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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • My friends write books, too! New post up over on small measure about four cookbooks recently published by friends of mine (tap the screen for tags of authors, photographers, and affiliates). These are mighty tasty reads, friends!!!
  • What you call pancakes, I call research and development. Work today included creating, and then inhaling with abandon, these Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes (served alongside sorghum-maple syrup). #wwllt #pancakes #f52grams #food52grams #southernfood #comfortfood
  • #tbt to what might possibly be my favorite photo of Huxley ever. This was from 1 1/2 years ago, when @glennbenglish posed our little honey bear (then 3 years old) with a bit of honey from our hives.
  • The fact that this vista can be accessed simply by walking out our back door, heading into the woods surrounding our home, and heading to the top of a mountain range is something I don't take for granted. The underlying reason for all of the work I do is to inspire myself and others to better steward this verdant planet. That's my drive, my cause, my mission, my mantra.
  • The long and winding road, that leads to my door. || So much green and blue in the cove today!
  • There was a time I used to say we should rename our property
  • Our house, in the middle of the woods.
  • The fried bologna sandwich, elevated. This version, which @glennbenglish and I made for yesterday's picnic, had fried beef bologna, Mahon cheese, pickled okra, and a homemade/home-foraged ramp aioli on grilled sourdough. There was also pixie dust (Kidding! Maybe....?).
  • Our sweet boy officially turned 4 1/2 today, so we've been celebrating that milestone in ways both large and small all day. Life is so, so much more splendid with this little elf in it! || Image from yesterday's hike and picnic up to what we've dubbed the
  • Discussing the bigger, more important things in life (or, quite possibly, Batman and his prowess) today on our hike and picnic. Being Huxley's mom is my favorite thing to do, of all the things I do.
  • After a picnic lunch and hike in the forests around our home, Huxley and I kissed @glennbenglish goodbye and wished him good luck as he set out on a hunt for the ever elusive morel. He texted to say the magic mushrooms weren't showing themselves, but that he did make it up to the mountain bald that rests on the ridge line behind our property. Love his panoramic video!
  • Hello, gorgeous fog. Happy Monday, friends!

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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Around & About

Hi friends. Hope you had a great weekend!

Our ice cream social on Saturday was such a blast. Huxley totally overate and was a sugar maniac, which was pretty fun to watch. The crash, however, didn’t come as quickly as I thought it would. Our Wild child powered through right up until his bedtime. He’s got stamina, this much is true!

Here are a few images I snapped today from things I’m appreciating around and about the house. May they bring you as much happiness as they have me!

 Tiny baby/Porch improvements/Stonecrop for the pollinators/New boots for the Wildman/Ripening blackberries/An entry of Rubeckias/ Lemon verbena/Potatoes are ready/The mimosa tree is crazy fragrant and beautiful/Fig trees look promising/New lettuce starts.

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We had the most amazing thunderstorm last night. As I snuggled in with Huxley to go to bed, all I could hear was the soft rumble of thunder in the distance and a serenade of raindrops. My favorite way to drift off….

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Absolutely stunning blend of music, dance and passion.

*Great granola tips.

*Cordwood hits the mainstream.

*I adore Alys Fowler and her lavender shortbread in rainy England.

*Love this glimpse into Hannah’s studio (check out her newest pieces, too; they look like cicada wings!).

*Peaches, peaches and more peaches!

We’re throwing an ice cream social here tomorrow. It’s part of the new book and I’m so excited to spend today making toppings, sauces and, of course, the main attraction, ice cream (I’m thinking Blackberry Mint). Also, Stacy‘s in town from Seattle and is making a trip out to the cove today to say “Howdy!”

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*For any of you new to the site, each Friday I post a photo of Huxley, ‘cuz he’s what I dig the most!

Jam On It!

Hi friends. I’ve got a guest post over up on The Art of Doing Stuff today. Karen is taking a much needed break, and tapped a few of her fellow blogging buddies to post in her absence. Karen’s blog is amazing, full of projects and ideas that are readily accessible and implementable. Plus, she’s funny, and I love me some funny.

I’m sharing the recipe for my Blueberry & Raspberry Jam with Allspice and Rum. The jam-slathered toast in the image above was downed in about 45 seconds flat. Fortunately, I was alone when this happened, so my dignity, and manners, can remain intact.

Enjoy!

Come Into My World

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share a tour of our home with you today. Gabrielle Blair, the force behind the hugely popular blog Design Mom, invited me to participate in her Living With Kids series. You can view images from the tour, along with answers to questions she posed to me over here.

All of the images were taken by Rene Treece Roberts of Luxe House Photographic. Along with being a stellar photographer (if you’re planning a wedding in Asheville, or know someone who is, Rene is your girl), she’s a dear friend, a fantastic mama, and an all-around righteous lady.

And thanks to Gabrielle for including me in her series. What an honor, from a woman I seriously admire.

*The title of this post is a nod to Regina Spektor, a riot of talent if there ever was one.

Welcome Home!

Welcome to the new site, friends! Woo hoo! It’s official-small measure is now a dot com! HUGE rivers of gratitude go to Alisa Carswell of Lucky Design 7 for the new look. If you’re looking for a website wizard, look no further.

I want to direct your attention briefly to the lovely sponsors that have embarked on this redesign with me. If you scroll down the left-hand side, you’ll see an assortment of talented individuals and their respective businesses. Do check them out. They’re a fantastic lot, whose products and services I absolutely recommend. I’ll offer reviews of their products and giveaways in the future. You’re in a for a treat.

So, what do you think? If you run into any logistical snafus as you navigate the new site, or have any recommendations or feedback, please let me know. I want you to enjoy this space just as much as I do.

Welcome aboard!

*Image from Luxe House Photographic, taken chez English about 3-4 weeks ago.