Thursday, May 31, 2012

images from this past weekend:
boys writing music.

Friday, May 25, 2012


fresh veggies from the garden: kale, basil, snow peas, cilantro, red leaf lettuce, dandelion greens. the basket and knife were purchased at yard sales this past weekend.
lentil salad inspired by this recipe. yum, yum, yum.
my first batch of homemade ricotta. thanks to this recipe. i was scared to venture into cheese making but i found this to be so very easy...i highly suggest testing this out in your kitchen. my ricotta was not the greatest thing in the world (and was crying for some salt), but i will most definitely be making it again. there are so many things tasty things you can add to spice things up - i can't wait to experiment!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

the ducks are now bigger than the chicks. their downy fur is now turning to feathers.
they have taken residence outside and now take baths in the outside bathtub.
they still don't like us humans very much but they don't complain when i come to feed them.
i am little bit lost when it comes to raising ducks.

Monday, May 21, 2012

chickens are out of the house and living in the real world. 
they are absolutely wonderful little animals to have around and are hilarious to watch in action.
hopefully we will start to get eggs in the next few months. 
and, on a side note, it looks like we may be getting a good size harvest of blackberries from the neighboring field.
i am pretty excited and already dreaming of all the treats we could make! 

Sunday, May 20, 2012


beautiful day spent in lynchburg with dear friends.
blessed to celebrate another union of two lives. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

the garden (in need of some mowing).
kale & peas
snow pea pods.

the garden is slowly growing...
things are in full swing now that the last spring frost date has past.
every bed has something planted in it.
so far i have been pleasantly surprised by all the beautiful things that have decided to sprout and grow!
i am excited to see what the summer harvest holds.
i found a great site today that highlights different cooks and their companies throughout the states.
the videos are well-done and very interesting.
go to food curated to enjoy.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

jeremiah and i celebrated three years of marriage yesterday.
today as i knelt in my garden, digging in the soil, i thought of how three years ago i walked right through that very spot to meet my love at the altar. 
as i walked in my wedding dress, barefoot, down that green hill could i ever have imagined myself years later on bent knee, hands covered in dirt, planting a garden in that very place?
it's amazing the paths that life takes. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

today has been a good one.
this morning i was blessed to able to watch my older brother be sworn in as an officer of the court. 
it was a very sweet and proud moment for my entire family.
this afternoon i took in an orphaned bunny. 
right now "beatrix" is hopping around in her little cage.
i know the chances of her (or him) surviving are slim but i'm not giving up. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

today i went out and picked mulberries fresh from our tree in the front yard.
then i threw them into some waffle batter.
they tasted very similar to blueberries once cooked. tomorrow i'm trying them in oatmeal.
i have always thought mulberries looked delicious whenever i saw them hanging black and ripe from the tree.
once i learned that in fact they were edible, it was so satisfying to finally go pick a nice ripe one and eat it!
i highly recommend trying a few if you stumble upon a mulberry bush/tree anytime soon.
i plan on stocking up on mulberries (it's free fruit!)...freezing a few bags, maybe trying to make some jam, and definitely making some more baked goods.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

the first radish.

Friday, May 4, 2012

dinner with some dear friends.
enjoyed a very big bonfire thanks to a large mass of bamboo, limbs and leaves we compiled over the past few months.
the second photo displays the amazing (and slightly frightening) glow from the fire.
so enjoyed talking to you, sarah.
be present in atlanta.
i hope to see you soon!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

for the wedding this past weekend, i did my first braided crown. 
i followed this tutorial although one day i would love to be able to do this one as well.
it wasn't perfect but i was pretty happy with the end result and plan to wear this hairstyle a lot more (even with all the hairpins and hairspray). 

jeremiah's aunt got hitched this past weekend at the [amazing] wild onion ranch in austin.
it was by far one of the most beautiful weddings i have attended!
the location was spectacular and inspiring...full of eye candy for me!
i was a little overwhelmed at first because i wanted to take pictures of everything.
but i managed to relax and just enjoy a special evening in a beautiful place.