Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Like a true goof, I have named the hat ("Binky" - just because.). It has what I call a parrot beak, so I am assuming it's a mock parrot.
I was very pleased to discover that the hat was not in as bad of shape as the pictures on Ebay led me to believe! The only thing I will have to do is put a few more stitches into the "tilt headband" to make it a bit stiffer and therefore able to more securely stay attached to my head!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
So now there is at least a 4-day supply of wood stacked next to the back door, the fire is crackling merrily in the hearth, the kittens are sleeping on the hearthstone, and I have a glass of wine waiting for me after evening farm chores.
Let it snow!
This tilt hat is a very interesting style - one that you don't often see. In true tilt style, there is a solid patch of fabric in back to hold the hat to the head (as well as the more traditional felt band) while it tilts forward.
The truly unique aspect of this hat is that the crown, which slouches forward in a very charming fashion, is actually slightly (and purposely) off-center of the brim!
Very interesting, and rakish! Finally, the hat is decorated with a curled ostrich feather on one side, and a veil in front.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, and that I can finally breathe again. I dread this day every year, though I feel that it is absolutely necessary. In my mind, to be a carnivore, you MUST know what goes into raising, slaughtering, and processing what you eat. And if you must eat meat, either humanely raise it yourself, or buy locally from someone else who does.
And now I can look forward to Ryan's 9-day vacation next week, a happy and very blessed Thanksgiving, and what I hope will be one of the happiest Yules in many, many years.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
One medium colander filled with freshly-picked kale leaves
1.5 lbs heirloom potatoes (chopped into 1 inch cubes - you do not need to peel them!)
2 sausages -in their casing - of your choice (chorizo, lamb, etc.)
3 Egyptian onions, chopped
1 clove Elephant Garlic, diced
1 clove heirloom garlic, crushed
2 dried Miscuchu (or other hot heirloom) peppers, crumbled
Thoroughly wash kale leaves, then roughly cut into strips. Put these in a medium stock pot. Chop heirloom potatoes into 1" cubes (but don't peel - only peel if you are using store bought potatoes, which have a far tougher and less palatable skin), and add these to pot. Cut sausage into small sections and add to pot. Add chopped Elephant Garlic clove and crushed heirloom garlic clove to pot. Crumble 2 dried heirloom peppers into pot. Fill pot with enough water to generously cover all ingredients (you are going to reduce the amount of water by half before you're through!). Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours. When everything is thoroughly cooked, and the water has reduced by ~half, remove from heat. Ladle soup into bowls. Take day-old homemade sourdough bread and crumble a generous amount over each bowl. Serve hot and enjoy!
This is an excellent recipe to enjoy next to a roaring fire on a cool Fall evening!!
Monday, November 07, 2011
I have started going through my personal collection of vintage accessories, and am slowly listing some of them in the Etsy store.
The latest set of listings includes this lovely pair of 1940s/1950s brown leather gloves lined with soft rabbit fur.
They are well-loved and well-worn, so please read the description carefully. However, they have many years of use left, and they will certainly keep you warm this winter!
Many thanks for the great helpers and familial support every year. We could not do it without you!!!
And now, I have three words for you:
Turkey Liver Pate.
Friday, November 04, 2011
To celebrate Halloween/Samhain, we had a small gathering of friends over at our place. There was lots of great food
and of course fabulous wine (served by a hot bartender)!
My sole attempt at carving a Jack-o-lantern. This is one of our own homegrown pumpkins!
Here I am in my Halloweeny vintage finery!