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Fall Fun – and a Sister’s Visit

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Family, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

First off, I want to share this fun photo of CPT A, working on his computer in the backyard with the dogs. Since this was taken, we’ve lost all of those colorful leaves in the back woods. A wild storm came through on Halloween and knocked everything down. Much of our town was without power […]

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Red, Purple, and Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by mrssmythe on September 20, 2017 in Baking, CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Lots of red in the landscape these days – from the crabapples in the grocery store parking lot… to the zinnias in the front yard… and the yarrow in the herb garden. The trees have yet to do much changing, but the maple in our side yard – always one of the first trees to […]

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Summer Baking

Posted by mrssmythe on July 14, 2017 in Baking, Seasons |

Ginger has been using her freer summer days to try out new recipes. Specifically, cupcake recipes. Ginger has a passion for cupcakes. In the past, I’ve tried to steer her to recipe books, but she prefers to gather her recipes online. A recent discovery, Sally’s Baking Addiction, yielded a good recipe for frosting: Favorite Vanilla Buttercream. Ginger […]

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A Heart-Shaped Potato, Chimichurri, Chickens, and Fall Foliage

Posted by mrssmythe on November 14, 2016 in Chickens, Cooking, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Pepper’s cooking classes (she’s enrolled in “The Everyday Gourmet – Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking”) continue to go well. This week, she tackled grilling, cooking up a cowboy steak topped with chimichurri. Have you tried chimichurri? It’s amazing. (Brief interruption to show you the heart-shaped potato we found while prepping that night’s meal). Chimichurri is essentially a […]

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More Mitts, Autumn Leaves, and Some Chickens

Posted by mrssmythe on November 8, 2016 in Brewing, Celebrations, Chickens, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, libraries, Seasons, Week in Review |

Just when you think Fall is winding up, you drive by the library and see something like this: The Japanese Maples are in fine form and make a great subject for Prisma experimentation, as Ginger discovered. Echoing the red and gold theme – these berries I spotted on one of my dog walks. I’ve done […]

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