Saturday, November 30, 2013

the pantry project: November 24

several year old bar of unsweetened baking chocolate

chocolate-walnut fudge

Friday, November 29, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

cheese soldiers

blue cheese truckle corps

stormtrooper corps

Boss Nass loves Boss Mouse

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

true snow bunnies

The bunnies don't mind the snow at all, in fact, they choose to stay out in it day and night.  Here they are enjoying a collard green plant and apples 

Beautiful Licky with powdered sugar

Monday, November 25, 2013

more Michelle magic

fried Boss Mouse spicy pepper cheese curds with fresh chile garlic aioli, topped with scallions

Sunday, November 24, 2013

tatty ladies

Shannon  and Raquel get buzzed

morning glory glory

Unicorn racer

Old tattoo picture book - 2-page butt span

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

smoky sweet

vanilla cupcakes topped with a smoked peanut butter buttercream with candied bacon and sea salt! 

My friend Michelle, a very talented cook and caterer, made these cupcakes with a block of Boss Mouse smoked butter!  Wow!

Rudy likes popcorn

AND there was cat hair in my box of pomegranates

Thursday, November 21, 2013

cheese and rabbit

I wanna live in a land of lakes, where the great waves break, and the night runs right into the day
- Lord Huron

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


A farmer gave me a bunch of fresh quince fruit at the market this past weekend.  Quince are in the apple family, and valued for their disease-resistant rootstock, which fruit farmers graft onto apple tree roots to help them resist blight.  They are like unripe pears, never soften, and have an exotic, floral scent.  All you can really do with them is peel and pare them, and cook them down with a lot of sugar.  Quince paste is a classic sweet to pair with cheese, so I made a lot of it.  It's sticky and delicious.

Quincy likes it!

Monday, November 18, 2013

the beauty of M37

Natural wood barn and field on M37 just South of M113 between Buckley and Traverse City

Sunday, November 17, 2013

put your feet up and have a cup of tea

Friday thrift shop haul:  two brand new Liberty of London for Target button downs, pristine 50s foot stool and nice white mug - grand total $10.25

Saturday, November 16, 2013

a long winter's nap

New winter vegetable/fruit storage shelving for the basement, carefully handcrafted by Reeber Garden Preservation Woodworking

Friday, November 15, 2013

so you can bust a move

Clockwise couple make arch, anti-clockwise couple go through, then make their own arch. Clockwise couple go backwards under this arch. Then make a third arch, and anti-clockwise couple go under it and move forward to meet the next couple.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

lil' Viv

Megan's daughter, the sweetest, happiest little baby 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Batch of homemade peppermint-sage soap cut into bars to dry

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

my feathered friends

who's more handsome than Roosty?  Look at the feathers on his legs

Brownbeard, one of the sweetest hens

Sunday, November 10, 2013

brassica wheelbarrow

Cabbage, brussel sprouts and beets from the garden - snow on the ground this week, so I harvested the last of what's out there.  Still have kale, leeks and celeriac to go.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

horseradish harvest

My first horseradish root (white stalk on the left)  from the horseradish grove in the orchard

Thursday, November 7, 2013

size matters

My new 3 foot baker's whisk for Boss Mouse - the curds like it large

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

sky study #100

The hundredth one!
Sunset Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

bamba-lam, whoa, black walnut

5 pounds of unshelled black walnuts, traded at the farmers market

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween awesome

My sister and her husband had the best costumes!

Viva the he and she devil!  Ildeu custom-shaves his head every Halloween


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

buns on 2 planes

Blackie up close, as Pinky approaches.  Bunnies forever.

Friday, November 1, 2013

sky study #99

Sunrise October 25th, 2013