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2009 in Review

This post is more for me than you.  It's hard to believe 2009 is almost over, yet we were so busy during the twelve months. In January, our kitchen was re-floored and re-insulated.  By the end of the month we installed cabinets, new appliances, and cooked our first meal in the new configuration.

February saw a trip to Florida citrus groves and Maple Syrup season in Ohio.

In March we built a playhouse for Lil and started seeds.

April and May were busy with the Baying Hound Intuit contest and the beginnings of the garden.

June saw our first harvests of berries, beans and peas.  We also took time to visit family, Great Hill dairy and the ocean in Massachusetts.

In July Kayoko came to stay with us for two weeks.  Tomatos, peppers, and squash were growing like weeds. We harvested onions, shallots, and garlic.

August saw trips to Cleveland and California.  At home we canned, dried, and shared some of our harvest with the local settlement house.

We visited the Shrimp and Fish Festival in September and picked apples at Windy Hill Apple Farm.  We also planted a few fruit trees.

In October, the Kids Cook classes began.  We picked apples again and made applesauce.

By November the garden was spent and we turned over beds for the winter.  We participated in several feasts including the Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 Harvest Meal.  I reported on the Cleveland Fabulous Food Show. Countertops were installed!

In December we shared recipes and made our holiday tree.  We hosted a formal Christmas Eve dinner and Cooked a Duck in honor of the Rose Bowl football game.

2009 was an exciting year full of growth in the garden, expansion of this blog, and richness in our personal lives.

In 2010 I wish for you many happy harvests.  Thanks for reading!

EventsRachel Tayse2009