Spiced Soft Baked Molasses Cookies

It’s that time again- time to gather some ingredients! Why? Because I’m about to bake some mother lovin’ spiced molasses cookies. And then I’m going to eat them until I hate them.   3/4 cup butter flavored shortening 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg 1/2 cup molasses 2 and 1/2 c flour 2…

Meet & Greet November 25th

Before winter really hits (hopefully) we’d like to invite people to come meet our Alpacas, Chickens and Bunny. So November 25th, from 9am to 3pm we’ll be at our farm, ready to answer question, introduce animals and bring a nice end to the season. This event is weather permitting, as everything is outside. If we…

Oatmeal Crisp – featuring Zucchini!

With the brisk coldness that is fall setting in, I have been cooking up a storm lately. And one of those things I absolutely CRAVE on november evenings is a big heaping bowl of warm, spiced crisp with some vanilla ice cream on top. This is my go to recipe for when I want a…

Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos

So this is a quick to assemble meal, that really is better the longer it sits in the crock pot. I’m all about quick meals right now, because holy moly we have a lot going on. So to the recipe- For this recipe you’ll need: 1- 20oz package ground turkey 1 – can green enchilada…

Strawberry Fields – Fall Update

(For a quick reminder on how we started our strawberry growing adventures read this and this) So, we suck at weeding- But look at all these beautiful healthy plants! And runners!   Now, after some more research, I have discovered that we want to harden off our plants for our climate by letting them experience…

Weekend Warriors – Last of October 2017

Last we left off, we were working on our shed greenhouse addition. This last weekend, while Mr Gillis and My Dad worked on the addition, I worked on cleaning up the yard. The funny thing is, because so much of this thing is see thru material, it hardly even looks like anything at all. But…

Weekend Warriors- 3rd week of October

We have been enjoying a rather extraordinary fall this year –   And because of all this beautiful weather, we’ve really been getting a lot done. And this weekend was no different. We’ve been working on getting this new addition hooked up to the shed for months, but thankfully, my dad was able to come…

Thunder Bun – and everything else that happened this weekend

This was a pretty crazy, jam packed weekend on the Gillis homestead. Saturday dawned and we spent the majority of the morning doing household chores. I hung with Izzy while conquering the laundry and weekly cleaning tasks, while MrGillis finished the second alpaca paddock( more on that in another blog). Then, Izzy got restless, so…

Hat Organization

I have an absolute love affair with hats. I don’t believe in wearing them indoors, and honestly, I don’t even wear them a lot- mostly gardening. But I like to have selection. I also like to just look at them. They can be quite inspirational when sewing. Some of them have been parts of costumes,…

Selectmen’s Meeting 10.03.17

Sorry that this is so late – we’ve had an extremely busy week here at Gillis Gardens, and I’m just now able to sit and reread thru our notes for this last meeting. Quick-ish meeting this last Tuesday, but as always, a lot was covered. So here we go- Tax exemptions were signed by the…

Official Start of Our Farm

So we’ve been toying with Gillis Gardens for a few years now, and now it’s time to get serious. Our first step in making our farm a viable business was to utilize the internet- this was in several ways- 1- I started this blog, two years ago, to see if I had the fortitude do…

Selectmen’s Meeting – 092617

Wow, this meeting was a whirlwind of topics. I’ll try to cover it all, but I had to step out halfway thru to lock up the chickens and check on the alpacas. First, the meeting was supposed to be LAST (0919) Tuesday, but two of the three select persons were out of town. Hence, this…