...Growing, Building, Cooking, Preserving, Crafting...

2006 began our urban homestead when I broke ground on a garden, which now includes perennial fruits, flowers, & many vegetable varieties. We dream of solar panels, keeping bees and hens. Until then we'll continue growing and preserving our own fruits and vegetables, building what we can for our home, cooking from scratch, and crafting most days.


Shots of Early Spring

Wanted to show you what's coming up in our spring garden.  Didn't get any seeds in the ground yet, but V and I dug sunchokes yesterday.

Broadleaf Sorrel
Overwintered Parsnips and Salsify to dig up
Raspberries and Strawberries
Red Currants
Cherry Tree
Espalier style apple trees
Digging for Sunchokes and Worms
8 1/2 lbs. without even trying hard
Working hard or hardly working? (Note: the tarp on the
grass is killing it for resurfacing.)
The kitchen is workable by now.  We're just hanging a few more accessories, completing the pantry/desk set-up, and waiting for the pendant over the sink to be installed.  Ben stole my thunder and cooked the first couple of things on the new stove: popcorn at the end of a long night of unpacking kitchen boxes and eggs for breakfast the following morning.  I finally made dinner on the new range on Monday--Pumpkin and Kale Quesadillas.  Felt so good to take my time, find my way around, and make a home-cooked meal.

She's a beauty!
New Pot Rack
Amazing how much a few cookbooks can make it feel like home
Window ledge/plant rack and pillowcase cafe curtain
My baking files won't fit into this custom drawer in the new pantry.  What to do!
P.S.  This setup is the epitome of geekiness!

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