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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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.
  • Excited to try out this tasting kit @driftawaycoffee sent me. The idea is that you brew each of the four bags they provide, divided into categories of FRUITY, CLASSIC, BALANCED, and BOLD, taking notes for each one on a postcard entitled
  • It's true: in the presence of chicken and waffles, my southern drawl becomes more evident. It cannot be helped. Still thinking about this platter of awesome from last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl, honoring talented friend Ronni Lundy and the release of her newest book,
  • I try to see the forest AND the trees.
  • Sunday, perfect Sunday. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I had a wonderful day picnicking on Black Balsam with @tea_austen
  • It's a good day in western NC. Happy weekend, friends!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been unseasonably warm here this week. Which works fine by me. Planting kale, chard, and brussels sprouts or sipping hard cider in 70 degree weather is some kind of wonderful.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge. Today I’m sharing my recipe for homemade chai. We drink cup after cup of this all season long. Warms the body and the soul, promise.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Fight the flu with food.
*Easy pasta from scratch.
*8 best fall foods.
*Lady Gaga is getting into the bottled water business (I hope the bottle is compostable!).
*Tanya’s blog is truly lovely.
*Christopher Kimball’s approach to food (it’s a long, but interesting read).
*Edible Selby in person!
*Pumpkin + donut=happiness.
*Really excited about this book.

We’re hoping to visit Hickory Nut Gap Farm on Sunday. It’s the last of their Harvest farm days, with face-painting, a pumpkin patch, hard cider, and more. Looks like loads of fun.

Wherever you go, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

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