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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
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 6 hours ago at A New Heartsease...
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
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...
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...
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...
I'll tell you why the chicken crosses the road! Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at A New Heartsease...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Saving the Season by Kevin West Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at A New Heartsease...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...