By: PenPower | June 29, 2016

With the heat hovering at 100 degrees, I don’t know about you, but my usual burger has taken a back seat to lighter fair, greener things and edibles that don’t sit in my stomach (or thighs) like a lead balloon. It would be a great time to go on a diet – IF it was cool enough to walk or do something outside that burned a few calories (other than dragging around watering hoses). Or there is the indoor gym, but who has the energy or wants to get into that metal oven called a car to get there? Swimming seems to be an option but not for this Cosmopolitan Cowgirl – not a country club in sight and no cement pond out here at the farm.

 

But there are lots of beautiful leafy greens in the garden and I’d like to share a few of my favorite salad re...

By: PenPower | May 18, 2016

I’m relieved to learn that I haven’t lost my Viking Gardener to the degradation of – well lets just say – adults only entertainment (please refer to previous post – Who is This Masked Viking?). I’m sure James's lovely wife, Michelle, the mother of his child, had something to do to with him staying on track. Or perhaps it’s just him answering his calling – or one of his callings - to the farm at Ravens Ridge.  

 

Kale Man has been busy in the garden, planting, wedding - I mean weeding – and now harvesting the cool weather crops that have somehow managed to escape the crazy unpredictable Missouri torrential rains, death-defying hail, and tornados. Seriously, you need to be a Viking Gardner just to survive our up-and-down temps and straight-i...

By: PenPower | May 11, 2016

This is the Viking Gardener, my fearless and very strong gardening partner at Raven’s Ridge! For real! When he’s not protecting his clan, swinging his hatchets, chopping off heads (he participates in pretty ferocious reenactments) you will find him peacefully walking behind his tiller or gently planting seeds in beautiful Mother Earth.

 


Ok – get your mind out of the dirt! I think you understand what I mean.His name is James Miller, now aka Kale Man, since my husband and I had him show up at a bachelorette party my stepdaughter Mia was throwing for her BFF, Christiana Horn. You can only imagine James walking up to the house, in full chain armor, helmet, sword in one hand and a bag of ? in the other. The shocked and somewhat scared posse of ...