Sally.

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I don't really want to write this post. I've been avoiding it for six days now. Because somehow, as my fingers stroke the keys, it makes it all so much more real. As many of our Facebook friends know, we've been asking for prayers for our Sally Belle over the past six days. Because I'll be damned if the 'ol girl isn't breaking my heart.  I don't think I can get myself to write out … [Read more...]

Life behind the lens.

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It's funny, being a blogger. I get to share pieces of my life with an almost anonymous audience, set somewhere out in the world wide web. And yet here you are... praying for me... encouraging me... challenging me. You know that Stuart hates beans. And you know that I have two uteri.  I mean, come on, that practically makes us family! When one talks about their internal reproductive … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Pasta

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Not a lot of people seem to be enjoying a plate of pasta these days. Unless, of course, you're in Italy where pasta always has... and will... reign supreme.  But here, we're hesitant of the gluten... of the carbs...  ... well poo on that.  Don't hate - I have a sister who's incredibly gluten intolerance. I know it's a real deal. But I don't have it. So gluten I … [Read more...]

Feeling Beautiful.

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My friend Angela has always been a classy woman. The girl was reading about Princess Diana's fashion when she was 12. I mean - come on. I was still wearing platform shoes, flared jeans, and rhinestone belly tanks.  "Classy" has never really been a word that I would use to describe my style. Wait, Shaye, did you just say style? What style is that?  Exactly. Thanks for making that … [Read more...]

Crispy Bread with Tomato and Asiago.

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Crispy Bread with Tomato and Asiago.  AKA: Tomato Toast. At least, that's what Georgia calls is.  Born of the ruby beauties currently hanging from sprawling branches in my overgrown August garden, this snack, appetizer, or side dish is about as delicious as it gets. Simple preparation, bright flavors, and contrasting textures. It's all the goodness of a casual summer smeared into … [Read more...]

Cucumber Salad with Mint

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It amazes me as a gardener how one year a particular crop can be right-on-the-money, only to be followed by a disastrous showing the following season. Last summer, I was able to put up a years supply of onions, braided lovingly in my laundry room, for all the world to see. This year, my measly onions took months to germinate and when they finally did, were quite pitiful indeed. Even more … [Read more...]

I’ll tell you a story…

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I swear, y'all. You cannot even make this stuff up. Farm life... home life... they continue to just leave me speechless. Ya, speechless. Or screaming. Either one. So take a walk with me down the lane, while we sip on some (potentially spiked) iced chai teas and I'll tell you a story...  While making our morning rounds yesterday, we noticed one of our lambs was laying down at feeding … [Read more...]

Milk Cow: How To Milk Once A Day

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Three weeks ago, the heavens opened, angels sang, gold rained down from the clouds, and life as we knew it was perfect. Lyle was born. Aww. Hello, Lyle. So thankful to have you here, my dear little one. Such a long, long time we waited for you. So many "dates" with Hiro, the bull. So many prayers. So many days. And here you are. You smug little thing. There are multiple reasons that I'm … [Read more...]

Homemade Fly Spray (that really works!)

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Remember, way about when, when flies didn't bother us? (Well, rather, flies didn't bother Adam and Eve...) Can you even imagine what that must've been like?  Yes, I think of those times... when Adam was in the Garden, milking his sweet Jersey cow, frolicking in meadows of green grass, squirting milk into his perfectly clean pail (I'll bet she didn't ever kick at him either) and enjoying … [Read more...]

Rhubarb Chutney With Honey.

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Even though I didn't grow up eating chutneys, I will admit that they're a nostalgic food for me. Not for the memories of eating them, perhaps, but for the memories I hold watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstale cook them on River Cottage.  It's no secret that I've got a crush on Hugh, and well, the entire River Cottage staff pretty much. Especially those early days of foraging for food, … [Read more...]