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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • 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!
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Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was full of things like sunlight peeking over the mountain ridge behind the house (after the rain, it’s just gorgeous), caramelized apple upside-down cake, mums & pumpkins galore, mulled wine with friends, roasted chicken with apples and rosemary, toddlers in swings hung from trees (the swings, not the kiddos), hard cider, the smell of leaf piles burning in the distance, giggling children, and so much more goodness.

Fall color is definitely popping on the hills here. In a week, it’ll be insane, no doubt. All just in time for our tiny Englishman’s birthday this coming Sunday. Two years. TWO! YEARS! The time really does fly just as quickly as everyone tells you it will. Seems like just the other day I was holding this tiny, wiggling thing, looking very much like a plucked chicken, and now he’s pointing to pictures of tomatillo salsa on the cover of a preserving cookbook in the kitchen and (astutely) saying “spicy!”

I’ll be busy all week baking (3 types of cookies today alone!), cooking, and writing all week, for the new book, for Huxley’s “The Great Pumpkin” themed party on Sunday, and more.

Whatever happens this week, try to work in a bit of apple cider (fresh or hard), something pumpkin-y, and a walk amongst the leaves, if you can. This is my most beloved time of year, when color abounds in every direction, the temperature dictates sweaters in the evening and warm socks in the morning, and hot coffee tastes its best.

Hope the week ahead brings nothing but happiness for you and yours!

*The last image above is one Hubs took, behind the scenes of the Country Woman shoot. I got my hair did, ya’ll, in about 4 different styles. Hair rollers, curling irons, and all. Fancy! Last time I did pretty much anything, at all, with my hair was 5 years ago, on my wedding day. I’m about as low maintenance as it gets, in terms of my look, so warming up to hair and make-up for the shoot was a big, big step for me. I decided to just embrace it, though, and enjoy the experience for what it was.

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