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Odd search queries that brought people to me…

There’s a good deal of things that people search for that end up bringing them to my site. I keep an eye on those search queries to see what people want to read about, and y’all, I’m floored from the silly questions. I’m taking a cue from one of my internet heroines, The Bloggess, and…

Pixies Pocket Honey Giveaway Winner!

  My first every Giveaway is over!  Ahem.  Drumroll, please! . . . . . . . . . . Ouroboros is the winner! You will be receiving your Mother Love Honey, yarrow, mint, tea, and more as soon as you write me at [email protected] with your contact info!   Those of you who were interested…

Aaaand we’re back!

Whew. What a month it has been! First, Eric and I went to the Festival of Legends in Chapel Hill, NC during the final weekend in April.  It was a blast, as usual. It rained most of the weekend, which kept attendance down, but we still had a very lovely time and a successful first…

WonderMix Mixer and Meat Grinder Giveaway

I’m traditionally not into using too many kitchen gadgets. I’m a wooden spoon and elbow grease kind of girl…but I’ll admit that I’ve been eyeballing a decent mixer for a while. They just seem so useful when making breads, cakes, and cookies. Meet the WonderMix Mixer From WonderMill, the well-known grinder of grains on many…

Clean Water while Camping [+ Berkey Giveaway]

Many years ago, I often found myself camping with a large group of friends once or twice a year. We’d roll out to the George Washington National Forest and set up in the same spot, a lovely area right next to a trickling stream. Now, just to set the stage, when I say “large group…

Growing Potatoes in Containers: The Harvest

On our last episode… Alright! Remember way back in May when I decided to try to grow potatoes? If you don’t, visit “Growing Potatoes in Containers: The Experiment” first to see how this container gardening experiment began (known around here as “Growing Taters in a Poke”). The sprouted potatoes went into their containers in late April. Six…

Book Review: Make Some Beer by Erica Shea and Stephen Valand

Let me start off by saying this: I live in Asheville, North Carolina. It has been voted Beer City USA for a few years, and there are, at the moment of posting, 13 craft breweries listed by the Asheville Ale Trail in and around this small mountain town. I didn’t even LIKE beer when I first moved…

Blackberry Fizz on pixiespocket.com

I made Blackberry Fizz!

I was just tidying my apothecary, and while doing so, I re-discovered an experiment that I’d completely forgotten about…and boy, am I glad I did! A month ago, I made a batch of blackberry mead from the last bit of the blackberries I picked and froze this past summer. After the berries and honey were bubbling…

Spelunking 101 and Plant Identification Help

Here is a photo post for y’all to enjoy…they don’t capture the reality of the smell of the leaves, the sound of the rushing stream nearby, the dripping of the rain onto the fallen leaves, or the giggling of my dear Eric and myself, but I’m pretty proud.  You see, the photo-genius behind Modern Scribe…

WNC Farm Profiles: Hickory Nut Gap Meats

Pepperoni.  Hot Sopressata.  Sweet Sopressata.  I keep trying to get a picture of these amazing meats for you all, but it’s been impossible. Every Saturday, I go to the Woodfin YMCA market.  Every Saturday, I come home with some cured meat product or another from Hickory Nut Gap, and place it on the counter, and…

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