Monthly Archives: June 2017

Summer Vacation Day 6: Reclaiming the Garden

It’s been such a rainy spring, followed by a rainy start to the summer.  The weeds in the garden topped out at over 8 feet tall – What a Mess!  This morning I was able to pull the remainder of … Continue reading

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Summer Day 5: Delicious Jam and Glorious Toes

I woke up this morning, the fog of the no-sugar headache lifted.  I had completely forgotten about the Strawberry & Black Currant Jam that I’d started so that was the first order of the day.  I strained the juice from … Continue reading

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Summer Day 4: Kicking Sugar

I’m trying (again) to kick my sugar habit.  I have been stressed out at work this spring and handling it by drinking waaaaay to many large Cokes at McDonald’s (there all the same price, I might as well get a … Continue reading

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Summer 2017 Day 2: Black Current & Strawberry Jam

1 cup fresh black currants 3 cups water 4 cups fresh, local Oregon strawberries 2 T lemon juice 1.5 cups sugar peel of one lemon Black currants are high in pectin and will act as pectin in the jam. Cook … Continue reading

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Summer 2017 Day 1: Congratulations Kiddo

We had a small, family get together today to honor the high school graduation of our youngest son.  He will be studying music performance and music education at Portland State University in the fall on a music scholarship. The weather … Continue reading

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Strawberry jam – no pectin

1 lemon 1020g strawberries 4 cups sugar Rinse, dry and hull the strawberries. Cut them in halves or quarters. Combine the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl.   Cover with a towel and let macerate overnight. The next … Continue reading

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Ricotta Cake with Blueberries

INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/4 cup … Continue reading

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Road Trip Planning

We spent quite a long time planning the route for our Epic Summer 2017 Roadtrip. We looked at hours to drive in a day,  availability of accommodations, distance from the main travel route, and did it sound like an okay … Continue reading

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The Chicks are Hatching

My good friend at school has a cute, little three-egg incubator and offered to hatch a few of the eggs from the Backyard Farm.  They’ve been in there for a few weeks now and last night he sent me this … Continue reading

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