Little House, Rain Day

We’re almost through The Long Winter. Tonight we read two chapters, as we were all totally engrossed, fascinated, horrified and wondering why they don’t just eat the cow already and spare themselves the suffering that must come of a diet consisting of bread alone. The Boy listened intently to the description of Laura’s emotional state after months of deprivation and said, “It sounds like she wants to be dead. Like she wants to be nothing, like she wants to be earth.” She wants to be earth.

I love how he can extract that perfect little nugget of meaning from the lengthy prose.

In other news, I’ve had that Spring craving for greens greens greens. I whipped up a raw dandelion green “tapenade” with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil…

It’s really excellent on crackers with some chevre. I find it needs something creamy to cut the bitterness, but otherwise, quite yummy.

And C just keeps on baking…

…and I keep drooling and whimpering.

Rain day today…squash are planted out…cookies will be baked…popcorn popped…mud enjoyed…a cardboard spaceship built (this request just in).


5 thoughts on “Little House, Rain Day

  1. I love all her books! ‘The Long Winter’ is a particularly difficult book to read, though, because even though it’s a children’s book (and therefore rather glossed-over), it’s hard to overlook the fact these people were slowly starving to death.

    Your greens sound fabulous!

  2. what? dandelion green “tapenade”?! Did you share a recipe for this already? I must know more. My lawn is in full bloom with dandelion goodness (much to the neighbor’s dismay). The bread looks delicious, too. And “She wants to be earth”???? How do they come up with this stuff. So on point. Seriously. A little genius.

    • I basically did post the recipe! I didn’t bother measuring anything…I just threw several huge fistfuls of dandelion greens into the food processor (or use a blender), added some lemon juice, some peeled garlic and just kept adding olive oil until the consistency seemed right. Now, if I had really been thinking, I would have added walnuts and romano and made a pesto. I might still do that with the leftovers and then freeze it. Yum! And yes, C is rockin’ the bread these days…he got this amazing book from the library called “Local Bread” and it’s now he’s always got a billion jars of different types of starters all over the place. Ha!

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