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Channeling My Nasty Woman

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During the slower winter months, we enjoy reading by the fire, spending more time cooking, and drilling down to the details we never have time for in other seasons. 

The current political climate has caused much angst in our household, and I seek ways to channel the negative energy into creativity, and inject a bit of levity. Last year I made a Nasty Woman soap and a Small Fingered Vulgarian soap. This year I am working on an entire Nasty Woman Soap Collection, since the political climate continues to captivate an entire nation of hand wringers. Who knows how large this collection needs to be...watch for it, and feel free to contact me with your ideas. Let's have some fun and resist at the same time! A big shout out to Senator Tammy Duckworth for this idea...

Cadet Bone Spurs

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Thanksgiving: the meal that keeps on giving/Or: Preserving Gustatory Glow

Thanksgiving occurs at a really inconvenient time for us. At the end of September we put the tipi to rest for the winter, and finish harvesting and preserving the garden's bounty. In October, the task is to keep up with the annual dump of leaves, annuals and perennials that succumb to the cool nights and [...]

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Sweetlife for the Holidays

Sweetlife is going “solo” this year! Our studio will be open as usual during the first weekend in December, and Saturdays until Christmas. Since we will not be hosting other artists this year, we will not be part of the Christmas in the Country Tour. 
As usual, we will have friendly attendants you to [...]

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Summer at Sweetlife Farm

We are enjoying a warm, record breaking rain-free summer after an unusually cool record breaking rainy spring. Keeping up with the garden is a pretty constant effort around here, and it feels really nice to saturate the senses with the intoxicating scents and visual pleasure of flowers and layers of green, combined with the zen orchestra of [...]

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Pullets vs. Cockerals

After finding a loving home for our 3 year old mixed flock, we borrowed the neighbors' incubator and ordered hatching eggs from two breeders listed on Ebay. Past flocks have been started with day old pullets, and my focus has always been on having a variety of breeds who lay different colored eggs. This time, [...]

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Crispy Cheddar Bites with Smoked Poblano Pepper Jelly

Combining sweet, salty and savory components creates a tasty treat that pairs equally well with a pre-dinner cocktail or an afternoon tea break. These miniature jam tarts with a cheese crust are be a big hit in my house, and can be prepared through step 7 and frozen to bake off when you need a [...]

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Hot Shot Salmon Chowder

My friend Elliott loves his annual fishing trips to Alaska, and returns home with a rich bounty every year. We are frequently the lucky beneficiaries of his efforts. His wife and my dear friend Lynn had the idea to incorporate Dr. Bob's Hot Shot Grilling Rub into her favorite salmon chowder recipe. Here's my creamy, [...]

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Lentils+Radishes

I'm an inveterate saver of recipes, and the type of cook who riffs off an idea or ingredient or the contents of the refrigerator and pantry to dream up dinner. Cookbooks abound in our house, to the point where we are forced to periodically purge and donate a bunch to the library. I find that [...]

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Christmas in the Country 2016

Christmas in the Country at Sweetlife FarmThe antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday: personalized shopping for unique gifts made by local artisansDecember 2-4, 2016Friday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM; Sunday 11-5Follow the signs to head up to the farm for one stop holiday shopping!The main house, gazebo and covered area outside the garage will be filled with guest artists, [...]

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