We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


I got a great deal on an assortment of apples. Probably over 10 pounds for a little over 3 dollars. So what does one do with these? Make applesauce in the slow cooker. This is the first time I have used the slow cooker for applesauce. It should work out fine. Tonight we are having pork chops, squash and applesauce. Yum.

Also just finished planting the last of the Spring bulbs- daffodils.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

More Updates

I don't post for several months and now I post two days in a row. Just got back from Ed's Feed and Seed where I purchased 4 cu ft of vermiculite. I have faked it into the beds that have had compost and manure added to them. The beds are all ready to go for Spring. I prefer to do my clean up,now instead of waiting. When Spring comes I can get going quickly with my raised beds. They look so tidy.

Next I am going to start the rub for tonight's turkey breast. Yum.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Updates From The Garden

I know it has been a long time since my last post, but I do have updates. The garlic harvest was pretty good this year, the bulbs were not as large as other years, but we still have enough garlic stored for a year. A few weeks ago I planted a 4 x 6 foot bed with a new round of garlic. So far I have found that Music seems to be what I should stick with, so the entire bed is that.

I also cleaned out the beds and compost and manure has been added since my raised beds seem to loose soil and compost over time. Trying to find compost/ manure is a bit of a challenge in the city. I have to call around for it. I would love to find a good reliable source where I could buy it by the cubic yard.

The basil and tomatoes did well and my experiment with corn was not worth the real estate that I used. Every year I like to try something new and I had not planted corn in 35 years. It just did not produce. So next year I want to try a winter squash that is reasonably resistant to insects. That may be a challenge.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


We have been fortunate that our tomato plants have produced plenty of tomatoes. So this morning I rough chopped the tomatoes, gently sautéed garlic in olive oil for a few minutes ,added the tomatoes , and topped the sauce off with sea salt and pepper to taste. Even added a dash more of olive oil. I only cook the sauce for about 15 minutes, and then let it cool. Transfer to freezer bags and pop into the freezer. I will use it on pasta and top it off with fresh basil right before serving .

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Garlic Harvest

This is the third year for garlic which has been incredibly easy to grow. It has been a challenge thus year to harvest it because of all the rain. However today was the day. I have about 100 bulbs and Music which is a hardneck is a favorite of mine. We have more than enough to last the year. This
makes me so happy.

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Well the weeds have made an attempt to take over. No way that I will let that happen. I use cardboard where I can to smother them and pull the rest up. Wouldn't it be nice if the planted vegetables grew as well as weeds and needed no attention.

My tomatoe plants are still doing amazingly well, along with the basil. I have scapes ready to be harvested and pesto will be made this week.

We are supposed to have rain on and off all week. I hope so.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Garden Harvest and More

The lettuce this year has been the best ever and below is the first peony I have cut ( ever) from our garden. Love the fragrance and ants have not been a problem. The rhubarb is coming up slowly. This is the first year for it, so it is not ready to be harvested.

to be harvested.