“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Change of Plans

I did not spend the first of May with my fingers in the dirt as I had planned.
No, I turned fair-weather-gardener and opted for other activities.
With an all-day threat of rain, I decided to forgo the cold, damp day
and postpone my garden chores for a sunnier time... perhaps this afternoon.

What I did, instead, was pick a handful of violets to candy.
While I was out picking violets, I ran into this little one.

I've been seeing baby groundhogs down by our old log cabin.
This one was not afraid of me at all, but just sat there watching me
as I walked right up to it and snapped a photo.

Then, back home with a handful of dainty, purple violets.

Candying violets is simple:
Beat an egg white until frothy.
Paint the egg white on the violet petals, front and back, with a little paintbrush,
and then sprinkle generously with very fine sugar.
Allow to dry overnight.

Of course I needed something on which to place the violets,
so I baked chocolate-sour cream cupcakes with buttercream/cream cheese frosting.

Oh, how I love a good cupcake!

Jack, however, is not a cupcake fan, but prefers less sweet desserts that have nuts.
For him, I pulled some sour gooseberries out of the freezer,
and added them into...

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