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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
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Party Hats Optional

Dear friends, we’ve made it through one year together. Small Measure is officially one year old today. Thanks for allowing me to rant about leaky roofs, perfect chocolate chip cookies, naughty dog antics, and assorted and sundry flash mob videos. I’ve adored making digital friends and can’t wait to meet more of you and learn of your own life adventures in the year ahead. In celebration, I offer you the O.G. of party times, M.C. Hammer. Were he to be made aware of this here lil’ blog ‘o mine, he’d unquestionably break into spontaneous dance. Stop. Hammer time. 
*I want things like this to happen to me when I’m shopping. Or pumping gas. Or getting groceries. Or anything. Life is always better with spontaneous dancing, right?

**I’d also love to hear your thoughts about topics you’d like me to write about. Aside from gold lamé hammer pants, that is. 

5 Responses to Party Hats Optional

  • Anonymous says:

    One year! What a wonderful time and accomplishment. The future looks bright. I am really looking forward to the book “series”.
    You go girl.

  • nicole says:

    and what a year it has been. i look forward to seeing how the site grows and develops over time.

    i'd love to see more food-based postings, particularly close-up photos of some of the things you've made along with recipes for how to make them. i have always enjoyed how you tie delicious food to ways we can use what is seasonal and local.

    i also enjoy hearing about your adventures in teaching yourself homesteading techniques, from organic gardening to beekeeping. i think a lot of us can relate to and learn from your experiences.

    the “small measure” additions have also been nice.

  • P says:

    Hurray! I'm so glad I found you. I'm wearing hammer pants to celebrate.

  • Rachel says:

    do you mean O.G. as in “over-golded”?

    I am a terrible cook, so I'd love to hear some more broad cooking tips, like, “when frying fish, let the oil heat up really hot before putting them in the pan,” or “the cupcakes should cool to the touch before adding jam on the interior”. Or what have you.

    I really enjoy the little bits about your daily life and indulgences, the fun videos, and juicy descriptions.

    What about how you deal with the challenges of a starting up homesteader – like deciding the best place for a vegetable garden, or how to depend more and more on what you are growing, even your community relationships that make it easier.

  • Mallory says:

    Not only is this my favourite ever because you rocked it for a whole year (YAYYY), buy you also incorporated lame pants.

    Maybe he'll be in the movie adaptation of your books!!!