Looking at the world from my small rural acres in the Blue Ridge.

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IN WHICH WE MAKE PIZZA IN OUR HOME BUILT WOOD BREAD OVEN

IN WHICH WE MAKE PIZZA IN OUR HOME BUILT WOOD BREAD OVEN

Yesterday our family had the delicious fun of making pizza in our wood oven for the first time in the yard out by the picnic table under the oak tree. The wind was chilly even though the sky was bright so we did a bit […]

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

In which I make beef and venison hand pies

It was chilly and overcast today – a high of 42-ish. I remembered a recipe for Cornish Pasties I saw in a recent South Dakota magazine and someone on facebook posted a meat pie idea which jogged me into action. I defrosted the hamburger (from […]

No fresh eggs

No fresh eggs

After many years of always having our own eggs, this winter the old hens ran out of laying power before the young pullets kicked in. So we have had to buy store eggs for the first time on over a decade. I am very disappointed […]

Leni and Kip’s Turkey Pies

Leni and Kip’s Turkey Pies

I do hope each and every one had a wonderful feast on T-Day. There were 13 of us at the table this year and lots and lots of savory rich food! However I’ve never cared for the taste of the seemingly endless days of Thanksgiving […]

Taking care of ourselves and each other: Learning and doing in the Piedmont

Taking care of ourselves and each other: Learning and doing in the Piedmont

To top off settling in a new place shortly after I got here I decided to go to college for an endless number of years sometimes living far from home to do the history thing I have been doing as a scholar for almost three […]