The Little Yellow Farmhouse

Plant Pirate’s Booty: How to Make a Vertical Herb Garden

With the victorious return of the plant pirate, the next process went into motion. When I plundered my mother’s garden for herbs, I’d envisioned our own herb garden just off the kitchen. The small fragrant mounds of herbs flowed together among the flowers. My sweetie and I needed only to […]

Vertical Herb Garden

Plundering My Mother’s Garden

My sweetie and I have been talking about creating an herb garden and, when we visited my parents right after Easter, I asked my mother if she would share some of her plants with me. She agreed with a motherly excitement and we toured around her garden that afternoon. Distracted […]

Potting the Plants

Little Yellow Farmhouse: Refreshing the Starter

During my time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, a dear friend gifted me with a jar of sourdough starter. This magic beast is a jar full of a simple dough teeming with wild yeast. Starter forms the basis of sourdough bread (and pancakes and biscuits and rolls), and can be used […]


Little Yellow Farmhouse: What Goes With a Mid-Life Crisis? Chocolate Chip Cookies

Did you ever watch Mythbusters? That particular show focused on two fellows who tested different myths from movies to urban legends to actual myths. They would research and experiment, usually building or rigging some object to perform the task. One of the hallmarks of the show was taking the myth […]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

The Little Yellow Farmhouse: What to Do When Your Dog Dies at Home (And Digging a Hole Isn’t an Option)

On Easter Sunday, my dog, Cappy, died. The passing was unexpected and quiet. One moment he was sleeping. The next he was gone. After the storm of weeping calmed, we faced a horrible moment. What do you do with a dead dog in the middle of your living room? In […]


The Little Yellow Farmhouse: A Salve for Gardening Bug Bites – Temporary Raised Beds

When we moved into our new house at the end of February, the gardening bug bit us so hard my mother-in-law saw us wince. Then, she directed us to the nearest garden center. She’s an enabler. As I looked out onto our almost-an-acre of land, with its red clay and […]

Garden Beds

Little Yellow Farmhouse: Regular Old Everyday Magic

A flower blooms in the snow. The cat who has been avoiding you settles into your lap for a cuddle. Your long-lost dinosaur eraser appears in the bottom of a drawer. These unexpected gifts sneak into your life, sometimes through active detective work and other times just falling into your […]

Biltmore Estate Azalea

The Little Yellow Farmhouse: The No Longer Frigid Frigidaire

Along with the usual dreams of the new homeowner, when we purchased our new house, a refrigerator came with it. White, normal, boring, small refrigerator. Really, nothing special. At least it was (mostly) clean. However, one of our battles during parties and big eating holidays (like Thanksgiving and Christmas) is […]

Party Fridge

The Little Yellow Farmhouse: Flummoxed by Filing

I spent some time organizing my office the other day, but if you look at the room, you can hardly tell. In spite of emptying several boxes and finding places for tons of things, I still have stacks of boxes lining the walls, baskets of samples and projects, and piles […]

Filing to be Done