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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! I just wrapped up teaching my “Backyard Chickens” class at the local community college. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve come to love doing that class (I think this was the 8th time I’ve taught it there!!!). The life of a mile-down-a-dirt-road-stay-at-home-writer/mama can sometimes be a lonesome one, in terms of socializing. Rubbing elbows with the locals is therefore rewarding, on so very many levels. 
Here’s a round-up of some things that inspired and intrigued me this week: 
*Maria’s 38th birthday was all about others. What a cool lady.
*Honey heals everything!
*And so does happiness!
*The perfect way to render lard (via Amanda).
*A candid discussion about chicken ethics from my friend Beth.
*Georgia-grown olive oil!
*Jessie and Melanie’s cellar is a beauty.
*These natural pigments are so, so lovely.
*Nettle pasta!
*Locals, these tree seedlings are SO affordable!
*A cake with both rosewater AND cardamom? I’m in (via Persephone).
*Red & pink cocktails, for the approaching jour l’amour (The Volstead is calling to me). 
We’re off to a bonfire/potluck tonight! The temperature is plunging this weekend, so gathering around a warming fire sounds just right. 
Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • cassie says:

    thank you so much for sharing these links! that cellar has me mentally rearranging our basement. so gorgeous! and i'll be trying out that nettle pasta, although i might do spinach pasta first…

  • KC Pagano says:

    Thank you for the awesome links. I just rendered lard last week. We have a local farmer here who sells his pork at he market along with all the organs and fat. So I bought all I could and rendered it.

    I've heard of nettle tea but never pasta. Have a great time at your potluck!

  • Megan says:

    Oh I love the photo of Huxley and the cats!

  • Milkweed says:

    Thanks for the mention…and for all you do! See you soon in goatland….

  • Melanie says:

    ohhh thanks for the list! I love the idea of cardamon and rosewater cake. It's now on my list of things to make – together with nettle pasta.
    Any french holiday plans yet?

  • greyson says:

    Gotta love the pillow pet and the takeover! We have more than I would like to share of pillow pets and anytime they are out the child doesn't get much choice. Unless, of course, she chooses snuggling!
    Hope you are well girl!

  • Dixie says:

    Thank you for sharing Maria's story with us. That was amazing!

  • that cute cats .. beautiful .. by God .. What you feed them? are huge, I love cats .. haha .. I loved the photo ..