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  • This tuna-mack (mackerel!) casserole puts a divine spin on the tired old classic. It took every ounce of willpower not to go back for thirds! It was egg noodles cooked with tuna and mackerel in a white sauce with eggs from our hens, flavored with tarragon, black pepper, cornichons, then mixed with bread crumbs and aged cheddar, and topped with both as well. Before it was served, it was topped with kalamata olives, capers, sour pickles, and cilantro. So good!
  • Sometimes being Huxley's mom means dressing up as Wonder Woman (to his tiny Batman) while feeding the wood stove, locking up the chickens, and helping @glennbenglish make dinner. Because, #mom.
  • I'll admit that it's pretty, but we three Englishes (and our feathered friends!) are SO very ready to be done with snow and frost and chill.
  • It's always a good day when @joythebaker stops by. Thanks for sharing food stories, sipping tea, strolling the property, and playing with our Wild child. Safe travels on your southern road trip, and beyond!!!
  • Was weeding the patio and looked up to find this little gnome picking daffodils.
  • Follow the red brick road? Indeed I did.
  • The best part of @fernworks and @killaspro traveling to Southeast Asia in January? The Thai food cooking kick they've been on since their return. Still thinking about these crazy delicious wings @fernworks made last night (using the recipe from @pokpokpdx). Thanks for having us over, buddies!
  • Back at home but missing this sight, from #selbygardens.
  • Family, gardens, and sea creatures are what characterized our time in Florida. I could stare at these exquisite jellyfish all day.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be back in North Carolina. Missed these mountains something fierce!
  • A late winter trip to Florida was exactly what we three Englishes needed, but we are glad to be headed back home to greet the spring in the magical mountains of western North Carolina.

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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tiny Reminders

I was just outside, emptying items into the recycling station when I came across these beauties. Surrounded by what looked like a small village of daffodils about to burst, these two Hellebores are living proof that, no matter how dormant and inactive it may appear, the soil is always, always, always teeming with life and activity.

I appreciate that reminder. Life never slows, not for any of us. It may get quieter at times than others, but it’s always moving, always kinetic, always chugging along, right beneath the surface. You can feel it in your pulse or witness it in gorgeous blooms, planted long ago with the promise to appear right when you need them to.

*LJ, of No Children No Cry, you’re the winner of the Barnheart giveaway. I’ve had trouble for some reason leaving a comment on your blog, so shoot me an email with your mailing info. when you have a moment. Thanks! 

Weekend Love

Huxley got some quality reading time in with his grandmother (“Gigi”) and great-grandmother (“Nanny”) yesterday. They typically come over every Sunday, when Hubs heads out for 4 hours (!!!) of board time with the local Scrabble club. As we were having friends over for brunch today, we switched things up and hung out yesterday.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much it makes my heart swell to have four generations of love together every week. It’s a wonderful thing to behold.

Recent Acquisitions

I’m super excited about these new Tattler lids Kristina gave me on Friday. Thanks, friend!

While I adore canning, I’ve long lamented the FDA recommendation to use new canning lids for every batch. Thankfully, Tattler’s lids can be used again and again.

Have any of you used them? I’d love your feedback. I’m about to make some of my kumquat 5-spice marmalade and would like to give them a go.

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! What weird weather this week has brought, right? Serious snow and ice have raged in the Pacific northwest while we’ve been inundated with spring-like rains here in the south. We even have daffodils peeking up here in the cove!

My poor honeybees are all kinds of confused, out foraging on the warm days and stuck indoors on the rainy and cold ones. Fellow beekeepers, keep in mind that this might require some early-spring feedings from you. Even if you provided ample honey stores to get the winged beauties through winter, all of this warm weather might prompt them to consume it all and even stimulate the queen to begin early laying in late winter. Check your hives on a warm, clear day in late winter/early spring and feed accordingly.

Alright, here’s a round-up of some eye candy, brain musings, and clever solutions that caught my attention this week:
*This (oldie but goodie) article on extended nursing was really captivating.
*This gardening book and this amazing everything preserving book will be mine (incidentally, Harriet was profiled in my Canning book!).
*Stacy’s raised bed idea is genius.
*Aran‘s citrus grove photos are so lovely.
*The new issue of Styled is gorgeous.
*Wes Anderson is back (Francis McDormand! Bruce Willis! Edward Norton!)!!!
*Goodbye dryer sheets, hello wool dryer balls.
*It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day (I know a helpful book for making some of your own ;^) )!!!
*Jessie’s book is bound to be hilarious.
*Tara’s canning jar label solution is brilliant.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, may it be grand. I’m off to meet a group of ladies this evening to chat about our shared interests in learning to hunt and fish. If you’re similarly interested, join us at 6 p.m. at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. We’ll be the motley crew swilling wine and chowing down on salted caramels!

Recent Acquisitions

I’m super excited to try out these Italian honeys my little sister Theo brought us last week. A junior at Notre Dame, she spent last semester studying Art History in Rome. On one of her many weekend jaunts, she stopped by La Ginestra, an amazing looking inn, spa, restaurant and more in Tuscany. Her gift included truffle and coriander honeys, along with a beeswax candle, all sourced from La Ginestra.

Grazi mille, Theo!