May 06, 2017

Country Life ~










the day before a fox got these baby chicks in the night. sad, but we have nine more we are raising from various ages. morning coffee. camping at the resevoir. my main, charlie. Nevada Canyon sheep herder, June 1966 National Geographic. a dream Antique shop found the other day. guys! bunnies are the coolest. i grew up with them so i have a sweet spot. this is marilla. planted 615 cucumber, eggplant, pepper and tomato seeds. 500 more to go! croatia-ready, so excited! meet Gemma, a baby peking duckling. we have a male, too, in case we decide to hatch little ducklings :) 

reading: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. The Socialite Family by Constance Gennari (amazing design book). The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Koo. The River Cottage Curing & Smoking Handbook. Gypset Style by Julia Chaplin (for the love of color and clutter!) And SO many vintage National Geographic magazines!

listening: David Gray~Lately. Paul Simon~Late in the Evening. Kim Carnes~Bette Davis Eyes. Fleetwood Mac~Never Going Back Again. Van Morrison~Sweet Thing. Bruce Springsteen~Secret Garden. Van Morrison~Queen Of The Slipstream. Van Morrison~These Are The Days.


collecting: PLANTS!

creating: an art and book space at home. in addition to so many home projects going down right now, my mid century couch is finally getting it's due! picked out the most gorgeous velvet weeks ago and it's getting dropped off Monday! yay!

inspired by: home tours, always. this easy breezy abode
on the sunpotion train! :) 
this handmade home in maine is everything!
amazing shop for basic home goods.
a greenhouse is in the plans for this Fall & a baby goat! YES!
this travel site is one part earthy and ten parts gorgeous. 
love this mama's style.
charming Paris home tour.

learning: putting this ceramic tile in the kitchen and learning how to install (eye roll! wtf)

All for now ~ haven't been in the mood to take pictures and realizing life is for the living, not curating perfect spaces and/or a perfect image to show an audience. i am speaking for myself .... there is no balance. there is no being in the moment when we are fussing with a camera and an angle and cropping and filtering and moving things around all while fooling ourselves that our intent is to document our life for us. bs. i don't care what anyone says. choosing to live free from it for the rest of this summer as i garden and take care of the animals and play in the ocean. what are everyone's thoughts on this? also, share what you are listening to at the moment? always love music recs! xo


"A squeeze of the hand--enormous documentation--a tiny gesture within the palm, a knee which doesn't move away, an arm extended, as if quite naturally, along the back of a sofa and against which the other's head gradually comes to rest--this is the paradisiac realm of subtle and clandestine signs: a kind of festival not of the senses but of meaning."
~ Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments



XO


March 18, 2017

Spring + Anise Cakes















throw back to cats in argentina + the light there!! / this little girl, an orphan - in 2005 i was working in an office knowing full well it would never be my path - as i sat at my desk reading the paper, i cut her picture out and hung it in my office. "i will travel to orphanages and help babies and children" : this has been with me since before i could speak - 12 years since the photo i've been brought back to this one thing that's been consistent - and we will be visiting an orphanage in May while in Croatia. so so thankful. / eggs from the farm last summer. / baby chicks! they grow insanely fast. almost coop building time! / homemade challah bread. / bulbs of field garlic found in the woods. / simmering cherry sauce. / this is veronica! / laying in the grass in argentina. at peace. country life is the same everywhere. / beading away with coffee + palo santo. / tapping trees for maple syrup. not sure we found the correct trees. haha, it's our first time, so we shall see! / kitchen light. / woodland walks. / small mood board. follow stickymango for one that's never-ending. / there were a thousand birds singing in our yard.

bits and pieces. hope you are well and looking forward to spring & summer.
thank you for reading ~ leaving you with a recipe for anise cakes. siesta is tradition in south america and i loved it! when we woke we always had a little snack while cooking dinner and these quaint little cakes had just the right amount of flavor and texture.

~ Anise Cakes ~ 
1 c. anise seeds
1 c. olive oil
1 c . sweet dessert wine
8 c. self-rising flour
1 c. sugar

Heat olive oil, add anise seeds and toast. After, combine sugar, seeds, and wine to the flour so it becomes a dough. Roll into balls and flatten with fingers. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy with coffee ~ 


"Be silent in your mind, silent in your senses, and also silent in your body. Then, when all these are silent, don't do anything. In that state, truth will reveal itself to you." ~ Kabir




XO


February 22, 2017

Good life, xo













beginnings of chandelier making !! / wood for the stove / millie my birthday bunny / roasting eggplant and red peppers / shop stove / garden lights / bead work / bob is the quintessential old guy you end up in a half hour conversation with; he's graciously letting me use his shop :) / getting ready to grill pizzas / working the garden / millie - most of our winter herbs went to her! / she is the sweetest little mama 

 enjoying the warmer temps - getting the garden ready, buying flower seeds and anxiously waiting for the climbing rosebushes to bloom - roasting and grilling everything we can think of - mapping out espaliered fruit along the edge woods - creating an outdoor kitchen space {dreams} & Argentina inspired me to make the outdoors an even larger part of my living space ~


mostly, just living! 


"Sometimes in late summer I won't touch anything, not
the flowers, not the blackberries
brimming in the thickets; 
I won't drink
from the pond; I won't name the birds or the trees; 
I won't whisper my own name. 
One morning
the fox came down the hill, glittering and confident, 
and didn't see me -- and I thought: 
so this is the world. 
I'm not in it. 
It is beautiful." 
~ Mary Oliver 


XO

January 13, 2017

Winter


A few things for Winter ~

- reading: dominoHerbal Healing for WomenA Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse,
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


- listening: Bob Seger, You'll Accompany Me

- using: Clary Balm - soothing salve for my face and lips

- planting: Chamomille & cilantro, basil, parsley, rosemary, lavender & thyme to make Winter dishes even better & prepping for a huge garden, honeybees & raising rabbits for meat this Summer!

- collecting: All the pretty antiques for my dresser

- watching: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, A Crime To Remember

- working on: Very recently I have been managing the social media for a non-profit supporting AIDS orphans in South Africa. Follow along and support these women, children and their communities! New website coming soon!

- making space for everything I learned while in Chile and Argentina: expectations, traveling alone, shifting priorities, disappointment, ego, kindness from complete strangers, family, communicating without language, the reality that traveling *can be* uninspiring and tiring......hard but needed passage for what's next. 

Leaving you with my favorite cozy Winter recipe for Pork Vegetable Curry ~ 

roasted pork shoulder
acorn squash - peeled & cubed
mushrooms, red pepper - chopped
green beans - whole
sweet onion - sliced
garlic and ginger - chopped
turmeric
coconut milk
red curry paste

Saute a little coconut oil, garlic and ginger until garlic is soft. Add the red curry paste and cook for a minute or so. Add the already cooked pork, squash, green beans, mushrooms, red pepper and onion. Stir to coat with the curry paste. Then add the coconut milk and turmeric. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn heat to low and let simmer uncovered for another 15 minutes. Add salt and serve with jasmine rice and basil. 

Enjoy ~ 

"Though the seasons change, your love remains"

XO