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August 26, 2020
Smoking from Appalachian Quilts

Saturday morning I got up to do all the things - the things that give me joy.  I grabbed my coffee and my harvesting bowls and went out to the garden to see how I was going to spend my day.  It was overwhelming.  I worked at it for a while and finally had to call in reinforcements.  I haven't been feeling well for a few days (fever and angry stomach), so the heat and humidity got to me and I needed help.  Hubs came out and we started harvesting.

Starting at 12:00 there are cayenne peppers, purple beauty ...

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June 19, 2020
Sage, Oregano and Thyme! from Appalachian Quilts

Remember the song from the 70s....Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme??  We can't grow Rosemary here as a perennial, but I've got the rest.  I harvested some sage, oregano and thyme to dehydrate.

First up was the oregano.  My new strainer from Lehman's was awesome for this task.  After it has all been washed, you remove the leaves from the stem by sliding your fingernail reverse up the stem.  (It looks like there are brown spots in this pic and I don't know why.  You only harvest the clean leaves.)

Next up was the thyme.  Again ...

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February 27, 2020
Eggs-cuse Me! from Appalachian Quilts

Chickens slow down in the egg laying department during the winter.  This was the first year for us they completely stopped.  Some of our hens were getting older, so this fall we sent them to freezer camp.  (Actually, I canned them to keep them from being tough.)  We ran out of eggs.  Although we only had to purchase one dozen, I was none too happy about it.  Why are we feeding these freeloaders?

(Image taken from Google)

I have vowed that this won't happen again!  So, I decided once they started laying again I would dehydrate eggs.  I should ...

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December 15, 2019
Why I can meat. from Appalachian Quilts

After yesterday's post, I got a few messages asking why I can meat and if it is safe.  Long story short - convenience and YES, it is very safe.  Usually, during the week Hubs grills meat for dinner and we have a steamed vegetable of some kind.  If we forget to lay something out for dinner, he always wants to get a pizza or some other food that is not good for us.  We are both miserable after and resign ourselves to go back to only eating home-cooked food.  Then, it happens again and the cycle continues.  A few weeks ...

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