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A Sweet Gift

November 21st, 2012

On Sunday afternoon, a friend and her husband came over and we spent the afternoon enjoying great food and then soaked up some sun while hiking through the woods behind our house. She’s a blog reader and was the one who helped us find this place here in Maine. She’s also a gardener and brought along a few lovely sweet onions as a housewarming gift. Along with a beautiful pottery bowl she made!

Back in February and May, we stayed with her while looking at this property and a few others. While there, she was telling me about the Ailsa Craig onion she had ordered to grow. True to the description, they grew HUGE. She did provide them with the water they relish by surrounding them with soaker hoses which no doubt helped.

Two nights ago, I cut one of these beauties up for my cranberry chutney. The other two will travel back to Ohio for our family Thanksgiving meal. I’m thinking one will find it’s way into the sourdough stuffing and the other into a sweet onion gravy.

I especially fond of the fact that this onion is an heirloom and that you can find seed for it (I’m going to order them from High Mowing Seeds). When it comes to onions I much prefer to start with seed rather than with plants or sets.

Are there any new things you’ve already discovered for next year’s garden?

Taking a Day Off

December 24th, 2011

It’s been busy around here, as I’m sure it has been in your world as well. I’ve been cooking, cleaning, and crafting trying to get everything ready for the upcoming celebrations we’ll be attending. If you want to see a few of the crafty things I’ve been doing head on over to Not Dabbling to see what I’ve been up to. Of course I wouldn’t leave you without something lovely to look at, so here are our two cats that don’t often make the cut, Soafie (gray) and Samson (orange). The gray one, Soafie hates having her photo taken (as you can tell by her look).

These two beauties came to our home from a feral cat rescue 8 years ago when the cat I’d had since high school died. We vowed to wait a year before getting another cat, but I spotted these two cuties on and we had kittens only a few months after Jeffrey was gone. We got them at 8 weeks and they’ve been snuggled up on our bed ever since. My mom has one of their brothers too.

Did you make any handmade gifts this year?

Reading & Watching

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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.