Posts Tagged ‘fellowship’

Date Night Done Right {and The Greenhorns}

Posted on November 14th, 2012 by Tonia No Comments

Mike and I went on a date last night to our local theater {StageNorth} where the Bay Area Film Society was showing a film called The Greenhorns about the recent wave of young people across the country who are turning to farming as a career and lifestyle. There was good turnout for the event- mostly farmers and people interested in farming/local food- and the film society got a local BBQ master to cater. We loaded our plates with pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad and chatted about hoop houses and winter composting with our friends.

When the film started, we were handed bags of organic heirloom popcorn, covered in organic butter provided by one of the local dairies, and a bar of dark organic chocolate. As much as we enjoyed the film {although, it was preaching to the choir a little bit…}, the movie-snacks were a highlight for me! I’m a sucker for dark chocolate, what can I say! It was so fun to snuggle up next to Mike with our delicious snacks, surrounded by most of our closest friends.

After the film, there was a panel discussion with five organic farmers from the area {all of which are in their late 20’s and early 30’s}. The film was a great conversation starter, and some great questions were raised and discussed. It was unanimously decided that we are all so lucky to live in an area that is supportive to the local food movement, and that we have so many young people who are willing to devote their lives to the hard, hard work of growing food for the community.

The party eventually moved to a pub in town, and we didn’t end up getting home until after midnight. Not bad for a Tuesday!

Blueberries, business

Posted on August 2nd, 2012 by Tonia 1 Comment

It’s the heart of summer. We are overflowing with business, but it’s all the good kinds of things to be busy with: work, homestead projects, tending to the animals and the garden, family gatherings, cooking and eating meals with friends and as many trips to the beach as possible.

The other night we drove to Cornucopia for dinner with some friends who have a beautiful little orchard out in the woods. I baked a blueberry pie to take along. The bush in our yard was loaded with berries and I wanted to get to them before the rabbits did. I picked 8 cups of berries and there are still more on the bush!

I followed this good ol’ Martha Stewart recipe. Her crust recipe is straight-forward and results in a buttery, flaky crust. I skip the sugar, because I like a slightly saltier crust- especially when the filling is so sweet.

As nicely as my pie turned out, I have to say that the highlight of the evening was when our friends made a trip down to their bee hives and brought back a dripping hunk of honeycomb for us all to try. We took turns carving off hunks of it with a fork and letting it melt on our tongues. The wax was fun to chew and the honey, warm from the sun and head-achingly sweet, was absolutely divine.

Their homemade wild apple hard cider wasn’t bad either.

Oh, summer. You’re a treat.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted on March 8th, 2012 by Tonia 3 Comments

I celebrated my womanhood by sitting around with seven other ladies, drinking wine and eating chocolate cake {this recipe is SO GOOD, PEOPLE!} and talking about everything from lotus births {there are several nurses in the group}, to KONY 2012, to periods, to how awesome the F-word is {that was after the wine kicked in, I guess}. There was also a full moon and northern lights. You know what? Being a lady is a-ok!

snow picnic

Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Tonia 2 Comments

{Thanks, Jen, for snapping the photo!}

Some of you have already seen this picture because you follow my Twitter/are friends with me on Facebook, but I didn’t want to leave all you regular ol’ blog followers out of the fun!

The other day, we were invited over to Jen and Trevor’s house for an impromptu lunch party. It was an especially sunny day, so we all decided that the meal would be best enjoyed outside. Out came the table, the chairs, the dinnerware, the bottles of homemade cider, the roast chicken, the stuffing, the fresh bread, the wild rice, and the cranberry sauce. Snow picnic!

Our little group of friends has a lot to celebrate about right now- buying land, settling down, a baby on the way, plans and dreams coming true…There were lots of happy stories and faces- and rosy cheeks- around the table.