Monthly Archives: April 2009

Some time off…

With the craziness of preparing for the AP exams coming up soon and a big paper due for my graduate class next week, I’m taking a few days off blogging.  Unless, of course, I find something I simply must post about.

I’ll be back by Saturday, I’m sure.

If you simply must have more Farmer’s Daughter, visit my Cookbook or Garden pages and look around, enjoy the newly-updated About page, or go to my Reading page and check out all the wonderful blogs that I enjoy reading.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

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I’m really starting to like the homemade version better than the store-bought, since I can put in the seasonings as I like them.

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup mayonaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash paprika
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, more or less

Mince the garlic, sprinkle it with salt and then mash it with the side of your knife into a fine paste.  Combine the garlic, chives, parsley, mayonaise, sour cream, salt, pepper and paprika in a bowl.  Stir in the buttermilk until it reaches the desired thickness.  Pour into a mason jar and refrigerate.  It will keep up to one week, if it lasts that long.

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Bleeding Hearts

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Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits

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Today was such a beautiful day! We spent a lot of time outside in the garden and also got to relax.  We decided to eat supper outside, and we loved the cheddar cornmeal biscuits.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 stick cold butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Preheat oven to 350°F.  Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.  Blend in the butter with your fingers, then add the egg, honey and buttermilk.  Roll out and cut into biscuits, then place on a baking sheet and top with the shredded cheese.  Bake 12-15 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.

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Snapshots of a Saturday

Ed and I had a busy, eventful day.  We started by spreading manure in our flower gardens this morning.  We then headed over to his parents’ house to help his brother put the two clamming boats in the water.  I’m writing a paper on aquaculture for my class on Long Island Sound, so I brought my camera along.  After getting both boats in the water and taking a tour of a few clam lots, we headed over to my family’s farm to drop off some sawdust for Annabelle’s bedding.  Then we visited my dad and brothers at two of the houses they’re building, got a tour of the houses and property, and visited with the owners.  Finally, we headed back to my parents’ house to celebrate my brother Nathaniel’s 20th birthday and see my mom, who just got home from a math teacher’s conference in Washington D.C.  When I got back home and examined my pictures from the day, I realized what a huge variety of things we’d done today. 

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An old clam caught in the aquaculture netting

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Ed’s parents’ pond

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Chris gets his boats ready for the new clamming season

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Ed drives the tractor any chance he gets

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Chris drives the “Melissa Louise,” which is named after his wife

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Our wake

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A nesting box

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Peach trees in bloom at my family’s farm

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The hole in the knee of my jeans.  By the end of the day, I had a hole in the other knee, too.  I plan to cut these jeans off and turn them into shorts (or maybe a skirt?) this summer.

How did you spend your Saturday?

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Puppy Dog Eyes

While my mom’s in Washington D.C. for a math teacher’s conference, we got to have my dad, brothers, and Duke over for supper last night.  When I saw Dukie sprawled out on the floor, I grabbed my camera and got right down with him.  It was so cute because his eyes told me exactly what he was thinking.  In both my and Ed’s families, the dogs talk.  They have their own voices, and they say what’s on their mind.  Here are some examples…

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Are you going to pet me? Oh, you have the camera again.  Great! Now I’ll be on the blob! (He calls the blog a blob.)

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Maybe if I just ignore her she’ll go away.

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This is getting annoying! Do I have to get up and walk away?

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Maybe I’ll just go to sleep instead.  Then he took in a breath and let out a big sigh.  Dukie does that sometimes when he’s tired or tired of being bothered.

Do your dogs talk to you?

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