Author: Al

Easy Rustic Bread

Easy Rustic Bread

We looked for a great, easy rustic bread recipe for some time. While we enjoy a good French baguette or a loaf of rye or something more exotic, we wanted a good, all-around, rustic style loaf that’s equally suitable for sandwiches, as a side with […]

Cheese Press … Totally Worth It

Cheese Press … Totally Worth It

This is our second year making cheese, and we seem to be making it more often, at least once per week. Since the first of the year, we have made a sage-infused cheddar, a gouda, a gruyere, an imperial porter cheddar, and a traditional Colby. […]

No-Waste Goat Feeder

No-Waste Goat Feeder

We love our rescue goats. Seriously, we love them. Each has their own distinct personality, their own look, their own endearing qualities. Goats are awesome. But all three of them share one terrible trait: they are profligate hay wasters.  Half of any given hay bale […]

February Monthly Garden Checklist

February Monthly Garden Checklist

Things are still dark, damp and chilly here in the Seattle area, but we love February because it’s the first month where we actually start seeds. For this month’s Garden Checklist, onions and shallots are on deck, as are sweet peas, beans, and kale. Depending on […]

Baby Chick Season

Baby Chick Season

Each spring, our nearby farm & feed store (The Grange in Issaquah) starts getting supplies of various chicken varieties, starting in early February and continuing until May. Given we recently lost 5 of our beloved hens, we are looking ahead to increasing the size of […]

One Hour Pretzels

One Hour Pretzels

There is something perfect about a homemade pretzel on a winter Sunday. For some reason, I always want to make pretzels if I’m going to watch a football game. I’m not 100% certain where that association comes from. But the Super Bowl is coming up, […]

Easy Hay Transport

Easy Hay Transport

Our animal feed needs are fairly modest. We have goats & chickens, a dog and some barn cats. No horses. No llamas. No iguanas. Most serious farm-types end up needing lots of hay, and will often have a truckful delivered and stored for the season. […]

Who Killed Our Chickens?

Who Killed Our Chickens?

This past Friday, we went into our barn around 6:00 PM to tuck the critters in for the night. We live in the woods, so we lock up our goats and chickens in their stalls each night a little after dusk, and let them out […]

How To Plan Garden Crop Rotations

How To Plan Garden Crop Rotations

Garden crop rotation is an easy bit of insurance to buy in your home edible garden. “Rotation” in this context means not growing the same family of crops in the same spot year after year, instead moving the location each season to prevent the buildup […]