown weary of pie making when I get bored making the same pies after a few weeks. No matter how good they are, it's hard for me to maintain my less-than-girlish figure if I'm bored of eating them!

So I decided to change it up again this week and make fresh fruit galettes. Essentially, it's a bit flakier crust than I use for mini pies, and the look is a more rustic style. I like that, I didn't have to be so tedious with the pie dough! You just make a bottom crust that allows an inch or so more dough and the sides of the dough are pulled up to create a border around the pie.

The blueberry ones were quite easy and came out well, so I decided to try a peach galette. The peaches were a bit firm and I was scared...

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July 19, 2013 @ 9:10 AM


Much of my gardening is very non-traditional. Mike built me raised beds several years ago so I could still garden with my 25-year-old back problems. I've since had a major operation that removed a couple of discs and involved metal decking pins to hold me together. I'm happy to say that the surgery fixed it, but I still love the garden boxes for how much easier it makes it to garden.

Instead of mulching between the boxes, we just let the grass grow and mow between them. I confess that all that wood in my yard wasn't the look I REALLY wanted for a garden, so I've planted flowers at the "front" ends that face the side of the house and fruiting bushes at the &...

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July 17, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

While Daisy Duke Farm might be considered a "one woman show", all the critters try and help when they can. The other day I decided to dig up some more yard to create a dahlia and daylilly bed with the tubers my daughter thoughtfully gave me for my birthday. I couldn't get the tiller started and since it was a cool and rainy day I decided I'd try it the old fashioned way, with a hoe.

Betsy the shih tzu, aka "Velcro", aka "the foreman" is at my side for every minute. While she adores "her" chickens, this love does not extend to sharing food. And when I start digging, weeding or planting, every chicken in sight comes running. You see, there's a fair chance that an earth worm or ant or some...

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July 10, 2013 @ 4:19 PM

My blackberry recipes are pretty limited to blackberry cobbler (made with my grandmother's simple recipe) and blackberry jelly. So this year I'm on a quest for ways to use the abundant huge blackberries in our garden.

So my thought was, why couldn't you make blackberry pie in the same way that you make blueberry pie? I looked through some recipes online and tweaked a couple of things, and here's the recipe. (I'm selling these beauties at the Hardywood Farmer's Market tonight, if you'd like some already made up for you).

1 pie shell (I make my own because it's better and really simple)
6 cups blackberries
2/3 cup of sugar
2 tblsp brandy
4 tblsp cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tblsp lemon juice (fresh ...

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July 8, 2013 @ 6:35 PM

Our thornless blackberries have just started ripening. While they're so large that it only requires about 4 to make a handful, they are not as sweet as the wild ones. Although they're not ideal for just eating by the handful, they are wonderful to cook with.

After picking a nice big bowl full of blackberries (and a few raspberries) this morning, I thought I'd try my hand at some home made blackberry muffins. Here's the recipe which I snagged from tasteofhome.com:






  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen...
  • ...

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July 3, 2013 @ 4:21 PM

I pride myself on being able to offer cut flowers for sale that are not treated with herbicides or pesticides. We all know why natural food is important, but why is this an issue with cut flowers, might you ask?

Well, think about where those flowers are going when you bring them home. On your kitchen or dining room table? On the counter in your kitchen?  Surely you don't want nasty chemicals coming off of your flowers and onto your food!

So my challenge is to find the right methods to cut and preserve flowers in the most natural way. Each has its own optimal conditions, so while in search of some advice on how best to cut althea branches I ran across this pretty comprehensive list that I thought I'd share from the Garden Club......

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