• Food Love,  Homestead

    Berries – To Wash or Not to Wash

      My best friend and I were at the local farmer’s market buying fruit.  We bought lots of fresh organic berries, which the kids LOVE!  My instinct was to go home and wash them first, but my girlfriend commented, “Yeah, I don’t wash my berries.  I mean how much do you really get off of them from a quick rinse anyway?”  While I had always been a must wash fruit fanatic, her comment managed to make its way into my head – and it’s stayed there.  I find myself sometimes getting lazy about washing my berries.  Especially because I found that once raspberries are washed, they go bad right away.  You can’t…

  • Animals,  Hiking

    Morning Walks

    I love my morning walk.  Every day, without fail, I HAVE to walk my high energy Collie dog, Pippi.  When I’m still in my pajamas and sipping my hot tea, it can be hard to get out the door….but as soon as I’m on the trails, I am so so happy to be out.  There is nothing like starting the day by walking for an hour through the woods, by the river, over the creek.  Some days it’s a silent walk, turning thoughts over in my head.  Other days, I’m running and throwing sticks for Pip, or chatting with fellow morning dog walkers.  No matter what kind of walk it…