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Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

I was feeling bad about my front flower garden. It’s a mess of weeds, especially on the end where I expanded the bed around the random dirt mound that’s been there since we moved in. I try to pull the tall, obvious ones from time to time just so it doesn’t look quite so messy. I was pulling out hand fulls of ironweed when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars in the Garden

The Queen Anne’s lace was decorated with vibrant, practically neon caterpillars. I counted 5 but I’m sure there were more I didn’t see. I went back this morning to show my husband and this little guy had finished up that entire flower head and was on to another in less than 18 hours! [Read more...]

10 Uncommon Bulbs to Plant in the Fall

With cool weather approaching it’s time to start thinking about bulbs to plant in the fall. There’s an endless variety of  bulbs available in stores and online but you’ll get a better selection from specialty internet stores.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths, but there is no reason to stop there! The world of bulbs is full of spring and early summer color ready to be added to your landscape.

10 Uncommon Bulbs to Plant in the Fall | Chicken Scratch NY
I’m not calling them uncommon because they’re hard to find, in fact most of them can be easily found online. But you likely won’t see them in the stores and they probably weren’t on your list to plant in the coming months. Chances are good you’ll find at least one you haven’t heard of!
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Homestead Cooking with Carol Review & Giveaway

*I was provided with a free copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and conclusions are my own*

I was lucky enough to be included in a virtual ‘book tour’  to celebrate the print release of Homestead Cooking. You can buy the e-book version  Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-ahead Meals from Amazon [affiliate link] but the print copy is only available at Everything Home with Carol.

Homestead Cooking with Carol Review
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Creamy Zucchini Risotto

I found a delightful looking recipe for Bacon & Corn Risotto and I knew it was the perfect use for the bag of Arborio rice I had in the cabinet. But I didn’t have corn or even bacon. But I did have zucchini, a bubbling pot of chicken stock (from our chickens!) and a bowl of homemade mascarpone.
Creamy Zucchini RisottoDon’t be scared! Risotto really isn’t that bad, just takes a while.
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Salt Potatoes

I was almost 20 before I realized that most of the world has no idea what a salt potato is. I was in college when a friend of mine from Rhode Island mentioned that he had never had salt potatoes. Apparently it’s a central New York thing. I was shocked. Never had a salt potato? Didn’t know what they were? I’ve since made it a mission to share the buttery delight of salt potatoes with the world.

Salt Potatoes - The best potatoes you'll ever eat
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