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Archive for November, 2009

The Colors of Thanks

Photo by Chris Janos
There’s no better time of year to celebrate my love for all things handmade. Rich with color and taste, our holiday spread was packed full of slow-cooked, hand-rolled, perfectly chopped, tenderly seasoned and precisely prepared dishes.

This was the first Thanksgiving for the newlyweds and I had some big shoes to fill. After our wildly hectic year of travel and wedding shenanigans, we opted to just stay put on this year’s Turkey Day. However, Thanksgiving would not be complete without the taste of Mema’s delicious dressing and amazing chicken and dumplings. After a few phone calls and a list of ingredients scratched out on paper, I set out to attempt the impossible.

Photo by Krista Janos

The secret’s in the broth. I started with two organic roasting hens and proceeded to build the dishes with memories of both taste and smell. I have watched Mema make these meals many times and can still remember sitting on her counter when I was knee high to a grasshopper and helping her slice the hand-rolled dumplings.

Photo by Chris Janos

Lots of the things in our lives that bring smiles to our faces are just little glimpses, a snippet of a memory gone by. Time spent doing things the old-fashioned way, a renewed appreciation for traditions of the past.

Stay tuned for details from Chris’ lovely Apple Crumb Pie…

Posted 11/29/09, Topic: Blog

the birth of Blue Eyed Yonder

Let me be the first to welcome you to Blue Eyed Yonder, a playground for all things handmade, homemade, homespun and loved. Steeped in Southern tradition and blooming with hand-crafted charm, I hope this site and the lovelies shared within will touch your heart the same way they touch mine.

Photo courtesy of the talented Tec Petaja.

Posted 11/24/09, Topic: Blog

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