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December 2010 Blog Posts (32)

Grow And Share Ramping up for 2011

So excited about planting in January!! It will be here before I know it. Some really high quality soil will be here soon.


Couple of things for those of you interested in helping:


- MLK Day Of Service we're building a school garden in Franklinton NC and could use some help (and lumber!)


- We have Gardener's Calendars for 2011 that tell you what can be planted in each month. Donate and we'll send you one. :-)


Look forward to…


Added by thewhatleys on December 28, 2010 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Winter Spice! Homemade Cheap Chai + Gingerbread-Plum Cookies

Does anyone else make their own chai?!


I've found a local market (Punjab on 33rd in Waverly for anyone in Baltimore)  that carries bulk spices for a much lower price than grocery store spices.


Recently I wanted chai tea and made up my own mix:


- black cardamom pods

- black peppercorns

- cinnamon sticks



Added by Aliza Ess on December 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Homemade gifts: Hot cocoa mix and marshmallows

We made hot cocoa mix and marshmallows as holiday and New Years gifts for our friends and family this year. The supplies were cost effective (which is essential seeing as we've moved back to Austin from Brooklyn earlier this month and don't have jobs yet) and the leftovers are interchangeable for other cooking projects.


We used the following…


Added by Kate Payne on December 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

To sleep, perchance

When I was working outside the home, you could set a clock by my sleep

schedule.  To bed at 10 pm and up at 4 am.  Every weekday, for many,

many years.  

Since I became a stay-at-home farm wife some four years ago, however -- the time at… Continue

Added by el vigilante on December 27, 2010 at 10:37am — No Comments



Love your neighbor as yourself; but don't take down the fence.

~Carl Sandburg~



Added by el vigilante on December 21, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

How to make easy pine cone bird feeders

Remember the buckets of fallen pine cones we gathered in October to use as fire starters?  I had a few left over and decided…

Added by el vigilante on December 20, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

weekday soup, fresh pea with parmesan cheese squares

This was intended to be a legit Sunday Soup.  Two Sundays ago we ended up having a late lunch of gigantic burritos while we tackled our office/computer/sewing/junk room, which is the bane of my existence.  It's been a black hole of all the crap we don't want to…


Added by Christine on December 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Upside Downy

Yesterday was a gorgeous late autumn day on the farm.  Sunny, 26 degrees and calm winds.

I layered on my winter gear and headed north for a slow, leisurely walk in the conservation acres, without the dogs.  I enjoy taking them with me, but this…


Added by el vigilante on December 19, 2010 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Do I need to get a life? Don't answer that.


As I lay awake the other morning, trying to convince my feet to get out from under layers of warm blankets and onto a cold floor, I began to think about my chickens. Well, not just the chickens, but all of the birds -- ducks, guineas, geese and even my grumpy tom turkey.

I dislike winter (let me count the ways,) mainly because the birds…


Added by el vigilante on December 18, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments

Using Your Creative Power: Homemade Holiday Gifts & Molasses Almond Toffee (RECIPE)

“Why should we all use our creative power...? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate...” --Brenda Ueland

There’s something special about receiving a homemade gift for the holidays. It feels personal, in that good way. The gift itself, and the story that hopefully accompanies it,…


Added by Stephanie M, Together In Food on December 17, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Put that Fancy Phone to Use! Map Community Green Spaces

I live in Baltimore City, where there are a lot of abandoned lots and forgotten spaces.


The city government wants to sell off some of those lots, but they don't have enough people-power to go around and check if any gardens, informal parks, or other community gathering spaces are located on the spaces they want to sell.


So an organization…


Added by Aliza Ess on December 16, 2010 at 12:50pm — No Comments

How To Make A Bird-Feeding Wreath

I just made one of these for our office holiday swap. All my wreaths bring the birdies to the yard! Ahem...yeah.

It was simple - though a bit messy. This recipe makes three wreaths.

You will need:

8 cups of mixed bird seed

6 envelopes of clear gelatin (1.5 boxes)

1 cup cold water

2 cups boiling water



Added by Cornelia on December 15, 2010 at 5:03pm — 6 Comments

Recipe#5 Christmas Cookie Coutdown-Peanut Butter "Peanut Butter Cup" Cookies

Posted By~Scissors~scissorsanddrumsticks.com

1 1/4 Cups Packed Light Brown Sugar

3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter

1/2 Crisco Stick or 1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening

3tbsp Milk

1tbsp Vanilla Extract (we make our own)

1 Egg

1 3/4…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on December 15, 2010 at 11:41am — No Comments

holiday party idea: parmesan pastry pinwheels

Woo! Last week was a whirlwind of activity as I prepped for an outdoor holiday market in my neighborhood (which you can read about here... trust me, you'll want to check it out if only for the Speedo-clad runners I caught on camera!) and finished up shipping out holiday orders from…


Added by Christine on December 15, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

anotherkindofCHRISTMAS: Top 5 Gifts for the Hobby Farmer

Carhartt Men's Arctic Quilt-Lined Sandstone Traditional Jacket

For 120 years, Carhartt has manufactured premium workwear known for exceptional durability, comfort, quality of construction, and fit that you can feel in the fabrics and see in the performance. This particular coat is not only the one I wear each day from mid-November to early-March, it is also a pretty…


Added by Andrew Odom on December 14, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Recipe# 4 Christmas Cookie Countdown-Cranberry Cheese Bars

A light Cheese Cake style treat for the Cheese Cake lover in you

Step 1

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1.5 Cup Quick Oats (uncooked)

3/4 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar

1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter, Softened-I use unsalted sweet cream…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on December 14, 2010 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

Growing Sprouts for a Burst of Winter Greens

Growing Sprouts for a Burst of Winter Greens - Megen Hall, High Mowing Organic…


Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on December 13, 2010 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Crosspost from my blog, domestic efforts:

I've never made gnocchi, but when I saw a link to a Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter recipe on What Julia…


Added by Jenni on December 13, 2010 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Recipe# 3 Christmas Cookie Countdown-Cookie Dough Truffles

Originally posted at Scissors & Drumsticks.com

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

2 cup all purpose flour

1 can (14oz) condensed milk

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

½ chopped…


Added by Scissors & Drumsticks on December 13, 2010 at 10:47am — No Comments

Sunchokes (a.k.a Jerusalem Artichokes): Recipes & How to Grow Your Own

As winter sets in, you may have seen these gnarly roots at your farmers’ market or grocery store, under the name “sunchoke” or “jerusalem artichoke,” and wondered: What in the heck do I do with these?

Sunchokes have become one of my favorite vegetables. I’ve known them better as jerusalem artichokes, having had them pureed or creamed in soups in San Francisco restaurants. But my two favorite ways to cook them at home highlight their nutty flavor and refreshingly crunchy texture: a…


Added by Stephanie M, Together In Food on December 10, 2010 at 1:46pm — No Comments

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