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{Recipe} Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

{Recipe} Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Last week, we took a drive out to a u-pick apple orchard, to celebrate the first day of fall. It was a gorgeous, sunny afternoon, with just a touch of chill in the air. As we ran and played amongst the corridors of trees, it felt as though the rest of the world had fallen away. We filled […]

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{Recipe} How to Caramelize Onions in the Slow Cooker

{Recipe} Caramelized Onions – Slow Cooker Method

I planted two varieties of onions this spring – Walla Walla Sweet & Copra. I have been using the Walla Wallas all summer, harvesting them as needed. They’re delicious, but they don’t keep well. So, as summer draws to a close, I wanted to figure out a way to preserve the ones that were left in […]

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Helping Your Chickens Beat the Heat

{Chickens} Keep Your Chickens Cool When It’s *HOT* Outside

We live in Western Washington (state), where a hot summer day doesn’t climb much over 90 degrees. Our climate is pretty mild (both summer and winter) in comparison to many places. But our chickens are acclimated to the same temperature range as we are, and so, when it starts to feel uncomfortably hot for us, it’s […]

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{In the Garden} How to Grow Runner Beans

{In the Garden} Runner Beans

Runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) are pretty enough to warrant a place in the garden purely for their ornamental value. Their edible value, however, is what bumps them to the top of my ‘must plant’ list every spring. They produce an abundance of large, tasty bean pods that can be used in the kitchen in numerous different ways. […]

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Blackberry Picking

{Recipe} Lavender & Honey Blackberry Jam

Blackberries just taste like summertime. They bring back sweet childhood memories for me in a way that few other things can compare with. And so, every year, when the berries start to plump up and ripen, I head out with my basket. After hours spent standing in the sun, I head home, arms scratched by the thorns […]

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Rainbow Chard

{In the Garden} Rainbow Chard

Chard is just drop dead gorgeous. I mean really, if a member of the vegetable family could be described as sexy, it would be this one. And the praise is well-deserved, because not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s delicious to boot!

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