Cherry Jam Tart

  Over the last couple years, I have come to love making jam.  The patience it takes, slowly stirring the bubbling juice waiting for just the right thickness.  The simplicity of the recipe, just fruit and sugar, and maybe a squeeze of lemon.  Its practicality, turning fruit that’s almost gone bad into something that will…

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Welcoming Summer with Peach Muffins

This baby that is growing in my stomach must love peaches.  I have had the craziest peach cravings since I discovered the juiciest sweetest organic peaches I have ever eaten at my local fruit market.  They are so juicy that you have to eat them while holding a paper towel under your chin to catch…

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In the Garden: Roasted Tomato Soup

This morning I smacked the snooze button on my alarm and snuggled under the blankets for a few extra minutes.  It’s the first morning where I felt like it was going to be cold when I took off that blanket.  It was, thanks to the rain that fell last night and there is more planned…

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Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread

  The kitchen is too quiet.  Normally making dinner involves a coordinated shuffle of bodies in the 3 ft x 6 ft space I can call my kitchen.  Tom switching between the sink and the fridge, me between the fridge and the stove.  We can barely fit two people in there at once, but the…

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Photo Friday – Freezer Tomato Sauce w/ Recipe

  No story for today.  Just a favorite recipe and my first instagram post.  Yes, I bought an iphone this week.  Its my first big gift to myself in a couple of years, since I bought my camera, and I deserve it.  Let me tell you, this thing is awesome.  I’ve been posting lots of…

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Eggs and Zucchini – A Summer Breakfast

  It’s quiet around here.  No jingling of Chaser’s dog collar, none of his galloping up and down the stairs at a maniac pace either.  Tom isn’t playing loud country music in the driveway while feeding his birds and I’m not waking up to Tom’s mess from his rushed morning, on the way to work. …

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Simple Moments and Roasted Strawberries

  I can feel the sun is streaming through my bedroom window before my eyes open.  Its going to be another hot one.  I listen for the chickens.  Silence, that’s good.  It must be before 9:00.  I roll over to check the clock.  8:04 am.  Perfect. As quietly as possible I tiptoe past my little…

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Photo Friday – Plum Jam with Recipe

I love making jam in the summer.  We don’t bother canning it since we tend to finish it off pretty quickly.  That’s why I love this recipe, because you can make any amount you need.  This week we used red plums, last week it was tropical plums, next week we will see what is on…

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Cooking and Camping in the Rain

When we left for Big Basin Redwoods Campground we knew rain showers were in the forecast.  I thought.  Rain?  This late in June.  It’ll be nothing, it probably wont even rain. Boy was I wrong.  At about 2 pm, 30 minutes from camp it started raining, hard.  And it didn’t really stop until the next…

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Afternoon Rituals and Strawberry Cake

  He first appeared on the corner in March with a tower of boxes & bags.  Mangoes and oranges.  Now, every afternoon I see him peddling his fruit, the most beautiful sunny smile on his tanned face.  He is a popular guy.  People look for him on their way home from work, while walking their…

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