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Hobbledehoy

Was your first love one of these? Have you ever found yourself crushing on one when you yourself were just a girl?

Hobbledehoy

Pronunciation: hobuh l-dee-hoi

n. “clumsy, ungainly, or awkward youth”

1530s, of uncertain origin. First element is probably hob in its sense of “clown, prankster” (hobgoblin), the second element perhaps is Middle French de haye “worthless, untamed, wild,” literally “of the hedge.”

Image by State Library of New South Wales Collection via Wikimedia Commons.

There’s something inherently loveable about a hobbledehoy, isn’t there?

After all, wasn’t Gilbert Blythe a bit of a hobbledehoy when he first met Anne with an E?

Probably all the great tall, dark, and handsome figures in our daydreams were clumsy, perpetually awkward youths … once upon a time.

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Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster)

Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards)

My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Cyrie Wilson!

Cyrie Wilson (Pixiedustdevil, #6941) has received certificates of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner and Intermediate Level Forage for Food Merit Badge!

“I went to my local extension office and asked if they had any resources about local edible plants. Sad to say they had no idea what I was talking about. So that was a bust. So I went online and found a little information.

I know that we have salmon berries, blackberries, plum trees, apple trees, cattails plants, and Oregon Myrtle Trees (leaves are used like bay leaves). I found quite a few berries and small fruits while working on my ‘Speak for the Trees’ badge last year. I waited to submit for this badge until it was time to collect myrtle leaves.

I’ve been collecting fruit and berries since I was old enough to play outside by myself. My grandma made berry buckets (old coffee cans and string). I swear we would eat 1/4 of our pickings and ALWAYS come home covered in poison oak. Good thing I’m more wary now.”

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Today’s Recipe: Garlic Scape & Navy Bean Dip

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Young Cultivator Merit Badge: Farmyard to Kitchen, Beginner Level

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,387 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,656 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! ~MaryJane 

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life  

For this week’s Garden Gate/Farmyard to Kitchen Beginner Level Merit Badge, I enlisted all of my eager beavers, the intrepid trio, the one-and-only (or is that three-and-only?) Andy, Nora, and Piper. Sometimes I split them up because it’s easier on my ears that way, but we decided to earn our Beginner Level badge all at once.

Like a pack of wolves family.

Knowledge was key in earning this first level: knowledge of dairy and eggs. I mean, doesn’t seem like rocket science, right? But you’d be surprised at how many city kids (especially) don’t really comprehend where food comes from.

So, we started with the basics.

“Eggs from chickens and milk from cows, Aunty,” they droned in unison, appearing bored with the topic already. “DUH. Everybody knows that.”

“Not so fast, my little Einsteins,” I replied, feeling that emotion you only feel when you know something someone else doesn’t and you’re getting ready to WHAM, drop the education hammer.

“Whatdya mean not so fast?” Nora asked. I could tell she was getting the feeling you only get when you’re about to clobbered with the education hammer. Or maybe she needed to go potty. Sometimes it’s hard to tell with these kids.

Anyway. Moo-ving right along. (Just a little bovine humor there. Eggscellent!)

“Well, not all eggs come from chickens. We can eat duck eggs, too. Or goose eggs. Or even ostrich eggs!” I only knew that last one from watching cooking shows on the telly, but I was secretly hoping they would insist on ostrich-egg shopping. I had a hankering for a custard pie the size of my dining room table.

“Ew!” was the unsurprising reply from the city kids.

“What’s so ‘ew’ about it? They’re not any different than the normal chicken eggs you eat every morning! I mean, think about it, whippersnappers, they all come from the south end of a north-bound fowl … okay, yeah, I get it. Ew. Okay, let’s talk about dairy then.”

“Milk comes from cows,” they said as one. I could tell from Piper’s face that she was getting that feeling that you only get when you are dodging the education hammer with all your might.

“But also from goats and sheep,” I reminded them. “And possibly yaks and yetis. I might have to look that last one up, though.” Yetis are a thing, right? No?

“And almonds, and walnuts, and hemp, and soy, and rice, and flax, and coconut!” Piped up Piper proudly.

“Er, no. Those aren’t milk. Not really.” I was beginning to see why just the conversation part was Step One in this particular badge.

“Oh, good,” said Andy in relief. I could tell he was getting that feeling that you only get when the proverbial knowledge hammer misses your noggin by an inch. “Cuz I REALLY didn’t want to milk an almond.” Or maybe by a foot and a half.

“Okaaaaaaay. Moooo-ve it to the kitchen, kids!”

I sent them home with a basket of organic eggs (chicken), and a gallon of fresh-from-the-cow cream-on-top milk.

Well, except for Andy. He stayed behind to milk some rice.

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Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster)

Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards)

My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Ginger Dawn Harman!

Ginger Dawn Harman (Ginger Dawn, #6451) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level Weather Merit Badge!

“April Showers Bring May Merit Badges!

On to Clouds. Now I am not talking about the computer cloud and how data is stored, but a less nerdy natural pastime. Yep. My head is in the clouds! Heck, Who doesn’t love lying in the grass looking at clouds and making up a story?

Clouds form when the invisible water vapor in the air condenses into visible water droplets or ice crystals. There is water around us all the time in the form of tiny gas particles, also known as water vapor. There are also tiny particles floating around in the air—such as salt and dust—these are called aerosols.

Here are the types of clouds.

My favorite is the Cumulonimbus! The thunderstorm cloud! This web link has some great photos!

This week and all day tomorrow will be Nimbostratus! Yep … Rain, rain, and more rain. I am not complaining! A great day to stay indoors and read a book and maybe play a game with the family!” Continue reading