That’s Right… Raw Taters In My Salad

So first things first, we might be getting chickens in the next few weeks.  Maybe.  Or we might not.  Either way, we have a chicken coop in our back woods, and Scott made a door for it on Sunday.  I think it looks pretty great.  I also think it’s fun that we have random things in our woods like a mostly functional chicken coop and a one-stall goat shed.  Not things I thought I would ever want or need.


Chickens aside, we tried a new recipe last night, and I liked it a lot.  The weird thing is that it’s mostly raw sweet potato.  The annoying thing is that you have to julienne all of the veggies, which takes more time if your julienne tool breaks after the first slice.  The reason it’s all worth it?  Well, the quantity of veggies you have to julienne isn’t that huge.  And the taste.  The taste is worth it.  This salad is really healthy and makes delicious leftovers.  It also goes well with buttermilk biscuits and country ham, which was the main part of our meal last night.  (Yeah, raw healthy healthy side dish means you can fully enjoy your buttermilk biscuits guilt-free.)

What is this magical recipe?  Sweet potato, celery, and apple salad, oh my!  You can find it here: Martha Stewart’s Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad.  Even if you have to chop up the veggies teeny tiny all by yourself, it’s worth it.  And the chopping only took about 15 minutes.  That’s not so bad.  The raw sweet potatoes?  Well, they  taste pretty mild and crunchy and nice.


photo by Mark Weinberg, recipe from Martha Stewart via Food 52

And last but not least, I love spring flowers.

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Baby Seal for a Busy Week

This week hasn’t been particularly crazy, but it was definitely lacking in time to blog.  To make it up to you, I humbly offer this picture of a baby seal:

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While I don’t get much scientific information from, I will trust them on this one.  They say that baby seals protect themselves from the sun by rolling in sand.  Makes sense to me–natural sunscreen.  Anyway, I especially liked that this little guy missed a spot.  Hope he doesn’t get a half-face sunburn.  I’ve been there.

Puppy Lovin’

I still get daily emails from, and they provide a daily dose of happiness.  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite images from last week.  It’s just that good.

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This is the official NASA photo of Leland Melvin with his dogs, Jake and Scout.  Yep, Leland is officially awesome.

Last Minute Details Forgotten: The Case of the Found Pumpkins

So we were tidying up fools on Sunday, which is great come Monday.  I don’t know about you, but a post-party clean house is something for me to cheer about.

But do you want to know what I found this morning on my drive away from the house?

pumpkinsThose pumpkins that were slowly rotting away on the porch?  We meant to take them to the veggie garden to become handy dandy compost.  Instead, we greeted our guests at the walkway with them.

Welcome!  Enjoy our finest smushy pumpkins!  Tis the holiday season, after all.

The good news is that no one cared, and it gave me a good Monday morning laugh.  Global success.

Procrastination and Celebration, Rinse and Repeat

I’m extremely grateful that we’re hosting a Christmas party at our house in a few weeks.  Why?  Well, in addition to the fact that I like having friends over, it’s the best project motivation I’ve had for a while.  What better reason to finally paint the stairs or the bathroom than a whole bunch of people coming over?

So on Monday night, I finally (FINALLY) got around to caulking the stairs.  Now they’ve had carpet removed, been sanded, had holes filled, had large cracks caulked, and they’re ready for a final sanding and some paint.  Whew.  There are so many steps to do, which means many opportunities for procrastination.  Many many opportunities.

I tried to take care of the smallest of the small projects last night.  And there was some fun TV, too.  Congrats to Alfonso for winning Dancing With the Stars.  In my completely unprofessional opinion, he deserved it.

I’m not a consistent DWTS viewer, but that finale was pretty fun.  And now you can forget that I said that.  No, I like sophisticated fare like PBS.  Nothing but PBS and the BBC and more PBS.  And shiny mirror ball trophies.

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It was fun to see Sadie on the dance floor, too.  Commendable second place.

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Oh, wait, PBS.  Yeah, Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes and things.

Maybe I should just get back to those stairs.

Merry Thanksgiving

People seem to decorate earlier and earlier each year for Christmas, right?  And a lot of other people find that annoying.  While the first group loves their habit with a passion.  It turns out that people feel strongly about their holiday decorations and the time at which they should appear every year.

We usually fall squarely into the “no Christmas until after Thanksgiving” category, but I made one slight alteration to that plan last night.


Well, I got my first Christmas present in the mail yesterday, and I couldn’t resist putting it up right away.  Thanks, parents!  I love my felt mistletoe.

I’ve been eying this mistletoe on the West Elm site for at least three years now (you know, in a healthy way that means checking the site a few times per holiday season to see if they still sell this stuff), and I almost broke down to order it for myself a few weeks ago.  Instead, I put it on my Amazon wishlist like a good girl.  As a result, this is now hanging merrily in our living room:

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photo from (originally from the West Elm site), where they’ll teach you how to make your own version

I am a very happy lady, even if I broke our family decoration schedule.  I’ll leave it in the box until after Thanksgiving next year, I promise.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I just saw this recipe and immediately wanted to try it out:

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DesignSponge folks posted this recipe for Alex Guarnaschelli’s Green Bean Casserole.  Those little fried onions on top have been a personal favorite for years, so if you can tell me how to make them perfectly on top of a pile of homemade green bean goodness, I’m in.  Maybe we’ll be signed up for a side next year, and I’ll have a recipe waiting for me.  But this year is the year of pie for us.  I’m not complaining!

No Love for Monday

I don’t have a lot of nice things to say about Monday so far, so I’m not going to say anything at all.  That’s what you’re supposed to do, right?

You know what I do when times are extreme and happies are needed?  I resort to favorite cute pictures past.  Like this one:

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Or this one: photoSee, you already feel at least 10% better, right?  Right??