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Sand Hill Thicket

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

The Elderberry Chronicles – Part II – Elderberry Yarn

Since I am inundated with elderberries, I decided I should dye some yarn. I am very interested in natural dyes and have previously dyed with blueberries (see my previous post Blueberry Yarn). I would love to dye with indigo, but... Continue Reading →

The Elderberry Chronicles – Part I – Elderberry Syrup

The elderberry trees are laden with elderberries, the bundles of berries making the tree limbs lean far over practically until they are touching the ground. I am inundated and have to work fast and try to use as many as... Continue Reading →

Garden Update: Taming the “Jungle”

It's high time I provided an update on my new garden area. We have just entered a cool and wet spell after being hot and super dry. Meanwhile, the empty areas in the garden have been overwhelmed by grass, which... Continue Reading →

Peach Ice Cream

One of our peach trees has finally brought forth fruit! We are so excited as these are our first peaches (we planted the trees three years ago). They are a little small, but we are happy to have any at... Continue Reading →

Garlic Harvest

I figured it must be time to harvest the garlic when I noticed they had all disappeared into a sea of weeds and grass. Sure enough, upon closer inspection, it was time! I was a bit shocked how successful I... Continue Reading →

The Solstice & Elderflowers

The longest day of the year. However, the days start getting shorter from here. Makes me want to stay up all night! I am surrounded by elderflowers and their intoxicating scent. I have to hurry and enjoy the cool of... Continue Reading →

Skip The Tuna Salad: Make Salad Roll & Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Instead!

We tend to cook more Asian food than other ethnicities. Right now the garden is bursting with several different kinds of lettuces that need to be eaten. So, we decided to make tuna and salad the Asian way. Salad rolls... Continue Reading →

Fully Loaded Mulberry Tree

We've started picking the mulberries. Our ginormous mulberry tree is fully loaded. The first fruits were made into mulberry scones this morning. Here they are, those yummy mulberries. Yes, the little green stems are soft and fully edible - we... Continue Reading →

New Garden Area

Well, it's a start. I've got loads of room (~1300 sq. ft.) to fill with vegetable plants. Then I'm going to go crazy with mulch! So far, I've sown two 50' rows of Glass Gem corn, which is a flint... Continue Reading →

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