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A Week or Two in Pictures (3/12 – 3/27)

We started the week off with a gorgeous – HUGE – full moon.

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After a bout of cool weather, Spring hit and the temperatures have been lurking somewhere about the 50-60° range. It’s been so warm that I’ve moved my seedlings outside along with my citrus trees.

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One of my lemon trees has been doing especially well and is covered with sweet smelling blooms. I attempted to hand pollinate some of the blooms but after moving it outside, I’m hoping that the bees will take over the job for me. I just realized yesterday that I had an orange tree. My citruses were all left at mom’s for the year or so I was transitioning to Robb’s house and included a lime tree. One tree died and I was so certain it was the orange. I was sad to discover that it was my lime!

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Robb and I went down to the beach last weekend and had a great time, depsite the rain. We ate at Two Roads Tavern, picked up donuts from Duck Donuts, and had a fun time at the Manteo Aquarium. For more of a recap and a review of Two Roads Tavern, visit The Edible Coast.

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This past Sunday was a great day for outside chores. We messed with the chicken coop (the chickens received new straw under the coop and new pine shavings inside of the coop), planted Swiss Chard and Brussels Sprouts, and generally enjoyed the good weather.

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Our newest chicken, Ipsy, is the chicken on the left hand side (below photo). She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and as you can see, she is missing quite a few feathers on her backside from an overzealous rooster. Since I’ve brought her home, she has already put on a little more weight and I can see feathers starting to grow back.

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The straw from the chicken coop gets put into the garden to give the plants an extra boost.

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We officially listed our house for sale! We are going by the route of “for sale by owner” and I am confident that I can get the house sold. We are determined to move forward with finding a place with more space so we can grow our homestead.

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I tried to get a nice picture with Belle as we were all relaxing on Sunday, this is the one that came out the best. She saw the camera and just started acting like a diva.

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I decided to make fish tacos on Sunday, so I made a fresh pico de gallo. Unfortunately none of the produce was from our garden but hopefully the next time I make it – it will have all homegrown items (except for lime… sadly).

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Our delicious Alaskan halibut tacos with cilantro, pico de gallo, coleslaw, and a lime crema. What a great end to a busy weekend!

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Food

Farmer’s Market Haul 12/3/16

I definitely went over my $40 budget this time. I ended up spending $50.50! But in my defense, there was a new vendor this week that had some awesome goodies. Also in my defense, I was working as a vendor myself so while I spent money, I made money. 🙂

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So here is what I got from the Edenton Farmer’s Market:

  • Homemade Peach Vinegar – I love this! She also had homemade red wine vinegar available as well but I had to make the tough choice between the two.
  • Rabbit’s ear chew for a dog
  • Tasty truffles
  • Carrots
  • Two kinds of sweet potato (Burgundy and… another kind)
  • Pickled Okra
  • Amish butter – Yes, it is a brick of butter. I let it soften over the weekend and divided into small rounds and froze those rounds so I can use what I need.
  • Sample of a shave oil to try (I love the smell already – lavender and sandalwood)
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These pickled okra did not make it past the weekend. They were delicious and I wish now that we had put up more okra.
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Belle enjoying her rabbit’s ear.
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This interesting looking vegetable is a Sunchoke a.k.a. a Jerusalem Artichoke. I have a whole post coming soon about it.

Along my discounted pork roast that I purchased at the grocery store the other day (encrusted with the lamb rub I purchased a while back from the farmer’s market), I decided to toss a bunch of vegetables in to roast. So in the pan below, there are carrots, sunchokes, turnips, garlic, sweet potato, butternut squash (all from the farmer’s market), along with potatoes and onions. I added a bit of vegetable broth in the bottom as well.

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Friday night, I ventured to downtown Elizabeth City for the SPCA’s second annual cookie extravaganza. Located in an old jewelry store,  there are cookies EVERYWHERE. For $5, you get to pick out any dozen cookies that are available. I stumbled across this event randomly last year but make it a point to attend this year.

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History

Out on the Town – Museum of the Albermarle

No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

— Rhett Butler, “Gone with the Wind”

I can still remember the first – and only – time I saw “Gone with the Wind”. It was 8th grade and our entire day was devoted to seeing this movie. We were excited at the thought of kicking back with our popcorn and juice boxes, not having to do any work at all for that day.

I hated the movie.

Being older, I would like to give it another try. At the time, the film was just so dry and… long. I’m more into history now than I was then – especially Southern history. That being said, when our local museum received the Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind exhibit, my mom and I couldn’t help but to go. We ended up going on the final free day of the exhibit, which offered a screening of the film (we politely declined). If you end up paying, admission is $5 for ages 18 and up; $2.50 (per person) for groups of 10 or more and for senior citizens ages 60 and up. Free admission for active military and their immediate family; youth ages 17 and under; and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle members.

The exhibit itself was well worth attending. Just viewing some of the actual costumes from the film was incredible – not to mention seeing the script, the props, the autographs.

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Want to check it out? You better hurry. The exhibit ends on December 31st.

Museum of the Albemarle
Open Tuesday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
501 S. Water Street
Elizabeth City, N.C.