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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • When your afternoon involves chilling inside the Asheville Salt Cave with 7 of your nearest and dearest and your collective 4 kiddos, and your night involves celebrating one of their birthday's with a fajita feast and @glennbenglish's phenomenal spring sangria (with watermelon and strawberries and honeysuckle blooms that I picked), then you know that today has been an extraordinarily good day.
  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • Attended my first ever handmade/homemade swap yesterday, at a friend's sweet home in Black Mountain. SO much goodness, all thoughtfully and lovingly made. Huxley came with me and ran around with the kiddos while the swap took place. I contributed these little jars of rosemary honey, which @glennbenglish artfully topped with straw-blown watercolorings. Such a great afternoon with like-minded friends and fellow mamas! Thank you so, so much for hosting, Amanda!!!
  • Saturdays are for French toast on the porch with @glennbenglish and Huxley Wild while rain showers wash over the cove. || Used @farmandsparrow's Heritage Corn Bread and @oldworldlevain's Double Raisin & Flax Bread to make cardamom French toast, served alongside butter, maple syrup, and Hominy Valley Organic Farm strawberries, all washed down with hibiscus iced tea (our warm weather cold beverage go-to).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
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A Friend In Pie: Tim Mazurek

I’ll be the first to admit that my life out here in the cove exists in a bit of a bubble. I work from home, as does Hubs. It’s not uncommon for us to be out here, doing our thing, for days at a time without leaving the property (me more so than him, as he’s out and about increasingly more these days with Huxley-like right now; they’re at Wild Things, where the little man can get all kinds of exercise while the big man gets to hang with a regular set of parents he’s grown fond of).

Because of that, it’s easy for me to forget that folks might have heard of me, my books, my blog, or my writings. So when I get recognized, it really, truly surprises me. Like when I was pregnant and had stopped into an Anthropologie store in Orlando with my little sister while on vacation. I noticed a salesclerk kept looking at me, until she eventually introduced herself and said she was a fan of my posts on Design Sponge. Or when we were on the Family Farm Tour in September and the farmer’s wife at one of the places we visited suddenly said “You’re the lady that writes the books!” Or when I initially, shyly wrote Tim Mazurek when working on A Year of Pies, introducing myself and asking if he might be willing to contribute a seasonal guest recipe.

I believe his exact email reply was “Look at you explaining who you are, like I don’t know!” After scooping my jaw back up from off of the floor, I immediately wrote my editor, giddy with excitement that THE. TIM. MAZUREK. was willing to be part of the book. He of the award-winning food blog Lottie & Doof. He of the really great recipes and stunning photography. He of the general awesomeness and friendliness and approachability that engendered my ginormous crush on him in the first place.

If you haven’t heard of Tim, you’re in for a serious treat: As I describe him in the introduction to his recipe:

Tim Mazurek is an artist, cook, stylist, and food blogger living on the west side of Chicago with his partner (now husband!) Bryan. Tim’s blog, named after his beloved grandmother, Lottie (the “Doof” part is “food” spelled backwards), is gorgeous, inspirational, informative, and just plain fun. He uses Lottie and Doof as a forum for sharing recipes, presenting tantalizing photographs, and opining on “the domestic space as a potentially radical or dangerous space.” 

Tim graciously shared his recipe for a winter-focused Brown Sugar Buttermilk Pie in the book. It would be a glorious pie to make this holiday season, or anytime you’ve got some buttermilk on hand and a hankering for pie. Do check out his blog. It’s one of the best out there, hands down.

Thanks, Tim! I appreciate your willingness to be part of my journey in pie more than you could possibly imagine!

 

*Image from here.