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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • Attended my first ever handmade/homemade swap yesterday, at a friend's sweet home in Black Mountain. SO much goodness, all thoughtfully and lovingly made. Huxley came with me and ran around with the kiddos while the swap took place. I contributed these little jars of rosemary honey, which @glennbenglish artfully topped with straw-blown watercolorings. Such a great afternoon with like-minded friends and fellow mamas! Thank you so, so much for hosting, Amanda!!!
  • Saturdays are for French toast on the porch with @glennbenglish and Huxley Wild while rain showers wash over the cove. || Used @farmandsparrow's Heritage Corn Bread and @oldworldlevain's Double Raisin & Flax Bread to make cardamom French toast, served alongside butter, maple syrup, and Hominy Valley Organic Farm strawberries, all washed down with hibiscus iced tea (our warm weather cold beverage go-to).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
  • Happy Friday, friends! New
  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.

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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Assorted & Sundry

Sarah at saipua tagged me for some randomness, so, here goes:

-Lately, I’ve been really feeling Carly Simon; I listened to “You’re So Vain” about 5 times on Sunday and then sang it in the shower, LOUDLY. Go on, do it; you know you want to. 
-I like to smell my cat’s and dog’s breath. Not so much the chicken’s. Definitely not the turtle’s.
-My inner hootchie is pretty strong; it evidences itself when watching youtube videos, ‘specially this one.
-I’ve talked to my dad every day on the phone, except Sundays, since I was five (Hi Pop!).
-The sound of knives being sharpened is excruciating for me. Reminds me of having worn braces, twice.
-I am the person who looks in people’s medicine cabinets. I feel no shame about this.
-Eventually, if we get close, I will nickname you; if we’re really close, you’ll get, like, 5 nicknames-terms of endearment, if you will.
O-kay, there you have it, complete and utter randomness. To do this next, list seven random things about yourself, that is, I tag:
Natasha at the Red Heart, Anna at Door Sixteen, Jenny at Wikstenmade, and Shari at the glass doorknob. Sorry ladies. I know you’re all busy and that I unabashedly lurk around your blogs everyday, but a tagged lady’s got to do what a tagged lady’s got to do. Call of duty, you know?

My Sarah Palin Moment



Turns out, when I have my hair done up exceptionally fancy and loads of make-up on, some folks think I look like S.P.. This is a comparison I don’t take lightly. 

While this is the dress I wore for my wedding, compliments of the lovely and amazing R. Brooke Priddy, my hair and face were considerably less chi-chi. I mean, I was married in a field and then danced lasciviously in a tent; there’s no place for precious hair there. 
These photos are from a photo shoot I did a few weeks ago with Audrey Goforth, who is working on her portfolio. The flowers were by Aria Floral. Turns out, some of the shots will be in “Weddings With Style.” Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be in such a publication. I find it hilarious. After the shoot, I came home, de-bobby pinned, scrubbed my face so hard it felt wind-burned, and went to see David Byrne, who soothes all wounds. 

Change Has Come


It’s a new day, America. It’s an historic time to be living in this country, participating in this experiment in democracy. We’ve got a long way to go, but at least it now seems like all hands are on deck. I’ve never seen so much awareness and participation in the shaping and formation of American government as I have in recent months. According to polls in numerous countries across the globe, this is the outcome that was hoped for. It’s an exciting time. 

Eggs & Gloves( & Voting!)



Originally uploaded by periphery…

Here it is! Evidence of the photo shoot that happened yesterday out here. This picture was captured by the lovely and amazing Nicole, the best friend and editor a gal could ever hope for. Lynne Harty and her intrepid assistant Daniel took some truly stunning pictures of chickens and eggs and their accoutrement in every assorted manner. I’m in a couple of them, too. And Fly and Dexter made a cameo! Chris, Lark‘s creative director extraordinaire, worked his magic later in the day. Glenn made a roasted veggie soup that is the stuff of dreams, which we wolfed down alongside equally rhapsodic egg-salad sandwiches and hard cider. The weather and chickens couldn’t have been more cooperative. All in all a wonderful day.


Only one more chapter to complete this week and then it’s just lots of little loose ends and short entries. Not that it’s done, far from it, but most of the real nitty-gritty tasks have been stared in the face.
Let’s hope today is just as magical as yesterday. Gobama!