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Bacon Fat Gingersnaps [and Honey Cream Cheese Dip] from Pixiespocket.com - a rich, delicious cookie with a smoky twist! Beautiful when paired with the heavenly honey cream cheese dip.

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps [and Honey Cream Cheese Dip]

Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and (shudder) green bean casserole, but in my household, it always means the annual appearance of Bacon Fat Gingersnaps. There is a lovely piece of pottery that lives on my stovetop, and it is into this gooey ceramic jar that I strain my ...

Things I Love: October, Crafting, Garlic, and Bonfire

Eric and I build a small bonfire outside at least once a week. We sit around it and talk, share stories, play our banjo and ukulele, respectively, and throw all of our stresses and negativity into the fire. Fire is a cleansing spirit, a powerful thing that can get out of control if not treated with respect. I use ...

Things I Love: Autumnal Sunlight and Sweet Water

The days are growing shorter, my friends, just as sure as my yard is a tapestry of crunching colored leaves. The air looks like the glitter filled daydream from the movie Legend, which is just one reason why I love the autumn season. There is something special about the sunlight in fall. The yellow is rich, like an ...

Irish Aran Dress With Scallop Lace

Things I Love: Rainy Days, but not this many…

Save 10% on all knitwear on The Irish Store through 10/31/15 with code AFFKNIT10 Autumn has arrived not with a bang, but with a squish. Western North Carolina is saturated! Since the Equinox, we've had more rain than the earth can absorb. Gutters are overflowing, mud puddles are growing, and roads are slick ...

Things I Love: This Fine, Fine Fall

The Autumn appeared early this year, sneaking in little tendrils of fog and chill even while it still said August on the calendar. September blazed into being decked in red-tipped leaves and a confetti of oak leaves and turned up the heat for the final dance of summer, and now hungover, ambles bleary-eyed through ...

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“Quench” and some Autumnal Goodies

Two of my recipes appear in this book! Preorder yours today! Guys! Guess what?  Ashley English of Small Measure has a book being released this month, called Quench. Focusing on handcrafted beverages, there are over 100 recipes are in this book, including two of MY mead and wine recipes (listed under the "Hard ...

Ask a Pixie: Seasonal Allergies and Remedies

Howdy, folks! I’ve been getting lots of reader questions and comments sent to my inbox, and so I’m beginning a new feature called “Ask A Pixie” where I will answer your queries anonymously as a blog post.  Got a question? Now, bear in mind that I am an herbalist, but not licensed to offer medical advice. What I can ...

Recipe Box: Spiced Cranberry Cordial

Ok, frugal boozehounds, here's a tip from the Pixie...watch out for cranberries on sale at your grocery store between December and January: RIGHT NOW! This is the prime time - they hit the shelves around Thanksgiving, but after Christmas, the prices drop from $5 down to $2 per bag. I buy them up and freeze them - ...

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies with Maple Drizzle

Recipe Box: Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies with Maple Drizzle

Sometimes you just need a bit of warm, sweet comfort food. This happens to me when the wind outside is cold and howling and you just can't bring yourself to go outside.  Outside has no hot tea, nor cookies...and these oatmeal applesauce cookies are cakey and poofy, and they stay soft for days! When I first made ...

Honey (and Cider!) around Asheville – 2013

Beekeepers from places as diverse as the Fynbos region of the Western Cape of South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, and Vancouver Island in Canada are sending jars and jars of honey to Asheville to be judged, and proceeds help benefit the non-profit Center for Honeybee Research. From the Asheville Citizen-Times: "For the ...

Rising Bread

Recipe Box: Farmer’s Bread and Homemade Croutons

As the temperature plummets into fall, I've been finding myself wanting something - anything - hot and fresh out of the oven.  I am craving warm, dense food, like bread, butter, beer, stew, meat and spicy soups. Just the other day, I got lost in my old binder of collected recipes, some of them tried and true, some ...

Mulled wine is good medicine - a recipe from pixiespocket.com

Mulled Wine is good medicine

Grumble. Mumble.  I have a fever...a mild one, mind you, and I should be in bed.  But I promise I'll do that in a minute. First I have to tell you about what I am drinking right now. Cordials, elixirs and brews I am drinking some mulled wine. Mulled wine is not just meant to be delicious, hot alcohol for ...

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 Photography, ...

Dead Folks

Catfish and Catfish, Jr. circa 1990. I'm tender-hearted today from spending last night with my Dead folks. As we do every year for Halloween and Day of the Dead, Eric and I tended to our ancestor altar, remembered out loud the names, lineage, and tales of our beloved dead, and drank a beer with them. I ...

Apple Picking & Processing 2011

I live in an incredibly beautiful and bountiful area.  Western North Carolina has so much to offer in the way of local, healthy food that I'm becoming quite happily spoiled by my diet.  There are hop farms for brewers, local bison ranches, and in Hendersonville, North Carolina, you can't throw a stone without hitting ...

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