Friday, May 20, 2011

Artisan Lifestyle, Strawberry Jam, 100 year old recipes, electric fences, bad cats

Artisan  Lifestyle has moved. Maybe not such a good choice since readership has dropped to......5.So, I may need a little help with marketing.  Please,Please please....tell  anyone and everyone about this site so I will have a reason to keep it going.  Thank you!  Panic begging  over now.
  Spring weather is finally here. The lilac bush is finally in full bloom (the enormous lilac bush is my canaryinacoalmine) Our garden at last looks like a garden. And.... we have bean sign. Still don't know what happened to the first batch we planted but the second planting is popping through the soil right on time.  The cat is at the top of Jimmy's s-list right now.   She kept breaking into the cold framed cucumber bed to do her business.  Resulting in the death of most of the cucumbers.  I understand why she did it.  Its the only warm dry spot in the yard in the last two weeks. But Jimmy has no understanding. He is MAD.  So mad, he dug out the 14 volt electric fencing and put it around the bed. today we will be going to Sky Nursery and  buying new plants. Which makes Jimmy even more mad because the ones she killed were HIS lovingly tended  starts.  Glad I'm not the cat right now! She's mostly at the top of the list because we are down to one last jar of last years crispy, delicious, spicy pickles.
Today we are headed to the produce stand in Lynnwood on Aurora.  We went through all 24 jars of strawberry jam I put up last year.  (many as gifts).  So, jam making will commence  as soon  as I get 2 flats of berries.  Speaking of jam making...... Here is THE best site ever on canning and preserving and local U-pick farms.   Not everyone has  a stack of government issue how-to books from the 1930's  like I do (Thank you granny!)
There is  a world of info and links so I suggest bookmarking this one. 

Along with a new URL for Artisan Lifestyle I also have a new recipe blog
If you  have a 100 year old recipe you would like to share AND get credit  for; pop it into the comment section and I will post it for you with accompanying credit. If you have a story to go with it....even better!

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