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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 ...

Oyster Stew for Christmas

My sister came to visit from Colorado this year. We have had plenty of time to reminisce about when we were kids and it seems like only yesterday.Early in the morning on Christmas day the house was dark when we woke. At the end of the hallway we could see the glow from the lights on the tree ...

Guineas Are From Mars Chickens Are From Venus

Can we come in and play with you?Now I have little troughs of water for them in strategic places and when I feed the chickens I scatter mealworms and game bird crumble on the ground near the chicken pen. They are starting to expect me and come running. I don't think that they will gather round ...

This Will Curl Your Hair

When I began crocheting old-fashioned rag rugs, I started to accumulate a lot of end pieces of fabric I didn't know what to do with. Not being one to throw things away without having a real good reason to do so, I stored them and waited. You know the old saying, "I might need that someday!" ...

Family Reunion Recipes

Whenever we have a family reunion the food table groans under the weight of many amazing and delicious items. When my gramma was alive there was her famous ham. Now her daughter is continuing that tradition. There's also my aunt's wonderful German potato salad and wilted bacon and spinach ...

How to Crochet Old Fashioned Rag Rugs – A Video

I wrote a two-part article about how to crochet old-fashioned rag rugs a few months ago. I did my best to show in print how to make something that really is best shown in real life. At least that's the way I think about it. I thought, well, people who are familiar with crocheting won't have a ...

Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers

My granny's garden had plenty of wonderful vegetables. She had tomatoes, okra, cabbage, sweet corn, green beans, squash (winter and summer) and bell pepper, among other things. One thing she did not have were Japanese bell and Thai hot peppers. This summer I thought I'd break out of the mold ...

Gramma’s Peach Cobbler to the Rescue

I was trimming agave plants a couple days ago. If any of you have trimmed agave plants you know you have to wear gloves and long pants and sleeves and take great care. In Nature's infinite wisdom, she gave the agave plant a way to defend itself by giving it spines along each side of the leaf ...

The Guinea Chronicles

We have had a recent spate of rattlesnake bites. First the chocolate lab, then our little "red" dog and then the cat. We were not sure the cat had been bitten. The vet said when a cat is bitten it is fatal and this was on good authority. Our vet has been practicing in this area for almost 50 ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I water my garden every day. I have to. There's no rain coming from the sky to help me out here. So I'm happy to say I have a robust crop of two kinds of Japanese peppers: PIM green bell pepper and Shisito. I have also Thai hot chilis coming in. Unfortunately, I also have a robust crop of ...

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

I took a break from blogging because I was on a road trip to Kansas with my sister for a couple weeks. Everyone joked, "Is this going to be a re-do of Thelma and Louise?" I said, "No, unless it is the version in which Thelma and Louise live and they take another road trip 30 years later. In ...

Gramma’s Homemade Foot Butter

I come from a long line of women plagued with the worst dry feet on the planet. My mother, grandmother and I have the type of feet that get severely cracked and sore. This happens every summer. I guess it doesn't help that all three of us have a predilection for going around barefoot in the ...

Going Once, Going Twice …

On the ranch we have need from time to time for equipment or livestock. Sometimes a time-honored tradition, the auction, has been the right place to get what we need. People on homesteads, farms and ranches have been going to local auctions since what seems like the dawn of time. I remember my ...

Homemade Flour Tortillas

If you would like to make your own tortilla press, please read my previous blog post. This recipe will make anywhere from 8 to 16 tortillas, depending on how large you make them.2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard ...

A Homemade Tortilla Press

I had a hankering for homemade tortillas one day recently, but my personal experience making them has not been, shall we say, highly successful. They always turned out too thick, too chewy and oddly shaped. I got my inspiration from the lovely Indian women in Mexico near San Cristobal de la ...

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