Sunday, September 30, 2012

free beer! (ingredients.)

Wild hops from Dell Road

About 3 gallons of fragrant, beautiful buds.  I love lupulin!

our daily

There were several artisan bread groups representing at Common Ground this year - I came home really inspired to bake all of my own bread from now on. I made this loaf of oatmeal-flax-sunflower bread.  Make your own!  It is so much fresher and better and full of the goodness from your hands.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


The last of the garden - cukes, peppers and tomatoes

A cart full of squash and peppers

Of course I did, and you like that I did

Friday, September 28, 2012

Belfast, Maine

I had some exceptional beer in charming Belfast, Maine at the coolest little spot I had been to pretty much all year.  Three Tides raw bar & restaurant looked like a pop-up venue: gravel floor, trash picked mismatched/perfectly matched furniture, completely constructed on a small port-side lot.  They strung up vintage lamps, had an outdoor fireplace and boules bowling lane, perfect jazz music and a gigantic pile of oyster shells as a display (below).  I sort of captured the pinky marina ambiance from my table in the photo above - it was a magical place

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Common Ground Fair 2012

Thank you for the link Dahlia!

Strolling accordion group

My teacher John at their booth at the farmer's market

A wheel of Little Falls Farm cheese

squash teepee

beautiful dyed wool for sale

hello sweet ox

buckets o' pickles (*note their 'swicy' flavor, a sweet-spicy mix)

Unity, Maine sky study

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

the magic of Little Falls Farm

John & Mary's cheese cave full of their aged goat's milk tommes 

greenhouse overflowing with peppers

happy pigs

duck tractor and chickens

the neat wood pile - we saw a porcupine out there one evening

fetch obsessed wonder dog Jack, the border collie

beautiful web

Goat stud Bucko lookin' good - check out his pompa-horn

the Matriarch of the herd, #10

Sweet lady goat Oreo

hello girls

John brews mead, and had a carboy of traditional metheglin fermenting, an old British nutmeg and cinnamon recipe

Kirby, the insanely cute and sweet mini-donkey

morning glory

farm cat Kitty

...with the smell of sweet annie fresh in my head

Maine is my second home, a place I feel a deep connection to.  I apprenticed at Little Falls Farm when I was learning cheese making, and just spent a great long weekend there

A view from Mary's garden - the purple flower is amranth

sunny morning at Little Falls

The beautiful new entrance to their house

Thursday, September 20, 2012

a weekend in the Pine Tree State

I'm heading to Maine and will write when I get back!

stinky update

My experimental stinky cheeses are coming along nicely - I started my Little Piros wheels a few weeks ago, and here they are today - they smell like bacon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RIP trusty blue

The carcass of my beloved '94 Pathfinder.  I got in a wreck last week - I'm banged up but OK.  Man, I'll miss my car - she had just flipped 250K miles.

When you hit a cheese maker's car, it bleeds milk. I had just picked up 40 gallons right before the 16 year old driver pulled into oncoming traffic.  US31 and I were covered in milk.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

wow: George & Donna

This is one of my favorite songs ever.  Note: pleather suit, mink epaulettes and sweet graphics.  Said I wanna know... if whatchu feel is real.

perfect.  But a true dem no know and ting!

George Johnson and Donna Reid are the same person.


I love this wine label - from Trader Joe's

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

legalize it

Boss Mouse passed the Department of Agriculture inspection!  
Wanna buy some cheese?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mr. Toad

"...and heavy-gaited toads lie in their way"

from Richard II

Thursday, September 13, 2012

pickle OCD

bread & butts
a ton of hot dog relish
Dear Sue,

I used to think your blog was interesting, but now all you write about is making pickles and it's boring.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Brandon & Lindsey's pug Keith

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

cherry oh baby

Spicy cherry cheese with dried cherries and hot peppers from Holman Farm

Monday, September 10, 2012

that's entertainment

My Dad told me that my Hungarian Grandma used to enjoy professional wrestling on TV when he was growing up in Detroit.  I had never heard that family lore before.


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