Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread

Saturday started with bright warm sunshine. It shone a steady stream of light through the windows. These days call for crackling wood stove fires. And freshly baked bread. Enjoy your weekend! xo Jodi       Advertisements

Queen Anne’s Lace and Feral Apple Jelly

I feel my best when I’m outside, among the trees, in a meadow, or beside a stream. Where I can see the sun shining, feel the wind blowing, and hear the birds singing. Add some wild edibles or medicinal plants to harvest and I’m in heaven. Yesterday we picked Queen Anne’s Lace, also known as…

Summer’s almost gone

This week we noticed the mornings have been cooler. It’s mid-August and the thought of autumn is in the back of all our minds. But the leaves of witch hazel trees are still vibrant green. And kids are still on summer vacation. Sunflowers are still bright yellow. The shade of the forest is still a…

Flora

Plants nourish our bodies and our minds. They feed us and heal us. Once you start to identify the different species of plants, that “wall of green” disappears. Jeruselem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) Black cherry (Prunus serotina) Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) Blue vervain (Verbena hastata) During a short walk down the road…

Strawberry Season

Strawberry season for us in New England is a few weeks away. There really is something about sitting in a field full of strawberry plants, the sun shining down on your face, the birds singing and the smell of life in the air. I’ve always loved quiet moments, those moments you smile to yourself because…

Days of May

May brings morning rain on rosa multiflora. And morning light on made beds. May brings awakening wild food. And blooming forest floors. The colorful copper birch leaves emerge. Violets come into view. May is when we gather the petals. Simple syrup will sweeten drinks for weeks to come. May brings soft breezes through open windows….

Mother

We all have or have had one. The woman who gave birth to us and/or took care of us, whether we appreciate her or resent her, she helped us grow into the people we are today, good or bad. I hope that you are in contact with your mother if you can be. I hope…

Summer In Gilmanton

Bike tires on dirt roads The wind whipping past my ears Listening for frogs Jumping in the babbling brooks along the way To The Farm Red Barn, yellow house Tall grass in need of mowing Steps made out of granite, framed by Brown-eyed Susans Two old rocking chairs adorn the porch, strewn with fire wood…

Potato Soup with Milk and Honey Bread

March in New England is a fickle beast. Temperatures in the 60’s with sunshine one week and 18 inches of wet, heavy snow the next, (great book reading weather!) I just finished a great little novel by Jenna Woginrich. The $4.99 ebook is called Birchthorn.  It’s suspenseful with great characters and plot twists. There’s a scene in it where…

Acorn Waffles

The three of us picked acorns last fall under the thinning leaves of a red oak. We made sure to leave behind the ones with holes, cracks or stains. We placed them on a tray in a single layer by the woodstove to dry. And even though we were careful with our selection, a few…

September

There’s something special about September in New England. The days are cooler but the sun still brings warmth. Flowers still bloom. Wishes can still be made. There’s a golden hue to the sun filtering in through the windows and splashing across the hardwood. It’s still warm enough for strawberries. But cool enough for fires in…