Garlic Time

Remember this from earlier this summer?

Well now with the first frost approaching it’s time to plant garlic for next year. I’m actually running a bit late this year.  Typically I would have planted my garlic a week or so ago but with all that is going on around here lately - homeschool, book writing and the kick off of the wholesale holiday season the garlic had just not been planted yet.


Galic is easy to plant and oh so rewarding about nine to ten monthes later. First you need some nice tight, plump garlic bulbs. I bought mine from a local grocery store.

Gently pulp the cloves apart leaving a bit of the paper around each clove.  Use the plumpest cloves because they will make the because bulbs.


Make sure you have an area with well tilled soil that is loose and has good drainage.  I also pick a place that gets plenty of sun so that during those short early spring days the ground where the garlic is planted get nice a warm.


Now plant each clove pointy side up approximatly 4 to 6 inches apart and 1 inch deep. The rows should be about 5-6 inches apart.  Now just cover up the cloves and water gently.  In about 9 to ten months your garlic should be ready to harvest and make into a lovely (and fragent) braid.

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Manuscript Crunch Time

These last few days have been spent putting the final touches on the manuscript for my wood working book.  Here is a a little peak at what book writing headquarters, also know as my kitchen table, looks like right now.

Please excuse the poor lighting, it seems that there is a thunderstorm on the way and it quite cloudy.  Many that storm will be bring more Autumn like weather instead of the 80 plus degrees we have had here lately.

As you can see it is a pretty basic set up for book writing.  A warm mug of coffee with white chocolate raspberry creamer (I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that there are currently 6 different flavors of coffee cream in my refrigerator at the moment), a wood working book to use for reference and inspiration, a little wooden squirrel for motivation and a wool knitted strawberry is all you need to write a book. Actually I have no idea how the strawberry ended up there but if I had to ventue a guess mine would be on a pair of little two year old hands. Oh and a laptop, I guess that the laptop is the most important part of my book writing materials.

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New Waldorf Teething Baby Dolls

Not long ago I was eagerly awaiting a special package from my lovely friend Jen of Sewn Natural.   The box was full of sweet snuggly softness.  I could barely contain my excitement when the box arrived. Here’s a peak at all the cuteness that was inside that box.

These sweet dolls are one of the new collaborative projects Jen and I have been working on together. All the dolls are handmade by Jen and her mom Jane from all natural and organic materials- including Canadian carded wool and a beautiful assortment of organic bamboo velours and cottons.  Our all natural wooden triangle teethers are hugged by these sweet waldorf babies, making them the perfect  first doll for little ones.  These little baby dolls would also a wonderful stocking stuffer this season!

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{this moment} Sun drenched

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Four years ago today…

I married my husband.  It would have been hard to see the life we have now from were we stood then but that is what makes life a bit more exciting.

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It’s hard to believe that the first frost of the season is here.  I won’t lie and pretend I’m too horribly sad.  I love the cooler weather that requires a sweater and a warm cup of cider in my favorite mug.  There is something satisfying also about seeing my frosty breath on early mornings while watching the last few games of the soccer season.

It is hard though to believe that just a few short months ago I was willing my seedling to grow, grow, grow and just weeks ago I was up to my nose in tomatoes that needed to be canned.  Now most of those tomatoes are canned (or at least in my freezer awaiting their fate), most of the garden is brown, and what tomato plants are still green only produce a ripened fruit intermittently.

Now is time to reminisce about 2010′s garden season and to eagerly await the new year with it’s fresh round of seed catalogs and hours of pouring over all the different plant descriptions.

Good bye, summer.  Good bye, garden.   See you again before I know it.

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Simply Paper

Sometimes the most simple (and easily overlooked) everyday items can bring so much joy.  Take the humble piece of paper.  We write on it, color it, and even sometimes paint it- though that depends on how much time we have to clean up the inevitable mess.  In each of those activities paper is passive- it just lays there.

However if you pick that paper up and give it a few folds a simple piece of paper takes on a whole new vocation in life- flight.  Yes, I’m talking about the paper airplane.

Paper airplanes can be as simple or complexed as you want.  Heck, if you aren’t up to folding just crumble up a sheet and make a paper UFO!  If you want to try folding a some tried and true fliers these paper airplane PDFs are a great start.

The best part about paper airplanes is the magic they create for a child.  They can create something that flies with just a piece of paper!

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{this moment}Balloon Moon

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I want to apologize for my absence this week.  I have been diligently putting the finishing touches on the manuscript for my book!  It seems like just yesterday I started on this endeavor and now after months or writing, erasing, drawing, brainstorming, rewriting, it is all pulling together but always seems that the last few words and revisions are the most tedious.

Next week I hope to have a sneak peak to share with you all.  But until then I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and has a fabulous weekend!

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Dutch Apple Pie

With apple season come apple pie, that just a given around here.  Apple pie also just happens to be one of my father’s favorite desserts.  So in honor of his birthday I baked him a Dutch apple pie with the wonderful local apples I bought at the farmers market.

Dutch Apple Pie

  • 1 (9 inch) deep dish pie shell
  • 7 cups apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or other nut)
  • 1/2 cup butter

*I really love the streusel topping so I make 1 and a half times the streusel for the pie to make it extra streusel-ly.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons flour, white sugar, and spices in a large bowl.   Mix well then add apples that are have been peal, sliced, and cored. Gently toss apples to evenly coat them.
  3. Pour apples into pie shell and dot with 2 TB of butter or butter replacer.  Then lay a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of filling, but do not seal.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. While filling is baking, make Streusel Topping: In a medium bowl combine 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, oats, and lemon peel. Mix thoroughly, then cut in 1/2 cup butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly. Remove pie from oven and sprinkle streusel on top and then give it a good pat down so the streusel bits don’t roll off the pie.
  6. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until streusel is browned and apples are tender. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning.

Enjoy with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or just by itself.  This pie also makes a great breakfast the next morning!

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