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New Name – New Location

I’m shakin’ things up around here and have decided to re-name my little blog and change its web address.  Don’t worry, all the content on here will be on the new blog.  In fact, it’s already there!

I figured I should have a blog name that better reflects what I write about — and one that avoids the creepy people who are searching for something other than gardening and cooking when googling for “Our Peep Show” if you know what I mean.

This will be the last post on this site, so come on over and visit me at my new home at

Yard to Fork

www.yardtofork.wordpress.com

I even have a snazzy new set of my favorite links up and a new bio under “About Me.”    Come take a look!

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Farm Tour – Abundant Life Farm

I’m still giddy from our little afternoon adventure to visit the farm and family who produces the meat we buy.   Jason and I decided to drive down to Dallas, which is just west of Salem, to visit the Jondle family and get a little tour of their gorgeous 210 acre Abundant Life Farm

We’re part of their “buying club” and get to select the cuts and quantities of meat we want each month, and they bring it up to a drop off location just a few minutes from our house.  It’s really the coolest thing ever.

Even just driving up and seeing their sign and house in the background, we knew this was going to be a fun and special afternoon.

Marilyn was kind enough to take a break from the farm duties to show us around — and was so patient in answering all my many, many, many silly “city girl” questions.

It was so fun to find out they moved up from the Bay Area ten years ago, leaving behind the software engineer gig Scott had, and hear their story about how they studied under the amazing Joel Salatin (you know, the awesome farmer in the documentary Food Inc.) before settling into their routine in Oregon.

They showed us their chicken coop — a little bigger than ours, eh?

And their sweet calf that they use for milk.

And the 80 cows they are raising for meat. 

Marilyn explained that this time of year they stay in the big barn we visited and munch on hay but come spring, summer and fall they move them around their property and let them graze on grass and clover.  No corn fed antibiotic pumped up cows here!

But by far, my favorite part was visiting the pigs!   They have seven right now, and at first they were pretty scared of us and wanted to stay huddled in their little cave (aka a camper top).

But pretty soon they came out to see who we were and what we were all about. 

They have such funny personalities — they were cracking me up!

It was fun to see how they do things on their farm and get to know the farmers who provide our meat to us. It costs a little more, for sure, but the quality of the meat and the way the animals are raised makes it all worth it. 

And now our freezer is all stocked up on farm fresh meat that is from just down the road!

Gratitude – 2009 Style

As 2009 is coming to an end, I’ve been thinking about all the things I am thankful for that have happened this year.  It’s been a wonderful year of learning new things, discovering new parts of myself, and slowing down to really appreciate what’s in my life.

So in no particular order, here are a few of the things I’m most thankful for from 2009.

First up, I can’t imagine my life without my little love bugs.

Or my favorite gluten-free take-out places — Bellagio’s Pizza and Chipotle.

And who knew how much I would love my backyard garden.

And its amazing bounty.

Or the crazy chickens who came to live in our backyard in August.

Giving us lots and lots and lots of yummy farm fresh eggs.

Not to mention, that living in this beautiful state where you can go on hikes that look like this really never gets old.

I also love all the amazing berries you can pick all summer long just down the road.

And I can’t forget about my new job where I get to work in the most beautiful office ever.

With super fun and smart colleagues, who are also friends.

And as cliche as it sounds, I’m so grateful for being healthy this year and am pumped about my re-found love for working out.  I’d forgotten how awesome sweating is.

By far my favorite workout partner for 2009 is Lady Gaga.
Her music + the gym = happiness.

And last, but certainly not least, I’m most grateful for all the wonderful friends and family I have in my life — with the top of the list being this guy.  I don’t really know how I got lucky enough to be his wife, but I’ll take it.

Happy end of 2009!  I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings. It’s gonna be good.

State Fair – Yee Haw!

I went to my first-ever State Fair today!  Actually, it was my first fair of any kind seeing as I’ve never been to a county fair or anything of that sort.  It was wacky and kitschy and fun.   I mean where else can you find Women’s Roller Derby, fried Oreos, prize-winning jam, quilts and elephant ears?

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And since I’m so into farm animals these days, it was fun to check out all the ones they had on display — the baby pigs were so cute; the cows ginormous, and roosters a hoot.

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My obsession with goats lives on. Look at all the cuties I was able to see today.  Too bad we don’t have an acre in our backyard or I would have brought one home!

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Berries Galore

Most folks know Oregon is a mecca for berry lovers.  So why buy these at Safeway??

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$3.99 a pint – pffft!  Look what I got today?  44 pounds of berries for way less than 4 bucks a pint.  Take that Safeway!  And yes, you read that right – 44 lbs. It basically translates into 44 of those little pints you buy in the grocery store.

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I set aside my long work to-do list this afternoon, and went out to an awesome farm about 30 minutes from our house and wandered and picked for a few hours.  The goods came out to be 25 lbs of organic blueberries, 14 lbs of organic blackberries, and 5 lbs of organic raspberries. 

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I’m still contemplating what to do with all of them in addition to using them in the smoothie I make every morning, but they are all cleaned and ready to go – freezer is fully stocked. Yum!

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Proof I Married Someone From Wisconsin

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Jason tells me football season has started again. Oh joy.