1. I took the weekend off from work to attend a wedding but due to the fact that our credit/debit cards were suspended because of the Home Depot privacy breach we had no access to money and no way to book a hotel for said wedding… While I would have loved to have celebrated with my friends I also am thankful for the days off to get things done around the new house. The weather was perfect so I threw open the windows and tackled a lot of projects. My kitchen is totally unpacked and put together but the white walls have to go and the closet is getting there. The office looks like a hell hole and the living room has the basics just no decor yet. But, it’s all coming along. I have a wish list a mile long that just seems to keep growing but I’m hoping this winter when work slows a bit I will have time for projects.

    Tomorrow’s agenda includes tidying up the porch and getting the perennials I dug from our other house back in the ground here. The yard is a HUGE task on my list. So much to accomplish before winter. Grapes need to be pruned, and lots of beds to clean up. It’s daunting because of all the work that needs to be done inside. But, I know we can get to it. And I’m really hoping my mom might be able to come from Illinois and help me with some of the gardening work (she’s a master gardener).

    This is the coziest and most at home I’ve felt since I moved out of my parents house. I had tons of apartments in Chicago but they were never “home” and Jared and I even owned a big house in Illinois but it was never quite right. This 800sq ft cottage with the rambling yard nestled in the woods of Appalachia is where I see us growing our lives for the next hundred years at least. I am so happy.

  2. Masters of Sex is the best show on television & that is all I have to say for now.

  3. "If you have yet to be called an incorrigible, defiant woman, don’t worry, there is still time."

    Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    found via Danielle Laporte

    (via anindependentguinevere)

  4. 

First day at school, Gaza, Palestine.

this is the most important thing right now.

    First day at school, Gaza, Palestine.

    this is the most important thing right now.

  5. I’m dying.

  6. hiptipico:

#guatemala #mañana

    hiptipico:

    #guatemala #mañana

  7. On September 14 I submerged twenty pounds of grass fed brisket into a pastrami brine. Ten days later I removed them and gently rinsed & dried them with linens. Once dry I rubbed them with black pepper and coriander and let them sit for 24 more hours. Then, they were perched precariously on a tray over our wood-burning oven to smoke (pictured here). After smoking they roasted at 200 degrees in the oven for 10 more hours. 

Today, I sliced them thin and served them on beautiful bread made from heritage rye, caraway and spent barley from a local brewery. Topped with melty local Gouda, homemade bread and butter pickles and black currant mustard (that I also made). 

14 days of work and it all sold in one lunch service. 20lbs gone in 3 and a half hours. 

And so the process begins again. A labor of love for a damn fine sandwich.

    On September 14 I submerged twenty pounds of grass fed brisket into a pastrami brine. Ten days later I removed them and gently rinsed & dried them with linens. Once dry I rubbed them with black pepper and coriander and let them sit for 24 more hours. Then, they were perched precariously on a tray over our wood-burning oven to smoke (pictured here). After smoking they roasted at 200 degrees in the oven for 10 more hours.

    Today, I sliced them thin and served them on beautiful bread made from heritage rye, caraway and spent barley from a local brewery. Topped with melty local Gouda, homemade bread and butter pickles and black currant mustard (that I also made).

    14 days of work and it all sold in one lunch service. 20lbs gone in 3 and a half hours.

    And so the process begins again. A labor of love for a damn fine sandwich.

  8. I just took an hour long shower. I don’t even feel guilty. Now I’m cuddled in my favorite robe, my softest granny panties and eating muesli with almond milk. Wild Friday night. Sorry y’all I know you’re jealous.

  9. Jared and I have known each other since we were about 14 but have only been a couple for about 4 and a half years (I’ll be 30 in a few months). Tonight while unpacking boxes I found an old notebook of his from sophomore/junior year of high school. There was a note about his “dream girl” it said she would have dark hair and big brown eyes. I’ve always known we were made for each other :)

    Jared and I have known each other since we were about 14 but have only been a couple for about 4 and a half years (I’ll be 30 in a few months). Tonight while unpacking boxes I found an old notebook of his from sophomore/junior year of high school. There was a note about his “dream girl” it said she would have dark hair and big brown eyes. I’ve always known we were made for each other :)

About me

29, professional cook, farmer's daughter, partner to jared, childfree by choice, pet lover, real food activist, former Chicagoan embracing life in beautiful Asheville, NC.