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HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Rain + birdsong + spring green. On repeat. The city is fun to visit, but home in the cove is where my heart sings.
  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
  • Jump in, you know these arms can fill you up.
  • Excited to try out this tasting kit @driftawaycoffee sent me. The idea is that you brew each of the four bags they provide, divided into categories of FRUITY, CLASSIC, BALANCED, and BOLD, taking notes for each one on a postcard entitled
  • It's true: in the presence of chicken and waffles, my southern drawl becomes more evident. It cannot be helped. Still thinking about this platter of awesome from last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl, honoring talented friend Ronni Lundy and the release of her newest book,
  • I try to see the forest AND the trees.
  • Sunday, perfect Sunday. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I had a wonderful day picnicking on Black Balsam with @tea_austen
  • It's a good day in western NC. Happy weekend, friends!
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We’re home, friends! While we had a wonderful time up in the big (BIG!) city, as we flew over the lush, green Appalachian mountains yesterday afternoon on our descent back into Asheville, I felt my shoulders begin to loosen up, my breathing relax, and my heart soar. There truly is no place like home.

That said, we had a fabulous trip. Along with some family time spent in N.J. (Homemade sourdough bread! Pancakes and coffee and grouchy waitresses at an old school diner! A visit to a pumpkin & apple orchard! Hay rides! Babar toys and books from an aunt for Huxley!), we also had a great (albeit brief) time in Brooklyn.

On Monday, we piled into a cab and took a jaunt out to Roberta’s (AMAZING pizza, and this little delicata squash salad that is truly to die for!) to meet up with Grace from Design Sponge. She was hosting her After the Jump radio show (which I truly, truly love) on Heritage Radio and had invited Hubs, Huxley and I to sit down with her for a chat. You can listen to our talk for free (which was so much fun!) here and here.

Thanks, Grace, for having us, and thanks to Heritage Radio for making such a wonderful resource available!

I’ve also got a post up on Verve this month. I’m chatting about letting go and surrendering, especially when it comes to birth, babies, and beyond!