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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: July 2009

Milk, Bread, Live Chickens? Check!

Imagine if you could pick up some fuzzy, live, laying chicks along with a wheel of Brie and a gallon of milk at your local grocer. Well, for those in the U.K., imagination has morphed into reality. Tesco, the world’s third largest retailer and the leading U.K. supermarket chain, is now offering live chickens for sale, along with land allotment rentals. Allotments are basically small spots of land that nearby residents may rent out for a nominal fee and use to grow vegetables and flowers. 

Imagine if Wal-Mart championed such a cause here at home! Perhaps they’ll follow Tesco’s lead and realize that the growing interest in food self-sufficiency reflects a shifting lifestyle change for many, not merely a trend in the vein of chia pets or miniature pot-bellied pigs (not that I don’t love chias and little pigs). 

It’s The Hard Knock Life


Check out this sneak peak into the exquisitely busy life of a honeybee hive. Absolutely stunning, and absolutely vital, marvels of nature. I would seriously recommend watching the video in its entire, extended glory here.
I’m still coming down from my vacation high. First time I’ve gone anywhere in almost a year. A FULL YEAR, FOLKS! Can you say cabin fever? Highlights of the family vacay included: an hour-long facial, mastering the pina colada, and thinking my younger brother said “cheesy pants.”

I’m On A Float

Today is my stepmother’s 60th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, my Pop rented a house on the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, just south of St. Augustine. Beth wasn’t too keen on my imminent departure, as evidenced above. 
Moving the suitcase didn’t work either, as Cleo had the same idea. 
We did make it out, though, and have been enjoying sun, surf, sand, and Lazy Rivers (inducing Glenn to sing, repeatedly, this posts’ title) since Saturday. My stepmother’s friend brought fresh eggs from her 14 hens, which G. deftly transformed into frittatas of a divine nature. 
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly tame presence of a puzzle. This group is full throttle; so much so in fact, that six of them are en route to an airport to engage in a bit of airplane jumping. My stepmother said it was on her “bucket list,” so in mere minutes, she and her children, along with several family friends, plan to plunge, willingly, out of a moving aircraft. Not that variety of thrill-seeker, I intend to sip my coffee, nosh on my yogurt, and send them thoughts of successful chutes and sturdy ankles. 


But on to more important news, THE GIVEAWAY WINNER! According to a random number generator, the winner of this month’s Small Measure Can-Do giveaway is Lacey over at neohippiemama

I plugged numbers 1 through 86 into the widget below, and it provided the winning digits. Congrats, Lacey, and thanks to all the rest of you who shared your glorious recollections of summer foods. Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t win. Remember, until publication of the “Raising Chickens” and “Canning & Preserving” (books 1 & 2 in the Homemade Living series) April 2010, I’ll be giving away a monthly jar of deliciousness. Check back the first Monday of every month to see what’s up for grabs!  

Small Measure: Play board games. Decidedly low-fi, board games are a great way to entertain groups of varying ages, political persuasions, and degrees of raucousness. Laughs are usually had, brains are usually given a workout, and allegiances are usually forged. Besides, on what other occasion might you witness your step-mother imitating Cosmo Kramer, your Pop humming “Hound Dog” (while gyrating, for, you know, emphasis), and your husband sculpting a television out of clay (Thank you, Cranium!)?

The Importance of BEE-ing Aware


This short video on a NYC beekeeper highlights the absolutely vital role these busy bodies perform. Take a gander. And while you’re busy gandering about, come view my guest blog today over at What Possessed Me.


*Small Measure:
Bring your own to-go containers. While I love the occasional Chinese or Mexican take-out, I don’t so much love the styrofoam that such cuisine is sometimes packaged in for transit. So, instead, I schlep my own to-go containers in with me. Most restaurants will gladly accommodate the request to pack your victuals in any clean container you provide. Much like keeping canvas shopping bags in the car at all times, I keep metal Sigg containers on hand so that, should a sudden hankering for lomein hit, I’m prepared to cart away my food in a reusable vessel!

Time In A Bottle

It’s understandable to ask, with all the readily available provisions hugging grocery store shelves ‘Why should I can?’ I ask, why wouldn’t you can? It’s easy, fun, healthful, and a great way to use up a whole heap of produce that you just can’t quite figure out what to do with.
Check out these three new videos my favorite ebony-haired editor put together on why you might want to consider firing up the canner yourself!