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Winter Weekend

We spent yesterday here at Boggy Meadow, sledding down the hills and digging out the chicken house and the paths from the latest reminder that Winter is sticking around a good while yet. It felt like the perfect day to make a soup as green as possible to counteract the brilliant white on white out there.
 
Chopped a red onion and some garlic and sweated them in olive oil, salt, pepper and the quarter bottle of white wine left over from the day before. Then, I chopped up roughly five bunches of organic watercress I picked up at the Brattleboro Coop and threw them in the pot and poured a jug of water over them and let the whole thing simmer away for an hour. Then I strained out the broth which I will use for the next few days and whizzed up the veg in the mixer with some greek yoghurt and lemon juice.  It tasted green and looked like Spring. Come on out, groundhogs! We eagerly await you.

Warm Winter Soup

On a cold, grey day recently, I needed some warmth and color to get me through. So I dug out the last tomatoes from this summer and made a spicy soup. First, I roasted garlic and spring onions in olive oil, then added diced tomatoes and dried thyme from the garden. I flavored it all with green pepper hot sauce and left it to simmer for half an hour while I walked the dog, who won't leave the house alone during hunting season. Came back and ate the soup and felt more cheerful!

The Bear

Three days ago I looked out the window of my office and idly wondered why the bird feeder was half away across the lawn. When I came downstairs the metal stand that holds the bird feeder, which we keep outside the window of our family room, was bent in half and the ground around it was trampled by very, very big paws. It took the combined efforts of both Marcus and our friend Mike to bend the metal straight again. ( Don't know how we fix the damaged privet hedge.)

The temperate weather has confused our hibernating neighbor who really should be tucked up for the winter by now. It's freezing today and we have snow flurries so I guess that means it's safe to refill the bird feeder... and hope the bear doesn't show again.

 

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