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  • Discussing the bigger, more important things in life (or, quite possibly, Batman and his prowess) today on our hike and picnic. Being Huxley's mom is my favorite thing to do, of all the things I do.
  • After a picnic lunch and hike in the forests around our home, Huxley and I kissed @glennbenglish goodbye and wished him good luck as he set out on a hunt for the ever elusive morel. He texted to say the magic mushrooms weren't showing themselves, but that he did make it up to the mountain bald that rests on the ridge line behind our property. Love his panoramic video!
  • Hello, gorgeous fog. Happy Monday, friends!
  • Smoked sea salt chocolate chip cookies, because rainy Sundays were meant for baking cookies with my home slice.
  • Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy. || Playing in the park, from yesterday in Decatur.
  • 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.
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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!!!