Writing through it.

I’ve mentioned in various ways and at various times that this blog began at the beginning of the year following a period of time in my life that was what one can only describe as living through difficulty. I basically opened up a page on this blog, posted a picture, and wrote things down. It’s…

Mexican mashed potatoes.

Our family takes tacos seriously. This baby is a fish taco: grilled cod with fresh dill, green cabbage, & cucumber-onion pickle slaw, chili pepper Mexican mashed potatoes, and hearty squeeze o’ lime. So darn good I AM EATING THE LEFTOVERS FOR BREAKFAST. To make Mexican Mashed Potatoes: Wash, peel, and quarter 5 lbs of russet…

Writing a “Best Self” mantra

Once I was asked, “When are you your best self?” I was told to write it down and put it in a place where I could see it daily. One example I was given of how to see your own “best self” is to look through the eyes of your dog. If you’re having a…

Making it work: Money, magic, and happiness.

In between all the moments of living these days, I’ve been thinking a lot about this space here at Eating Buckets. It’s been nearly 11 months since I arrived here, opened up the first page, and wrote from my heart. At the same time, I started a Facebook page under the same name and added…

Tomatoes At Last!

Representing nine months of planning, starting, planting, pruning, hoop house building, and worrying, may I introduce you to Our Very First Bowl of Variety Tomatoes for 2018. Hundreds more to follow. The upcoming harvest looks like it will be positively ginormous. Check in tomorrow for an easy first tomato soup recipe and photos using these…

Italian chick peas with rosemary and fresh tomatoes.

Easy: Soak about two cups of dry beans overnight. Drain and rinse several times. Cover with water about 2” above beans. Add pinch of baking soda to help soften beans. Cook until tender. In a heavy pan, melt a knob of butter and 1/3 cup or more of olive oil. Add generous sprig of fresh…

Baked eggs in a hot pan. Hottie optional.

Baked eggs 🍳 in a hot pan. Directions: Heat oven to 475 degrees (convection is great but not necessary). Pour generous drizzle of high-heat oil in cast iron pan (I used grape seed oil). Heat until sizzling. Layer fresh garden veggies in base. I used yellow squash sliced in thirds and then sliced into 1/4”…

More than enough.

“And, while expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness… Gratitude doesn’t send you shopping to find satisfaction; it comes as a…