Category Archives: Farm

Busy As A Bee






“Oh, where, oh where, is my keyboard?”–Apron Girl Summer seems busier than usual this year. A few less helping hands are around the yard; yet the chores remain faithful to the end, and unlike children they never leave. When I … Continue reading

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Yummy Pancakes






With a few modifications, this recipe can be both GF and dairy-free. What a delicious way to start the day: warm pancakes topped with buttery spread and real maple syrup! And for a special summertime surprise, add a few fresh … Continue reading

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Soggy Flowers & Flaky Biscuits






What to do when day after day after day it keeps raining… Circling around narrow and crowded residential streets, Elizabeth and I finally located a parking space a mere block from our destination. Armed with an umbrella and my hood … Continue reading

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Spring’s Pause






Spring flowers were being coaxed out of hiding when an unexpected winter storm arrived in the Willamette Valley. Snowfall has been sporadic in recent years, but “old timers” have reminisced about hard winters in days-gone-by and the time they walked … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside






The pacific northwest is temperate throughout the year, being neither too hot or too cold. As a result, it is fairly effortless when it comes to maintaining my wardrobe. Fewer layers as it warms up; more layers as the mercury … Continue reading

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Autumn’s Glow






              My dear friend Alice, a prolific writer and educator, introduced me to a poetry style commonly used in elementary school when we were children. Thanks Alice, for all the great ideas!     … Continue reading

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Apples, Apples, Everywhere






  What do you do when the lawn–such as it is–is continually littered with apples of various sizes, shapes, and colors? After picking them up repeatedly only to have them reappear more numerous than before, it was time to marshal … Continue reading

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Moving Playground






  As I stand at my kitchen sink looking out the large window before me, I take in a vista of metal barns, a slightly aging chicken coop that was moved “Egyptian style” on a cold rainy day across the … Continue reading

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Blueberry Jam






Ten months have passed since Anna even tasted jam. Making it for her has been a challenge on two fronts: jam needs pectin to set up properly which is primarily derived from apple, and cane sugar is the typical sweetener … Continue reading

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Berry Delicious Lemonade






With the marvelous bounty of berries currently making their way into our kitchen and ultimately the freezer, Anna had a craving for berry lemonade. With her help we quickly put this together, and it certainly hit the spot. Let this … Continue reading

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