Monthly Archives: September 2011

Farewell to thee

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Fall really is a glorious time of year. Often too quick but, still, glorious! It unfolds like a storybook each day with the morning becoming crisper and the leaves brighter. I tried to catch some images from our farm ride along the blue ridge parkway today but the lighting was not good. Even though, to the human eye it was spectacular, just not able to produce the same image through my lens. I will continue to try. It is worth sharing!

As for the farm, today was our final box. Wow! 4, almost 5, months of local, organic vegetables. It will be missed! Although, it does give me a bit more ambition and drive to start growing some vegetables on my own. We will dive into that next spring!

As I was putting dinner on the table tonight I realized that everything, I mean everything was farm to table. We ate brussels sprout greens (milder but similar to collard greens) cooked in made from scratch chicken broth with garlic, onions and crushed red pepper. All ingredients from the box! We devoured the sweet italian sausage from the other farm and also broiled potatoes, also from the box! I was so excited that these readily available ingredients were all local. I didn’t have to try to put the farm to table meal together. It just happened!

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Such sweet sorrow parting with the beloved box! Farewell our dear friend!!



Fall Fungi

As the weather and the leaves on the trees start to give way to fall, so does our landscaping. All along the perimeter of our 1 acre are lots of beautiful fall fungi.

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Happy Fall and have fun hunting fun fall things!


The Low Down

So, the local low down for Hood River is that Full Sail Brewery was bought. Not really a big deal. Just that sometimes when this happens folks find the opportunity to do something on their own. So the word is that some folks (one or two, maybe) left Full Sail and started their own brewery, in Hood River. And this is what you get:

Double Mountain Brewery

Check out their Blog, here.

While my Babe was touring the neighbor he checked out both breweries. Stating that they were both good. Although, the Devil’s Kriech may make the new brewery a winner for me!! I am trying to figure out how to make a simple homemade version. (Bought some Hood River cherries today. Maybe Highland’s october fest or Stout with muddled cherries??….Not really the same but so enticing)

It is with great pleasure that we brew Devil’s Kriek once a year at cherry harvest, and let it develop its intensity for a full twelve months, until it’s time to do it again. This year’s batch is intensely dark and fruity, thanks to over 70 lbs. per barrel of Bings (twice what we used last year) from Matt’s orchard in Odell. The light sourness comes not from sour cherries, but from Brettanomyces “wild yeast”, which slowly add the tang and a host of other funky flavors. A brown ale base provides a tasty counterpart to the fruit. 8.3% ABV

In the meantime, as you can see, Indie and I are getting a lot of work done!!

Hope you are all having a great week!


Soup du Jour

Let’s see…

We’ve managed to see a parade, make an appearance at Highland Brewery, have brunch at Well Bred Bakery, walk the Weaverville Art Festival (which I have always enjoyed but usually don’t get to attend), spend a whole afternoon with a dear, old friend, Shannon and her daughter, Aida, AND go to the Mountain State Fair. We were busy and we are tired! A good time for the two gals.

I got around to making a batch of my fall favorite, Lentil Soup. Also a batch of my babes (name for my hubs, have called him babe for years…no not original but it has stuck :)) favorite soup too, Potato. Made a large pot of each, ate some (a great way to feed yourself when flying solo), and froze the remainder for more winter delights. The potato soup is a great canvas for all sorts of options. Tonight, I steamed the kale from our box, chopped it fine and sprinkled in into the soup. The kale added an extra texture and intensity to the flavor. I will definitely do that again.

Meanwhile,  in my time of internet browsing, saw this great piece of furniture on Design Sponge…

I hope you and yours are all well. Happy fall!



Aaaahhhh, it’s friday! I never thought I would be one to say that but we have reached the pivotal point in our lives that, even without trying, we have become weekend warriors. Even though we are self employed, work from home and have some flexibility with our time, we still don’t get to really sit down or get down till friday afternoon!! This is all primarily due to the official school schedule, which is why I was secretly morning the last days of summer vacation.

But all is well. At least we can set some goals to be achieved by friday to allow for the time to do whatever it is we think we want to do with our break! This week was really no different. Well, maybe a little. My husband has been driving solo cross country, he achieved his goal and arrived in time last night for his appointment today. (Where is WakaWai?, WakaWai is here, to meet with the guys, here. We are super excited to begin the long term project of a long term goal we have had together as a couple for the past 12 (yes, 12) years. It is going to be a splendid travel vehicle for all of WakaWai’s long excursions).

While that was an extreme goal for the week, we did it. Why I say we? Well, at one point I had to help navigate from my computer through the lost roads of Missouri, talking to three states worth of DOT officers. Apparently, they had an unbelievable amount of roads washed out from the flooding they have had. Then, just general support to help him through the three long days of traveling. We text several conversations throughout the day while only having two real conversations, one in the morning and one in the evening. Before and after school. Except this morning, he is still sleeping as there is a 3 hour time difference!! And don’t worry, I will make sure to advise him to sip on some delicious Full Sail Beers at the Full Sail Brewery. If your in the area it is a must to try!

Any who, on to our friday back here on the Eastern Seaboard! All remains positive after a long emotional week of missing Logan Fred (the dog). We are going to celebrate this amazing fall weather that has landed on us (high of 62 degrees) today by going to the Mountain State Fair! I am so excited. They always have an awesome display of local agriculture, local folk lure and not to mention, the cotton candy and rides!! A great way to kick off the weekend on a positive, happy note!!

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What are your plans? Heading outside?

Wherever you are, have a sip of warm or hard cider and embrace the cool fall air!



It is amazing what you can find if you just sit down, and read. Remember when I told you that I like to save blogs or websites to my desktop and come back to them when I have time to really read them? Well, this is what happened just now. I stumbled upon Erika Beyer’s website. (She illustrates for Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Her illustrations are gorgeous and they really add a pleasantly dramatic  (and detailed) look at nature. Next time you have a moment make sure to really examine and explore her work. These three really tickled my fancy but they are all really grand!

Hope you are all enjoying a day of sunshine. We picked up another fantastic box today filled with sweet potatoes, butternut squash, tomatoes, garlic, kale, white potato, radishes and  other wonderful specialties! I will keep you posted of all the wonderful uses for our full box!



As the cool air sticks around, the leaves start changing and sneezes busting up the joint I start looking for creative ways to keep my family healthy. We have our standby Elderberry and Liquid Vitamins but sometimes you need just a little more…

Found this website and blog. I don’t know about you but I sure could use a herbal soaking in a claw foot tub, outside!!

I will at least try the bubble bath recipes and soak the sorrow away!!

As for today…

We woke up this morning to the harvest moon, the birds singing happily and the cool, crisp mountain air. It was lovely.

We have been respectfully taking the time to process and morn the loss of Nate Dog all the while filing back into our daily activities. We managed to get a large batch of tomatoes roasted and put in the freezer, roasted the last of our CSA beets along with a few fingerling potatoes and onion, played sticks in the yard with the other three pups and chatted on the phone with my people.

If you have a ton of tomatoes that you can’t eat in time before they spoil, try this roasting recipe. Very simple but very delicious.

Roast larger tomatoes for 2 1/2-3 hours, smaller tomatoes 2 hours at 225 degrees.

Simply, dice, toss with Olive Oil, a sprinkle of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.( I added basil and parsley. Adding herbs is optional.) Roast. Cool. Freeze.

We stole some to add to our dinner for a tasting then let the rest roast for a winter delight. We added the tomatoes to naan, sprinkled with feta and mozzarella. Just melt in your mouth good!

I have some other soups up my sleeve for the week!! It is time to break out the soup pot!

Just remember to enjoy the moments and time that we get!