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Gail Butler
Heartsease Cottage
As a childhood mud-eater (I don't remeber this, but my Mom tells me it was so), I've spent most of my life digging in the dirt - rockhounding, gold prospecting, gardening - and am happiest with my hands in the soil communing with its mysteries.
Interests: Anything "dirt" oriented and writing.
Recent Activity
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Oven roasted potato wedges, with "cheese" sauce, chopped tomatoes, onions, and dairy-free "sour cream". Yummy! For non-vegans the swap outs for vegan "cheese" and "sour cream" are, well, cheese and sour cream - both versions with a side of fry sauce! I first had this delicious (non-vegan version) appetizer/dinner at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at A New Heartsease...
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Easy Chili Verde With Pork or Without Chili Verde With Shredded Pork! Yummy. Easy. What's not to love? Or, a vegan and canned version to love also! For these scroll down to the bottom of this post for deletions and additions to make it your way! I look for recipes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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My tall cabinet, now much lighter in color, better shows off its interesting details. Recently, I swapped out the china inside for all-white dishes and like that look better. The tall cabinet before its re-do didn't harmonize with my Paris apartment/French country/ shabby-chic decor This medium-oak cabinet is an interesting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
Just before Christmas is the Winter Solstice, the longest, darkest night of the year. This year the Solstice falls on December 21st. The Winter Solstice is - unless there happens to be a full moon - the longest, darkest night of the year after which the nighttime hours begin to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Tiny crab apples on the old tree beyond my balcony are encased in ice. Winter's here! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Saving the Season by Kevin West Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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An abbreviated Thanksgiving, food-wise, can save sanity, time, and money. Yet, it hits all the right traditional notes! Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Although a few others had beaten us to the woods, Joanne, Julie, Mary, and I still filled a large paper shopping bag full of large chantrelles. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Galvanized buckets make great cachepots for nursery grown plants. The buckets hide the plastic nursery pot and don't leak. I'll leave this new bucket out this Winter to develop nice, aged patina. Each Autumn I treat myself to a pot of mums. Gold- and burgundy-colored chrysanthemums, for me, evoke the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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In this Season of harvest and rest, may plenty and grace from my place be unto your place as the leaves change colors and drift down in jeweled cascades of yellow, orange, red, and burgundy! Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Make these smokehouse-style almonds yourself! Smoked almonds are a tasty snack, good with cheese, and chopped into a salad as a bacon-like enhancement. Chopped, they're also good on pancakes, waffles, and French toast - with a drizzle of maple syrup. I like to make these myself for a several reasons.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Just as Summer "falls" into Autumn, hungry critters arrive from the forested area across the road. They are getting ready for Winter and bulking up on anything that is remotely edible. During Summer's abundance they make less frequent appearances to the common areas around my condo-home. Now is the time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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I recently discovered a way to make my homemade almond milk achieve a "barista-style" frothy head of foam for cappuccinos, "dandeccinos" - a coffee like beverage made of roasted dandelion root- for chai, and hot chocolate. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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On a recent forest-walk I gathered these pretty blossoms for bouquets As Autumn draws nearer my source for foraged bouquets is vanishing. Soon, it will be time to gather for Fall. On this trip I gathered white daisies, St. John's Wort (also known as "Klamath weed"), hawkweed, and mock orange.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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My Mom, Barbara Parry, gathers mirabelle plums from trees planted by the town along the avenue leading to the lake. Plums in town? Along the avenue? Who knew that on the town side of my condo near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho there was an urban-gathering opportunity? And, they are ripe right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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On a recent woods-walk/foraging expedition I surprised this young buck just awakening to the day. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Whole-flower potpourri is made from flowers that are dried in their entirety. A broken ceramic flower pot is perfect for this whole-rose potpourri. To make this type of potpourri, dry flowers with stems removed, either upright or lying on their sides, on wax-papered baking sheets in a warm dry spot.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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In this photo, foraged wood sorrel makes a delicious tapenade-like sauce for a mushroom omelet. Morning Star Farms veggie sausages and whole grain sourdough make a tasty, and memorable weekend breakfast! To make this delightful, simple sauce you'll need to either grow French Sorrel in your garden or, as I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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On the left is miners' lettuce. In the right of the photo is wood sorrel. Both are wild edibles gathered from the nearby forest. Now you see it. Now you don't! Just two weeks ago I was gathering wood sorrel on my forest strolls. Just a few days ago I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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First Jeff, then on to the cabinet project! Vacation in July! While I didn't go anywhere my nephew, Jeff Shark, flew up from Utah to visit my mother and me! We hadn't seen him in several years as he's been working and going to Snow College in Utah. He's grown... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Easy Elegance, Simple Grace, Natural Abundance, and Elective Frugality are "Cottage Lifestyle" attributes I live by. I think my Paris Apartment-styled bathroom hits all four of these criteria! Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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A delicious plant-based, vegan meal with a rich sweet and savory dressing. A thick, sweet-tart dressing balances the hearty quinoa base which doesn't need meat or cheese to be absolutely delicious! This is a healthful main dish entree in a bowl! I know. I know...everything is better with meat and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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Low-fat, healthy, plant-based - and tasty - enchiladas! What's not to love? Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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As a kid growing up my mom prepared delicious meals while adhering to a budget. I remember creamed tuna on toast and tuna casserole... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at A New Heartsease...