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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
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A Friend In Pie: Jenna Woginrich

Jenna Woginrich is a homesteader’s homesteader. Which is to say, she not only brings home the bacon and fries it up in a pan, it’s entirely likely that she raised the very pig from which said bacon originated. She chops and stacks her firewood, builds fencing for her menagerie of sheep, goats, horses, and chickens, and plays the fiddle. The voice behind the widely read Cold Antler Farm also writes fiction, rides a draft pony, and wrangles border collies. She gets ‘er done, yes she does.

In this woman, whose birthday falls the day before mine, I’ve found a cosmic cousin, a soul sister. Writing, blogging, and making a literal living from her land and its pursuits, Jenna is the very picture of the young, modern farmer you keep hearing so much about lately. Until quite recently, she was a graphic designer with Orvis. This intrepid woman took a mighty leap of faith this past summer (much like I did back in 2008) and walked away from her regular, reliable paycheck to make a go of it as a stay-at-home writer and homesteader.

We’ve forged a wonderful friendship, sending one another homemade gifts (she even made Huxley a tiny knit cap waaaaay back when he was very, very wee from the first fleece of one of her beloved sheep!), giving each other digital pats on the back and “You’ll get through this” encouragement, and offering writer-to-writer/blogger-to-blogger advice and tips.

Jenna generously offered her autumn-based recipe of Harvest Quiche to A Year of Pies. If you like a hearty autumn pie (raising my hand right here!), packed with broccoli, onion, eggs, bacon, and cheese, look no further. This pie was made just for you, by my buddy’s loving hands and her farm’s abundant provisions.

Whether you make her recipe or not, do check out her blog and books. Jenna knows what she’s talking about, and she’s sharing her triumphs and tragedies with profound candor and experience that any fledgling or experienced homesteader can learn from.

*Image from Jon Katz of Bedlam Farm.

5 Responses to A Friend In Pie: Jenna Woginrich

  • Sarah M says:

    Oh I just finished BARNHEART and loved it…..I feel like I torture myself reading homesteading memoirs (hers was, ahem, #3 for me in the past few months) and feeling so far away from that dream. I found Jenna’s book extremely accessible, refreshing, and lovely.
    Oh, and one of my favorite things to eat in the entire world, is quiche. Can’t wait to check out your pie book.!
    Sarah M

  • Dixie J says:

    I just heard Jenna speak at the Mother Earth News Fair this past weekend in PA. She was funny and informative…a great combination!

  • Kelly M says:

    I love Jenna, she is an inspiration to alot of people. I just got your pie, canning, and dairy book. I can’t wait to start making yummies. You are so talented and your books are great ☺

  • Carol in NC says:

    I just this minute read her blog for the day then came here. I was surprised to see her face smiling back at me. Talk about syncronicity! I love Jenna. She is a younger version of my wanna-be self. She’ll get her December day I just know it!

  • Diane says:

    I love the cross pollination between some of my favorite blogs! I need to add your pie book to the shelf which holds Jenna’s and Amanda’s books. Thanks!