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March 31, 2009

Rumney Rocks

Filed under: Climbing — Tags: , — Miriam @ 9:55 pm

Waimea, originally uploaded by mbarsalou.

Saturday my husband took me out climbing for the first time of the season. We went to a place in New Hampshire called Rumney Rocks. We didn’t climb the cliff above. That’s the impressive Waimea. You’d have to be a more advanced climber to do those routes. We did some of my favorites next to Jimmy Cliff, the super easy 2-pitch Clip-a-dee-doo-da and the Lady and the Tramp. After climbing my hubby decided to demonstrate how easy it was by soloing (no rope) the route. I just enjoy doing it for the practice in rope management. Of course my feet being painful still keeps me from really climbing much anyways.

Lady and the tramp

Adam post climb

Jimmy/Clip A Dee Do Da Cliff


Maple Syrup Open House

Filed under: Local Food, Races — Tags: , , , , — Miriam @ 12:49 pm

Maple syrup

On Sunday I bribed my husband into going to the New Hampshire Maple Producers open house with me. We went to Folsom’s Sugar House in Chester. How did I bribe him? Maple Syrup Sundays… YUM.

Ice cream with maple syrup

We listened to the owner talk a little about how he produces the maple syrup but the place was packed so we didn’t stay long. I guess they had a good weekend because they were sold out of bottled syrup and packaged treats by the time we got there.

I did find the steam coming off the boiler to be a fun photography subject. I probably took 10 or 15 pictures of the ceiling. The owners probably thought I was crazy.

Steam to the top of the maple house

I really liked the rustic looking sugar house. It reminded me of stories my grandfather used to tell me about when he was a kid growing up in Gaspesie.
Adam at the sugar house

You may wonder why my husband is dressed so funny. Well it has to do with why I had to bribe him. I got him to agree to stop at the sugar house on our way home from the Eastern States 20-mile Race.

Eastern States 20

He ran 20 miles in the pouring rain along the cold coast on New Hampshire breaking his personal best. It was a little difficult for me to take pictures of him though. Between the wind and the rain I had a hard time keeping my camera safe. It’s usually such a fun race for the spectators because you can hop in your car from beach to beach waiting for your runner to come by. But it was a miserable day, and I wasn’t running around. But I’m so proud of him so I put up with it. I am glad that he finished almost 1/2 hour faster than last year.

Eastern States 20 miler

March 30, 2009

Seeds are here

Filed under: Garden — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 7:50 am

Fedco seedsIt’s amazing to see physically how many seeds I ordered from Fedco. Especially considering how many of them are beans and peas.  Spent part of Saturday planting the seeds for watermelon, eggplant, broccoli, brussel sprouts and tomatoes.  I’m so excited to see how these heirloom plants do this summer.

Fedco seeds

The stuff I’ve already planted has pretty much taken over our dining table.  We usually eat on the couch or at our desks anyways.

My coworker who is kinda acting as my mentor in this whole organic gardening quest recommended that I keep a journal/log of my garden so I know what to expect next year. And I can analyze my failures and successes for next year (I’m an engineer). So I give you my garden journal.

Garden Journal
Garden Journal

March 27, 2009

NH Maple Producers Weekend

Filed under: Local Food — Tags: , — Miriam @ 8:16 am

So I’m still waiting for my seeds to get here so I can start more Tomatoes and Eggplants.  I’ve even already filled the peet pods to plant them.

I figure I would remind those in New England that this weekend is the New Hampshire Maple Producers Open House.  You can go to their website to find out what different maple houses are offering. Some are offering tours, serving maple sundays, crafts, wagon rides and other products.  Don’t tell the kids it might be educational.

March 25, 2009

Banana Bread

Filed under: Recipes — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 5:00 am

I made banana bread today from a modified version of the 18 serving version of this recipe on  If you have bananas that you are looking to mash and make banana bread out of I would recommend mashing your bananas and measuring how many cups of mashed banana you have.  Then find a serving size that works well with the quantity of banana.  You can add walnuts or chocolate chips to this bread to mix it up.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup margarine or softened butter
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter or margarine. Beat the egg slightly, and mix into the creamed mixture with the bananas. Mix in sifted ingredients until just combined. Stir in milk. Stir in nuts or chocolate chips if you use them Spread batter into one greased and floured 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until top is brown and cracks along the top.


March 24, 2009

Some New Hampshire Eat Local Links

Filed under: Food, Local Food — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 9:34 pm

Here’s a small collection of links of local resources and blogs for local foods in New Hampshire.  I’ll try to add stuff as I find it.  Let me know if you know of any resources I can ad.



  • Seacoast Eat Local Blog – this one is often posts about events and news in the local food community.
  • Yankee Food – A nice personal blog about some of the food that can be prepared with local foods.

March 23, 2009

Art Journal

Filed under: Art, Art Journal — Tags: , — Miriam @ 9:27 pm

Art Journal: I used to fly

I used to fly
Erin was at my house when I did this journaling. She told me it was a depressing message. Like losing something incredibly important to you. To be honest the layout started with me wanting to use the Vellum to put wings on a girl. The message has several meanings to me. Some are sad. But one is mostly nostalgic, the feeling of flying I had when rowing. The exileration of the perfect harmony of muscles firing, sweat, wind, timing of oars, power, pain and speed. It’s a joy you can’t understand unless you’ve experienced it, and you can’t really explain why it was so perfect for you. It’s why the girl is smiling a tiny secret smile. Her thoughts are not of the sadness of losing something, but of the amazing exhilarating joy of flying when she got to experience it, no matter what the context had been. When she thinks of it, it still makes her happy that it happened at all.

I still don’t know if I should have coloured in the girl.  Sometimes I’m completely satisfied with how she looks, sometimes I want to add a little colour, and sometimes I want to colour her in completely.

Materials: Pen, acrylic paint and Vellum paper (of course glue too)

Art Journal: Her flaw

“There once was a girl who didn’t want to change your flaws… Maybe that was her flaw”

I think this statement is a little artier than something I would put in a regular journal, so I put it in my art journal.

Art Journal: Post it

Post it.

The girl is just a girl I scribbled on a post it.  I decided to glue leftover paper scraps on the page of the journal.  Then I thought, why not stick her there.  I still like how it turned out.

Fall Vegetable Gratin

Filed under: Food, Recipes — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 12:19 pm

Harvest Vegetable Gratin

This is one of my new favorite dishes, I’m excited for the excesses in the garden this summer of eggplant, tomato, zucchini and summer squash because it will be delectable with cheese and portobello mushroom.  Be sure to save this recipe if you are vegetarian or seasonally vegetarian like I sometime am.  I was quite proud of myself for making most of this recipe with organic vegetables, although at this time of the year they weren’t grown locally.

I found this recipe in the local supermarket, Hannaford’s, monthly Fresh publication.  They recommend several of their store brand olive oils and cheeses and suggest that the dish be served on a orzo pasta.  I like it as is.

Vegetable Gratin
*1 eggplant (about 1 lb.), ends trimmed & sliced into 1/8″ to 1/4″ slices
*1 Tbsp. Olive oil mixed with basil (divided)
*1 large sweet onion, finely chopped, divided
*2 large portabella mushrooms sliced into 1/8″ to 1/4″ slices
*1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
*2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.) ends trimmed and sliced into 1/8″ to 1/4″ slices (I like to use one zucchini and one summer squash)
*1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*1 Tbsp. Dipping oil optionally seasoned with garlic
*3/4 cup bread crumbs, divided
*3 large tomatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.), cored and sliced into 1/8″ to 1/4″ slices


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13 inch baking pan with vegetable spray.
2. Cover bottom of dish with eggplant slices and drizzle with 2 tsp. Basil Oil. Sprinkle half the chopped onion over the eggplant.
3. Layer mushrooms on top of onions, sprinkle on Asiago cheese, and drizzle with remaining 1 tsp. Basil Oil. Layer on zucchini and top with remaining chopped onion.
4. In a small bowl, mix Parmigiano with Garlic Oil and 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs. Sprinkle over onions.
5. Finally, layer tomatoes on top and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup bread crumbs.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, until vegetables are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Turn on broiler and broil 2 to 3 minutes or until top crumbs are lightly browned – watch carefully to make sure gratin doesn’t burn.

Eggplant layer

Portobello Mushroom Layer

Cheese layer

Zucchini Layer

Tomato Layer


Filed under: Chickens — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 2:37 am

Quail Keets, originally uploaded by mbarsalou.

Adam and I are planning to get chickens. A lot of it for me has to do with knowing exactly how the hens that produce my eggs have been treated. I could buy organic eggs, free range eggs etc at the grocery store, but there’s just something about the backyard chickens.

We went to a chicken swap in Milton the other day (see cute as a button Quail Keets above), but I didn’t really find the variety of breeds I’m looking for. Currently I’m thinking of ordering my chicks through either McMurray Hatchery or Sand Hill Preservation Center because I want heritage breeds.

I think we’ll be working on a chicken house soon. Probably behind the Garage.

Cats on a Roof

Filed under: Cats — Tags: , , , — Miriam @ 2:01 am

Audrey on the Roof

We did a lot of work in the yard this weekend  so while we were out we had the cats running around the yard.  Adam decided to put the cats up on the roof of the house.


Audrey was not happy!


Beavis liked being closer to the sky and to the birds.


There was a couple amusing anecdotes about the geese across the street this weekend. Parents must really learn that geese are not a petting animal and will be vicious in attacking if they feel that their territory is being infringed on. One goose decided today that the cars driving on the road were getting too close to his pond and was standing at the side of the road hissing and flapping his wings at every car that drove by. He must have felt very rewarded when the cars were all cowards and drove away as fast as they came.

And a couple more kitty pictures from this weekend.


Audrey on Blanket

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