November 26, 2020

Holiday Memories: Thanksgiving at Skylands

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a very safe, healthy, and joyful holiday. Enjoy this weekend with close family and friends. Here is an encore post from November 2016.

Thanksgiving is among my favorite occasions, and this year, I enjoyed a quiet holiday with my family up at Skylands, my home in Maine.

We shared a lovely meal, complete with a traditional turkey, which came from Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. We also had many favorite side dishes, including those from our new Martha & Marley Spoon Thanksgiving meal kit - roasted Brussels sprouts with pomegranate salad, my classic stuffing with herbs and dried cherries, and of course, my mother’s delicious mashed potatoes.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

November 25, 2020

Southport Cookie Company

If you're looking for unique and delectable cookies to give as gifts this holiday season, please consider ordering some from Southport Cookie Company - I assure you, you'll want some for yourself too.

Southport Cookie Company launched last month and is owned by Pastry Chef Robert Twardzik - a master baker and cookie decorator. Robert, who makes some of the most stunning treats I have ever seen, now offers a new line of cookies - his renditions of the great American classics - cookies such as Derbydoodles, Lemon Chiffon Creams, Chocolate Chip Creams, Butter Crunch Cookies, Gingerbread, and more. Each cookie is made by hand, individually packaged, and then shipped or personally delivered within three to five business days. Yesterday, we visited his working kitchen in nearby Southport, Connecticut where he shared some of his baking techniques and decorating tips.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

November 24, 2020

My Chicken Coop Project

The big chicken coop project at my Bedford, New York farm is complete.

Yesterday, I shared photos of the work that was done to replace the timeworn fence around my four chicken coops. During the same time, my own outdoor grounds crew worked very hard to make other needed repairs and adjustments - they surrounded the pen with edging stone, leveled the ground and raked the yards, put down fresh gravel, changed any uneven stone steps, installed new platforms for feed bins, and laid down new sod. I am so happy with how it looks - I think the chickens, geese and Guinea fowl like it too.

Enjoy these photos.