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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • 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.
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A Friend In Pie: Amanda Soule

I’ve long maintained that nothing happens in isolation. It doesn’t matter if what you’re making is a painting, or writing a novel, or baking a cake, even if you’re doing it without the help of others, you’re being influenced by them. Maybe it was a pattern noticed at an antique store that inspired you to grab a blank canvas and some paints, or a personal interest story overheard on the local news that intrigued you enough to work it in your book’s plot line, or perhaps it was a flavor combination you glanced at in a magazine at the dentist’s office that compelled you to head home and pull out a mixing bowl and a bag of flower. Whatever it is you’re doing, you’re doing it because others exist.

When you write books, or magazine articles, or blog posts like I do, that fact becomes even more obvious. Sure, you may provide the text, but the publisher brings the book to life. The magazine article may be typed up by you, but the editor massages it until it expresses just the write tone and grammar. Your blog posts might be your personal opinions and musings, but they wouldn’t even exist were it not for the servers keeping them humming along the world wide web with routine precision.

So, too, with my recent book, A Year of Pies. While 52 of the 60 recipes within its pages are mine, 8 of them come courtesy of other bloggers. A talented, diverse lot, these fine folks generously gave of themselves, and their recipes, and for that I am so very grateful. In return, I want to highlight them, who they are and what they write about. Today, I’m kicking things off with Amanda Soule, who provided her recipe for Summer Fern Pie.

What you need to know about Amanda, if you don’t already, is that she’s nothing short of amazing. I’ve been in her personal presence and how she manages to run a thriving blog, author numerous books, edit a dynamic magazine, maintain an impressive homestead AND mother 5 children, all with grace and aplomb, is a mystery to me. She’s also possessed of a quick wit, an empathic disposition, and a quiet sass, all traits that I just adore in women. She’s quickly becoming a more and more dear friend with each of our interactions. Steve Soule, her husband and cohort, is pretty wonderful, too, as are those darling kiddos of theirs. Good Soules, those people.

So, thank you Amanda, for your contribution. Like I said, everything happens because we live in community. This pie community of mine sure is a good one. Look for another contributor next week!

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