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{Friday Favorites} – Star Wars, Ice Skates, & Gas Ranges

It’s Friday?? How did that happen?? That means one week ’til my mom and stepdad arrive…time to put together the guest room! Anyway, here are my favorite things that went down over the last busy week:

1. Return of the Jedi-Farm Deliveries

TimTheFarmer and the kiddo drive to NYC every Saturday to drop of CSA shares to farm members in Brooklyn. Last Saturday, the Force was with them as they delivered; TimTheFamer rocked his best Han Solo, which was properly executed thanks to my v-neck shirt (which may never fit the same). The kiddo played the trusty sidekick with this rockin’ Chewbacca onesie we picked up at Target. Is that the best onesie ever? And, since it’s a onesie, I can continue with my policy of not buying Halloween costumes. #insiderinformation: I don’t know anything about Star Wars. I never watched it as a child and despited repeated education attempts by TimTheFarmer and friends, the best reference I can make is about the Force being with someone. I hope you’ll still be my friend, though.


2. Grown-up Gas Range (!!!!!)

The minute we had the closing date for our house, I rushed to Lowes and bought this gas range to replace the electric flat top oven that came with the house. We got it on a super sale and what clinched the deal for me, aside from that it was beautiful, is that it can act as a dehydrator!! It’s been sitting in our garage for a month because I couldn’t get it together enough to arrange to a gas-line installation…but it happened today! Yipee! It’s been killing me not cooking in our cast iron skillets – you know where I’ll be this weekend. #ingorethefingerprints


3. When you go for apples, and come back with antiques

Our favorite pick-your-own orchard, Rose Hill Farm, is changing hands this winter. This farm has been in the same family since the late 1700s – how amazing is that?!? Having been through their house a couple times when I was entertaining the idea of trying to wrangle up the funds to purchase the huge estate, I knew there were goodies inside. I went for apples last weekend and asked if they were selling anything. She walked me through the whole house and I came out with these two amazing farm chairs and a box of antique ice skates! Best of all, we traded for a jar of my peach whiskey BBQ sauce :).  The skates are sooo cool. They’ve got all this old leather on them, each pair adjusts to fit boots differently, and some had wooden soles. I have a fun wall installation in mind for them and the chairs are rounding out my accent wall, which I’ll update you on soon. 


4. Christmas on Etsy

I received an email from Etsy on holiday decor and can’t wait to find a few things for our home. It had never occurred to me to look at Etsy for seasonal decor and I love the idea of supporting craftspeople rather than box stores, particularly at this time of the year. I am currently contemplating which custom stockings to order and I’m loving the pillows and decals and ideas for hanging those stockings since we don’t have a mantel/fireplace!


5. Fathers-in-Law

My FIL is my favorite. He’s an amazing grandfather and always here when we need him. Last night, he showed up like Superman. He fixed an wiring issue we ran into when replacing switches and outlets in our bathroom, helped us switch out our stoves, fixed our sliding glass door, and showed up with an air compressor to fix a flat tire. Oh, and one of his friends is going to give us my our dream 7″ farm table! #favorite

6. Dogs as Blogging Buddies

This wasn’t on the list, but look who crawled into my lap to help with today’s post. He’s only cuddly on his terms, so I am loving this right now! #hessnoringIMG_3822


{Friday Favorites} – REI Rocks

Today I’m reviewing some of my favorite things from this week. First up:

REI to Close on Black Friday & Give Employees a Paid Day Off
REI Logo

How awesome is this?! If flies in the face of our frenzied consumerism and encourages people to #OptOutside on Black Friday rather than buy more crap. I attend a lot of conferences for work with a lot of large (Fortune 500) companies that are trying to move the needle on sustainability, but I often leave the conferences wishing they had more jueves, or executive/board leadership. REI just stepped it up and joined Patagonia who ran the storied “Don’t Buy this Jacket” campaign. Nice work REI!


The Freezer is Full of Good Soup
Cauliflower Fennel Soup

I love looking in the freezer to see that we’re making progress on stocking up for winter. In case you missed the soup production drama from last weekend, you can find it here. I’ll be making two more types of soup this weekend to freeze and applesauce. #itsfall

Mountain Mama Jody’s Dolls

One of my oldest friends has a sweet Etsy shop, Mountain Mama Jody, where she sells the goods she knits/sews. I’m always in awe of people who can actually finish a knitting project – I still have a half knitted scarf from college I gave my stepmom for Christmas saying I’d finish it soon…who does that?? Me, apparently. Sorry Maria! Anyway, Jody has these sweet sweet dolls which would be fabulous Christmas gift this year, particularly if you’re looking to buck the Black Friday chaos!


NBBB&JI attended the launch party for the New Belgium Brewery-Ben & Jerry’s collaboration beer and ice cream in DC last week which was a fundraiser for Protect Our Winters. We heard from awesome climate advocates, watched a video on the recent victory in the arctic, jammed to Galactic and Dr. Dog, and got awesome swag! Flying completing counter to my comment about consumerism, I am a sucker for sweet swag. They gave out ice cream scoop bottle openers, super cool scarves (which I may use on the foot of a bed), and a collaboration beer glass.

Sunsets from my New Kitchen


Now that all the leaves have fallen (sad face), it turns out we get some awesome sunsets from our kitchen! We’re looking west across the Hudson Valley and while it’s no Rocky Mountain sunset, it’s pretty spectacular.

Happy Weekend Y’all!