Category Archives: Midwinter Merriment

Egg-static for Spring!

eggsThis happened a few weeks ago. I finally found some eggs in the nesting box after a long, long hiatus. Three of my five hens are geriatric and after a very light fall, I thought their egg laying days were over. The two other younger hens have never been super productive. I really just haven’t expected much from this lot lately. So you can imagine my surprise when I started finding multiple eggs in the nesting box. I’ve got more than a dozen eggs on my counter right now! I am, um, egg-static!

boil_an_eggI saw this yesterday on Learn to Preserve’s Facebook page and since it’s obviously egg-laying time again, I thought I’d share it as well. Check out the article from Bon Appetit (here) for the skinny on how to properly boil an egg.

Upcoming Classes! Will you join us?

There are still spots open in my upcoming farm schoolhouse classes! They’re going to be just what you need to gear up for spring – From Lawn to Lunch, Indoor Seed Starting, Space Saver Gardening and Tons of Tomatoes! Grab your spot soon! I can’t wait to garden with you! Let’s grow together!

Midwinter Merriment: Cupcake Love

Here it is – the annual 30 day countdown til spring! From now until the first day of spring, I will post ways to make the dreary days of midwinter a little more merry. Click the “Midwinter Merriment” category button on the right to see more merry things.

photo (1)It’s amazing what a salted caramel chocolate cupcake from Cupcake Royale or the Smores-inspired Chocolate Graham Cracker cupcake from Trophy can do to a blustery, rainy afternoon. 15. More. Days. And day light savings time starts on Sunday!!! Brighter days are coming!

Schoolhouse Construction Update #1

I mentioned earlier, but I’ll say it again – it’s happening!!! The schoolhouse construction has begun and it is quite possible that I’ll be able to host my first spring class on the 15th in my new space! Of course, it won’t be totally done by then, but it will likely be damn close! Words cannot express how thrilled I am! This is making my midwinter merrier for sure!

An outsider wouldn’t notice much difference at this point, but we certainly do. Much time as been spent hauling things out of the space so I even have an empty space to work with. And that, my friends, has been huge. We’ve also begun prepping the space for electrical (for all my awesome new lighting, which the whole interior design has been crafted around – that’s enough for a whole other post!). Those super awesome schoolhouse lights have been ordered and are on their way!

imageI wanted to replace the existing door with a door that had a window so that it’d have a bit more character and would let more light in. I thought we’d be able to use an old antique door we took off the basement door frame, but it turns out it was just a bit too big. Luckily, we have a super amazing contractor who listens to my vision and pays attention to my style. He went to the ReStore in Ballard and scored an even more awesome door than we had before. The window is quite a bit longer and will now match up with the bottom of the windows I’m putting in the side of the garage. Plus, it fits perfectly! Score! My mother-in-law said it best, “It’s a door to a whole new world!” A world where I get to bring people together in the name of homegrown food and live my dream! I’ll take it!

Midwinter Merriment: Watch for Daffodils

Here it is – the annual 30 day countdown til spring! From now until the first day of spring, I will post ways to make the dreary days of midwinter a little more merry. Click the “Midwinter Merriment” category button on the right to see more merry things.

Day 17: Watch for daffodils.

IMG_3428This is a “Stop and smell the roses” kind of recommendation. The daffodils and crocuses are coming up! The appearance of these classic spring blooms can mean only one thing…winter is almost over!