2013: A New Years Recap

I hope you all enjoyed a New Year’s Eve fueled by too much wine and too much food, with those you love or those you love getting in trouble with. To ring in this new wonderful year, I thought I’d take a look back at each month of 2013 and pick my favorite post from that month.

JANUARY

Low Tunnel Hoop Bender
My favorite post of January was most definitely, hands down my homemade hoop bender . It’s no surprise to any long term reader that I really take pride in being able to grow my own food. Part of this is knowing you don’t know and actively learning, researching and experimenting. In January I attempted to build a homemade hoop bender because I’m too damn stubborn to spend the money on one if I decided I didn’t like have low tunnels. This summer I found out I really do enjoy having them, but that I likely have enough hoops to keep me satisfied. This means I don’t need to buy a hoop bender after all. They aren’t perfect, but they’re mine.

IMG_4136Runner Up: Huxtawesome – because who doesn’t love The Cosby’s?

FEBRUARY

A Paint Color Choice Method Which Is Going to Sweep the Nation Like Those Shamwow Things Which, By The Way, Are Actually Awesome
Some of my favorite posts are the ones I sarcastically write out of my own realization that I’m utterly ridiculous. This is where this behemoth comes into play. It also might be the longest post title on this blog ever.

DSC_1635-01Runner up: Support Local Farmers & The Food Movement. This topic is close to my heart and important to me. In the moments I’m not being sarcastic, and making fun of myself, sincere posts like this are written.

MARCH

Our Dyed Concrete Hearth, and Lessons Learned
In March we were full steam ahead to laying our reclaimed pine floors, but my favorite post of this month was the  concrete hearth we put in. It was brand new to me, and I think it was the first concrete hearth Andy had ever laid either. He had worked with concrete a ton before, but it was nice to be into something for the first time together. That, and this thing is awesome.

DSC_2073-01Runner Up: Who Needs The Gym When You Can Paint? Paint colors going on the wall after a renovation, if you’ve been there, you get why this was a close second.

APRIL

With April being such an awesome month I’ve decided instead of a runner up, there’s a straight-up tie.

A New Addition to the Family
A new (to us) Suburban we had been discussing for years, and a new (actually new) chainsaw. I sort of made you guys think I was pregnant though with this one. I’m kind of an ass sometimes.

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That One Time We Ate Maple Syrup Over Snow And It Was Delicious
Just go look at the photos and you’ll see why this was one of my favorite weekends of the year. Hanging out in the mountains, in snow, with family, and dogs, roasting meat and boiling sap and then eating the syrup off the snow. Done and done.

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MAY

Getting The Garden Going
May is a glorious month in my mind. May is the month the soil becomes malleable in my hands. The month I can start planting early harvest items that might withstand a freak frost. It’s the month my whole body lets out a big sigh as my fingers sink into the dirt. It’s also normally the month I fight with that bastard of a tiller Troy. Last May though my favorite post was about getting my garden back in place, putting my new row covers up, and in general letting the growing process begin.

PotatoBox (39)Runner Up: This month was filled with runners up, from another sarcastic post on building a Potato Box, to Easy Homemade Ravioli Filling, to the First Asparagus Harvest.

JUNE

Beach. Sand. Burn. Dammit
I would be remiss to put together a “best of” post without ridiculing myself for getting a nasty as heck sunburn this summer. I am nothing if not a piece of work.

DSC_4914-01Runner Up: Like a dog post wasn’t going to make it into this recap. Primrose is a master of being all up in our space when we’re renovating. Renovation Photobombs showed that side of this cheeky, loving, helper of a sneaky lab.

JULY

A Vacationland Roadtrip: Home Sweet Home” 
Combine the North Woods, our honeymoon spot, a triple goat birth, our dogs, my husband, the suburban, moose, the mountains, and good food and you have officially have my favorite post of July, and in my top favorite moments of the year.

DSC_5617-01Runner Up: The Moose Truth, a very short photo-documentary on the grooming habits of moose.

AUGUST

Locking It Up” 
The moment that the renovation was real and we were about to move into our new room. Also, I got genuinely excited about the new door knobs. Judge me all you’d like, this was still one of my favorite August posts.

image2Runner Up: Limeade, Lemonade, First-Aid: A recipe, and a reminder that I’m constantly hurting myself on nothing.

SEPTEMBER

Braiding Hard Neck Garlic” 
I had never braided garlic before, so this process was a new one for me. Last summer I remember thinking Andy was growing too much garlic, and we would have plenty. Lo and behold, I was way off. We’re planting almost triple what we grew last year, and truth be told it probably still won’t be enough. I see a lot of garlic braiding in my future.

IMG_6556Runner Up: Basil Cashew Cream Sauce, also known as a delicious and healthy vegan alternative to regular pesto and a delicious dip in it’s own right.

OCTOBER

The Tasty ‘Tatoe Harvest” 
It may not have happened in October, but I wrote about it in October. Harvesting potatoes from our potato box was pretty great. It was the first year we had tried a box versus rows for potatoes.

PotatoHarvest (9)Runner Up: Wood Stove Maintenance – Gasket Replacement – it’s not the sexiest post, but it’s useful

NOVEMBER

Vegan Gluten-Free Creamy Tomato Soup {I Swear It’s Delicious}
It’s delicious and you’ll never know it’s vegan.

DSC_7546-01Runner Up: Wheat-Free Dog Treats– a great recipe for pooches at a fraction of the cost of wheat-free treats at the store. Also, I barely wrote in November soo….

DECEMBER

Reclaimed Shoe Rack
Reusing an old item for it’s old purpose? What a novel idea! Also, it would have been a shoe rack regardless of what the original use had been, so really, I’m not that clever.

DSC_7677-01Runner Up: Supreme Vegan Nachos – delicious nachos that don’t make you feel gross afterwards

Here’s to seeing what the New Year brings with it! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this year. I’ve enjoyed writing, even those months that I barely wrote. This next year will hopefully allow me more time, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the last couple years of blogging it’s that I’m not going to say I’ll do anything because frankly, life gets in the way and I like to manage expectations haha.

Cheers!

xo,

Heather

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