Monthly Archives: August 2011

Into the Eye

Well, we didn’t go that far but we did go to eastern North Carolina. While we had some family time we were on the outer skirts of Hurricane Irene. I am grateful that (for now) the damage has been minimal for our state and that Irene chilled out a bit. No one really wants to see disaster so those of you scoffing that it was no big deal, well good. It definitely could have been not a good turn out. Now we can all hope the best for the ones that are dealing with flooding and just a good ol mess.

As for the weekend, it is always nice to have face time with folks you don’t get to see as much as you like. We ate like king and queens, laughed till our faces were sore and drank from the local tap. One recipe I will most definitely steal and repeat is the green bean and barley salad that my cousin Erin made. We didn’t manage to get any photos of the spread but it was all so delicious and the salad completed the meal. (That tends to happen when you are having so much fun)

I did not get the exact recipe but this is what I am sure made it in the mix…

Green Bean and Barley Salad:

  • 2/3 cup pearl barley
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 large ear)
  • 4 large bunches arugula (about 4 ounces total)
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • Champagne Vinaigrette

Prepare the Barley and Green Beans, let cool. Combine all the ingredients and let cool in fridge. Toss with vinaigrette about 10 minutes prior to serving. (Erin used Orzo instead of Barley simply because that is what she had and it was already prepared. I really like it with the Orzo. Also, we did not toss the arugula with the beans and sauce, but that is an option)

What are some of your favorite bean salads?

I hope your weekend was full of love and happiness. Have a great week. See you here next time! ONE LOVE-


Will not go unnoticed…

Then there are those who really take advantage of what mother nature is raining down on them…

(Video found here, OBX surf info)

If this is your thing, check out the surf report for this weekend…


Oh, Irene

As I get emails from locals at the Outerbanks, watching the weather channel and reading articles, it is official. Evacuation. Our beloved Ourterbanks, more specifically, Ocracoke, is the target this time for the latest hurricane, Irene. No one is panicking, as this is not shocking and can be quite routine when you choose to dedicate the low lands as your home. However, it is never fun and there is the underlying anxiety to know if your adored home will still be standing by your return.

We hope the best for the folks down east and along Highway 12. Send energies into the universe to ask for mother nature’s gentle hand.


Dream Machine


I totally want one of these! Take the time to peruse the website as it is chock full of beautiful converted sprinter vans.

As I study each picture with a meticulous eye I am simultaneously daydreaming of all the places we could go (and for how long) with one of these machines!

Although, we do have a pretty badass black sprinter that we have covered lots of ground in. MRB built a bed similar to Outside Van’s floating bed and we carry a table for our stove…

However, one can dream!

How do you prefer to travel?


The Civil Wars

Something I have in common or can share with my parents, or vice versa, they share with me, is our likeness to folk/bluegrass music. My dad really digs the tunes of the old time bluegrass greats such as Doc Watson and Del McCoury. My mom really is moved by folk lullaby’s of those like Kate Wolf and Nancy Griffith. She introduced me to Gillian Welch before she was Gillian Welch.

This visit was no different. We were serenaded by The Civil Wars while driving the winding parkway with the windows down and the breeze gentle. This, no doubt, is another one of those you have heard before and I am just now catching on. They were, after all, used on Grey’s Anatomy. Non the less, I think they are a beautiful combination of instrumental and vocal. Something worth sharing with you! Really folk with a bluesy swing to it. Take a listen and see what you think. See a review here.

07 Barton Hollow

05 Poison & Wine


Taking it easy

Yep. Taking it easy here in the cove. School has been in session for our daughter for three days now, plus we had a mid-week visit with Bunny. While my mom was here we sat on the porch quite a bit feeling the cool mountain air tinge our faces while sipping on mojitos. (After hydrating with the cool cucumber water, of course). She was also lucky enough to experience our farm day with us on wednesday. After dragging her around the county for various errands we treated her to our pass time of hot tubbing in Hot Springs. Plus, dining alfresco…She pretty much got the low down!!

In the meantime, I am scouring the internet and cookbooks for the perfect hard cider recipe. I love a good cider in the fall. So, why not try to ferment my own? This recipe sounds pretty good. What do you think? Do you have any special cider recipes?

One Love-


Agua de Pepino

Just when I thought I had exhausted all ideas of all things cucumber, I remembered (or was reminded) of Cucumber water!

I was reading through my friends delightful blog on her recent canning class (which I am so bummed I missed!). She discussed all wonderful things to be had as treats for her students. On the list, cucumber water made with cucumbers from her garden! Of course! After all the spas and b&b’s I have maintained employment in i cannot believe that I did not think of cucumber water. So simple. So refreshing. So yummy!

After my mother’s independent journey to the mountains is complete we will sit on the porch to sip our cucumber water!

Happy Tuesday to you!