Slowing Down and Summer Goodies

Unlike many Americans, summertime is the busiest time of year for those of us who work in museums. So I often miss whole seasons of fruit and vegetables before I can fully appreciate them. Working extra hours each week and then spending the weekends DOING things because it’s beautiful weather out or it’s so hot … Continue reading

Celebrating 2013

So we haven’t updated this in a loooong time. But sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. As does the fact that more often than not this year, I’ve forgotten to take pictures, to take my camera somewhere, to capture in digital format all the wonderful things I’ve seen and done. And that’s okay. … Continue reading

Easter Recipes

roasted carrots, parsnips, and shallots with orange

Even though it was just us two for Easter, I decided I wanted to go all out. Despite the fact that I did everything in one day (including yeast bread) with a single oven and only one oven rack, it all turned out pretty deliciously. I didn’t get everything to the table piping hot, but … Continue reading

That weird time between winter and spring

Yeah, I would say right now definitely qualifies as that weird time between winter and spring. Especially since winter is not acting like winter and is sometimes acting like spring. Except when it’s acting like winter. It’s weird. The other uncool thing about this time of year is that we often crave fresh veggies and … Continue reading

De-Commercializing Valentine’s Day

I know it’s a bit late for this, but honestly I’ve been working a lot and doing lots of homework lately, so consider this an admonishment for next year. My parents are florists, so I grew up with the hectic, crazy, stressful time that was Valentine’s Day every year. I can’t complain too much, because … Continue reading

Pancake Days

This winter has been weird. Not much snow, lots of warmish, spring-like weather. So warm in fact, I had to go check on my spring bulbs today to make sure they weren’t coming up early (they weren’t). But it’s getting closer to maple sugaring time (usually the end of February around here), and while I … Continue reading

Eating Simplicity

A few days ago I read a brief post on Offbeat Home (a fun, domestic-centered version of Offbeat Bride) entitled, “Don’t use January to beat yourself up.” Although the article itself didn’t exactly go into much detail about just how to avoid wallowing in the guilt of unkempt January resolutions, the sentiment struck me all … Continue reading

Winter Squashes – dinner, snack, dessert

The really cool thing about winter squashes is if you keep them dry and not too cold and not too hot, they keep for pretty much ever. I had three squashes that had been sitting on the kitchen counter forever: a spaghetti squash, a sugar pie pumpkin, and a butternut squash. I decided I wanted … Continue reading

Refreshing with winter salads

Oh man. Thanksgiving was delicious. And I only had one plate. Plus a little extra turkey and mashed potatoes. We went to Ohio to visit relatives and now we’re back (the other ladies were also out of town), so please excuse the radio silence here at FarmHouse. Here, let me make it up to you … Continue reading

Cowboy Beans, Quick and Slow

Y’know what’s really cheap? Beans. Oh beans. They have such a bad rap with many Americans. But y’know what? They are pretty delicious. And I’ll let you in on the secret of delicious beans in our house – make them into tacos. You’ll see. When I was growing up, my mom once made cowboy beans … Continue reading