Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
UPDATE: Found the booklet. The mystery deepens. Clearly this plant is NOT what the booklet describes here. These flowers are absolutely GREEN, not white. I have done a little more research into the origins and old uses of the Hellebore. Oh boy, seems another powerful plant with a shady reputation has wooed it's way into my garden this year. So far, she has my full attention.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 TB lemon juice
Have ready a small saucepan of boiling water and a TB with which to measure it when ready.
Place in the top of a double boiler over-not in- hot water:
3 fresh egg yolks
Beat the yolks with a wire whisk until they begin to thicken.
Beat again until the eggs begin to thicken. Repeat until you have added:
3 more TBS of boiling water
Then beat in the warm lemon juice. Remove double boiler from heat. Beat the sauce well wil the whisk. Continue to beat while slowly adding the melted butter and:
a pinch of salt
a few grains of cayenne
Beat until the sauce is thick.
Serve at once...
don't stop to take pictures...
don't let it chill...
go directly to the table...
Run, Forrest...RUN !!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Under the moon, across the snow
the little rabbits come and go.
Out of the forest, deep and white,
Their shadows follow them at night
into the clearing. To and fro
under the moon the rabbits go.
There in the silent silver light
They hold their midnight rabbit rite
as one old rabbit leads the rest
in secret, soundless rabbit fest
and, lifting ears to some high tune,
they raise their tails to greet the moon.
They are not secretive as mice
But dance all night upon the ice
Beneath the moon and leave at dawn.
I find their footprints on the lawn.
Under the moon the rabbits go,
Leaving stories in the snow.
~Margaret Menamin*This hooked rug is part of an exhibit that I enjoyed recently with my pal, Hilda:
Rags to Rugs: Pennsylvania Hooked and Handsewn Rugs
through December 31, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I just had to leave that first Lily post without words. Photographing this flower combined with the heady scent it is releasing this afternoon has left me all but speechless...but I will persevere. I have been infatuated with lilies for some time. It started with a white Casablanca lily I bought years ago for my Moon garden, simply because it has a white flower. I had no idea that it also had such an intoxicating fragrance. Even though the white Lily has associations with the Virgin Mary, the Resurrection and the Holy Trinity, it is also deeply rooted with symbolism that is much older. The white lily is considered sacred to the Goddess Eostre/Ostara/Astarte (Easter) thus representing the Spring"Passion" (fertility) of the Vegetation God with the Earth Goddess. The PA Deitsch also used the stylized lily (or lily-tulip) in their folk arts and fraktur. It is often depicted with three petals which represented the Holy Trinity (or the Triple Goddess to pre- Christian cultures). Regardless, of the chosen symbolism, this particular flower is literally dripping with fragrant fertility today... and no one can deny a flower that in Spring, right?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
KWF and I go way back... Back to the early 90's when the store was literally a farm store. I worked in the Apothecary for many years and designed the logo. They helped finance my way to herb school and gave my kid a job. Good deal. All these years later, we are still supporting each other... as local business owners. I have grown my business and they have grown theirs: Three locations now and planning more. I don't wholesale my products many places, but this is my neighborhood...and they have my stuff, front and center. They know my products and use my products and recommend them to customers. They even have a picture poster of me on the wall ((insert snicker here)) a very LARGE poster. It's embarrassing, and I can't look at it when I'm shopping, but it works. People recognize me, put a face to a name, and a name to a product that I make with my own two hands. That is supporting local business at it's most basic. We're good neighbors. I like that. I will be working on an educational bag stuffer in the coming week that tells customers about the 2008 Herb of the Year Poster Child, Calendula. I'll describe it's benefits and list a variety of in-store calendula products, ahem, including mine at the top of the list. Goood neighbors!
*Friday /* Saturday
Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie
Have ready a single crust for a 9" pie
2 cups milk (my tweak: 1 cup raw milk-1 cup coconut milk)
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 Farm Fresh eggs (no problem)
1 cup unsweetened coconut (with a little extra to sprinkle on top)
Scald the milk until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan. Add sugar and vanilla stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add 4 beaten eggs. Keep stirring! Add 1 cup of coconut and stir again. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. The last 15 minutes, sprinkle the reserved coconut on top of pie . It should toast nicely in the final 15 minutes.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Being a busy, home-based, self-employed woman with a family, I am known to write (and sometimes complete) long lists of wildly diverse daily duties. Anyone who shares a similiar lifestyle knows how chaotic it can be to juggle it all. But if I can afford time in the day to tackle even one small task from the Hausfraa's 'orderly list' and focus on it completely, I feel instantly connected to generations of industrious women. Women who never uttered the currently popular phrase "multi-task". Another benefit to the "orderly list" is that it allows me to reap a few moments of blissful satisfaction that comes only from engaging in a single task and following it through to completion. No physical interruptions or mental distractions; certainly a small rare gem in the big proud world of "multi-tasking". In the middle of a chaotic day, I consider that to be the kind of relaxing meditation that I can really look forward to.
*Thursday, ** housewife
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
HOT BACON DRESSING
1 egg, well beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup of cider vinegar
3/4 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 strips of bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 Tablespoon of water
Beat the sugar into the egg.Add the vinegar, water and salt and beat well. Meanwhile, brown the bacon in a small saucepan. When crispy, stir the flour into the bacon and drippings until smooth. Add the vinegar water to the bacon mixture and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Serve hot over clean dandelion leaves or endive.