Author Archives: Gardnerh

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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Our Epic, Family Road-Trip

Sometime around St. Patrick’s Day, I bumped into a Facebook post comparing a lovely little corner of the world to mother Ireland.  It resonated with me, seemed to be such a wild and beautiful place that I looked further.  It … Continue reading

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Our Cider Mill is finally Home – and in Need of Repair

Almost 20 years ago, we found a beautiful, old cider mill and press that someone wanted out of their backyard.  We offered them $85.00 and managed to get it into the truck and home.  We cleaned it up and it … Continue reading

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Lovely May Weekend

We had two days in a row with breaks from the rain……time to head outside and do a little gardening.  Yesterday was errands day, and then I was, I must admit, a little lazy.  Today, I was up with the … Continue reading

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April (and her showers) coming to and end

Another weekend is coming to a close.  It’s been a busy one. On Thursday afternoon I picked up a few more vegetable starts for the kailyaird.  I put broccoli, red cabbage, green cabbage, Hubbard squash, acorn squash, round zucchini, patty pan … Continue reading

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Starting the Garden

The 2017 gardening season officially began this weekend.  I did a bit of weeding and planted the following: lettuce – 1 start – back garden garlic – 9 starts – back garden kale – 1 start  back garden zucchini – … Continue reading

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