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Giving Thanks

November 25th, 2010

The history of Thanksgiving is a blurry one, once you start reading up on it you realize it wasn’t necessarily a feast between pilgrims and Indians sharing food after the harvest. Regardless of what really happened, today is a day in the United States set aside for giving thanks and sharing a bountiful table of food with friends and family.

I’m very thankful for: Mr Chiots, my family, my friends, my little garden, and of course all the delicious food I’ll be enjoying today. Happy Thanksgiving to you all from all of us at Chiot’s Run.

What are you thankful for on this day?

A Flurry of Activity

November 24th, 2010

Yesterday I started getting ready for Thanksgiving. This year we’ll be having dinner on Thanksgiving day with my family and we’ll be having a Thanksgiving dinner with our friends this evening. For my family Thanksgiving I’ll be making: the turkey, stuffing, rolls, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. I’ll be making the same, minus the turkey for our gathering with friends.

I started making the bread for the stuffing yesterday. I usually save dry bread for a month or so, but we haven’t had any leftover bread recently, so I had to make some. I’ll use part of a sourdough loaf I had in the cupboard and I’m making some 100% whole grain and some wheat bread as well for this. I’ll use sage and celery from the garden and onions from the local farmer’s market for the stuffing. I also made several batches of rolls for a Christmas dinner my sister’s church is hosting for the local children’s home.

I also have to start making food for Mr Chiots to take hunting. I’m planning on making up a few big batches of stew and a few loaves of bread. I’m also making him some carrot oatmeal cookies to carry in his pockets for quick snacks while sitting in his deer stand.

Of course tomorrow my day will be filled with cooking the turkey, making gravy, rolls, and eating all this wonderful food.

What do you make for your Thanksgiving dinner(s)?

I’m in Love

November 23rd, 2010

I posted on Sunday about how beautiful the flowering kale is in my front flowerbed after our cold weather. Every year at this time I notice flowering kale all over the place and make a mental note to plant some in the spring, then I completely forget until this time of the year. I must add them to my spring seed buying list so I don’t forget next year. I want to plant this particular variety.

I purchased these beauties at Local Roots in Wooster last Friday, they were only 5/$1. Since I can’t have them blooming in my garden I’m more than happy to have them brightening up my dining room.

I love that they look like roses, only I think they’re much prettier than roses. I believe they’re White Crane flowering kale, I found some seeds over at Territorial Seeds Company, a place I don’t mind doing business with. I’m thinking I would love to grow a few extras so I can incorporate them into my Christmas decorations, both inside and out.

One of the best features of a cut flower like this, is that they last forever in a vase. These should last a few weeks or more, that’s a lot of beauty for only $1!

What’s your favorite fall blooming plant?

Loving the Local Life

November 22nd, 2010

It’s been a few years now since Mr Chiots and I started to focus on eating as locally as possible. In our quest we’ve discovered so many wonderful farmer’s markets, farms, stores and we’ve made so many new friends along the way. I especially love the Local Roots Market in Wooster, OH. They opened last winter and have been a wonderful resource for us, especially during those long winter months when it can be so difficult to find fresh local vegetables. I grow as much of our food as possible, but my small gardens limit me and sometimes there’s a lull in the harvests.

Last week I purchased these beautiful little heads of organic Banzhaf Red Lettuce “Roxy”. I got 10 small heads of lettuce for $3.50, which we ate up in 2 meals (the photos are of a few heads). We topped them with some homemade passion fruit vinaigrette, homemade cheese and some of those dried cherries I made.

I must buy some seeds for these as they’re quite beautiful and quite tasty, the texture is quite good. Since a local farmer is growing them, I know they’ll do well in my area. I love that they labeled the variety so I can grow them myself if I want to. I found some seeds for this lettuce over at High Mowing Seeds.

What local seasonal foods have you been enjoying recently? Have you ever started growing something you bought from a local farmer?

Quote of the Day: Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka)

November 21st, 2010

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around & view it”

~ Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka)

The flowering kale is particularly lovely after the frosty weather we’ve been having. It’s so amazing how a little cold weather makes them burst into color.

What’s particularly lovely in your area right now?

For the quote lovers among you I made a quote calendar as well (40% off coupon works for these as well).
Large 13.5 x 19 Inspirational Nature Quote Calendar
Small 11 x 17 Inspirational Nature Quote Calendar

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.