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TAG : Erin Sheehan

Pumpkin Apple Pie Recipe

For Thanksgiving I couldn’t decide if I should make a pumpkin pie or an apple pie. There were only seven of us so I didn’t feel that making both would be a good idea, unless we wanted lots of extra pie left over. Not always a bad thing, I admit, but I want my pants to fit!I compromised ...

Growing Late Season Greens

Being from Upstate New York, I never really had the idea to grow collard greens in the garden. But my husband had tried them before and liked them, so we gave it a go. Turns out they are a great late-season vegetable and last well into the winter, so you can still be picking fresh greens even ...

Apple Bundt Cake

With the 60 or so pounds of apples we picked from wild and abandoned trees this year, I have had to reach pretty far into my recipe box to use them up. A friend gave me her Aunt Fran’s apple cake recipe years ago. Her aunt would be over 100 if she was alive today, so I think the recipe dates ...

Candy Alternatives for Halloween Trick or Treaters

This year marked our first Halloween at the new house. Our neighbors told us to expect anywhere from 85 to 200 trick-or-treaters. I didn’t want to give out candy or plastic nothings made in China, so I asked my mom for some help with alternatives. She suggested bats and spiders. They were ...

Chocolate Beet Cake

We had a very successful beet harvest this year. Maybe too successful, if you are like me and aren’t such a fan of beets. I’ve been casting about trying to figure out good ways to use some of them up when I came across a beet cake recipe. I’d printed it out a few years back but never ...

A Killing Frost

The garden looks pretty barren these days. We had a hard frost Monday night. It did in almost everything we had left in the garden: the last cherry tomato, a cilantro patch, and three basil plants I’d hoped somehow might make it through.Oddly, my lettuce survived. It’s in a container pushed ...

Pumpkin Harvest Time

We harvested 280 pounds of pumpkin and winter squash this year, our biggest harvest yet. The total was: 71 pounds of pie pumpkins, 20 pounds of Buttercup squash, 127 pounds of Neck pumpkins and 63 pounds of Queensland Blue squash.Winter squash and pumpkins take a lot of space. To have a ...

Harvesting Horseradish

We transplanted our two-year-old horseradish plant in April and crossed our fingers that it would survive the move. Great news — the plant has flourished in its new location. We put it next to our driveway, far from our main garden plot, as we know that horseradish has a tendency to invade ...

Urban Foraging for Chicken of the Woods

We ate a tree fungus for dinner a few nights ago. It may sound strange, but it was delicious! A friend brought over a large bag full of Laetiporus sulphureus the other night. It’s a mushroom that is commonly known as Chicken of the Woods or the chicken mushroom.Apparently the growing ...

Can Your Own Pizza Sauce

We eat homemade pizza nearly once a week in the winter. I make my own crust and can pizza sauce with tomatoes from the garden. Canning pizza sauce is fairly easy, and if you are swamped with tomatoes and looking for something new to do with them, this might be for you. I find commercial pizza ...

Breathe In, Breathe Out

We’ve had a busy year getting settled into our new house, working hard to get our new homestead up and running. For about six months or so it’s seemed pretty frantic – setting up new everything – garden space, compost bin, clothesline, fruit trees, kitchen …As all of you hard-core ...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Box Cake

This year, as my birthday rolled around, I wanted to reprise last year’s ice cream cake recipe. But as the date approached, it became apparent that it would be way too hot to bake the bottom layer of an ice cream cake. I started looking around for a recipe that would satisfy – one with no ...

Canned Thousand Island Pickles

Growing cucumbers seems to be feast or famine for us. We had complete crop failure three years in a row, then a bumper crop. This year is just so-so. The plants are getting killed by cucumber beetles and just aren’t thriving. We used seeds we got for free, which could be part of the problem, ...

Summer Squash Refrigerator Pickles

Inundated with summer squash this year? Have you resorted to dropping off yellow squash and zucchinis at your neighbors’ houses? Here’s a way to use up some squash that’s delicious and simple. No canning equipment is needed for this recipe and they keep in the fridge for about a ...

Berry Picking Then and Now

About as far back as I can remember, summertime meant berry picking. We had special long-sleeved shirts that were just for picking. They protected our arms and if they got stained it didn’t matter. We each wore a belt around our waist with a bucket tied to it so we could pick hands-free. I ...

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