Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday October 24, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Pete and Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs

For the next several Mondays I will be giving THANKS to each of my Heirloom Meals' Thanksgiving sponsors.  First up is Pete and Gerry's Heirloom Eggs.

Pretty much, hands down the perfect sponsor for Heirloom Meals.  Not only do they raise and sell organic, heirloom eggs, they are a family-owned business from New England.  They are philosophically aligned with Heirloom Meals' desire to use only real, in season ingredients that are either local or sustainably grown. 

Their mission:

"At Pete and Gerry's, we are a family farm that has produced high quality eggs for four generations in Monroe, NH, in the heart of the White Mountains. We believe in providing you, our customer, with fresh organic, cage free, omega-3 eggs from hens that are Certified Humane. As our family farm has grown our commitment to you has remained unchanged and we hope that you will enjoy our eggs as much as we do!
Happy chickens lay better eggs™"

Many of you know that I have chickens and Pete and Gerry's is my go-to egg when my chickens are in a laying lull or if I need more than my flock produces!!  They also have chickens that lay those gorgeous blue eggs.  When you buy their eggs, it's like Easter all the time!!

Pasture-raised eggs are healthier and rich in omega3 and have a deep orange yolk and are full of flavor.  Try making a frittata or some custard with their eggs and you'll taste and see the difference.  Worth every extra penny!

Thank you Pete and Gerry's!  You have helped me realize a dream!

Monday August 22, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Erin Gernon

It is only fitting that when I sit down to write my Monday post (which I have been remiss in writing) that I write about my beloved intern, Erin Gernon.  Erin joined me on June 20 and returned to Hiawatha, Kansas on August 20th.  Two months flew by and we accomplished much!!

Erin will return to Smith College in 2 weeks as a senior.  And, I am happy to report that Smith is still attracting the best and the brightest!!  Erin brought her smarts, can-do attitude, and tenacity. When combined with her Midwestern humility, she was a subtle powerhouse of capability and competence. I was beyond impressed and will miss her dearly!!

This one's for you Erin!!  I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  You are amazing!

xxoo

Monday July 04, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Happy Fourth of July!

I love celebrating our independence.  But it's not just freedom from the British or the birth of our nation that gives me pause, it's all the freedoms and rights that that independence gave us - speech, religion, bear arms, gender equality etc.

Thank you founding father's, and thank you all who have fought to keep our freedoms.

Monday June 13, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Evolution of a Garden

Last year my garden consisted of 12 tomato plants, 20 garlic plants, some asparagus, broccoli and onions on a patch of dirt that measured 10 x 10.

This year, Jim and I transformed a 41 X 20 foot plot:

Into this:

Will keep you updated on our progress......

Monday June 06, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
AnneMarie

You were on my mind, in my thoughts and prayers and you did great!!  If I had written this earlier in the day, my musings would have centered on hope.  Now, I know you made it through brain surgery, tumor removed, surgeon happy and you are on the way to recovery. The spirit guides heard our prayers and your spirit guided you through the surgery.  Your optimism, bravery, love, comsideration, spirituality and humility during these last few weeks have left me in awe, filled me with love and believe it or not, a sense of calm. Perhaps you are one of my angels, AnneMarie!!

A toast to you, my friend! To Life! To Living, loving, laughter, and friendship. Thank you for getting though the surgery.  I love you!

Monday May 02, 2011

Ms Murky Mondays:
Thoughts on 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden

I'll never forget where I was and what I thought on September 11, 2001.  My thoughts, " Life as we know it is about to change forever."  And for a while it did.  People were really nice. Drivers were courteous on the road. We were all nervous. Terror alerts became the norm. But I really thought we would be under more sneaky attacks, that we would be on edge for the rest of our lives.

What happened was many of our personal freedoms were taken away in the name of national security. We made sure the war on terror was fought on other soil. The federal reserve loosened credit so dramatically that the real estate market started to boom and credit standards were thrown out of the window -- creating the biggest credit and housing bubble of a lifetime.  So, yes, life as we knew it changed, but not the way I imagined.

And now, Osama is finally dead. On the one hand it is a great symbol of our determination.  But I hate the thought that it is a symbol of our might.  Is our might the only way we can survive in this world? I hope not.  I think I'll focus on food and nourishment as love.  I know that will make me feel better.  What about you?

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