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Wicked Wisteria Halloween Wreath

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I’m fighting another allergy/head cold attack and I found day-time cold medicine to be oddly motivational. I didn’t have the wherewithal to make step by step tutorial for this one but I’ll walk you through it. Someday I might even figure out how to make a video and put together a start-to-finish of my creative fiddling. I think the drooping flowers and cheeky crows are perfect for Halloween but the muted purple and cream flowers would be a perfect for the rest of fall as well.

Wicked Wisteria Halloween Wreath

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Our Barnyard Geese – Pilgrim & Toulouse

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I’ve been gone for a long time (since January to be exact). Every year I struggle through the winter, this year was particularly bad. I lost sight of myself and made some questionable choices with bad results. After spending a few months yo-yoing between depression and anxiety I’m finally getting back to being ‘me’. I have my husband, my daughter, my dog and the dirt to thank for that. I always feel better when I have my hands in the soil, being messy suits me I guess. I have piles of half-started craft and DIY projects, scraps of paper with scribbled recipes and potential blog posts littering my house. I kept getting stuck. Even now I’m having trouble finding words to fill this page. But it will get better, it will get easier. I want to thank the people who sent me emails asking about my whereabouts and saying you missed me. You may never know how much that meant but honestly, truly, from the very bottom of my heart thank you!

A lot has happened around here in the last few months. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you might recognize a few of these pics. Today I want to tell you about our geese.

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Bread Revolution – Review

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I already own (and love) the book Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day so I was really excited to get the change to review Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted and Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, and Fresh Techniques by the same author.

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I received the book, oohed and ahhed over the size (impressive), the cover art (you can practically smell the bread) and the quality (not skimping on the paper here). Then I dove in and my eyes began to glaze over….
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11 Potato Soup Recipes

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Fill your bowl with one of these hearty soups featuring everyone's favorite tubers

Last winter I wanted fresh, season appropriate salads. This year all I want is a hot steamy bowl of soup, and what better to star as the leading lady than the potato? This collection includes the standard white potato and (my favorite) the sweet potato! Pick up your soup spoon and get ready to dig in. [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Start Onions from Seed

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Forget the heat mats & grow lights, get a great onion harvest without starting from seed

We are big onions lovers in this house, each year I devote an entire 4x14ft garden bed to the allium family. One half is fall planted garlic and shallots and the rest is filled with onions come spring time. Last year I had a separate 4×4 bed for leeks, I’m not sure where they’re going this year becuase that bed is supposed to be horseradish but you can bet I’ll find a place for them! [Read more…]