Monday Recap: Snow Day

Last week I said that so far this winter we had “been spared any significant snow or ice.” I also knew that winter was not nearly over, and today is proof of that as we are in the middle of a winter storm system that is dumping a lot of snow on the upper south and lower midwest of the U.S. The snow is still coming down as I write this, with totals of 6″-12″ predicted for our area, depending on how the storm tracks. Thankfully we will be spared any freezing rain or ice.

snowy morning

snowy morning

One nice thing about being retired – when it snows, I don’t have to deal with going to work, which means I usually just stay inside! We keep enough food stockpiled to last through most any weather emergency, so a little (or a lot) of snow doesn’t usually cause a panic here. One thing I like to keep on hand is dried beans, and I cooked up a pot of them for Red Beans & Rice last night. The bean variety I used will be featured in an upcoming spotlight. I didn’t grow the beans myself, but I used some of our garlic, smoked paprika and an Aji Angelo pepper from my potted pepper plant.

Aji Angelo pepper went in Red beans

Aji Angelo pepper went in Red beans

Yesterday I also I cooked up the one and only Seminole winter squash I harvested last year. I planted all the vining type squash plants too close together, and the yields suffered as a result. This heirloom C. moschata variety was grown in Florida by the Seminole and the Miccosukee people, where it was usually planted at the base of a tree. The plant then grew up the trunk and the pear-shaped pumpkins would mature up in the tree.

Seminole winter squash

Seminole winter squash

It’s supposed to be a good keeper, and even though ours had been in storage almost six months it was still in great shape. The thick orange flesh was sweet and moist, and my wife and I both agreed it was quite tasty. I’ll be growing this one again for sure, this year in a better location without so much competition.

inside of Seminole squash before cooking

inside of Seminole squash before cooking

Since gardening is not occupying much of my time these days, I’ve been working on some other projects, and catching up on my reading. I made some coffee-infused coconut oil last week, then used it to make a batch of lip balm. I’ll share that recipe here when I’m through tweaking it.

coffee lip balm

coffee lip balm

I’m also in the planning stages of a joint art project my wife and I going to try this year. We’re hoping to combine some of my intarsia with her dyeing, and that should be a lot of fun! The below photo shows one of my intarsia pieces I made a few years back, which is part of a robe rack I made for our bathroom. It will be nice to get back into woodworking again, at least on a small scale.

duck intarsia

duck intarsia

I hope you’ve enjoyed a look at what’s happening here at Happy Acres. To see what others are harvesting, planting and cooking up, visit Daphne’s Dandelions where Daphne hosts Harvest Mondays.

 

 

 

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12 Responses to Monday Recap: Snow Day

  1. Norma Chang says:

    Your duck intarsia is gorgeous, you are so talented. Coffee lip balm sounds interesting, looking forward to reading more.
    Norma Chang recently posted…Harvest Monday, February 16, 2015 – New Varieties + SnowMy Profile

  2. I’m only aware of intarsia as a knitting technique. I had no idea this word applied to multiple disciplines.

    • Dave says:

      I wasn’t aware it was also a knitting technique! Intarsia in wood is like marquetry, only in 3-D instead of flat. I am hoping we can combine my wife’s fabric and paper art with wood designs. We will have fun trying!

  3. Daphne says:

    I just placed an order for squash. Not that one though. The Thai Rai Kaw Tok (it needs a shorter name) you liked so much. I’m always looking for good moschatas that produce well. I hope it does well in my garden as I’d like one where I could eat the skin. It makes preparing it all so much easier.
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    • Dave says:

      I still have a hard time with that name too. I hope it does well for you. It sure was trouble free here last year, and kept growing until frost got it.

  4. Stoney Acres says:

    We could use a little of that snow! It’s been really dry here all winter!!

    That’s a beautiful piece, I look forward to seeing more of your work!!
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  5. Margaret says:

    I will echo every else about how gorgeous that intarsia is – a term I had never heard of until today…you are so talented! That squash definitely looks like a winner – hopefully it will give you a few more fruit this coming summer. Like Daphne, I’m quite interested in all the moschata varieties.
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  6. Michelle says:

    You are a man of many talents! You could teach my Dave a thing or two… Not that he doesn’t have his own special talents. Lovely snow scene, it looks much more appealing than the crazy deep snow that the NE is buried under.
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  7. Barbie says:

    Seminole pumpkins are wonderful, and if you have a yard that needs covered in vines all the better. LOL. I ran out of space in my yard when I planted them and also ended up with 1 squash. thinking about taking over the queen palm this year with the vines. I need some more of them. Impossible to find in a store.

  8. Thanks for posting the snow pic. I was wondering if Octavia had dumped any snow on you. The duck intarsia is amazing. New word for me, new technique. I’m happy that you try new heirloom vegetables. It encourages others to branch out and try new varieties.
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  9. Susie says:

    That lip balm looks great … I could use some in the dry winter climate here (Ottawa Ontario). Lovely woodworking – too bad you are so far away or I’d ask to commission a piece (or two). 🙂
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