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Ticks and Lyme Disease: The Bite

Chapter 1: The Bite Image from Appalachian Mountain Club So, I got tick-bitten in early April while camping at a festival....

August Wildflower Mead – A Success and Recipe of sorts

Queen Anne's Lace by Modern Scribe Photography In August 2012, I took it upon myself to wander around the yard and...

Farewell, Bok the Chicken.

Pretty Bok - Image by Modern Scribe Photography My sweet love had to put down our last chicken today; the poor...

DIY Damiana Love Potion

I love to make boozy cordials and elixirs! The glittering bottles of colorful alcohol make wonderful gifts and really brighten up a home bar. You...

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

A Busy Kitchen, by Amber ShehanCandle-making, honey jars, tincture jars, tomatoes, drying herbs, and more! Phew...it is hard to find time...

This morning’s helper…

I was stripping dried catnip leaves and buds from their branches this morning, when my houseguest of seven years old approached and asked if she...

Photo Post: Evenings at Home

Every evening when I get home, Eric and I open a beer and get the chicken scraps together and head down to give her a...

Tree Identification – North Carolina Conifer (Solved!)

Identified: Colorado Blue Spruce! Update: This North Carolina Conifer has been successfully identified as a Colorado Blue Spruce by the awesome folks...

Cheese-making attempt #1 – Failure into Soup

Do NOT use heavy creamwhen making this cheese. I love cheese, and have long been wanting to make some in my...

Recipe Box: Strawberry Pineapple Wine – 1 Gallon

Strawberry-Pineapple Wine I had an intense craving for fresh fruit and veggies the other day.  Since that is one of those...

WNC Farm Profile: Spinning Spider Creamery

Bloomy Samples at Market, photo fromSpinningSpiderCreamery.com Now, I know that there are people out there who just do not like goat...

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,...

March is Green and Misty

The early misty Marchy morning and me. Oh March!  The past few days have found me feeling very sensitive and heart-achey...

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...

How should I store honey?

I often have readers inquiring about the proper storage of honey. That's a great question, and one with a super-easy answer! How should I store honey?...