Saturday, October 20, 2018

Introducing Burl Dodge

Burl Matthew Dodge
born July 27th, 2018 at 7:53 am
he weighted 7 lb 8 oz in the first picture
he weighs a lot more in that second one

Friday, April 13, 2018

home-making and social media

For the past couple years I have tried to take the back seat in the blogging world. I felt in my soul that I needed to take a break, and really soak up home life around me. I'm so glad that I listened to my gut, because soon after I made the decision to take a break, write a post about it, and free myself from thinking about it, we found out we were pregnant! So I've just settled myself into this social media hiatus and worked on relishing this season of life I'm in. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I love being Davey's mom, it is awesome to me. He is almost 14 months old now, and he is the happiest sweetest boy in the whole wide world. I can't get enough of him. Every day I get to love him and care for him, and watch him, it's a magical job and it has added so much sweetness to my soul, and want to know something else magical? As I type this post I can feel the kicks and punches of baby #2 who will be joining our family this summer! To me, it's a wonderful and miraculous time in my life. 

I spend a lot of time thinking about being a good mom, and about being a good home-maker. I want to be the best. I want this house to be comfortable and relaxing, filled with things that lift our moods and have meaning to our little Dodge family. I aspire to be a good cook, have a clean kitchen, create family traditions, be an amazing record keeper, scrapbooker, budgeter, maybe home school teacher, AND be a good dog mom! For a while I thought that to be those things I needed to give up social media all together, noting that some of the moms I admire most don't even have an instagram handle! But then, after a few weeks of ranting that I was completely done with all of social media and how horrible it was, I realized that for me, I actually get a lot of inspiration and creative motivation from interesting women I follow. And it's a good thing. I love getting book recommendations, fashion inspiration, beauty tips, recipes, and home decor ideas that are from women and companies who intrigue and fascinate me. 

Sure, there are a lot of horrible people on Instagram that make me want to pound my head into a wall with how hard they are trying, or with how self obsessed they are... I've learned to ignore them. I try not to click over to them. If I spend time focusing and scrolling through some of these feeds that I think are total train wrecks with recycled cliche empty captions, I am put in a bad mood. And bad moods are a waste of precious time.

I will always love blogging. I wish everybody I knew had one. I have been blogging since the dawn of the Internet, and sometimes it seems my brain is conditioned to want to be always posting. I think this is how it is for most people, it's just become part of our lives. I guess what I am saying is that I can't give it up, blogging about my pursuit of being a proper mountain woman brings me joy, so I will be sharing that part of myself again... and right now the chapter I'm on in this pursuit is all about house-making and motherhood (proper mountain woman style), with a soon-to-be-walking toddler, and another baby on the way, there is much to learn and discover!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

No-Alarm Mexican Salsa

In trying to find healthy non-acidic recipes to snack on (my husband suffers from silent reflux), we came upon this recipe that is so unique and so delicious that I thought it would be worth sharing here. A proper mountain woman loves a different and fresh new recipe to delight her family and friends!

No-Alarm Mexican Salsa
from the cookbook Dropping Acid

1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup cucumber (washed, cut in half, seeds removed, and diced into 1/4-inch cubes)
1/2 cup banana (peeled and diced into 1/4-inch cubes)
1/2 cup pineapple (fresh, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, then in quarters, core removed, and diced into 1/4-inch cubes)
1/2 cup canned black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 avocado, sliced and diced
Optional: 1/2 cup honeydew (skin and seeds removed, then diced into 1/4-inch cubes)
1/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 tsp ground cumin (best if whole cumin is roasted in a pan and ground when needed)
3 Tbsp fresh parsley (washed, stems removed, dried, and chopped fine)
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (washed, stems removed, dried, and copped coarse)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tsp salt, or more to taste

1. Place corn, cucumber, banana, pineapple, black beans, honeydew, ginger, cumin, parsley, cilantro, olive oil, and pineapple juice in a bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly and season with salt.
3. Add the avocado last as it can easily become mashed.
4. Serve immediately before the bright green color of the herbs fades.

In our house we devour it with salty corn/tortilla chips, and it goes fast!

Peace and pine trees,
Whitney Joy

Monday, November 20, 2017

7. She Has Pretty Penmanship

In a digital age where everything is backed up, bookmarked, and stored on phones, tablets and computers, a proper mountain woman yearns for any occasion to put pen to paper. She hoards pretty notebooks, paper of the right weight and texture, and writing utensils with the perfect grip and balance. And to sit down and work on her penmanship these days is a small thrill!
Good penmanship is a result of hours and hours of practice and a sign of great refinement and stature. Beautiful handwriting can change opinions. A seemingly shy, simple, or back-woods individual writes something down in confident, legible cursive and suddenly they become more dimensional. Any person with pretty penmanship appears intelligent, confident, and attractive.
Your handwriting says so much about you, ask a graphologist! Each flourish, curve, jot, and scribble tells a story, and a proper mountain woman takes great care in the story she tells.

A proper mountain woman keeps her handwriting in three important places (for posterity): her recipe book, her address book, and her journal.

SHE HAS PRETTY PENMANSHIP is part of an ongoing series of defining a proper mountain woman.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Introducing Davey Dodge

David Walter Dodge
born February 20th, 2017 at 1:36 pm
he weighed 6 lbs 8 oz in the first picture
he weighs a lot more in that second one