Stoney Edge

We’ve owned this 32 acre property for about 4 years now. It is composed mostly of deciduous forest with a bit carved out for the house and pond. The pond immediately inspired a small flock of ducks.

Picture of ducks going to the pond

Predator pressure varies from year to year. Weasel family members, raptors, bobcat, and bear have all been observed near the house. Fox and coyotes have been observed nearby. Other wildlife includes moose (nearby), deer, turkey, squirrel, chipmunk, and mice.

Picture of bobcat

Near the house is the duck house, a coop for guineas, raised beds, and an “orchard” area of 5 apple and 3 pears that are being espaliered (I like pruning) along with 6 blueberry bushes. I also planted a quince tree to replace a serviceberry plant that died and a red currant in a promising spot.

By the pond are 3 surviving elderberry bushes I planted a couple of years back. They’ll be getting surrounded by a bit of fencing to keep the deer off to see if they can’t get some growth on them.

The land is very rocky. Those glaciers left us lots of presents:

Picture of big rock

Observation Walk

My intention when I left for the walk was to mark some of the many seasonal rivulets that come down our hill. Last Memorial Day there was such a storm that some of the water off our property washed out the culvert under our driveway at the town road and then took out the next three driveways as well. It’d be awfully neighborly to capture some of the water to prevent a reoccurrence, don’t you think? :-)

Picture of washed out driveway

I wish I had brought my camera as I found numerous things I’d have liked to have photographed:

– Line\wolf trees – I’m wondering if they mark the current boundary or only the edge of the sheep field this land likely was years ago.

Neighbor has sugaring lines nearby.

– Hugelkulter berm possibility? Two trees already down would form a crescent shaped hugelkulter that might slow down water. I would need to do something to prevent rushing spring water from washing through it as there is a seasonal stream aimed right at the center of it. Something as simple as rocks in that area?

– Fallen hickory nuts, I saw them in two places, on my way back from the area where the line trees and cauldron is located and just after crossing the bridge over the ditch behind the septic mound.

– Lots of water in the seasonal stream and amongst the undulations of the land (vernal pools?).


An accomplishment!

I’ve finished the quilt top for my own daughter. I had bought the dark blue swirly and the wizard fabrics at a quilt show before I was even married! But I knew that they were going to be for a quilt to keep! I’ve yet to fully complete a quilt that’s stayed home but this just might be the one!

It’s based on Mary’s Quick Strippie so it didn’t take long to piece. I didn’t have enough of the wizards to have more then the two strips so I had to improvise. I’ve cut pieces of the universe print and the really light fabric to be the backing. My newest machine is still at the shop so I’ll be waiting before I actually quilt it. It’d be nice to have it done by my daughter’s second birthday though!


Clever Doll House!

Talk about a tiny house! This is so cute! A modular doll house with different roof lines. I love it!


Clever Furniture – Tiny House

One thing that I have always loved is clever furniture. It shouldn’t be any surprise that I love IKEA then, huh? I also love the concept of Tiny Houses. I’d collect furniture but I’ve found I run out of room quickly! Collecting furniture in a tiny house could never happen! Here’s a link to a dining set that might work really well in a Tiny House though: http://design-milk.com/trick-by-sakura-adachi/

With the chairs pulled in it’s a bookcase, but pull the chairs out and it’s a table and chairs. I suspect it would work well in the kitchen area as a counter surface too.


Banana Coconut Muffins

I had guests this weekend and they raved about these muffins. At this point the source I got this recipe from seems to have disappeared so I’m posting it here.

Banana Coconut Muffins
Adapted from a recipe on Epicurious (This one I think)

2/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg (I use Ener-G egg replacer)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a regular muffin tin or mini-muffin tin and set aside.

Sift together the flours, xanthan gum, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, egg, bananas, sugar, vanilla, and coconut. Fold in the flour mixture until the flour is just moistened.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake until lightly browned, about 17 minutes for mini-muffins and 25 minutes for regular-sized muffins.


Another Hedgehog!

I’m amused that this one is 3D and has less seams to it! It’s so adorable that I may have to sew it up more than once!


Guests with Allergies during the Holidays?

These muffins are quick, easy, tasty, and free of most allergens! If you have a guest who is vegan I believe you’d have to do something different for the sugar. It just occurred to me that these would be yummy with real maple syrup! I’ve just whipped up a batch for an early Thanksgiving celebration my husband’s family holds. His grandparents head down to Florida this time of year so we get to celebrate twice!

Mmmmm, I hope I can keep my hands off of them before getting them to the party! When I told my daughter I was making muffins, she wanted to open the oven door to get at them! Delayed gratification is not a concept understood by toddlers!


Mushrooms and Childhood

Somewhere my mother still has a little mushroom shaped spool knitter that I loved. The image of it’s white polka dotted on red cap and white stem has stayed with me. I just found a bunch of free paper piecing patterns that may be just what I need.

This fabric isn’t even available yet, but wouldn’t it be perfect for the mushroom caps?

I also love the hedgehog thanks to a book in German about a little girl named Emilie and her hedgehog Arthur! I need to keep an eye out for other paper piecing patterns that evoke my childhood!


Freddy Krueger Inspiration?

This quilt fascinates me and the reasoning behind the name cracks me up! The maker used a red and black striped fabric and pleated it to hide the red. I think I’d piece stripes so that I could choose the contents that are hidden. Wouldn’t it be neat to use novelty fabrics and make an I-Spy quilt for a child?



Someday and the Fall Season

Someday I’ll do a better job at keeping this blog more up to date! I just ran across a blogger who posts quilt inspirations on her blog. I love that idea! I can post here anything that inspires me even if it’s not something I’ll likely get to for a while. The little girl keeps me pretty busy!

Here’s a pic of some fabrics I picked out for a Cathedral Windows quilt.

We’re still waiting for our first frost. The woods seem to protect us quite a bit because my husband can see frost in the farmer’s fields nearby on his way to work. I’ve pulled in the one pumpkin we got and the tiny squashes our garden produced. I’ll be able to plant earlier next year since the raised beds are established.

While I want to go through my inspirations folder to see what I’d like to post it looks like I’ve lost some of the pics in earlier posts! I did notice when I went to http://www.jehc.net that I ended up directly on the blog rather then the page I used to see. I wonder what happened to my gallery! It’s a good thing I keep backups!


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