Monthly Archives: August 2011

Garden Update

I’ve been pulling up what remains of the lower garden. It’s been a banner year for cucumbers, and I would call the okra a success as well. We got enough beans for eating before it got too hot, but not … Continue reading

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Sweet Onion Butter

I invented a recipe last night. And I googled it this morning and found that someone else also had the same idea. Each year we buy a lot of Vidalia onions when my husband is in that part of Georgia. … Continue reading

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Home Made Vanilla Extract

I have not been able to find any vanilla extract that doesn’t have some component that is made from corn. So it has been necessary for me to make my own vanilla extract. I’ve discovered that it is incredibly easy … Continue reading

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Garden Update

Here in coastal North Carolina we had August in June and now we’re having June in August.  We had almost no rain at all in June, and now in August, we’ve had a lot more rain than usual.  I should … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bug and Rose

Many beautiful bugs like the one in the picture below have been feeding among the blossoms of members of the mint family in the garden.  My field guide to butterflies and moths tells me it’s probably some kind of Hairstreak … Continue reading

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Another Pickle Victory

When I was a kid there was a kosher deli a few blocks from our house that had a big, old-fashioned pickle barrel from which you could buy just one big pickle for a quarter. They were the best pickles … Continue reading

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More Furniture Garden

My furniture focus of the last few years has been older furniture that I refinished and added either decorative elements to the surface or art. One of our friends from Columbus, Georgia got me interested in working with furniture in … Continue reading

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