Category Archives: Home Life

Bowl of Summer – Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad is not even a recipe. Peel them, slice and put them in a bowl. Add thinly sliced onions, extra virgin olive oil and your favorite vinegar, then salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently then serve. It’s summer … Continue reading

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Making Applesauce

I asked our chief apple officer the following question: “If I wanted to win a blue ribbon for making applesauce at the state fair which apples, available now, would I use?” His answer was straightforward. “Use Viking because it’s one … Continue reading

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Gardening in End Times

I’ve been a gardener since we got married. We planted a few tomatoes near the duplex we rented in Iowa City the spring after the wedding. As we lived our lives, raised our daughter, and sought economic stability, we either … Continue reading

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We’re Going Home — Donald Kaul

We knew Donald Kaul had prostate cancer and it spread to his bones. He’d been ill for a number of years but after this diagnosis, the prognosis was not good — we expected him to die this year and he … Continue reading

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Staycation 2018

There’s plenty to do on the property so this week will be a staycation. I took paid vacation from the home, farm and auto supply store. On day three of an eight day work hiatus, I left the property twice, … Continue reading

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Eggplant Season

By the time eggplant season is finished. everyone in the family is tired of it. Here’s a simple, tasty recipe that’s not as much a recipe as techniques to use garden abundance in mid summer. The savory flavor will have … Continue reading

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Remembering Donald Kaul in High Summer

Sunday was a day to hang out on memory lane. Sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and Donald Kaul. I bought sweet corn from a roadside stand and we had it for dinner with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, and thin … Continue reading

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