"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dirty Bird

Look what I discovered on my patio after a spring rain.  Sure looks like a bird to me.  Maybe the fairies were playing in a puddle with dirt.  Or maybe, I need to hose off my patio.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


By now, you know of my love for animals.  My daughter posted a picture of my weenies on facebook and said that they were her sisters and "Mom loves them more."  Nevertheless,  I found this old oil painting of puppies at a flea market.  Just had to have it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Button Up

I've been collecting buttons for many years.  Some are glass, bone, bakelite; many with beautiful designs and jewels embedded. Some are huge and some are tiny baby clothes buttons. Usually they come in glass jars with pieces of costume jewelry, hair combs, thimbles and buckles included.  So what does one do with gallons of buttons?  I don't know.  

Here are some of my favorites.  The clear bunch of cherries, an art deco era piano keys button and my fav, this large 60's button with little velvet flowers encased.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Farm Kings

I have a new favorite show called FARM KINGS.  I just discovered it last week on the GAC channel. It just makes me smile. You can see their 2012 series re-runs and a new season started last Thursday.  

The King family consists of 9 boys, one girl, and an incredible mother.  This family is really something; their mantra is lead by example.  I love them, their work ethic and the love and respect they show one another. The family works seven days a week on their Freedom Farms and anyone who gardens and/or farms, knows how hard it is and that mother nature can make or break.  And, Dan, you're an angel.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Asparagus Time

Though it is near freezing, (yesterday it was 80 degrees), with rivers of rain, hail and tornadoes, it is asparagus time again. The first vegetable to arrive in the spring,  I am plucking handfuls and faced with what to do with it all.  I have quite a lot of it left from last spring.  It's in the freezer.  But, I don't really like frozen asparagus; it is the texture I presume. Pickling it would turn it to mush like freezing.  My husband won't eat it.  So, I guess I will have to start marinating it, roasting it and eating lots of it.  That, and  giving it away to my cooking daughter.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Oh Spring, Wherefore Art Thou?

It has been raining and cold all week.  We need the rain, but please, enough.  My apple, plum and peach trees are in bloom and trying to produce this years' fruit.  I read this week that there is a study out that says researchers are trying to figure out how peach trees count the days till spring.  My turkeys are laying and now have twelve eggs in their nest.  Come on spring! I need some sunshine.