Strawberry Jam for Mortals

The image of twisted bodies, faces frozen in a rictus of botulism poisoning is what comes to mind whenever I entertain the idea of home canning. Sure, I have canned tomatoes and pickles before, but I never got up the courage to actually, er, EAT my efforts. Canning was NOT for mere mortals like me, Read More …

What’s for Dinner: Spring Risotto with Peas and Lemon Chicken

Today is one of those spring days that makes me want to stay in bed:  cool, wet…blah.  Of course, it is also a day when the kiddo wakes up early at 6 am (and cranky with a low fever, as it turns out) and for once doesn’t want to snuggle under the covers for “just a little bit longer, Read More …

First Fruit

“The strawberry wants to live in my tummy,” the little one said, her brow furrowed with worry and her eyes still sleepy in the new day’s light. “Squirrels eat nuts AND fruit,” she said as she rushed to the back door. After rescuing the berry, she and her mama squatted and examined the fruit, still Read More …

Home Projects Binge

So my official story when neighbors comment on the volume of work that they have seen me or hubby doing around the house this past month is that now is the time to get this stuff done before the torrid heat and humidity kicks in.  Call it global warming, but in the last few years Read More …

In These Quiet Hours

This morning I woke early and have some time to sit on my deck while Em and C sleep. The air is unseasonably, but refreshingly, cool. Robins are hunting for worms in our lawn and gardens or singing away, a practice they begin at 3 am (such is their lust for life). My coffee is Read More …