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  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • 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

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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!