Pantry Preparedness with Chocolate Recipes: 2 Cookies and a Brownie



Photo by Dana Gnad

Whew! It was a busy few days here at the Lazy Dog Farm.  We had sunshine for two days in a row. Not sure how we go back to the rain/stormy greyness that is our normal weather after this. We’ve spent two glorious days working around the farm trying to get everything ready for spring planting. It’s been exhausting, especially since we’ve all been sick for weeks. But we’ve managed to get quite a bit done while not overdoing it.

Spring Chores bring Chocolate Rewards

So far, we’ve moved two young walnut trees into the side yard. This is to make room for our new driveway which will allow big trucks to pick up equipment for service and make deliveries without having to load and unload on our road. We’ve also cleared all the stone from the old foundation site of the little barn, which will get used to build new front gate pillars and clad the new foundation on the small barn. While we were clearing the stone, the kiddo dug out all the daffodils and tulips that grow along the driveway and moved them to a planter she built out of pavers down near the road.

I spent a few hours raking and cleaning up all the pinecones from our massive tree next to the house. After several strong storms the past few weeks, the entire side yard was littered with the little ankle-breakers. I also managed to get my seeds sorted, a few plants in the containers on the porch, and the plugs ready for the seeds that need to be started indoors. I feel like I’m a few weeks behind on the planting, but our seasons have shifted by about a month around here and we’ve been setting our plants out too soon the past few years. Last year we lost our lettuce after a cold snap at the end of May, so I’m being super cautious about what we put out and when.

I managed to make some cookies in between all the chores. On warm days, I like to bake in the evenings, when the heat from the oven won’t make the house too hot. I’m hoping to convince the Boss to help me build a bread/pizza oven this summer, but with all the other more pressing projects, this one may have to get pushed off yet again. There is a never-ending list of work to be done on a farm, even a smaller one like ours. Machines need servicing, buildings need maintained, fields mowed and tended, crops harvested, fences mended — it all adds up to constant things to do.

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