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Let me off the grid! A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Around the Farm...

Frankenfoot is all healed on the outside and feeling pretty good.
Inside, there is still some swelling around the joint and it lets me know when I need to sit down for a while and rest.  I see the doctor tomorrow and hopefully he'll tell me I'm not overdoing it.

Strawberries in abundance from Bountiful Baskets! Over the past two weeks I got 16 pounds of them.  I put up 8 pints of strawberry jam,

and dried 12 pounds of them in my dehydrator.
It's amazing how they shrink down to nothing...

I've been making some fermented things:  yogurt, sourdough starter, and creme fraiche.  It all sounds very fancy but it's stinkin' easy.
strawberry yogurt, sourdough starter, creme fraiche
In fact, there's no reason to buy sour cream when you can make creme fraiche in 24 hours.  Get a pint of heavy cream (whipping cream) - NOT ultrapasturized, and dump it in a bowl.  Add 3 tablespoons of buttermilk and gently whisk into the cream.  Put a clean cloth over the bowl (I use cheesecloth) and leave it for 24-36 hours.  Our house is chilly in the winter, so it takes a little longer.  When it's thick, it's done.  Put a lid on it and stick it in the refrigerator.

Yesterday I worked in the herb garden, building up the bed and making a (hopefully) dog unfriendly border using some paving stones that have been lying around for ages.  I also transplanted my bay laurel tree from a container into the ground.  This morning I'll plant some peas, nasturtiums, and calendula seeds. (Or maybe not.  I just went outside and it's freakin' cold and windy.)
Murnie checking out the new border.
At the back of the garden, you can see my upcycled bowling ball.  Here's a close up:
I got the idea for it on Pinterest here.

Remember the lace wimple I blogged about a while back?  Well, I got busy with it...
and now it's finished! I learned a lot by making it - provisional cast on, how to add beads to your knitting, and a picot bind off.


I must remind you that I am neither a professional model nor a professional photographer...

So while some of us are buzzing around doing a million and one things, others of us are just lying around taking it easy...

Murnie the Dog
Rosko the Chihuahua
Sophy the Cat

Nelly-cat

4 comments:

Gayle said...

I want to plant more herbs this year as well, so I will be following your herb garden with interest...but right now....I am with your dogs and cats.....just huddling around trying to stay warm. Frankenfoot is looking better and better......

BTW....Downton A. is really developing some interesting side stories.....sad last night though.

marilyn said...

Your foot is looking great. Amazing that you can get out and work in the garden like you are. Still way too cold and wet here to plant anything. Your dried strawberries look delicious. I really want to give them a try. Also, have never made yogurt and heaven knows we eat enough of it. So maybe some day....

Thanks for the inspiration, and so happy that you have some time for yourself, even if it took Frankenfoot to get it for you.

Gina said...

Glad your foot is healing well...and your herb garden is going to look amazing come summer :D XXX

Simona Cordara said...

Thank you for joining the workshop, dear.
I hope your foot is healing well.
Love your puppies!!!