30 Jan 2017

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A winter's day, after working far away from home, I wanted the comfort of my kitchen. I baked cookies.

Sesame cookies

Sesame Cookies adapted from a peanut butter cookie recipe

1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped candied ginger
1/3 c sesame seeds - optional

Mix together. Bake in preheated oven at 350 until golden brown. (8 to 10 minutes)
Our oven only has one coil left so its hard for me to judge.

I worked on dishes while Chronograpghia worked on dinner. We splurged and bought meat, pork chops. We had leftover cranberries from last month that needed to be used up. She made a beautiful sauce.

Cranberries come in fours, not fives

I wanted to enact some positive change upon the world so I planted. I know its really too early for that. I planted shade garden cold weather plants. Its been so warm this winter. I have a cold weather row cover. I hope to get at some old curtain rods and bend them into hoops. The new bed is ready to support life. In four weeks I could have a garden going. So far, I have mizuna, Swiss chard, red lettuce and leeks coming up.

Squeee! The seedlings are sprouting

The sweet potatoes are also doing well. They need to be started in January in order to be ready by the last frost date (May 31st). Two itty bitty potatoes survived from last years garden. I have them rooting on a window ledge. The dark glass jar worked really well. It has double the roots compared to the ones I started in clear glass jars. I also bought an organic sweet potato to root from the co-op. I cut that one in half. Both of those have started roots, but are not as robust as this guy. I expect slips to grow in February. In March, I will break them off and root the slips while the root core regrows new slips. In May, I should have healthy plants to put in the ground. Hoping for 8 to 12 plants. Based on last year's yield, that should net me about 36 small sweet potatoes plus a handful to save as seed potatoes for the following year.

Rooting Sweet Potatoes for slips

With travel bans in place, legal or not, it is doing its job of keeping Americans stuck inside America's borders. It will affect trade. Imported food supplies will become scarce. The whole thing about getting rid of NAFTA and building walls will impact a lot of our food supply from Mexico. Most of our winter foods come from South America and Mexico. Avocadoes are just one of them. Apples, grapes, and oranges are imported. Read your origin labels on the little sticker. Now think about what you won't have shorttly. Or it will have a high tariff. Now do you see why it is so important to grow your own food? Fruit trees take five years to establish. If your soil is somewhat acidic, blueberry bushes are the way to go. Ours produced the very first year.

Good luck with your planting!

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