Tag Archives: Palmtag

Hail to the Kale!

I answered the phone reluctantly knowing it would be more work to stack my pile higher. “Really?  You have too much kale in your garden and I should come pick it?  I’ll be right there!” I love picking, cooking, and … Continue reading

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The Cheese Whiz

  A short drive West of Nebraska City, NE among green pastures spotted with beautiful milking cows, there is a farmer who lives in a 100-year-old home and works in her modern milking barn.  The home is heated with power … Continue reading

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Quiet Pear Tree

QUIET PEAR TREE We leave for work early most mornings, feeling rushed and late.  Work is hard, especially on Mondays with backups from the weekend business.  We get home later to find household and lawn chores, homework to help with, the news, … Continue reading

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Cow Talk

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Five O’clock on Thursday, a friend summons me to her farm.  Excited, I rush from my day to find her 12 miles away at the back of her house on a plank that overlooks green rolling hills dotted with cheerful … Continue reading

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Peonies bloom in May

Every May I am distracted from life by the most fragrant, plump, blooms of peony bushes in parks, allies and yards of others.  The peony has always been my favorite flower, pink, white & reds,a silky soft and fluffy with … Continue reading

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Pottery Shop Chapel

Several years ago, a special friend and I ventured out to find a pottery shop in a small town several hours from our own.  Upon reaching our destination, we learned via a note on the door, that the potter had … Continue reading

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Fresh, Healthy Quinoa Salad

So it’s January 1, 2013.  Once again we start the “Let’s Get Healthy” plan for the year.   I found some organic black Quinoa in the cabinet and began to assemble a healthy salad.  After cooking the quinoa, a product … Continue reading

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Duck Soup!

Yesterday morning  was filled with disagreeable tasks including tax documentation preparation, accounting entries, checkbook balancing and other tedious chores.  I headed home for lunch late, hungry and crabby to find nothing to eat. In the freezer sat a frozen duck that had been … Continue reading

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Bean Truth

Ok folks… For most of us, beans are not a luxury.  But, you must rethink this untruth! Legumes and beans of every sort, are high in protein, available year-round and can be purchased and stored dried.  Therefore, they are a … Continue reading

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Fish food

One of my dearest  friends is a physicist and also a geographer.  He has mastered both fields of study and is a life-long learner.  He has been writing a paper, which he hopes to have published soon on the correlation … Continue reading

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Avocado – plain and simple

For years I have been preparing guacamole using a complicated recipe with many ingredients mixed in a food processor.  Each time I made it however, my youngest son would ask me to omit an item like, sour cream, then chili … Continue reading

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Day at the Farm

This week work randomly took me to three self-sustainable farms in Otoe County, Nebraska.   Between real estate conversations, I learned that all three farms were growing and raising their own food, processing it, then selling or bartering the produce … Continue reading

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The Pear Bucket

  Today Jim brought to the office a hearty bucket of pears strategically placed at the entrance door, reminding us all that we’d rather be in the orchard.   I ate three this morning right out of the bucket.  They … Continue reading

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Wine, Vinegar or Juice Bottle storage

This week, I visited a darling bungalow built in the 40’s with hardwood floors, panel doors and old-fashioned windows.  As I looked around the house, the grape vines outside appeared in clear vision from the sparkling pane; leaves large, green … Continue reading

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What to do with the Pits?

The pits can be a warm solution to a tired neck, a cold solution for a bump on the head or responsible for that hint of fruit flavor in vinegar. Today I climbed a ladder to begin picking perfectly red … Continue reading

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Inside an Antiquarium

Drive over soft curvy hills, covered with green, gold, distant patterns, East on Highway 136 from Auburn, NE, just West of the Missouri River to find a small town populated with artists, intellectuals, philosophers, musicians, writers and poets.  Brownville, Nebraska … Continue reading

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Tulips

Distraction from my meditative walks. I’ve been walking in this park (Arbor Lodge) for years but rarely stop to smell the tulips, lilacs or roses.  But today, I smelt them, touched them and laid down with them; a definitive crazy … Continue reading

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Raid the Cabinets

It’s time to “Raid the Cabinets.”  That’s right.  Use what you have.  See whats it in those cabinets and create something beautiful, healthy and delicious!  I went to the cabinet searching for something… something….Hum.  A can of artichokes, some tuna, … Continue reading

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Horse Encounter

The weather was amazingly beautiful on a late January afternoon, so I ventured out for a country walk.  Several miles down the rock road I noticed a beautiful horse staring at me from high up in an open field.  The … Continue reading

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