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Firsts Among Fungi

Firsts Among Fungi

My husband and I have spent enough time morel-hunting over the years to border on embarrassing considering we have never found a single one. That is until now, or rather, our last week at our new home. Best or most ironic of all: it was in our own backyard. We had purchased a bagful at […]

Childhood in the Garden

Childhood in the Garden

Last weekend I helped my mom transplant several rose bushes, butterfly plants, and bulbs around her property. The soil on my palms, the sweat on my body, even the blister below my wedding ring felt wholesome and reviving. It was a joy to allow my daughter to toddle through the flowers and inspect the kale and […]

Waning Winter

Waning Winter

The first of the buds opened in January. Like a kaleidoscope of butterflies clinging to the silvery bare branch of the almond and plum trees, the blossoms arrived as a harbinger of the imminent spring. It’s been warm here– unseasonably warm. Alarmingly warm. But at times, in the evenings while my husband throws the ball […]

Double Yolks and Wind Eggs

Double Yolks and Wind Eggs

Among these four chicken eggs are three yolks. Can you guess how many each contains? Double-yolk eggs are said to occur once in about 1,000 eggs laid. I’ve found many of these elongated monstrosities over many years of collecting eggs, and there remains a certain excitement to discovering one, from spotting the enormous shell to making bets on […]

With a Toddler’s Help

With a Toddler’s Help

Yesterday my daughter and I went out to gather greens for salad and a spicy sauté. As I carefully selected leaves of mustard, dandelion, shepherd’s purse, mallow, nettle, chickweed and dock, Suzanna eagerly grabbed handfuls of grass and mixed greens and flung them into my basket, looking pleased to help. Her enthusiasm made any annoyance […]

Burlap Checkerboard and Tic-Tac-Toe

Burlap Checkerboard and Tic-Tac-Toe

These make great gifts and are dirt-cheap to make if you have a little paint lying around. They’re highly portable with the stones tucked away in little burlap sacks, so they’re fun to bring out for a summer picnic or for a winter fireside game. Light and dark stones hold down the burlap when it’s […]

Handmade Holidays

Handmade Holidays

I’ve always been a lousy consumer. Handmade gifts are mandatory, and I almost never think beyond them. When time is tight and hands are rarely free, though, such little accomplishments become quite large indeed. These small hat and scarf sets make a simple bottle of wine far more meaningful. They’re quick and fun to make, because […]

Thankful

Thankful

   

A Girl and Her Dog

A Girl and Her Dog

Suzanna and our dog Hannah have had a special bond from the beginning. Watching it grow has been such a pleasure. Hannah is always gentle and watchful, and she calmly tolerates the climbing, pulling and forceful patting that a toddler inflicts. Both are amused sitting under the jujube tree sharing snacks.

Secrets For Sharing

Secrets For Sharing

I can’t wait to show my daughter these places, and to find out what she will show me.

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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