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Monthly Archives: February 2016

What I’m Digging

Pisgah View Winter
Happy Friday, friends! I hope, from the deepest well of my heart, that wherever you are, there are warm blankets, and cozy slippers, and a good book, begging to be read, all within arm’s reach. I wish for you a furry animal to nuzzle you, and a warm hand to rub your back, and a bright, huge smile, from someone, anyone, to dazzle your day.

High time for a round-up, I say! Here’s a little smattering of this and that’s which have caught my attention recently:

*The Tyranny of the Chicken Finger. We never gave Huxley baby food. He always, from the get go, ate whatever we were eating, in pureed form. That fact, coupled with the wide variety of foods that we eat, whether in recipe development or when dining out, has resulted in a profoundly culinarily adventurous 5 year-old. Crayfish? He loves them. Frog’s legs? Eaten and enjoyed them. Pickled herring? One of his favorite toddler foods.

*Wondering what the best ways of storing cheeses are? Karen has you covered.

*Zodiac constellation pendants!!!! I’m thinking of getting a gemini (Glenn), cancer (me), and libra (Huxley) and wearing them on my neck at all times.

*I just adore citrus fruits. If we could build a little solarium and have a potted blood orange, kumquat, meyer lemon, cara cara, honey bell, and grapefruit orchard, I’d be in a permanent state of bliss (and it can be done here-I’ve seen it first hand, years ago, at Sandy Mush Nursery). Until then, this book should cover my citrus cravings.

*Podcasts! Sometimes I’m a bit late to the game, and podcasts are one of those things I’m only recently tuning into (we shall not speak of how looooooooong it took me to get a smart phone, and then, once I did, the things I uttered, like this here pearl of wisdom: “Did you know that you can CHECK YOUR EMAIL on your phone????”). Ones I’m digging at present include: Call Your Girlfriend, On Being, Spilled Milk, Nerdette, Local Mouthful, and Gravy. What about you? Got any podcasts I should be listening to? I know about The Moth, and Serial, and Radiolab, and have episodes all downloaded and ready to go. I don’t know about you, but I’m way preferring podcast to t.v. these days. So much so, in fact, that I have podcast visions of my own. We shall see…..

*The importance of incorporating wild foods into our diets cannot be stressed enough. Here’s why.

*Santa (read: myself) got me a sewing machine for Christmas, specifically, a Singer Heavy Duty. I like that it’s totally lacking in the bells and whistles department. I’ve got these two books by Lotta Jansdotter to serve as guides along my sewing journey. Any other beginning, basic sewing books you recommend are highly solicited!

*Trees have social networks, too. Of course they do.

I’ve got so many exciting projects I’m working on right now that I look forward to sharing with you. A new book, a paperback edition of another, and a collected edition of all four books in the Homemade Living series. Lots of pots simmering at the same time, just the way I like it.

We’re off to a birthday party for one of Huxley’s little buddies later today, then new computer shopping for my mom tomorrow, followed by a monthly women’s full moon gathering at my friend Sabrina’s in the evening (we do a little herb-based craft at each gathering, and this month we’re making incense!). It promises to be in the 60’s, and I intend to be out in that warmth as much as I can be.

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

View of the snow-covered Mt. Pisgah, seen from the top of our road earlier this week.