Sweet Ambrosia: Canned Apricot Nectar

I miss the old days of farmstand and good, quality apricots. Here is to happy ambrosia canning.

Soul & Stomach

One of the simplest and most rewarding canning recipes, apricot nectar is true ambrosia, a term referencing the mythical “food of the gods.”  In our home, apricot nectar has obtained that nearly divine status in the pantry and thankfully it also fills the body with concentrated vitamins and nutrients.


To our family’s satisfaction, the trees are lush at summer’s end and brimful of harvestable cots. At this time in the season, writing goes by the wayside while I preserve our bounty for winter.  Many in the Methow Valley reflect during harvest that if production recipes aren’t happening every day, we’re getting behind.


I learned to make apricot nectar (and to surreptitiously gather it from the cellar) from my dear friend’s mother, Betsy Buford. It never fails to please and includes the wonderful necessity of a hand crank food mill.

Betsy was one of those rare super-moms of the ’70s. Raising four children miles from any…

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Spare Me This Dying Slowly

I sit and do not taste the lump of potatoes rimmed in red paprika

I ignore the instant chocolate pudding and the shredded, iceberg lettuce salad

The dry, pale pressed chicken cutlet lays beached on my plastic plate.

I stare out the window of a world I once was part of

The store I shopped at, the construction at the dealership, the coffee cart

I watch the workers and drivers as an alien insect species, and marvel at their abilities.

How is this possible? The window slowly fogs from the rancid breath of the unwashed teeth

and coughing

The world disappears. I look around and this is my world. Dying slowly. Too slowly to take a measure

other than by thermometer and pulse-oximeter.

Make it quick this transition. I am tired of the waiting.

The singsongy words of the attendants, unsoothing.

Let the blood flow out and down and at least be useful again– as food.

Let it feed and be. I offer this up as my own meal to be useful and needed, again.

Spare me this dying slowly.

PiBoIdMo Day 10: Is Molly Idle’s Brain Half Full or Half Empty? (plus a prize!)

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Molly Idle

brain is full

It has been said that an infinite well of creativity springs within each and every one of us.

Well, I wasted a lot of time trying to draw inspiration from mine with a bucket that was already full. At least, that’s what I came to realize after years of worrying that my well had run dry.

Before I came to that realization however, this is the conversation I had with myself every time I was working on a book…

Me 1: I like the way this idea is shaping up. It’s all good right?

Me 2: Are you kidding me? Sure, this idea is ok, but what if I can’t think of an idea for the next book? Or the one after that? What if I’ve used up all my good ideas?!

Me 1: Um…I don’t have an answer to that.

Me 2: See! I’m out of…

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Can an author/illustrator “make it” in a world that demands all of our waking energy and creativity? I recently had to make a sudden move to a small town to exit a problematic situation and all of my energy and creativity is going toward coping. I know there are others out there in the same boat who have issues and major roadblocks to productivity. My life is kind of not my own at the moment, and the muse has disappeared into the murky realms of my subconscious– waiting for happier and sunnier times to make an appearance.

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My Harry Potter studies over the years. 


Reposting just for Hagrid.

Fight for the Future and Namecheap have parked a truck with a giant video billboard directly across the street from the FCC!



This just in! We’ve teamed up with our friends at domain registrar Namecheap to bring the overwhelming public outcry for real net neutrality protections directly to the agency’s doorstep.

As the hours count down to the FCC’s net neutrality comment deadline, we have obtained a permit to park…

Fight for the Future and Namecheap have parked a truck with a giant video billboard directly across the street from the FCC!