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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

We're embracing the culture of the area of the San Joaquin Valley that we've have moved into. The culture here is decidedly Hispanic. I've found Hispanic peoples to be some of the most amenable and friendly cultures of the world. They're hard-working and intelligent, creative and fun loving. ...

Homemade Almond Milk

We live in one of the premier almond growing areas of America if not the premier area of the world. The San Joaquin Valley. Just down the road from us there are acres and acres of almond groves. So naturally I'm taking an interest in almonds. Just so you know, if you grow almonds you pronounce ...

It’s Sedimentary, My Dear Watson

"Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the flowers is?"Answer: They're everywhere! In the meantime I'm getting ready to plant my victory garden. First I need to see what I'm working with.Do It Yourself Soil Sediment TestSoil is where the garden starts. If you don't have good ...

Our New Homestead

This is where our huge garden is going to go.Dear Reader,We finally did it. It took months — maybe even years when I think about it — to find our own place and now it's happened. We bought a few acres of arable land, with plenty of water and a few outbuildings in need of repair. We're ...

The Rest of the Story

"In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these." — Paul HarveyI don't know what made me think of Paul Harvey the other day. I guess I was sick with one of the worst head colds I've ever had and I was sending a letter to my sister to let her know what was ...

Mom’s Mexican Plates

We're packing and packing getting ready for our Big Move to our four acres in Madera. I reach back into the recesses of our closets and cupboards to remove everything and carefully wrap and box it up. Things that I put in the cupboard up high and back are things I forgot about. Now that I ...

Four Acres and a Mule

This is not our new farm but isn't it beautiful? Our old ranch.We bought the farm.Not the way you think but you've probably figured that out already. We bought a small farm. Just north of Fresno near the little town of Madera. Madera is in the middle of California and the raisin growing capital ...

Easy to Make Suet Bird Feeders

Back in old Ioway the deer would browse the corn fields and get nice and fat in the winter. At my mother-in-law's she even had a conservation easement (or whatever it's called) to let a certain number of acres stay in corn just to feed the deer. That was nice for the deer and nice for the ...

Homemade Preserved Lemons

While the rest of the country is smothered under a blanket of snow, we here in California are just getting started with citrus season. Meyer lemons are loading down the trees and mandarin orange stands are advertising their sweet goodness. I guess folks in Florida and Texas are enjoying ...

Bayberry Christmas Candles

Christmas is always a time of excitement for me. When we were kids we got the Sears catalog a couple months before Christmas and we would immediately start poring over the toy section with great zeal. We would circle the toys we hoped for and then we would make our little lists. Sometimes ...

Stalking the Wild Christmas Tree

Every year we venture up into the mountains of the Mendocino National Forest to find the perfect wild Christmas tree. People around here jokingly call it Tree Hunting Season. Tree Hunting Season comes right after Deer Hunting Season ends. Like any hunting it's not an easy jaunt down to the ...

The Best Ever Onion Confit

My paternal grandmother Daisy was not a great cook. For example, she took her green beans, added fat back and boiled them to death. Store bought white bread was her preference and I don't remember a single recipe of hers that I would want to replicate or pass on. Except one. Her onion confit ...

The Keystone Cops Revisited

A few minutes ago as I was sitting and writing at my computer I heard the familiar Ack Ack and I knew that our guineas were close by. I called out to Marty, "I think we have some visitors!" and sure enough there they were crowding our front step peering in some sort of demented Guinea way. I ...

I’ll Show You Mine

My name is Renee, and I’m a junk pile-aholic. There. I’ve out-ed myself. I freely admit I have a junk pile. This is really quite a revelation and really goes completely against the grain of my upbringing. You see, I am Midwestern born and bred, and we don’t do junk piles out there. If ...

Water Water Everywhere Not Likely

On January 17, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in much of the state’s agricultural counties. This has been the driest year on record since they started keeping track more than 100 years ago. In 1976-77, a few years before I married into the family, my husband ...

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