Miscellaneous

This Isn’t About Politics

I didn’t write a food post on Wednesday because I’ve been writing this one in my head for about three days. I’ve really been focusing on who’s running for election lately and what that means for me as a citizen, and I’ve come to a few realizations. So this week I want to talk about… Continue reading This Isn’t About Politics

Gardening

Garden Resource Round Up

We had a sixty degree day this weekend! We probably won’t get another one for six weeks or so since it was a total fluke and still very much winter, but it was nice to get outside. We spent the afternoon at the park playing in the sunshine, and it was great. But now it’s… Continue reading Garden Resource Round Up

Cooking

Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of our all time favorite dinners, especially during the colder months. It’s hearty and filling and it’s absolutely delicious. There are generally two camps when it comes to meatloaf – gravy people and ketchup people. We are definitely ketchup people, and we like to make a spicy glaze that gets baked onto… Continue reading Chipotle-Glazed Meatloaf

Gardening · Miscellaneous

A Fair Game

As crazy as this may sound, it’s time to start planning ahead for the county fair this summer. Though the premium book for 2016 isn’t yet published, the open classes don’t really change much year over year, so it’s a fairly safe bet that last year’s offerings won’t be drastically different. If the last two… Continue reading A Fair Game

Miscellaneous

The Winter Library

Generally speaking, I don’t feel like there’s ever a bad time to read, but winter is especially suited for it. It gets dark early, it’s cold – what better time to curl up under a cozy blanket and get lost in a book? I’ve had a stack of books I’ve been reading in passes this… Continue reading The Winter Library

Cooking

Making the Most of Broccoli

I¬†love¬†broccoli. It’s one of my favorite vegetables to eat. Steamed with a little butter (okay, Earth Balance at our house, but still) and salt it’s incredible. Simple, delicious, and good for you – what’s not to like? While the florets are the jewel in the crown of broccoli, the stalks are also edible. Did you… Continue reading Making the Most of Broccoli

Gardening

It’s Time – 2016 Seed Starting

Zukeeni, I beg to differ – It’s February in northern Illinois; it’s time to start more than green onions. But let me back up a minute, because you must be wondering – what the hell is Zukeeni? It’s a pretty awesome free online garden planner. It used to be called Smart Gardener, and why they… Continue reading It’s Time – 2016 Seed Starting