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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
The woods are providing edibles such as ramps, fiddle head ferns, and morels now! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A New Heartsease...
Delicious, glazed Orange Rolls are a Sunday, or any morning, treat! Nice for Easter, too. I use two eight-inch cake pans to make a double batch of these delicious, pull-apart Orange Rolls. Make and glaze one batch to eat now, then freeze the un-glazed second batch for later by removing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
This delicious nut cheese snack uses nut solids left over from making Delicious Homemade Almond Milk! Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
It's easy to make your own delicious "no waste" almond milk Easy and frugal, homemade almond milk is richer, tastier, and has fewer ingredients. And, there is "no waste" because the "pressings" composed of nut meal are not tossed out but instead put to good use making a delicious nut... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Colcannon is a dish with Irish origins, usually featuring mashed potatoes and cabbage. It is, however, very flexible when it comes to swapping ingredients in or out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
A little rustic, a bit "faded elegance" - a clock frame became my inspiration. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Why buy seed starting pots each season when you can make your own! Why indeed? If you're like me and don't have newspaper delivery, it can be free if you ask a newspaper-receiving friend to give you some. There are plenty of places where you can acquire them, too. Coffee... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
A mushroom omelet dressed with creamy Florentine sauce on a bed of kale, with rice pilaf, and steamed broccoli stalks is an easy brunch when made from leftovers! It was a lazy, snowy Sunday morning and I was hungry! I wanted to make myself a tasty brunch but didn't want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
This galette is very forgiving, pastry-wise, and easy to make using peeled pears. It has been brushed with beaten egg (plus a teaspoon of water), dusted with baker's sugar, and baked on parchment paper. Easier to make than a pie, you can use all-purpose white flour, store-bought pastry dough, or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Like the lid says, "Crisp". "Delicious". Slice these babies into rings and add to salads. Cut lengthwise onto sandwiches and burgers. Chop and add to tartar sauce. Include them on a relish plate. Skewer a whole okra and slide it into a Bloody Mary (virgin, or not). For an "Okratini"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
I love soft boiled, egg-in-a-cup with toast strips! There's such a wonderful mixture of textures and tastes! There's creamy egg yolk, firm egg white, buttery and crunchy whole wheat toast, and that sea salt tang. Dipping toast strips into soft boiled egg yolk enhances egg and toast in a delightfully... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
This view out my second floor window shows piles of snow that have been raised by snowplowing throughout this "colder, wetter" Winter predicted by the National Weather Service. And, as of Friday morning - now extending through this weekend until 10:00 p.m. Monday night - people in northern Washington State... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
I have a favorite valance that is double-sided. Both fabrics are traditional prints but... I prefer the print depicted on the right of the above photo. However, when I hang the valance at my bedroom window the left-hand print is back-lit by light coming through the window obliterating and dominating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Packed with fiber, color, flavor, and nutrition this salad is pretty to look at and delicious to eat! This is a fun and easy-to-make salad because there are no portion amounts for the ingredients. Simply assemble ingredients and add as much of each as you want for as many servings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Fire-Roasted tomatoes give a rich, slightly smokey flavor to recipes. Making your own fire-roasted tomatoes is a great way to practice elective frugality, especially if you grow your own tomatoes. I think tomatoes you fire-roast yourself taste better than their store-bought counterparts, and you can season them to your own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Nothing says rest, repose, and relaxation quite like a sleeping cat or dog. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Rounds or "rondelles" of crunchy carrots and crisp Jerusalem artichokes in a creamy Tarragon-Caper Dressing are a Winter's delight! Frosty nights sweeten late Fall and Winter root veggies such as carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnips, and salsify. This Fall/Winter salad from root veggies available now at supermarkets is a crunchy, creamy,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
If you like the look of a pot rack, suffer from a lack of cupboards, or have a big blank wall, you can get this culinary "Euro-look" for a fraction of the cost! My kitchen is long and narrow with a tall, blank wall at the end. I needed something... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Two Seckels a handful do make! Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
...why would one use Italian, Swiss or German, or other non-French cheeses on French onion soup? Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
It's fun and creative to come up ideas to decorate your house and use something you already have in a new, re-purposed manner. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Occasionally ask, "What is the connection between what I want most in life and anything I plan to do today?" ~Robert Brault, Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at A New Heartsease...
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown I ask myself, "Is the making of New Year's resolutions a recipe for failure? How many of us keep resolutions, anyway. If a resolution is too far out from our usual comfort zone, it's likely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at A New Heartsease...
We survived another busy Christmas! If you didn't schedule some time off or a little time out during the pre-Christmas weeks and days, now's the time. If you can. Hopefully, during this week-long break between this holiday past and New Year's, you can sit down, lay down, give yourself some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at A New Heartsease...