… [more] Ants on logs? You should offer this ‘snack’ to your kiddos if just for their reaction. When I was young, ants on logs was the descriptor for celery piped with peanut butter topped with raisins. I picture the clever mother who coined the term: a tease or dare to get her little ones to reach for a healthy snack.
A handful of my friends and I have been playing with
I imagine the farmhouse full of early morning hustle and bustle. Up at the crack of dawn, out in the barn with a pitchfork, boots with crusted mud from the day before*. If I were that farmer, I imagine saying hello to the snorts of pigs and the loud squawking of ducks and chickens. My eyes take in the status of my crops—I lean over to inspect some garden greens.
My brother emailed me mid-breakfast to say: he and [my 7 year old niece] Lily were enjoying my homemade granola—and Lily would like the recipe. I had given all of my siblings a little stash of homemade goodies for Christmas, and my homemade granola was part of each gift. This versatile granola recipe with raisins… [more] is not only easy to make, but I venture to bet: better than any store-bought
Mom, the laundry room is insanely cold again… can you make more apple chips? This seemingly disjointed request actually makes sense in our ‘under-construction’ home. With tons of DIY remodeling, we have had to cut heaters here and lights there, put up tarps and dust yet another layer off all furniture.
A casualty of remodeling is a very cold laundry/bathroom. No heat reaches this room, and we keep the door… [more]
Luckily, this recipe makes two loaves. A good thing when you have lots of opinionated palates in the house. One pumpkin bread loaf stayed plain as the plain blue sky and the other pumpkin bread was chock full of golden raisins and walnuts (I personally would not be opposed to studding pumpkin bread with dark chunks of chocolate. I am just sayin.’)
I hadn’t made pumpkin bread in quite some… [more]
I love a can’t-keep-my-hands-out-of-the-bowl snack. Some weak in the knees snacks are obvious: your favorite chips or nuts, cotton candy if you are my mom, chocolate covered peanuts if you are my dad. My sons love baked cheesy crackers and we all line up for truffle popcorn… [more]. What is your ‘addictive’ snack? Please share!
And lest you be short on must-have bites, I bring you yet another (you can
We make jokes about our chickens eating fennel; we jokingly call it ‘chicken crack’. It isn’t a pleasant term, perhaps, but it aptly captures the chicken’s crazy frenzy when fennel comes knocking. We will put in a nub of fennel into a pile of old lettuce and bread, watermelon peels and corn husks. And they find the fennel: quickly. And then they run around like… oh boy: a chicken with… [more]
On our humble little urban farm we have a very, VERY large cherry tree. I gaze upon it frequently. Because it is so large—and hasn’t been pruned in many, many years—we cannot even reach the lowest branches with a standard ladder. (Ah: now ‘cherry picker’ makes so much sense!).
When we moved in, I had no idea what type of cherries were going to dangle from its branches. Until this… [more]
I have made this humble little appetizer for years. Think of the restaurants you visit, where they put a little dish of spiced nuts in front of you—compliments of the house. You remember the gesture, the little treat.
At home: whether just before a weeknight meal or as a simple way to greet weekend guests, a tray of nuts is a quick way to offer some pre-dinner, complimentary nibbles.