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June 2011 Blog Posts (26)

The Great HOMEGROWN Cook-Off of 2011 - Pan Sautéed Patty Pan Squash

Howdy folks! This is my entry for the cook-off, and actually this is a post that I made on my CCR blog earlier in the week.

I would say that 95% of the ingredients in this recipe are from my front yard garden, and 99% of the ingredients that ended up on the final plate are from our front yard garden. I say front yard, because we have a back yard garden also.




Added by Cajun Chef Ryan on June 30, 2011 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

:: Everyday SOLE Food (Sustainable, Organic, Local, Ethical) ::

A SOLE Food Challenge is something I've been thinking about for ages now, just haven't had the time or energy so far this year, and really, I still don't. In an attempt to reduce the pressure I might put on myself by calling it a…


Added by dixiebelle on June 30, 2011 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

Milk: making butter

High Prairie Homestead

Added by amanda richards on June 29, 2011 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Garden Update

I know I've been updating you on the garden in the sidebar. But I couldn't help but show you what I've been… Continue

Added by Carol J. Alexander on June 27, 2011 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

Keeping it clean: My laundry soap recipe

The other day my sis asked me to share my recipe for laundry soap. It's very simple, but I'm not so good with measuring things. I tend to just make by feel (needless to say, I don't always have spectacular results). For the sake of passing on the info I'm going to make an attempt to quantify the process. I hobbled this particular laundry soap recipe together from various sources across the web. I've been making my own for so long that the process has evolved a bit to suit me, but you can…


Added by Aleah Weltha on June 26, 2011 at 12:30pm — 12 Comments

Fending Off Squash Pests

We're planning to grill the first squash from our garden tomorrow:  some zucchini and a variety of yellow squash.    I have to admit that the first to taste squash from our garden were pests.  And we may not have the yields of some conventional gardeners this year.  Yet, I don't regret our efforts to grow by organic methods.  …


Added by Flour Sack Mama on June 26, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Sharing Mango Chutney

Here it is year number two of successfully making mango chutney, well that is if I can follow the recipe and stir the chutney every ten minutes for the next three hours. It is 4:00 p.m. which means the chutney won't be finished until at least 8:00, three hours to simmer and then canning time. I started this project at 1:30 and love every minute of it but really wish the mangos had ripened in a week as planned to be able to…


Added by Sarah on June 23, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Fresh Raspberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)


I can't think of a better way to celebrate the first day of summer than by making a batch of ice cream. The raspberry canes in the garden are completely doubled over with the weight of this year's crop. Already filling their own corner…


Added by Rachel Brownlee on June 22, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

HOMEGROWN Fair Submission - homemade cheese: English-style Coulommiers (a.k.a. English farmhouse cheese)

[Originally posted on my blog briciole as English-style Coulommiers (a.k.a. English farmhouse cheese)]

I am not sure why I had never tried to make this fresh cheese before, but I am certainly glad that the availability of fresh goat…


Added by Simona on June 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

What are your summer solstice plans?


Hi everyone! I'm getting excited to celebrate the start of the summer solstice tonight. Anyone else have special plans?


Above is a photo of my friend Katie Red at our solstice celebration last year. We actually ended up celebrating at the very end of the solstice instead of the beginning since we were both busy the night before. I brought…


Added by Aliza Ess on June 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

1995 Subaru Impreza Wagon--My Car

This is my car.

Can you tell we live on a dirt road?

I really like my car. My son bought it about 4 years ago for $500.

It was all banged up like this when he bought it. The previous owner hit two deer.…


Added by Carol J. Alexander on June 20, 2011 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

Digital subscriptions - save money, space, and take it with you.

 Want to save some money and take your subscriptions with you?  When  subscribing to periodicals or purchasing  books,  go with  the digital version of your subscription. 

I have updated the majority of my magizine subscriptions this way.  I've, stopped those which were not in digital format, after asking the publisher to digitally publish their periodical and moved over to reading artilces using their on line websites.  I  also purchase my hard books in digital format as well when…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on June 18, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

:: The Modern Life ::

(Hey, come visit me sometime at eatatdixiebelles)


Having some down-time in the last week since my operation, I've been thinking about big issues (trying not to, but you know my brain doesn't listen to me!), and…


Added by dixiebelle on June 16, 2011 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Busy Bees and Plant Sex

If you've eaten a lettuce salad, some fruit or even nuts today, chances are you have a bee to thank.  Even if you don't eat honey, that delectable byproduct of the bee's busy work, you wouldn't be dining well at all…


Added by Flour Sack Mama on June 16, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

In Defense of Summer Magic...

Summer vacation is upon us here in Southwest Virginia. Kids home 24/7...need I say

more? The house is alive and wild, noisy and happy, bubbles being blown on the

front porch and squirt guns squirting through screen windows...literally as I

typed this my daughter just turned on the stereo and it was playing, "School's

Out For Summer"...really loud, whereby I asked her to turn it off. Really off.

Not that I don't like the music, just not…


Added by Country Girl on June 16, 2011 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Boone Street Garden Update


For those of you new to my posts, my friend Cheryl and I have started a community garden and urban farm in Baltimore City. This link will take you to the early March section of the blog that shows us meeting with the neighbors to clean the empty lot, start seedlings, and…


Added by Aliza Ess on June 15, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

And then there was one...

So, picking back up where I left off...regarding our premature turkey hatch and 3 'hens' setting on 8+ eggs-


Let me just say my wife is awesome. For so many reasons, but specifically, in this instance, for buying my plan.

We're going to pull the chicken hen off and isolate her with the poult and remaining 7 eggs.


To provide a little image, our setup is part Sanford & Son, part clever given our stamp-sized lot. We built a 4x10 permanent coop with…


Added by Mike Guzo on June 10, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Compost: Where it all begins.

I have a a deep and abiding love for my compost bin. It's quirky and hobbled together and perfectly suited to it's designated purpose of composition. My husband and I built this together with found objects: a bit of cement slab that we dug up out of our yard, pavers that we also dug up out of yard, and a lot of bricks that our darling neighbor lady donated to the… Continue

Added by Aleah Weltha on June 10, 2011 at 3:47pm — 4 Comments

It Happened Again / New Garden Cart

Here's the newest posting, where I have a picture of my new garden cart!


It Happened Again





Added by Cynthia Schrage on June 10, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

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