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!


  1. love it...especially the pic of E and B tending to the chickens!!! way to go, chicken lady!

  2. There's nothing in here about NKOTB or your ability to eat an entire pan of brownies (with assistance from an unnamed blog follower). You've got some writing to do! :)

    Love you. Can't wait to read more of the writing I have missed so much!

  3. Love the subtitle/ description. =) I didn't know you were a fashion fanatic! You must post what your ACL (accidental chicken lady) picks are =)

  4. Fabulous! I love it. Well done chicken lady. Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures!!