Homesteading In The Pacific Northwest

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A misty morning...

There is a cool mist over the lake this morning.  And except for the chatter of a few birds, it is totally silent.  No movement except the flock of ducks landing on the lake.  After a lifetime of city life the silence is eerie.  No sirens and traffic noise in the distance; no sounds of the neighbors cars leaving for work.  The summer residents have gone now and few of the weekenders come at this time of year...there are only a few full time residents.  I'm enjoying the solitude...I sit with my morning cup of coffee and ponder the quiet images appear in my mind...I know what I'm going to do with my Imperial topaz's going to be a good day...


Saturday, October 17, 2009

In the Garden...

It is pouring down rain and spring is a long time away...but I ordered my seed potatoes today!  I grew potatoes for the first time last summer.  I split the raised bed between potatoes and squash.

Next time I will have 2 full beds devoted just to potatoes...

I ordered my seed potatoes to be delivered the first week of March and my target planting date is March 17 (I'm told it is traditional to plant potatoes on St. Paddy's Day :)

Ronniger Potato Farm

Somehow planning my garden makes spring seem a little bit closer...


Thursday, October 15, 2009


If you have been reading my posts you are probably aware by now that in the fall I'm really in to comfort food. And what says comfort food better than meatloaf? I have to admit that in the past my homemade meatloaves have been more suitable for use as doorstops than for human consumption. I did have some really good meatloaf while out and about one day recently (in, of all places, a hospital cafeteria!). It was a turkey meatloaf...lowfat, low calorie and pretty darned good! I searched my favorite foodie web sites and found this recipe:

I made this for dinner last night and it was great!  I only made two small changes to the recipe; I added a little chopped green bell pepper and used fresh breadcrumbs instead of dry.  Mike and I both agreed that this recipe is a keeper!

And of course, for lunch today...leftover meatloaf sandwiches :)