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

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In which a tree falls on the barn

In which a tree falls on the barn

  Here in my neck of the Virginia woods the rain has been far more than plentiful over the summer. The rain soaks the soil and the least wind drops any dead tree standing. In my case that means the belt of trees right above […]

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month with Dinner at Indigo House

Celebrate Black History Month this year with a Southern Sunday Supper on a Saturday Night. On Saturday, February 24th, 2018 this dinner for eight will feature iconic African-American and Southern dishes. After a 1st course of “Pot Likker” soup accompanied by Hot Cornbread with Homemade […]

Ultimate Winter Comfort Food: Split Pea and Ham Soup

Ultimate Winter Comfort Food: Split Pea and Ham Soup

Split Pea soup is one of my favorite soups. When I was a little girl in the early 1950’s it took almost 18 hours to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Highway 101.  My mother and stepfather and I made this trip several […]

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

HURRAH FOR THE AMAZING NUMBER OF HOME GARDEN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

It’s the time of year that we who are garden starved pour over the mail order seed catalogs and yearn to get our hands into the dirt. No matter that it’s cold and icy and wet and stormy and the soil would hate being disturbed! […]

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 […]