Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Are you enjoying the splendid autumn weather?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rising to the Occasion

This is a story about a girl who just wanted to move to her new-old house, but she couldn't because her floors weren't ready. Thanks to high humidity, the wood wouldn't "cure," or somesuch, and the floors had to be completely refinished--but not until the humidity reached a certain level inside the house. The girl waited and waited. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hooty House: A Haunted Tour


Hooty House sits at the top of a haunted lane. It's a place of cobwebs, crooked shutters, caved-in ceilings, and nesting owls. Dead leaves blow across the weedy yard, and deader things crouch in the darkness.
Enter if you dare. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else



 So happy to see you today at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I hope you are enjoying the magical days of autumn. Here in the foothills of the Highland Rim, the days are sunny, tinged with golden light, and the evenings are chilly. (Photo: Tyler West)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Autumn in the Country

 When autumn comes to to the farm, it's impossible to stay indoors--and the first official day of fall is arriving Wednesday. This is my favorite time of year: warm afternoons, dancing sunshine, a crisp, blue sky, and chilly nights. It's a time of contrasts. Soon, we'll face the bleak, monotonous winter, but now, we can take off our shoes and go barefoot.

Monday, September 21, 2015

In Praise of Autumn Weeds


Back in the summer of 2014, I had a dreamy garden. Bandwidth and I hacked through the Tennessee clay, planted hundreds of flowers, and hauled tons of mulch. We weeded every morning and watered at dusk. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ranch Renovation Diary: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

 As with most home remodeling projects, one must face the good, the bad, and the ugly--also the unexpected. I spent most of the summer doing armchair renovating: my general contractor or his assistant sent photos and email updates, and I either approved or "tweaked" from afar. Sometimes it's difficult to know if a photo tells the real story, so I put a mental check-mark beside a few pictures and pushed them from my thoughts. If anything in this world can wait, it's interior design.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Oregano: The Unsung Herb

 Oregano is dainty, easy-going, and joyful. Even so, behind her back, people whisper. 
"Poor thing," they say. "She just can't get ahead." 
A few folks think she's stuck up, the kind of herb that forms cliques: "She only invites tomatoes to her parties," says cilantro. "Really, she ought to marry a tomato," says sage.
This unkind gossip took hold for a strange (but ironic) reason. She is known as the "Italian Herb," mainly because she brings out the best in tomato-based recipes (and she gets punished for this skill). Not that she'd ever think of it as punishment. No, oregano loves pizza, spaghetti, anything with pasta--but she also loves Greek cuisine. Heck, she loves everything and everyone. She is a good ole gal, happy to be here.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else -- September 18th

After weeks of sipping soup and ginger ale, my appetite returned. However, my cooking skills are still lagging behind. I made a tomato pancetta tart, and when I transferred it to a platter, the crust caved in. I managed to patch it together, hiding the broken places with basil and sage--luckily, I had plenty of camouflage, thanks to recent work on the herb series. Despite the fractures, the tart was delicious, one of those wonderfully edible missteps, a metaphor for life itself.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 Welcome to the September 11th Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Are you enjoying the early days of autumn? Are you excited about cozy, seasonal recipes? Then you've come to the right place: Foodie Friday will tempt your taste buds.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else -- September 4

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Before we put on our party shoes, I wanted to thank the kind souls who emailed and left comments about the loss of our sweet Zap. Your consoling words mean the world to Bandy and me.