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Summer at Sweetlife Farm

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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 wind chimes, trees and grasses swaying in the breezes mixed with birdsongs and baby birds demanding their next meal.

In addition to the watering and weeding chores, Bob has been picking berries for jams and I have been harvesting flowers and herbs for our salts and skincare products. 

If you are around Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, stop by to say hello and see what's new at Sweetlife Farm. The studio and gardens will be open from 10-4. We would love to see you!

Nancy and Bob

Check out these new items: 

Replenishing Rose Aloe Vera Skin Tonic

Mango Orange Shampoo

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Pullets vs. Cockerals

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Crispy Cheddar Bites with Smoked Poblano Pepper Jelly

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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

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Apple Crisp Cookie Cups with Sweetlife Farm Burnt Caramel Sauce

My friend Mary Lynn found this recipe, and made it to rave reviews. It's definitely a keeper!*Apple Crisp Cookie Cups with Sweetlife Farm Burnt Caramel SauceINGREDIENTS 1 1/4 c. brown sugar (divided)3/4 c. granulated sugar (divided)2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (plus more for cooking apples)2 eggs1 tsp. vanilla1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour1 3/4 c. rolled oats1 [...]

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That summer veggie that just keeps on giving: Summer Squash Fritters

Turns out the squash fritters I made for dinner last night are pretty awesome reheated for breakfast as a base for farm fresh poached eggs...Ingredients8 cups shredded summer squash (a combo of yellow and green is pretty); no need to remove the skin before shredding2 jalapeños or 1/2 cup bell peppers, shredded1 onion, shredded1 cup [...]

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Art and Perception

Lately I’ve been ruminating about art. What is it? What is art for? Who makes it? What makes art ART? A science major in college, I never even had an art appreciation class, let alone training in art history or technique, and as a child was never exposed to the concept of art as a [...]

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Sunday Scones

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