Crusty Rustic Bread


Crusty Bread

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon Instant or Rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 cups water

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 – 18 hours. Overnight works great. Heat oven to 450 degrees. When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating. Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough. Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool.



This is a wonderful beverage to have in the evening and the benefits are extraordinary.

The main ingredient in this recipe is turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, the polyphenol identified as its primary active component and which exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.




Silica gel packets are used to absorb moisture and keep things dry, so they are ideal to reuse throughout your home where you might be worried about excess moisture.  Here are a few places we have found these packets to be useful.  Just make sure that you keep these out of the reach of children!  They are not to be eaten.



build a super sturdy tomato cage.  we grow monsters.  our tomato plants are 8 ft tall and we got bushels from 4 plants.  we bought a house with land and plan to garden even larger this year.  i can’t wait to get this built and have my mega tomatoes growing like gangbusters but totally OFF the ground!

Starting Our Seeds Indoors…Getting Ready For Spring!

take this winter time to learn what you need to get your seeds started. if you have everything ready to go, your gardening will flow much smoother.

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Thinking Spring!

This winter has been long, cold and snowy – and we are simply ready for it to come to an end!  And even as the forecast looms for another possible snow event early this week – we at least can now begin to “Think Spring” as we get ready to plant the first of our seeds indoors! So with the first indoor “planting” day arriving this week – it was time to get the seed stand, lights and trays ready to go. See: How To Build An Indoor Seed Starting Stand

Counting Backwards – When To Start What Seeds Indoors…

When to start seeds indoors is always the million dollar question. For many of the typical vegetable plants (i.e. tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, etc.) – it is standard practice to start your plants 4 to 6 weeks before planting day.  We like to use 6 to 8 weeks however as…

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Cherry Pastry Bars

1 cup butter, softened
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
3 cup flour
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
1 large can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling

3 tbsp milk ,
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp soft cream cheese
5 heaping tbsp powdered sugar.

Oven 375. Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then beat in the extracts. Gradually mix in the flour until well incorporated.

Spread 3/4 of the batter in the bottom pan lined with parchment paper. Scoop cherry pie filling over batter in pan. Drop remaining batter by spoonful’s over the cherries.

Bake for 45 min. Let cool completely.
To make icing whisk together icing ingredients and drizzle over cooled bars before slicing,