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a fall backyard foraged find: strawberry guavas
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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
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“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!
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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...

oven-drying tomatoes
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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...

today, in my garden: spreading some worm poop
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today, in my garden: spreading some worm poop

This morning, I feel the change in the air and take in a deep breath, with thoughts of summer days and beautiful harvests. Not just garden harvests, but summer-day harvests of love, laughter, stories, and open spaces. Wandering around my garden early this morning, I witness the exhaustion of my soil. I fill my bucket with worm...

tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes
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tomato confessions, part two: summer’s salad-sized tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

sharing stories
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sharing stories

What is it to follow stories, young lives pilgriming through days? Not just short bits of stories, but the stories you follow, you revisit. Stories that bring hope and inspiration. The kind of stories that spark joy, bind you to life and connect you with others. My days are inspired by the sharing of stories and...

tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes
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tomato confessions, part one: summer’s cherry tomatoes

Blue Cream Berries…Lemon Drops…Matt’s Wild Cherries…Black Cherries…Frosted Green Doctors…Supersweet 100 Cherries…Sungold Cherries…Gold Rush Tomatoes…Beam's Yellow Pear...Peacevine Cherries........happy (slightly embarrassed) sigh.

Yes, I have all these cherry tomatoes currently growing in my garden. In February, my sweet garden-loving, God-seeking soul friend and I started almost 1,000 tomato plants by seed in our church and...

making all things new, my every-summer read
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making all things new, my every-summer read

Henri Nouwen’s book, Making All Things New, is one of my every-summer reads. I have several books on my shelf that call out to me again and again. This is one. I love everything about this little book, the cover, the title, the sub-title, the author and the beautiful invitation. I know, when I sit...