Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

dill pickle soup

My good friend Dave always told me about Polish dill pickle soup he ate growing up, and cooked up a pot when he was up for the pop-up dinner.  The soup contains chopped dill pickles and some of the brine from the pickle jar, amongst other ingredients, and is absolutely delicious.  There are many recipes on the internet and I suggest you find one and make some - best soup ever!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Some participants in Traverse City's annual zombie run came through the farmer's market on Saturday - so awesome!  

Note his zombie stocking garters and chain belt

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

in her autumn gown

The big Norway maple changing colors

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bowerman Road's glittery breath

Full frost in the mornings these days - it's coming

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October thrift haul

Large rainbow and windsurfer theme towel, frightening Raggedy Ann & Andy vintage pillow case, nice set of vintage floral cotton twin bed sheets

Saturday, October 25, 2014

the wealth of the praying mantis

Found this little friend on the drive-up window at the bank

Friday, October 24, 2014

donut perfection

Buchan's Blueberry Farm in Traverse City sell the best donuts I have ever tasted - this is their pumpkin donut, which they sell at the Saturday farmer's market

Thursday, October 23, 2014

beer & cheese with Short's Brewing

17 of the coolest people visited Boss Mouse last week - Joe Short and his team spent 3 hours pairing beer and cheese, playing music and partying up in the dairy room.  Great beer, great people - thank you Shorts Brewing!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I've been making dried apple rings in the dehydrator - so delicious!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

a respectable DTL

Cozy's morning double turkey leg style

Saturday, October 18, 2014

salsa de dedo

Roasted the last of the tomatoes and peppers from the garden

Cooked down with some guarillo chilis into a warm and rich Mexican salsa de dedo - "finger sauce"

Friday, October 17, 2014

I love Dave & Raquel

Ultra friends Dave & Raquel were up last weekend and worked their asses off helping with the 
pop-up dinner.  Dave cooked us up a Polish feast the night before the event, preparing a pot of dill pickle soup and pierogis in caramelized onions

Detroit cousin Caesar channels his inner Halloween bat

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Dyed the ends of my hair pink

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

an Autumn Dinner

My friend chef Michelle Rodroguez and I hosted a pop-up dinner inside my big barn last Sunday night - it was a great success

Boss Mouse staffer and all-around amazing lady Caitlin

the cheese course

Brandied pumpkin pie with Boss Mouse smoked butter crust

corn stalks and a pumpkin decorate the barn posts

tartan and gourds on the bar

Butternut squash soup

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

snow break

Dad and his neighbor David constructing a snow break above the main door to the big barn.  Last winter, the snow fall from the barn roof was so bad, it blocked the entrance no matter how we tried to keep up with snow removal and ice chipping, so we will enter the season more prepared.  Take that, Michigan winter!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A British tar is a soaring soul

driveway got re-surfaced this week

The tar guys had great footwear - this is the masking tape spats look

Straight up tar boots & pants

looks great

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall colors from space

Photo from NASA shows the leaves turning in the Western U.P. and Canada - the beautiful Fall colors are here 

Friday, October 10, 2014

cheese school

Teaching a great group of people how to make fresh farmer's cheese and mozzarella earlier this week through Oryana Food Co-op in Traverse City

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I have started a batch of home made apple cider vinegar - you start with apples, not cider, and slowly ferment the fruit over a few months, draining and skimming as necessary.  I will report back with progress.  Bring on the fruit flies.

Monday, October 6, 2014

more microfashion

Young man in hand-knit hat at the Farmer's Market Saturday

Friday, October 3, 2014

birth announcement

Perpetual Mother hen Blackie hatched another chick this week - congratulations!  Look closely, the chicks head is sticking out of her feathers xoxo

Thursday, October 2, 2014

mailbox protection

The mighty Dad K installing ground chains which will secure my winter mailbox shield, a large wooden A-frame he designed to prevent the wall of snow that the plow projects from taking out my mailbox, like it did last year

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Big batch of maple-bourbon apple butter