Archive for January, 2013

Wise words from Michael Pollan

Posted in Food Politics on January 29, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. -Michael Pollan

Choose A CO-OP

Posted in Preserving with tags , , , , on January 28, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

Red-headed Woodpecker: Photo Shoot

Posted in Nature's Beauty- Photography on January 28, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

Gone Bananas

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

I’ve gone bananas! I picked up a bunch of bananas during a recent trip to the grocery store and set out on an experiment to make healthy chips. Instead of drying the bananas plain, I decided to spice things up a bit with local honey and cinnamon. Honey and cinnamon are getting a ton of attention recently due to the plethora of health benefits they provide. Thank you to my neighbors, Jack and Julie, for sharing this SUPER local honey with us (they live less than 3 miles away).
To make these banana chips:
– Lay out a piece of parchment paper and cut the banana into thin slices (approx 3/8 inch).
– Arrange the bananas so they are not touching and sprinkle with cinnamon.
– To prevent major sticking, you can rub a very light coat of coconut oil on the tray (not required).
– Add a dot of honey and place on the tray, be sure they do not overlap.
– Allow to dry 6-12 hours.
– Enjoy and GO BANANAS!

(Caution: as you can imagine the honey can be a bit sticky. You may also dry the bananas without the honey and add it later.)

If you do not have a dehydrator, the following link will share how to make banana chips in the oven.
http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-US/FoodandRecipes/pages/baked-banana-chips.aspx

Squirrel 1 vs. Red headed Woodpecker 0

Posted in Preserving with tags , , , , on January 26, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

This Red headed Woodpecker sure has tried to claim this feeder as his territory! He has successfully chased countless birds away all day. Until now, he has put up a good fight. Something tells me that this will not be a one round fight. The saga continues…

Inspired! I am very proud to be part of this organization.

Posted in Preserving on January 26, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

Rotary First Harvest. District 5030, Washington.

Weekend visitors…

Posted in Nature's Beauty- Photography with tags , , , , on January 22, 2013 by grumpygrizzlyfarms

I could stand and watch the birds that visit all day long, everyday.  That work thing sure gets in the way!  While I love getting bundled up to go outside, hide out, and watch for my avian friends…I took these pictures standing inside by the warm wood-burning stove.  Pure, warm, joy.