Fresh Cut Jewelweed
Amy Tudor
July 1, 2015

The time came to try our hands at making a Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) tincture for bug bites and other skin irritations.  The magical forest we live in extends its reach to exclude poison ivy from growing here.  But if it grew here, this recipe would be good for poison ivy bites too.  Like many of the most enjoyable projects, this one came on its own.  We noticed. And we followed it. 

This past holiday season, I made this pudding at least five times for holiday parties, brunches and just to have at home! It is perfect for using up bits of bread and it's a comfort food. And the nostalgia of bread pudding is perfect for a Tudor family receipt. The Vanilla Caramel Sauce is a golden sauce that makes a beautiful gift in a glass jar. Pour it over freshly churned vanilla bean ice cream or pound cake or even a freshly baked apple pie!

 

Summer Tasha Tudor and Family
Natalie Wise
August 20, 2014

We've had a lot of cold, rainy days this summer. It's been quite astonishing, really, in stark contrast to the heat of last summer.  Then again we have had many beautiful days, sunny, 75 and perfectly pleasant. On days like this it's a shame to be inside, so we take reading outside, work outside, the children and animals outside. We take lemonade and watermelon and iced tea out on the porch. We tell stories outside, laugh, run, swim, pick berries. 

Winslow Tudor
July 16, 2014

A hot, humid, sunny, windless July day invariably brought an extra degree of happiness to Tasha, especially if she was gardening. By July the perfection of a June garden has mellowed into a green and pastel sprawl of perennials and annuals, some still in bloom but also preparing fruits and seeds. 

May 14, 2014

It has been rainy in Vermont lately. As gardeners, we relish the rain this time of year, especially after a dry winter. The garden bursts with life after a good rain. But for a nice rainy afternoon, inside, we relish the opportunity to finish a few sewing projects for the summer, and to take a break from outdoor work. 

Natalie Wise
February 25, 2014

We hope you had a great Valentine's Day and George Washington's Birthday! 

Now that we've enjoyed the February holidays, our attention tends to turn towards spring and Easter. 

Winslow Tudor
February 10, 2014

Winter evenings brought to Tasha a quiet expanse of hours between the end of evening chores and bedtime. After the dishes were washed, dried and put away, the goats and chickens fed and watered, corgis walked and the canaries' cage covered with an old grey apron to diminish drafts, Tasha sat in her wooden rocker with the blue wool checked blanket over the back, put her feet up on a chair near the cook stove fender, and wrote letters. She wrote to family, friends, publishers and people she had not met but whose lives and endeavors were of interest to her. 

Winslow Tudor
January 13, 2014

By January the snow on the ground at Tasha’s home in Vermont is here to stay until spring. Tasha was always grateful for the snow and the cold. Her perennials were far more likely to come back in the spring if able to sleep beneath the snow, and the cold killed some of the diseases and troublesome insects that haunt all gardens. Her barn, house and animals were warmer when a nor’easter banked two feet of snow around the foundations and on the roof. She always commented on the beauty of blue shadowed snow immediately after a storm. 

Natalie Wise
December 4, 2013

On a quiet, rainy day, the allure of homemade bread cannot be overstated. The process is calming, lulling, almost, and the scent of yeasty dough rising and freshly-baked bread topped with butter and honey intoxicating. 

Natalie Wise
October 31, 2013

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Tasha Tudor's first published book, Pumpkin Moonshine, published in 1938, and still in print and available to this day.