Reading List

ReadingList

Photo: Lakeside stop during our fourth of July bike ride.  More photos from the holiday on the Savvy Eats Facebook page.

There have been some great posts catching my eye in the blogosphere as of late. Time to share the link love!

1.  These paper hot air balloons would be a fun party decoration.

2.  I cannot stop laughing whenever I look at this teapot. 

3.  Jess Thomson is one of my favorite writers as of late.  Her post about cherries is a perfect example as to why.

4.  Lost Crates would be a very fun gift, don’t you think?  Especially the crates from Joy  or the petite stationary crates!

5.  “Do it right the first time.” — Tracy

6.  I am way excited for the Longhouse event in Rensselaerville, NY.  So many esteemed guests — Molly O’Neill, Shauna Ahern, Dorie Greenspan, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, and more!

7.  The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Summer makes me smile.  Some gems?

26. Consider getting chickens.

27. When you have been woken up by your neighbor’s chickens three days in a row, opt out of getting chickens.

28. Get goats instead and start making your own artisan goat cheese.

and

85. Buy cheap wine and make your own labels for it. Your friends will never know the difference. 

What are you reading this week?

The Things We’ll Do For Raspberries

Black Raspberries 1

Since we bought our house in the winter, we weren’t aware of the summertime treasure that came with the backyard: wild black raspberry bushes.  They were overgrown and sprawling, but we decided it must be because the house was vacant for nearly a year, and there was nobody to maintain the yard.

Whenever I picked raspberries last summer, my legs looked like I had gotten into a fight with a litter of kittens…and lost.

So when they were done producing for the year, we trimmed them back to about 1 foot tall, thinking this wouldn’t hurt their productivity but would make them more manageable.

Instead, they came back bigger and stronger than before.  I went to pick our raspberries last week, and was at least smart enough to wear long pants to protect my legs. As I brushed dark purple, nearly black, ripe berries into my bowl, the branches clung to my clothes and tore at my skin like so many souls begging to be released from the River Styx.  Clearly, we need to tie them back or otherwise corral them for Savvy Garden 2013!

Black Raspberries 2