Rose Hip Jelly

Towards the end of July and in the early weeks of August when the rose hips, or beach plums, are starting to ripen into a bright orange-red, I can be found down by the beach harvesting a bucket full of them to bring home to turn into rose hip jelly – a decadent treat reminiscent…

The Art of the Kale Shake

Why take multi vitamins throughout the summer months when you can sit down and drink a refreshingly sweet and tangy kale shake?  My sister and I have been experimenting with kale shakes for several years now, and we have come up with a formula of three basic ingredients that seem to be the key to…

Cherry Cornmeal Quick Bread

I have a single cherry tree in my backyard that produces bright red, tart cherries for about one week each year.  I love tart cherries.  Even though the yield is low and pitting cherries can be a lot of work, I anticipate that one week of the summer when the cherries are ready to be…

The Herb Garden

My summers are a often spent in a constant state of transition – one week here, one week there, an other few days here, a couple day back there again – you get the idea, and my gardening tends to reflect this repeated stage of flux.  Luckily Vermont tends towards the rainier side of things…

Grilled Potatoes with Chard

This au gratin inspired dish is arranged into a potato rosette, sitting on a bed of sautéed chard and mushrooms, and sprinkled with a sharp cheddar cheese.  It falls short of being an au gratin since the top of the dish will not brown on the grill, but its rich cheese and potato flavors mimic…

Annuals

As part of my Mother’s Day gift each year I plant the summer annuals.  While my Mom enjoys the annual flowers, she does not particularly care for coordinating or planting the annuals.  So each year I plant three window-boxes, a couple hanging baskets, and a couple deck planters for her. I have learned that the…

Tulips

Tulips or Tulipa Each Fall, when the time for spring bulb planting comes around, the age long question of to plant tulips? or not to plant tulips? careens around in my head.  In my rational mind, I’m thinking, ” fat, well feed, chipmunks” and “they’re not likely to come back next year,” but then I…

Narcissus

One of the first thing to surface in my garden each Spring are the daffodils.  That honor used to be held by the crocus, but I finally conceded that war to the chipmunks.  Each Fall I plant one or two new variety of daffodil bulbs, and each Spring I anxiously wait for them to surface….

February Snow

We got about two feet of snow this week in the Champlain Valley.  It has been a couple of years since we have had this much snow around here which is fairly unusual.  So far this year we have had to trek up into the mountains in order to partake in any winter activities, and…

A Late December Thaw

  The beginning of this week greeted us with some 40 degree  (~4.4 degrees Celsius) weather and a fleeting glimpse of the bare ground.  I decided to use the opportunity to poke around in the woods near the house. I have read that you can use birch bark to create a natural pink dye.  I…

A Christmas Day Walk

A Christmas Day walk in Stowe, VT.  Christmas this year dawned bright, sunny, and not exceptionally cold – the perfect conditions for a midday walk.  Unfortunately, even up in the mountains, there was not enough snow on the ground to justify the breaking out of the snowshoes.  I’ll have to give it a few more…

Winter Wreath

I was feeling the purple this year, or more like, I was feeling the plum – something regal and a change from the usual red.  So with visions of sugarplums dancing through my head, I attached a few plum christmas-tree bulbs to my fresh balsam wreath.  I then added some gold to bring some warmth,…