Welcome to my World!
I am Shannon. My interests include crafting of all sorts, backyard chickens, gardening, preserving my harvest by canning and freezing. I am a Foodie. Fresh, local ingredients are what I strive to cook with/for my family. Blogging and photographing now comes with the Foodie territory. I am a busy sports mom. You know, the one who wears the team colors and shouts “Go Team!!” at every opportunity…Yup that’s me. I attend all the practices and games. I sit in the rain, snow and extreme heat. I carry “trunk blankets” in the trunk of my car. You never know when you may need one, either at baseball or football season. Those fold up chairs in a bag? I am a connoisseur of the camping/sport chair.
I am a sucker for animals. Really, I love them all. It probably comes down to the fact that I believe they all need me. They do, don’t they? I should really face the fact that I like to be needed.
What else screams Shannon? Reading! Reading and writing but I love reading. I put away at least 3 to 4 books a week. I do not watch much tv or any movies really for that matter. I’m a book girl. I like them all.
I am a self-proclaimed country girl and nerd all at the same time, this is who I am. I preserve food and talk to my chickens. I wear a lot of sports hoodies. I read… a lot, and I am not hip to the game when it comes to tv shows and movies but I am hip to heirloom veggies, backyard chickens, raising boys and loving life.
Well this is me in a nut shell. I hope you stick around and check out life in my little village. There will be food, photos, crazy chicken stories, motherhood tales and more.
This has been my first year blogging from my very own ” .com”. Moving over from my rambling blogger blog, was so exciting. My wonderful Aunt Brenda helped me to set it all up. Thank you Aunt Brenda! This year, I have made new friends, entertained old ones and throughout kept my family well fed. Even if I had to photograph the food before they could eat it. Not too bad a trade off, I hope. Blogging has been a great learning experience. I found that I love writing as much as I love reading. I am pretty much in love with words and language. Pretty nice for someone who makes her living in an elementary school library and literacy support program. (more…)
Thanksgiving has been packed away. The Christmas decorations are in full force at my house. The tree is trimmed and stockings are hung. It is one of my most favorite times of year. I love the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season. We try to hit all the parties and see everyone that we can. Then there is the baking. I love to bake for my family and friends during the Holiday season. Cookies, cakes, bread puddings… just to name a few. Sometimes, you need a quick dessert, something you can throw together, a no-bake kind of pie to take with you to a last minute potluck. I have just the pie for you. (more…)
One of my family’s most favorite of ingredients is cheese. We like them all. Sharp cheddar to delicate mozzarella, the flavors can be so versatile and compliment just about any dish. Really, can there ever be too much cheese? (more…)
We love pancakes at my house. They are a great way to kick off a Saturday. Easy to whip together and fill bellies for a while. Today was no exception. My boys had friends over for the night so I had extra bellies to fill. Pancakes it was. My youngest loves all things carrot cake and for special days, he always requests carrot cake pancakes. They had been on my mind, but I wanted to try something else. Today, I experiments and fell in love with Apple Pie Pancakes. Yumm-o! (more…)
It has been such a busy week to say the least. My oldest boy attended his first formal dance and my youngest played in his last youth football game. Milestones this mama took time to enjoy. It is surreal to me some days that my babies truly are growing up. Then of course, there was a mid week trip to the emergency room because the oldest broke his finger at school. He is set and mending well, if not bothered by the splint. Never boring around the ol’homestead. (more…)
Seasonal Eating is something that goes along with eating simple, fresh foods. In Michigan, I simply can not get watermelon in December. Well, truth be told, I could, but it would not be the watermelon that I enjoy on a warm July day. Its sweetness would not be the same, having been grown in another part of the country and trucked or flown to my area. The quality of food that is in my local store out of season is a large part of what began my move to local fresh eating. Tomatoes in January, in Michigan grocery stores, are just not the same as the sun warmed, vine ripened ones from summer. (more…)
I am a seasonal eater. It’s true, there I said it… that is my picky eater moment. There are just certain foods that go with each season. There is no way I could prepare and feast on a pot roast in July just as I could not get away with all the wonderful light foods of summer during a Michigan winter. It’s just not right. This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about One Pot Meals. What you can make in one dish or your crockpot. Sounds fabulous right about now, right? Right. (more…)
I have so many great memories of family dinners and helping my grandmothers in the kitchen. These memories are some of what I want to impart on my children. I want them to think back and remember the family time around the dinner table. The conversations had, the relationships made and of course, the food that was served. (more…)
It is Labor Day weekend. The official end to summer in Michigan. Beaches close and kids head back to school. Leaves on the trees are starting to turn and my tomatoes will never ripen. Seriously, what happened to the summer? I am sending my oldest boy off to his Freshman year of high school on Tuesday. This blows my mind. Wasn’t I just in high school my self? Wasn’t he just learning to walk on his own? (more…)
It is almost back to school time at my house. Baseball has ended, but football season is just kicking off. What my family needs are quick, easy, tasty meals that we can share during the week. #SundaySupper begins as a weekly event, but you see, it soon turns into an everyday event. We look forward to family meals at the table. Taco nights are big at my house, but I wanted something more. I decided to make skillet fajitas with my own spice blend. One pot meals are so quick to make and easy to clean up. Win/ Win right? (more…)