Springtime in the Midwest

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So it’s been a while since my last post. We recently had to replace our beloved stove of 12 years. It’s really ok though. We took this opportunity to switch over to a gas model with a double oven. It also has cast iron grates and a removable, reversible center griddle made by Lodge. Absolutely loving it so far, in spite of having to wait two weeks for it on a special order. And I promise to add some more recipes in the very near future.

Ah Springtime in the Midwest. The gardens are planted and we are now running 4 hugelkultur raised beds, with a pretty good mix of vegetables and herbs. This should make for some really tasty experiments later this summer. We are also growing some paprika this time with the hopes of making our own smoked paprika. And the Lovage in the herb spiral is REALLY happy this year. I also got the rain barrel built and we are using that to irrigate the plants. (Hugelkulturs don’t usually need much watering once they have been established for a while, but these are still too new). It’s only a single 45 gallon barrel for now but I plan to add at least 2 more barrels in the next month or so.

And I decided it might be fun to try my hand at making some homemade apple pie moonshine. The flavor turned out really nice, but it’s going to take about 3 weeks to mellow. I can’t wait to try it then. Next time I’m thinking about adding some vanilla for an apple pie ala mode version. Thank you Michelle for helping me with getting it into the mason jars. 🙂

I will post some more in the next few days, but right now I need to get some work done. Talk to you soon.


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