• How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

    It drives me crazy that my child won’t eat a balanced diet. Let’s just start there. In theory I know that kids are often picky, heck I was, though that was mostly my sister’s fault. I copied everything Venise did and she remains to this day a particular eater. In practice, Henry’s picky eating aggravates me to no end. I take food really seriously, always have. I love eating it (as an adult I am a pretty adventurous eater), growing it and cooking it. I also hate waste. So watching my child refuse to eat the veggies I have lovingly prepared for him is incredibly frustrating for me. When I first became a parent, feeding…

  • REPEAT Pizza Rolls

    The Seahawks have done it again! With the help of a whole lot of 12s the Seattle Seahawks are going to the Superbowl for the second year in a row. I will be the first to admit I am not a huge football fan. When the rest of Seattle spends Sunday Funday on the couch watching their beloved Hawks, Farmer Ross and I are usually catching up on farm chores. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t love to jump on the bandwagon every now and again and support the team that has brought so much spirit to our area. Last year, in preparation for the Super Bowl feast I turned…

  • 12th Man in a Blanket Recipe

    Nothing says family bonding to my mom’s side of the family like football, lil’ smokies and nanny rolls. Whether it be Christmas or a family reunion, these three items are usually a part of the festivities. Of course, being from Seattle, when it comes to football the Seattle Seahawks are a big deal in our family. I have to admit though, while I love the excitement of watching the family yell at the TV, drink beer and cheer on their favorite team, I usually don’t know much about the players, standings or scores. This year it’s a bit different. The Seahawks are in the Superbowl. The streets of Seattle are…

  • Ross’ Homemade Butter

    One of the best things about living off the beaten path is the access to real food. I love the fact that I never have to put eggs on my grocery list and that rather than having frozen pizza as our fall back plan we have delicious egg scramble with sausage, garlic, eggs and cheese on those lazy days when grocery shopping just isn’t worth it. And even if I don’t have something available on my farm it is likely that one of my neighbors do. This past week,  I was gathering ingredients for my Christmas recipes (lasagna, cookies, whip cream, pie) and finishing up my last minute Christmas shopping,…

  • I think I Can, Can, Can, Part 2: Homemade Canned Applesauce

    This weekend found me trying to channel my inner-housewife and can homemade applesauce. I found out that canning is wicked stressful. I now understand the 1950’s woman’s dependence on barbiturates. What helped most was thinking of Nanny (yup, we like to talk about her a lot ’round here!) Nanny did not ascribe to the mama’s little helpers way of thinking. She did swear in the kitchen. She did not spill. She did not give her family botulism. She was the Grace Kelly of canning, the Katherine Hepburn of homemaking. I tried to channel her grace under pressure while making the applesauce she made so frequently, and only swore a couple times. And the effort was f*!?ing…

  • It’s Almost Summer- Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

    As part of my annual “omigosh it’s almost summer!” freak out, I have been snatching up berries whenever they are on sale. I can’t wait until August when I will be able to pick the deep red, incredibly sweet little strawberries that grow here, so I made these cheesecake parfaits with strawberries that probably have a bigger carbon footprint than my husband’s big Ford truck. This summer, I will serve these at a party or family dinner on a hot day when turning on the oven turns our kitchen into hell. We will eat them on the deck after a meal of bbq chicken, vinegar coleslaw, and crockpot baked beans. For now, I made them one…