A Story About a Goose & Also A Blueberry Sauce

I have a recipe for a raw blueberry sauce to tell you about (so simple & fresh; similar to this) but first I have to tell you about a goose, since it’s because of the goose that we became the lucky recipients of a gallon(!) of freshly-picked blueberries.

One of our friends lives in Lake Waccamaw.  [...]

What We Have

I am watching a tropical storm out the window as I write this (or, tropical storm-ish: the outer bands of Hurricane Arthur).  The trees heave and yaw, their leaves peel back to reveal silvered underbellies.  The wind comes in heavy gusts, but sometimes not at all; likewise the rain: sometimes it falls in sheets, sometimes [...]

Garden Snapshot 6.29.2014

It’s hard to believe that so much has happened in the garden in the two months since I last wrote about it; yet in some ways it feels like so little.  I still haven’t finished planting the rest of the tomatoes, but most of them are in and growing well, and about half are blossoming.

I [...]

Garden Snapshot: 3/9/14

If I were to sum up the last three months in just five words, it would be these: Dear Winter, I’m over you.  And so it was hard, today, when it was gloriously 70-degrees-and-sunny to want to do anything but sit on the porch and bask.

And so I didn’t do any of the things I [...]

What it Really Feels Like

You Learn to Layer

Last night I draped two layers of row covers over my arugula to (hopefully) keep them from biting the dust.  They all looked terrible after the first ‘Arctic Blast’; most of them were starting to perk up again & grow tender new leaves, but some of them had withered and died completely.

When I got back [...]

This Story Ends with: “And then I had a heart attack”

A while ago I was working in the garden, setting out thick layers of newspaper and covering them with grass clippings.  I was working my way up the row, spreading & covering, spreading and covering, when something seemed out of place.  In the back of my mind, something seemed not quite right.

I kept working, spreading [...]

Garden Snapshot 8.9.13

Well, I finally figured out what the small orange bugs were that I’ve been squishing: leaf-footed stink bugs–and guess what?  They totally destroyed my tomatoes.  Several years back when I took a Plant Pathology course, insects were classified by their mouths/method of eating.  For example, there were the piercing/sucking, and the rasping/chewing.  These [...]

Currently Our Favorite Conversation Starter: Andy’s Tick Bite and Ensuing Red Meat Allergy

There have been some (unintentional) dietary changes around here of late.

I’ve recently discovered that I may be lactose intolerant, or at the very least half-and-half-in-my-coffee-intolerant.  I’ve dealt with this stoically and with coconut milk, and by pretending that this intolerance does not also extend to cheese and ice cream.  I wasn’t a huge dairy-eater to [...]

Neighborly

The neighbor lost his dog the other day.

And then we noticed a new fellow hanging out in the marsh, who sometimes makes loud noises that sound like an outboard motor trying to start:

“Hey, so do you think I should call the neighbor and tell him I found his dog?” I asked [...]