Hi, ya’ll! Welcome!
Welcome to our little corner of the internet!
It sounds weird to say that. If you had told me six months ago my husband and I would be starting a blog, I never would have believed you. But as I recently mentioned, God likes to turn curveballs into callings. So here we are.
I guess the question at the forefront of everyone’s mind is: why a blog?
Out of all the businesses you could pick, why would you pick a blog?
Great question. And one we’re still scratching our heads about. But it seems that it fits us both, it balances us out, it allows us to work together, spreading a message about an idea that we love. It’s a challenge, something we can both embrace learning.
It’s one part experiment. Since the early days of our marriage, we’ve shared the philosophy that we’ll chase new ideas until the door slams shut. We’ll be willing to fail. We will not be willing to not try. So this might be short-lived.
Or it might be the next best thing we never would have tried if we’d been afraid to fail.
So, what’s it going to be about, you ask?
Also a great question. Here’s our plan:*
For starters, we’ve found ourselves passionate about one big thing lately: community. It’s one word for a concept that encompasses a host of other things: people, relationships, the buildings around us and the material world we live in. We want to use this blog as a place to talk about community as we learn about what it means to us and what it can do for us. At the moment, we find community invaluable to our family. Watching our kids interact with members of our community, developing relationships, is important to us. Surrounding them with role models and people they can look up to is a gift in life.
OK, so what else? New urbanism. I know, what?!?!?!? Wikipedia defines new urbanism as “an urban design movement which promotes environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing and job types.” Here’s how we break that down: if we want buildings to be sustainable, they must be lovable. If they’re beautiful, they’ll be lovable, and because they’re loved, they’ll be beautiful, because they’ll be maintained well. If they’re beautiful, cities and towns will be more walkable. If cities and towns are more walkable, there will be more people outside, and it will be safer, and people will be healthier. What an argument for reform of city planning, right? Also, design MATTERS. The idea that you can connect beauty to the safety and health of a community is one we TOTALLY SUPPORT.
Next topic: what matters to us.
This will include things like faith, church, home (see above ideas about design), and, one big one: FOOD.
We love to cook. We love to try new recipes, new gadgets. David thinks he’s pretty funny. He says I think I’m funny, which of course, I’m not going to argue. We do a pretty good job of laughing at ourselves. Most of the time. And in the spirit of being resourceful, we also have an amazing friend who happens to be a rockstar videographer. So, you guys: COOKING VIDEOS.
OMG, what? I know. It’s a riot. It’s going to be a bigger riot. We’re going to have fun doing this. But we have a mission and a purpose behind this, that I don’t want to end this post without mentioning: we want to feed people. Not just in the literal sense, but in the spiritual sense as well. And we think that there is a spiritual connection between what happens around a table and what happens when people leave our home and go out into that world. So we figure feeding them well might empower them to go and love people better. It’s a gamble at which we are willing to fail trying.
So is that all?
No, that’s not all! We’ll be doing this all from our home base of Carlton Landing, Oklahoma. This is the little neck of the woods we just finished moving to, full-time. It’s the place that introduced us to true community like we’ve never experienced before; it’s where we started to learn about new urbanism; it’s where we started opening our home and our table to feed hearts and souls and tummies. If we seem kind of passionate about it, it’s because we are. We’ve also toyed around with the idea of doing a newsletter talking about community events, but again, please see the *. We’re open to letting this blog evolve, and will just see how it goes!
So, welcome. And I’ll finish out this welcome post by leaving you with: (drumroll please). Our FIRST COOKING VIDEO! Enjoy!
We start with a “Broth Bag” of frozen discarded vegetable pieces. Add in the whole chicken or as in this video, when one is not available, use a package of thighs, legs, and breasts. Pack all that with additional carrots, celery, and onions, as needed, to fill the pressure cooker, we like the Fagor brand pot, up 3/4 of the way. If you get it too full, you risk over flowing during cooking.
Now for spices, add a Tablespoon of sea salt, peppercorns, and 2 Tablespoons of our very favorite Poultry Seasoning. Set the pot to Pressure Cook on high for 1 hour and sit back and wait for the smells. Once cooking is complete, depressurize the pot and remove the lid. At this point, decide if you want to use the chicken bones, skin, and veggies again for a bone broth. If so, start pulling the bones, skin, and veggies out and save. Find a fine mesh strainer and your storage container of choice, we like these for stack-ability and measurement ease because they hold 4 cups of broth.
Repeat the whole process for bone broth using the saved goodies from the initial batch.
*plans are subject to change. Story of my life.
Also, if you want to follow us on social media, we’re doing a little 365 thing over on Instagram right now to get in the swing of things!
Also, speaking of the swing of things, we’re still getting into that around here, too. So if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop us a line!