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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Soft & Comfy Fingerless Mitts

Posted by mrssmythe on October 26, 2016 in Crafting, Critters, Seasons |

Here we are, well into Fall, and I just finished my first pair of fingerless mitts. I promised myself a pair back in September, when the weather turned colder, and I thought a pair of these would be just the thing for early morning dog walks. Our mail lady wears a similar pair, and she […]

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A Chicken Massacre…almost

Posted by mrssmythe on October 20, 2016 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons |

Don’t worry – this story has a happy ending. But it almost didn’t… A couple of days ago, I was sitting in our back yard with my back to the woods. I had the chickens out, and they were rifling through the garden, enjoying themselves, while I alternately knit and read. Every so often, I […]

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