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HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
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  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
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  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! What are you doing this weekend? Hubs and I are going on our third date (!!!) since becoming parents. My mom is coming over later this afternoon to play with Huxley while we get all fancied up and head over to a complimentary media-only Ocktoberfest tasting menu dinner at the Red Stag Grill. I’m so excited. Expect a full recount of the event early next week.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*This place is pure magic (via Amy).
*Loving ‘the xx.’
*Been tucking into Luisa’s new book every night. SO good.
*N.C. residents, here’s help for ravaged squashes and pumpkins (Sigh. I really, really love pumpkins and want to be able to grow them naturally).
*10 multipurpose ingredients for a homemade household.
*Infused basil oil.
*Sowing the chicken salad bar.
*Super excited about Cloud Atlas (the Wachowski’s are back!).
*Just discovered The Lumineers (thanks to Amanda).
*Sweet Paul shares my love of plaid.

Need some more pie inspiration? Check out my tips for Blue Ribbon pies, plus recipes, over at my pie blog on Mrs. Wages.

Also, my English Lessons post for Verve is up this month. I’m chatting about how the places we live inform the people we become.

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

  • Lisa Coffee says:

    Hmm, squash bugs. No bueno! Here in CO, we grew about 30 butternuts this year but next summer will be our first growing season up in those NC hills. I suspect we best spend our winter reading about pests and doing research with our friends at Arbico Organics so we can come out ahead. We’ll be gaining two months on our growing season, but also a whole new world of bugs.

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I *love* the Lumineers! Heard that song a while back and couldn’t get enough- great album as well! (did I say album…? haha) happy weekend!

  • Heather W. says:

    I didn’t even make it through the entire list before I had to stop and comment. Thank you for the info on the squash vine borers. I can’t tell you how many plants we’ve lost the past couple of years to these troublemakers. I have been so disappointed by our shabby squash and zucchini harvests, so it is nice to know there is hope!

    Now, on to finish the list. (Love your Friday list!)

  • I just read your post on Verve and it hit so close to home. My best friend and I were just looking through old photos and talking the other night about how different we are now, settled in as mothers and work-from-home artists in the rural outskirts of the city than those days in our 20′s of needing to live and be social in the center of everything every day. And while I barely recognize that person I was, it was important to becoming who I am today – and I wouldn’t trade either one! Loved your post! Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Thank you Amanda and Ashley! Digging the Lumineers :)

  • Christy says:

    Just ordered “Keeping Chickens.” Very excited! We are in the process of building our coop!

  • Ick, as a new gardener, I just gave up on squash this year and ripped all of my plants out. No fun. But pumpkin, mmmm…I’d fight for some pumpkin. = )

  • Gloria says:

    Ah…..The Lumineers. My new favorite band, Big Parade is such a good song. You might like a band called Of Monsters and Men.