I’ll preface this post by saying I’m pregnant. Fourteen weeks. Which is to say, all sorts of disgusting, horrifying snacks and treats sound pretty tasty right now. Since I probably won’t allow myself to eat a platter of deep fried jelly beans, I’ll settle for the visual. Here are 12 totally disgusting yet delicious sounding MORE »
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Jessie Knadler is the author of Rurally Screwed and coauthor of the preserving cookbook Tart & Sweet. She’s been featured on NPR.org, in the Washington Post and French Elle. Her writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Self, among many others. She lives in beautiful rural Virginia with her husband and daughter. Jessie blogs at rurallyscrewed.com.
Jake was met with an unpleasant surprise this morning when he went to check on the laying hens and saw a raccoon nestled in the rafters of the Hen Hut. Three hens had already been decapitated — a raccoon’s signature kill move — with their bodies strewn about while all the other hens huddled in MORE »
Before I had a child, if you would have asked me to create a fun craft project suitable for little ones, I would have drawn a complete blank. Okay, I probably could have busted out a smiley face stick person, but that’s about it. But June’s first year of Montessori has inspired me to try MORE »
I was wearing a sundress the other day and June asked what’s that thing on my back. I hesitated for a second. I didn’t want to say the word “tattoo” to my two year old. It sounded weirdly graphic and raw in her presence, which makes no sense considering she’s been saying “vagina” since the MORE »
There was a time when I first started canning that if it grew in abundance in my garden (green bell peppers), I tried to can it. To this day, I still have seven jars of uneaten, nasty green bell pepper relish in my “larder” — an old freestanding cupboard I picked up for $2 at MORE »
Now that June is two and a half, she says all sorts of funny stuff. She cracks us up everyday. Even though 80 percent of what she says is parroting us, it just sounds better coming from the mouth of a two year old. A few of my favorites: “Lets wock this town!” She unveiled MORE »
It was bound to happen. June suffered her first major boo-boo this weekend. I’m kind of surprised it took this long since I know a lot of toddlers who have been to the ER by now, strapped down to the gurney, screaming at their parents for more morphine. But June is like me. She’s careful and MORE »
I consider myself fairly vigilant when it comes to monitoring June’s media exposure. She watches the occasional Sesame Street, Caillou or Letter Factory DVDs but a story in The Atlantic yesterday about the sexing up of even Candy Land – Candy Land! – is a reminder that parents have to be careful about what sort MORE »
Jake is getting June a horse. I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I love the confidence and dexterity that comes from horseback riding. There is something so cool about a little girl riding a horse. It’s the stuff that Western Barbie dreams are made of. On the other hand, MORE »
For awhile, Jake and I split lunch-packing duties for June to take to preschool. But over the last few months, the job has fallen in my lap. It’s because my loving husband tries to send our two year old off to preschool with a fun pack of jerky, processed breakfast pastries and a pack of MORE »