If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you will live more richly those moments.

                                 Anne Morrow Lindbergh

a fall backyard foraged find: strawberry guavas

a fall backyard foraged find: strawberry guavas

Year by year, our backyard starts developing a wild nature of its own. Seeds are blown in by the wind, carried in by animals or spread about by composted soil. This is when neglecting to weed has some perks. Some wild foreign seeds are given time and space to sprout up and grow into plants that can be identified and from time to time, welcomed...

“eggies” for breakfast, simple directions

“eggies” for breakfast, simple directions

Ten years ago, when we first starting keeping chickens, I learned how to make this simple dish from a Martha Stewart special episode on keeping backyard chickens. The recipe originally called for 1 egg, a few slices day-old cubed bread, butter, milk, fresh parsley or other garden herbs, salt & pepper, and a mini cast iron skillet. Ten years later, I still make this breakfast dish whenever I have a leftover baguette or bread loaf, only now I use 8 eggs, add garlic salt, and use a medium cast iron skillet in order to feed my family of five. Here's how...

hey there fellow gardener, yes you!

hey there fellow gardener, yes you!

Many people we encounter in the garden immediately confess they do not have a green thumb. As if saying, “Let’s get it out of the way now and make it clear, I cannot grow things and don’t belong here”.  But interestingly, they linger, they talk about how their friends can grow things, how they love gardens and fresh food.  They tell stories from their past about their grandparents. Their eyes brighten and their bodies rest. Even if we don’t think we have a “green thumb”, we are all called to gardens, to trees, to seeds. These wild spaces are where life...

oven-drying tomatoes

oven-drying tomatoes

By the end of the summer season, cherry tomatoes can start getting a little out of hand. In April, when our little tomato plants get tucked into the soil and we anxiously await for the ripening of our first tomato, it's hard to believe, in a few short months, tomatoes will be falling to the ground before we can harvest them...

May you leave here today, better than you arrived, inspired to humbly and thoughtfully listen to and collect the stories that make up our days. We will make messes, wander off course, and sometimes lose our way but when this happens, may we gently straighten back up, open our eyes, and look up to the fresh face of He, who delights in us.