I had this yummy Tomato Jam served on toasted bread topped with egg, avacado, heirloom tomatoes, and arugula.   It is sweet/tart/tangy!! Can be served on other sandwiches or meats.  This recipe is quick and makes alot - I made three jars, one to keep and gave the others a gifts!  (Since tomatoes are not ready here yet, I used canned which worked great) 


  • 2  tablespoons olive oil

  • 2  Vidalia onions, thinly sliced

  • 2  teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2  cloves garlic, minced

  • 10  Roma tomatoes, cored, seeded and roughly chopped (about 2 1/2 pounds)

OR     2 cans of diced tomatoes to equal 2 ½ pounds

  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 1/2  cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2  cup cider vinegar

  • 1/2  teaspoon allspice

  • 1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2  teaspoon chipotle powder


 In a high-sided saute pan with a lid, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, season with the salt, cover and cook until they are wilted and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and cook the onions until they are golden and caramelized, stirring often, about 20 minutes more.

Stir in the garlic and saute 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook an additional 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Stirring consistently, cook until the tomatoes breakdown and the jam becomes thick, about 20 minutes.

Yield: 3 cups

Sweet Fran

Our sweet little chicken Fran passed away today.  She was so friendly, always came when you called her, loved  being held, loved her wings tickled, put up with wearing outfits (remember the knitted cape, Thanksgiving pilgrim..), really loved to eat, an excellent worm-catcher, a good girl all around.   We will really miss her.

Fran at two months old


Turtle Creek Turtles

The turtles around our Loop Road are coming out to enjoy the sunshine. It nice to see when a car pulls over giving a little turtle time to cross safely. This guy pictured below was starting his climb up our hill to the cabin. (He looks huge, but it was a angle I took the photo).

A few days ago Dan spotted a snapping turtle laying eggs near one of the creeks.  It should be quite awhile before they hatch.  In the meantime I put down a little heart rock to be sure we know to be careful around the area….babies sleeping.



This week we are having fun watching Emory (2 years old) for a few days.  She has been quite busy with the chickens, (they come running to her since she gives out tons of snacks), rock hunting, searching for turtles,  but really her main focus is playing with Abigail.  Abigail’s main focus is surviving the day.  Funny thing, she is does not run away, unlike Cosmo who has been in hiding since Monday.  Maybe she is enjoying her too!


Clips of California

Just returned from a relaxing trip visiting with our California friends Tom and Angela - from San Fran, to the wine country, Big Sur and back.



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