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Hello! 您好! Hola! Bonjour! السلام عليكم! Hallo! नमस्कार!
Communication is a huge part of what we focus on here at The Exchange and this space is another extension of those efforts. A mixture of life and lessons learned, ranging between culture, community, farm, family and more, we invite you to follow along and take part as we share pieces of our journey with you.
Note: Most of the photos you’ll find here chronicle moments we’ve captured along the way — and since our Right Hand Man is a professional photographer (and I am not), many are of expert quality…the others…well, just bear with me while I learn. Nevertheless, we’re happy to share them with you and we’re glad you’re here. Hope to hear from you soon.
Talk about a crowd-pleaser! Homemade hummus has become a staple dish anytime we entertain and is one of my go-to healthy snacks for the kids. So, I was delighted when our friends Sumayya and Tatille dropped by to help us kick off our new cooking channel, the “Cultured Kitchen” and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test out Sumayya’s legendary twist on this traditional recipe.
Welllp!… Managed to get the garden in before June.
Sometimes homesteading requires celebrating the simple things… no matter how long they take or late they come.
“Whoa… Move! Move! There’s a Fox!”
All the boys ran out in search of our little mama hen. Her chicks are in the run, but she’s nowhere to be found and the fox has run through here twice. Hoping she got away and is hiding in the brush.
—–No sign of her anywhere.—–
Augh. I want to cry. My sweet, feisty, little hen was killed by a fox. We didn’t get home in time to save her and caught two fox back looking for more. Her chicks are safe however, hiding under the run, just out of arms reach.
Well, the electric fence is still in tact…barely.
Funny what a slight breeze and a flimsy piece of plastic can do to a horse with a generally unimpressed, been-there-done-that demeanor. Didn’t know the old girl still had it in her.
How can one little chicken cause so much grief!?
My broody bantam and newly doting mama, Gidget, (the same one who underwent the life-saving crop surgery) has now gone rogue. After saving her from near starvation for failure to break her stubborn streak, sitting on a nest of unfertilized eggs, we successfully tricked her into adopting two baby chicks. So, as her way of thanking us, she has figured out an escape route, down the steps, under the coop and out to freedom. She takes her babies to scratch outside of the run in the yard. The little %÷!$@ can even squeeze through the panels of the run and avoid being caught and returned to safety. She’s living on the edge, happy and free! I love this bullheaded little bird (don’t ask me why)… just praying that our neighboring fox and the hawks don’t get her or her babies. Why is it the favorite ones are always the hardest to manage!?
Nothing like casually being stared down by a big ol’ buck.
Just pulled in the driveway and the rain was pouring down. We were surprised to be greeted by our local family of deer. That buck is huge and didn’t budge…just stood majestically, staring us down. Surprised they are standing out in the open in this downpour.
I have always had mixed emotions about the zoo, but yesterday’s trip to Krefeld was special. After being in Germany just shy of 24 hours I was already overtaken by all of the amazing sites and experiences.
- A walking tour of Wachtendonk, including sipping wine at Pulverturm
- Eis at Jo Jo’s, a local ice cream shop
- Crossing the border into Arcen, Holland for coffee and gas
- And a trip to Wackertapp Farmer’s Market – which felt a bit like visiting Tractor Supply back home
Yet, nothing could have compared to — or prepared me for — what I experienced at Zoo Krefeld!
Can you feel that? — It’s called excitement!
The hum of anticipation’s been building for months and the day is finally here… (if you listen very carefully, you can probably hear the buzz)… Depature Day! That’s right, my eldest and I are packed and heading to Germany, which truth be told, will be a trip of a lifetime for both of us.
The power of music is universal. Since the beginning of time, music has stirred the souls of men, embodying the spirit of the culture that birthed it.. This was the case at the GGC Excursions Concert Series: Sounds of India performance. While I was unfamiliar with the history and encapsulated meanings of Northern India’s Classical composition, last night’s Excursions concert proved to be no exception.
One of my all-time favorite styles of food is Ethiopian cuisine. It’s hard to explain what about it seems to connect so deeply with me; maybe it has something to do with the balancing of simple ingredients and intense flavors.
It probably has most to do with the way meals are shared with others. There is a strong family, communion type of approach to Ethiopian dining, (learn more here). That is why it was such an incredible treat when my dear friend Seifu Ayalew came to visit us. He and his family did not simply join us for a fabulous meal, but they taught us how to make it. Armed with a handful of ingredients, a good bit of patience and equal amounts of enthusiasm, they set about teaching me how to cook a traditional Ethiopian lentil stew.