Gardening With Purpose

It's time to start some seeds. We still don't have a great place to garden but it is improving each season.  Pesky critters were quite a problem last year so we are working to improve this as well as the poor clay soil at the new house. This plot might seem too ambitious but, if … Continue reading Gardening With Purpose

Bread

A morning loaf I am very happy with returning to Dutch oven bread.  It's easy and fairly controllable to cook in and holds the moisture well.  The only down side is that, with it sealed, it is difficult to sneak a peek inside. This is inside a 12 inch Dutch oven.  I have no idea … Continue reading Bread

Bread – Some Thoughts from Cobbett

Every woman, high or low, ought to know how to make bread. If she do not, she is unworthy of trust and confidence; and, indeed, a mere burden upon the community.  -William Cobbett Today this should probably read "Every homemaker" instead of "Every woman" but, as Cobbett composed this treatise in 1821, he assumed that the … Continue reading Bread – Some Thoughts from Cobbett

It’s Food for Thought

There are so many good reasons to have a home garden, even in the city. Starting fresh in a new place means we're in for some work this spring.  Although I suspect that many things have grown in this yard in the last century, other than the small plot I turned over last year, we … Continue reading It’s Food for Thought

Backyard Chickens

I've been lucky as a chicken owner for quite a few years.  Very few have been stolen by predators, and we've had very little illness.  Right now, with a dozen chickens both old and young, I get between three and six eggs per day with the occasional bonanza of eight.  That is, if I can … Continue reading Backyard Chickens