Going home: Blacksburg, VA

Going home: Blacksburg, VA

Posted by: on Mar 4, 2014 | No Comments

In his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again the writer, Thomas Wolfe, said:

How to Can Beans and Eat Them for Breakfast

How to Can Beans and Eat Them for Breakfast

Posted by: on Feb 2, 2014 | 4 Comments

One of the things I love about Sundays is the endless potential for projects. I don’t even have to pick one project. I can spend all day Sunday working in the kitchen, sewing, reading, and writing. There is nowhere to go and I don’t have to change out of my pajamas.

Ringing in 2014

Posted by: on Jan 1, 2014 | 5 Comments

Happy New Year!

This year we celebrated with some friends at our house over homemade pizza and hummus and went to see our friend’s band play. We started the night early, making pizzas in our half sized oven with everything from goat, blue, feta, and mozzarella cheeses to avocado, olives, peppers, onions, and fresh basil.

A little holiday cheer

A little holiday cheer

Posted by: on Dec 23, 2013 | 4 Comments

In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin says we derive much of our happiness from the preparation for or anticipation of an event. Without realizing it, I have been actively cultivating happiness or Christmas spirit by enjoying the preparation and anticipation of the holiday itself.

Shore Brewery Tour

Shore Brewery Tour

Posted by: on Dec 20, 2013 | No Comments

Last Friday, my husband and I went on a craft brewery tour with his co-workers. Every year, these sounding rocket engineers take a Friday off from work and visit a whopping six breweries in Maryland and Delaware.

Lentil Soup to the Rescue

Lentil Soup to the Rescue

Posted by: on Nov 19, 2013 | 4 Comments

My husband and I are usually really good about cooking meals. We try to limit eating out or eating prepared foods. I usually plan meals before we go to the grocery store to make sure we have all the ingredients on hand. I also try not to go to the grocery store hungry and avoid the middle isles where all the tasty processed junk foods lie. Nevertheless, sometimes we cave.

Harvest

Harvest

Posted by: on Sep 26, 2013 | 5 Comments

It feels like fall weather has officially settled in. We’ve had temperatures in the 70s with lows overnight in the 50s out here on the coast. I absolutely love this weather. It feels so good to throw on a sweatshirt in the evening and sit on our deck with the chiminea burning. Actually, it feels a little like Maine did a month ago. My husband has begun transitioning our crops from summer to fall/winter. We’ll be growing lettuce and herbs inside and kale and broccoli outside. At least that’s the plan so far. Which means, it’s about time I reported on our summer growing efforts.

Summer, Ice Cream, & Responsibility

Summer, Ice Cream, & Responsibility

Posted by: on Sep 10, 2013 | 4 Comments

August marks the slow decline of summer. While we still have a few weeks of summer left, I’ll be sad to see it go. The Eastern Shore is at it’s best in the summer (although, I could do without the ticks). Taking advantage of living on the water makes the February doldrums seem far far away. The sun, sand, and mild waters are nearly free therapy. So, I’ll blame the lovely weather and summer activities for not writing, even though it’s all just an excuse.

Hydroponic Adventures

Hydroponic Adventures

Posted by: on Mar 21, 2013 | One Comment

My husband and I are going to grow tomatoes, peppers, and jalapeños this summer. We grew these same vegetables last summer. However, last summer we grew them in soil in containers on our deck. The jalapeños did fabulously. We pickled them all and have been happily eating our own hot peppers all winter. However, the bell pepper and the tomatoes did not fair so well. We aren’t 100% sure why. We planted them a little late, we probably didn’t feed them enough, and they may have gotten too dry. This year we are setting up to grow them on our deck but in a hydroponic system.

Are local and organic foods affordable?

Are local and organic foods affordable?

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about affordability of local and organic foods lately. In the United States, 50 million Americans were food insecure in 2011, meaning they did not know where their next meal would come from. That means 1 in 6 Americans are hungry.