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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
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...
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...
Low-fat, healthy, plant-based - and tasty - enchiladas! What's not to love? Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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...
I've been experimenting with a plant-based diet. Not in an all-or-nothing way but as a gradual crowding out of refined, cholesterol-laden, to sugary, and fatty foods. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
A couple of hot dry days ended the Springtime mushroom hunt. No more hunting until Fall. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
To further my knowledge and acquisition of edible mushrooms I joined a mushroom club... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Where I live it's time to gather morels! Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Classic Fiddle Head Saute - butter, garlic, a dash of salt and pepper. Perfect! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Vegan Ramp Vichyssoise is velvety, creamy goodness to warm the tummy on a cold Spring day or evening I like to make my Ramp Vichyssoise with Spring-gathered ramps and early-harvested red onions. In this photo chopped ramp stems with just a bit of the lower leaves, and a Spring red... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
Think of Ramp Relish as sort of, well, "tapenade-ish" and a bit "pesto-ish". Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
The woods are providing edibles such as ramps, fiddle head ferns, and morels now! Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 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...