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The weather has been too nice to permit sewing. It’s perfect for exploring though!

baby hands exploring grass

baby hands in grass

My camera and I did a little exploring as well.

spring flowers dream

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Our weekend revolved not only around the Easter Celebration but also the celebration of a good friend’s wedding.  Besides the obvious importance-of-marriage highlights, my top ones include

Taking lots of pictures (I love family photos!)

The band.  Seriously, this bluegrass band was amazing.  They led the party all night at the reception (we square danced!) then back at the Inn (yes, I laid in bed listening to them play until 2am), and then on Easter morning the cellist played right outside of our window to welcome the morning. 
(that is a cello, right?!)


Sunrise on Easter Morning

Hiking at the Natural Bridge State Park in Eastern Kentucky

We really had a great weekend full of friends (we did go up for a wedding!), great food (our friends are farmers!), laughing, fresh mountain air, and enough dancing and hiking to make my calves ache again this morning.

To top it all off, we had an Easter morning celebration that included singing Down in the River to Pray and Amazing Grace, a message about the significance of the historical ressurrection of a man named Jesus, and reading a poem by Mary Karr.  We sat out on picnic tables over-looking a cliff and had nothing but our voices–no instruments, microphones, slide projectors, anything.  It was serene and beautiful, perfect to reflect on the significance of what we were celebrating.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In the corpse’s core, the stone fist
of his heart began to bang
on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled
back into that battered shape. Now
it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water
shatters at birth, rivering every way.

Descending Theology: The Resurrection

by Mary Karr

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,

cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—

till the hung flesh was empty.

Lonely in that void even for pain,

he missed his splintered feet,

the human stare buried in his face.

He ached for two hands made of meat

he could reach to the end of.

In the corpse’s core, the stone fist

of his heart began to bang

on the stiff chest’s door, and breath spilled

back into that battered shape. Now

it’s your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water

shatters at birth, rivering every way.

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Hi Friends!  It’s been a busy week around here with work, dinner guests, and of course Spring!  It’s difficult to be motivated to sit in front of the computer when I could be soaking up some vitamin D.

This is what I want to be doing right now!

Pretty Birdie’s Tumeric Dress on Etsy

The busy-ness continues: dinner with a friend tonight, a custom order to finish, a ring bearer’s pillow to sew, a wedding to attend (I still need a dress!), dress shopping, and of course Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter) to celebrate.  whew!

If you do not see much of me between now and Monday, please rest assured that I will make it up next week!

If you really miss me, head on over to Quest for Real Food and see some of the changes that are already taking place.

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Some pretty finds from my Favorites List for you on this sunny Wednesday (at least it is sunny in my neck of the woods.)

Asymmetrical Blue and White Rose Necklace from Brittany Chavers Studio

Karen Skirt from ChariotsAfire

Pink Flower Stems by Gold Evening Light from Lilydove & Chou Chou

Enjoy the day, friends!

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New Years Resolutions seem to be something you either love or hate.  For some people it is a time to set unrealistic goals that will be forgotten a week later.  For others it is a time of reflection on the past year and anticipation of the year to come.  I fall into the later group.

Why am I bringing this up in March?  And what does this have to do with surprises? Or food? Good questions!

Back in December and early January, I spent a decent amount of time reflecting on what I wanted for the year ahead.  None of my resolutions were truly groundbreaking or even life changing.  Not yet at least.  But I did want to continue, deepen, and strengthen one aspect of my family’s life throughout this year, that being changing the way we eat to keep up with our views of how best to treat farmers, the farm, the animals, and the earth.  With this in mind, I also realized that we work with a limited budget; although sometimes if you look at my grocery bill you would not believe that.

So what was my resolution?  To keep our budget under $100/week but to continue to incorporate as many local, fresh, organic, and sustainably-produced items on our receipt as possible. Of course that incorporates a pretty big ambition and a lot of buzz-words, so to keep myself accountable, and to help the many others seeking to do the same,

I have started a new blog.


Actually, my friend Megan and I are starting this blog.  She is knee-deep in boxes in her new apartment in Texas (which she shares with her husband, dog and two children) so she’ll be posting a bit later this month.  Megan is amazing when it comes to planning, using coupons, and basically sticking to a budget.  I’m looking forward to seeing all that she offers in that department.  She is also transforming the contents of her kitchen, so she’ll have plenty to offer there as well!

It is of course a “work in progress”, but after several weeks of thinking about this and brainstorming ideas, I am so excited for you to see it! We will be posting recipes, recipe reviews, shopping tips, and of course chronicles of our own experiences.  I hope this is something that will be of value and not just “another blog”.  Feel free to let us know if you have any questions, ideas, or comments.  We would love to hear from you!

And for those of  you who actually read this far down, I’ll let you in on one more tidbit: today’s post is a little how-to for Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

What are you waiting for?  Check it out!

http://questforrealfood.blogspot.com

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Ladies (and gents if you’re interested)

I need a little help. It just happens that I may be attending a very fancy-pants, bust out your shiniest and most expensive black-bow-tie type of ball in just about a month.  Last time I attended a function with these same folks, I showed up wearing jeans and my red pumps while everyone else sported dresses and suit coats.  I’m surprised I was not thrown out!

So here is where you come in.  If you know of a great resource for finding sewing patterns or pattern reviews (yes, I’ve already checked Vogue…see below), please comment below.  If you are my friend (sorry, no strangers here) and want to babysit while I sew, please comment below.  If you are my friend and think I’m crazy for making my dress, please comment below. (please be aware that I may not heed your advice. unless it is really persuasive.) If you know of a great place online or locally to find a beautiful evening gown for an even better price, yes, please comment below.

So far, here is what I have found.

The dress I really like and may need to be talked out of making.  It’s a little low cut for my taste, and I’m not sure I’m ready to include alterations in my formal dress sewing repertoire.  Vogue Pattern 1030 (V1030)

The one I also kind of sort of like and would probably be easier to make.  I like the back and the gathering at the waist but am wondering if it’s a little too…two years ago. Is it? Vogue Pattern 8556 (V8556)

And then, there is THIS ONE.  The one? The vintage 1960s Simplicity 8497. Doesn’t that sound dreamy?  It is beautiful but I could easily see myself running to my mommy  crying(I love you, Mom!), and that’s tough to do when we live 2,000 miles apart.  But it really is beautiful, isn’t it? (the big gold one in the picture)

Soooooo what do you think?

Please do comment and offer any help you can give!  My wallet and sanity both thank you in advance!

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I distinctly remember a day–just last week–when there were no flowers in sight.  Now they are everywhere.  I may have mentioned it once or twice, but let me just emphasize that

I
love
Spring.

I love the longer days, the bounty of color after a long winter of brown, gray, and white, the birds singing, the fresh foods that will soon be arriving on my table…the list goes on.

Speaking of fresh foods. I have a little surprise for you. No, it’s not a puppy. Or a cheesecake.  But it does involve food, me, and you (yes, you.)  On Monday I will tell you what it is.

Until then I will be enjoying the sunshine if it chooses to come back, but definitely the flowers and the birds and quite possibly even a little time to get creative between now and then.

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