Monday, March 28, 2011

Chicken Lady's Here!

"Chicken Lady's here!!!"  It was almost a year ago, and I was at the post office at a little after 7:00 in the morning. My infant and my toddler were both in their pajamas, and I was exhausted from months of baby-induced sleep deprivation. I mimed through the glass door to the post master that I was there for the baby chicks, and that's when I heard his defining (and deafening) label: "Chicken Lady's here!!"

I'm a mother, a wife, a baker, a cook, a former engineer, a former fashion fanatic, and a former suburbia girl. 20 years ago I thought I would be a journalist or something in the fashion industry. 15 years ago I thought I would be a mechanical engineer (assuming I could get through school with all of those boys who were actually interested in how cars worked). 10 years ago, I was working as an engineer, engaged to a man I at one time actually thought was "preppy" (I blame the curduroys), planning my wedding and looking for a starter home in a small town in Tennessee. So how, HOW ON EARTH, did I end up "The Chicken Lady"!?!?!

My husband and I and our two small children, now 1 and 3, live in one of the most beautiful settings I've ever seen. We have almost 20 mostly-wooded acres, 3 dogs, a dozen or so fish, and about 30 full-grown cage-free / drug-free chickens (for egg laying), 30ish baby chicks (some for future egg laying and some for future eating), and about 6 eggs and counting in an incubator, because... well, why not, at this point?

I love cooking for my family, I love trying new recipes that in my dreams they will all actually enjoy, I love baking for anyone who will eat my creations, and I love trying to keep things as natural and healthy as I can. Over the years I have learned more about organic foods, supporting local farming, and generally just trying to get back to the basics with what I put in my childrens' bellies. And somewhere along the way, I became "The Chicken Lady."

I hope to find like-minded people who I can entertain with stories of cooking, playing, eating, and living in this rural world I sometimes love, and sometimes it just makes me want to take a long bath. Send me a message, teach me, learn from me, or just read along and laugh with (at?) me. Thanks for stopping by!