Archive for September, 2009

Hard cider gets easier.

D-Dawg and I are babysitting Anna’s hard cider. She’s in Portland for three weeks, taking a break from the peace and quiet around here.  After a few volcanic scale eruptions, things seem to be settling down and the fermenting process is at a manageable pace.

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Hard cider in the making.


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Images of our lovely fall garden.

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Asters provide fall color.

Asters provide fall color.

Come on, tomatoes! Time is running out!

Come on, tomatoes! Time is running out!

Rainbow chard with deer protection.

Rainbow chard with deer protection.

Sugar Pie Pumpkins like to play hide and seek!

Sugar Pie Pumpkins like to play hide and seek!

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Thanks, Cousin Cheryl!

These are the wonderful and showy Teddy Bear Sunflowers you see throughout our garden pictures. They came to me as a gift in a seed packet my cousin Cheryl gave me several years ago. They have been the crowning glory in our garden this year, and will definitely be planted again next year. They last a long time in a vase, too!

Teddy Bear Sunflowers

Teddy Bear Sunflowers

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End of garden pickles, before and after.

Zucchini, peppers, onion, green beans, carrots…pretty much anything from the garden can be put in a jar with some pickling brine. It’s a great way to use the little bits of things that come straggling in toward the end of the season.

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Every farm needs a dawg.

This is D-Dawg, occasionally known as Jim. He loves the garden and is the one who builds these gorgeous boxes for our raised beds. He also does a lot of weeding around the property.

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Born with a green thumb in 1917, Mom loves harvest time the best!

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Homemade Facial Scrub Recipe

This is a great way to make a homemade face scrub with all natural ingredients, no packaging and no chemicals.

1/2 C Sugar

2 T Olive oil

1 T Vanilla (or other) extract

I personally will reduce the amount of sugar next time to make it a bit thinner but I love it and it works great. I also used a combination of coconut, almond and vanilla extracts in mine, mmmm. The olive oil makes your skin feel so wonderful. Mom used it on her feet and really liked that so I think it would work for the whole body.

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