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  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
  • Had such a great time chatting with Celine MacKay of @puregreenmag the other day. We discussed homesteading and writing and how I got to where I  am now and so very much more. Hop on over to @puregreenmag for the link to the interview, and if you aren't already doing so, follow them for gorgeous photos and tempting recipes and beyond!

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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Advocating the Advocate

Katy Wolk-Stanley, a nurse in Portland, Oregon, knows how to suck all the marrow out of the bones of life while keeping her cash firmly in her wallet. Her blog, The Non-Consumer Advocate, has been generating no small amount of press as of late, and for good reason. Wolk-Stanley relays the experiences she and her family undergo trying to be conscientious consumers, or even non-consumers, when the occasion merits it. Her motto “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” is a credo I couldn’t support more fervently. 


She posted a sweet little “Small Measures” roll-call today on The Non-Consumer Advocate. I invite you to take a gander at it, and then check out the rest of her blog, as well. There’s a wealth of tips there that we could all benefit from. 

Image from here

Fruits ‘A Plenty



I’ve got a fruit tree crush. All I think about lately are fig, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, apple, pear, and whatever other tree I might be able to grow out here. To that end, we have a modicum of progress this season.  The pear and apple trees planted by the previous owners have offered up a nice little bounty. Actually, it’s the first time since I moved out here in March ’07 that the pear tree has produced any fruit at all. The apple trees are considerably more scanty this year than last, though. Still, I’m pretty thrilled. I’ve got big plans for cooking up a whole mess of applesauce, apple butter, dried fruit rings, crisps, and pear brandy. Any other suggestions? 
*Don’t even get me started on my nut tree crush. Or my bramble and fruiting bushes crush. All of my crushes are edible, it would seem! 

Breathe Easy


My post this week is up over at Design Sponge. Come check it out and learn about growing fresh air. 


Have a lovely weekend! Mine will be spent whipping up homemade dairy recipes, playing host to my lovely and amazing Atlanta-based friends Jen and Jon (who I am stealthily working towards relocating next door to me), and celebrating the glorious birth of my dear, magical, gracious, and delightful editor and best bubby ever, Nicole

And the Jam Goes To…

This month’s Small Measure Can-Do Jam Giveaway is Cyn, over at River Dog Prints. Congratulations! 

Thanks to everyone who participated. Get ready to launch more comments next month, when I’ll be giving away a jar of Cardamom Apple Butter. SO good! 

Made From Scratch

Allow me to introduce you to Jenna Woginrich. Calling Vermont home, Jenna shares her successes, failures, triumphs, and travails on her highly recommended blog, Cold Antler Farm. It’s a rich, candid read, showcasing some incredible talent, vim, and vigor. It’s also pretty funny. I’m a big fan of funny. Here she is with her Huskies Jazz and Annie. And her very Annie Hall hat. 
Jenna’s book, Made From Scratch, is an honest account of one woman’s quest to seek out a more self-sufficient living. She moved to a remote setting in Idaho and got busy raising chickens, keeping bees, knitting, and so, so much more. Ultimately re-locating to Vermont, Jenna continues to gather up tools in her homesteading belt, chronicling them on Cold Antler Farm. She’s also a regular contributor to Mother Earth News.  Most recently, with the help of some blog readers (she put out a call for willing and able bodies on her blog and folks came! How cool is that?!), she erected some secure fencing for her sheep, bought a pick-up truck (in which she sings Iron & Wine songs, aloud), and ruminated on the physical and mental toll that homesteading can exact on a body. 
In many ways, we’re kindred spirits. I’d love to meet her in person someday, maybe sit around a fire pit and share a hard cider or two while she plays tunes on her guitar (or fiddle!). ‘Til then, I’m content to follow her on Cold Antler Farm, where she opens her life up to a loyal readership, and makes you feel like she’d be pleased to meet you, anytime. 


Images from here, here, and here

*Small Measure: Find inspiration from urban and rural homesteaders. While Jenna and I are both in rural settings, you needn’t be deep in the sticks to amass your own set of homesteading skills. Some books I’ve drawn inspiration, and instruction, from include: The Backyard Homestead; The Urban Homestead;  The Good Life;  Toolbox for Sustainable City Living; The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It;  and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle