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TWO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN

Howdy! I’m takin’ care of two under two’s this week while my son Nathan is is in Napa Valley with his wife Louisa.  Just for fun Nathan signed up for a 2 day intensive cooking school at at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.. It doesn’t look like there are too many cooks in […]

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I’VE GOT VISITORS

Hello, I hope you and yours had a lovely Father’s Day Weekend. It’s been busy around the Becker Homestead. That’s because I’ve got visitors! My son from DC and his family came to visit for Father’s Day. We had a wonderful weekend with the family.  We went on boat rides…… And we visited friends with swings. […]

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THE DUKE GARDENS

Hi! Have you got gardening on your mind? I do. But here in Lake Arrowhead the rule of thumb is “Don’t plant before Mother’s Day.”  I have learned that lesson the hard way by planting early, only to have it snow on Memorial Day.  So, this year I am trying to be patient, having lost […]

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DUKE UNIVERSITY VEGETABLE GARDEN

Hello! I hope you enjoyed a very lovely Easter.  Ours was especially nice because, for the first time this Spring, it was warm enough to eat outdoors. So I set the Easter table out on the terrace. As always, I prepared Captain MJ Sweeney’s Herbed Leg of Lamb and, as always, it was scrumptious! I also […]

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THE EASTER BASKET

With Easter right around the corner, I am having trouble deciding if I should prepare Easter baskets for my kids again this year.  You see, I have five kids, ranging in age from 29 down to 17.  The thing is, I love holidays.  Holidays are an excuse to cook and decorate and be crafty and […]

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HOW I KNOW SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Happy Spring! As I’ve discussed with you here, I’ve got issues with wildlife.  Things like deer decimating my garden…… and bears breaking down my apple trees. But an upside to living on this mountain, especially in the spring, are the birds that make their home on my property.  Watching them build nests under the rafters […]

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