Mar 23, 2013

Chickens and Change

I almost tossed publisher J. Pagliaro's renewal letter for MaryJanesFarm. Then I noticed the word "chickens"...
Whether you're awakened by chickens in the yard or traffic in the street, you know what it is to be a farmgril. Farmgirl is a condition of the heart. It is a love of the earth ... of what is natural and organic ... of a day's work with one's hands and an evening in the company of one's friends. It is independence. It is community.
I can relate. Since living in the Idaho mountains, I have been awakened by roosters, snowplows, hail pounding on metal roofs, even the eerie silence of snowfall. I enjoy 4 seasons, wildlife, and a glittered galaxy. I am enthralled by it all and so is Bear!

Yet, change is on the horizon. [See my post, "Pioneers or Settlers?"] Our landlords definitely want to sell. We could remain up here, but the signs — and even our hearts —seem to be pointing toward Boise.

Not wanting a suburban life, we have taken road trips to the rural areas west of Boise. The mountains frame the sprawling farmland and the big city is close enough. We found a middle school and high school for Brock (13) with good recommendations and awesome athletic facilities. There may even be opportunities that we have only dreamed of.

Brock and I have discussed raising chickens. We have joked about having a dairy cow, or even an ostrich or a llama. We laugh, but with God all things are possible!


Mar 21, 2013

Dove Chocolate

Doves at Sunrise

I gave Barry the task of finding Dove Chocolate Eggs in Boise. He found every Dove product except the elusive eggs. So, he came home empty-handed.

This is where 28 years of marriage comes in. Bear knows that my chocolate cravings need no translation. True, I was hoping for Dove Chocolate eggs, but my desire for CHOCOLATE will always supersede the shape or packaging. After my impassioned speech, Bear made it his mission to bring home Dove® Promises last night. Happy wife, happy life!

My Dove® Promises are enjoying an abbreviated season in my cranberry glass basket. I say "abbreviated" because chocolate love is a driving force in my family. I captured them on Instagram while there was still something to look at.

Dovingly yours,
P.S. I finally located the Dove Chocolate Eggs at Target. Yes, a couple bags followed me home.

NOTE: Don't forget to enter my 
"Welcome to Spring"Giveaway!
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Mar 20, 2013

"Welcome to Spring" Giveaway!


Happy First Day of Spring! Although it will take a bit longer for our mountain community to thoroughly embrace it, there are telltale signs!

To celebrate, I am hosting a "Welcome to Spring" Giveaway of Diane Morgan's new book, Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes. If you scroll down one post, you will discover why I am in love with this book! I seriously crave root vegetables 365 days a year and this book is an adventure just waiting to happen! I guarantee that it will inspire you to dig deep and explore the possibilities!


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  2. I will award an extra entry for each person that you refer. Just make sure that they mention YOUR NAME in their post.
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  4. The Giveaway will end at Midnight PST on Monday, April 8, 2013.

Rooting for YOU!

Mar 19, 2013

"Roots" by Diane Morgan

Celery Root, Celery Heart, & Celery Leaf Salad — From Diane Morgan's NEW book, "Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes"

I heard author Diane Morgan interviewed a couple of times — via podcast — in regard to her NEW book: Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes. I was so impressed that I added her to my 300+ streaming FOOD-QUEST List on Facebook and recently purchased a copy. Diane's beautifully photographed book is a magnificent resource and inspiration!

I was hoping that Diane might be bringing her book tour through Idaho, especially Boise. This seems like the perfect fit to me since we are a Potato State. Yes folks, we have ├╝ber tubers here!

Her website gives a wonderful description of the book, so I am going to share my own excitement! I needed someone to demystify root vegetables for me and Diane dedicates her first chapter, "Roots, Tubers, Rhizomes, and Corms" to a root-imentary crash course. Each subsequent chapter highlights a root vegetable and then provides history, lore, varieties, nutrition, storage, use and preparation. Then there are the mouth watering recipes!

Diane included a passionate "root" quote from Henry David Thoreau. Being that I have always wanted a root cellar, I found it quite enjoyable...
I dug my cellar in the side of a hill sloping to the south, where a woodchuck had formerly dug his burrow, down through sumach and blackberry roots and the lowest stain of vegetation, six feet square by seven deep, to a fine sand where potatoes would not freeze in any winter . . . . I took particular pleasure in this breaking of ground. 
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
Rooting loudly,

Mar 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! Extracting Irish from both sides of my family (Matheny and Drummy) and having performed in "Finian's Rainbow," I have one burning question today... "How ARE things in Glocca Morra?"

"So I ask each weeping willow
And each brook along the way
And each lad that comes a-whistling tooralay
How are things in Glocca Morra this fine day?"

St. Patrick's Day is a wonderful prelude to Spring, which begins in 3 days! May your day be blessed and vibrant!

[NOTE: "The music was composed by Burton Lane and the lyrics written by E. Y. Harburg. The song was published in 1946 and introduced in the 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow. There is no actual Glocca Morra in Ireland (though there is a Glockamara, pronounced the same way)." —Wikipedia]

Irish eyes are smiling,