Saturday, April 05, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sunday, March 09, 2014

spring break in smalltown

This is one of John's pictures, the front of a small train, and the chili peppers are to ward off evil spirits.

Friday, March 07, 2014

seasonal kimchi

4# vegetables, any blend of daikon radish, brussel sprouts, green tomatoes, carrot, napa cabbage, etc
1/2 cup salt

A paste of 1.5 cups water, 1/4 cup sweet rice flour, and 2 tbsp. sugar

6 oz grated daikon radish
2 oz ginger
2 or more grated garlic
1/4 c fish sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar

Ferment until it tastes right to you and then put in the fridge.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014


 We went to visit Arlo yesterday. He lives in a gorgeous rural community on a working farm with sheep, donkeys, horses, chickens, guineas, border collies. and great pyrennes.  He might have the border collie colors and markings, but he certainly doesn't have more than a spoonful of border collie. He is a big dog and barked when we arrived but then was a little shy. He warmed up into a treat loving, ear licking sweet guy. He doesn't move too fast even though is still has some puppy in him. I think he has the calm nature that Ruby needs and the fun loving ball playing nature that the older kids will enjoy. He sits, doesn't pull on the leash, and comes when he is called.  He pays absolutely no attention to free ranging chickens and cats. We'll visit again in two weeks with the kids, but we feel like he is moving to the mountains, and I'm really looking forward to him joining the pack.

Saturday, February 15, 2014