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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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A lovely forest-backed meadow along Ohio Match Road My foraging friend, Joanne, and I took a drive out Ohio Match Road to look for alpine strawberries, other edibles, and things in bloom. We found very few strawberries because they're harvested by wildlife before we can get to them. We also... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A New Heartsease...
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On my morning forest walk I encountered a protective hen with her chicks, also called "poults" The forest path where I walk in the morning So, I'm ambling happily along seeing what's in bloom, what's ready to gather, and simply enjoying a late Spring morn in the forest close to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Morels are finished for the year, but these dandy coral mushrooms are coming up now! While morels are very desirable and lots of folks hunt for them, corals are more abundant, larger, and not too well known among most foragers. Corals are much easier to spot than morels and their... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Honor to all who've served our Nation This 48-star flag survived World War I On Memorial Day the Nation honors those both fallen and still serving who put their lives on the line to protect the American way of life. Today, I am especially thinking of my grandfather, Alvin Benjamin... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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I can only describe the light sweetness by what it is not. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Spring is a series of beginnings... The season for coral and morel mushrooms is just beginning! These are cleaned and ready to saute in butter with shallots, thyme, a splash of dry vermouth and a dash of salt and pepper. They were enjoyed by Joanne and me with a tasty... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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...it's really, really Spring! There've been small signs of Spring for several weeks, but for me it's all about the rhubarb! When I see this, I am assured that Spring is fully here! It's not quite ready to gather, but given a week or two I'll be gathering, canning, freezing,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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A melange of wild mushrooms atop garlicky grits is delicious and comforting In a week or two it will be time to hunt for wild mushrooms. In the meantime I need to use up the last of the frozen wild 'shrooms I gathered last spring and fall. This dish is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. ~Welsh Proverb Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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May all enjoy a Blessed and Peaceful Easter! For the Season I simply had to bring a bit of spring indoors to celebrate both Easter and Springtime! We still have the occasional snowstorm but it's melting as soon as it hits the ground or shortly thereafter. Days are warming -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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This relish is a tasty topping for squash and a nice side with ham, pork, or poultry. It was inspired by Kevin West's wonderful book, Saving the Season. When I discovered that I didn't have all the ingredients needed in my own pantry to make his Chunky Cranberry Jam with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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About a year and a half ago I bought a condo... ...and I moved in! I've been having lots of fun decorating my new place over the last year and a half. While it was nice staying with friends, there's no place like one's own home. To share what I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at In Place
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Later this coming summer I'm looking forward to picking yellow and red grape tomatoes for fresh eating and for making sun-dried tomatoes. Fresh basil will be added to almost everything! Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Homemade paper pots, a plastic bottle, tape, starting soil, and seeds! A few tools. When I lived at Heartsease Cottage I started lots of seeds in late Winter or early Spring for my large vegetable and flower gardens. Now that I live in a lovely Condo (The New Heartsease), I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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If using Acorn or Butternut squash you may stuff the cavity with the rice mixture. I used a kabocha squash - too large to stuff - cut into crescents. The rice mixture is nestled into the curve of the crescents for this dish. Recipe: Wild Rice Stuffed Kabocha Crescents (serves... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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I'll tell you why the chicken crosses the road! Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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Google Photos reminded me in an email what last year at this time looked like at my place. Last year at this time the apple tree out back had snow over halfway up its trunk and snow piled against the garages was on its way to the eaves! This year... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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This re-duxed window treatment of cotton drapes, sheer panels, and the chandelier cord cozy, made use of curtains I already had. The sheer panels were re-purposed to form a valance. When I moved into the New Heartsease (my "haven-esque" condo) last year, I spent money on having new Simonton windows... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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This easy recipe uses butternut, whole berry cranberry relish, and tangy vegan "cream cheese" or feta cheese When making this dish I used the neck of a butternut squash and saved the cavity portion for another dish. Of course, you may use the entire squash if feeding more people as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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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 Jan 18, 2018 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...