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Shaye Elliott  Farmer | Gardener | Photographer | Writer | Whole Food Homecook | Mama to 4 | Big Time Dreamer | PNW Native | Our books are available on Amazon 🐓

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Alzheimer's is a beast and one I would delight to slay for this man I love. After I took this photo, he looked me in the eyes and said with a slight smile 'I don't know exactly who you are, but I know I love you.' before laughing a bit at his crumbling mind and walking off, his thin arm tucked into my Dad's for support. He hit a new low yesterday and the reality of what is to come is weighing remarkably heavy on my heart today. When he felt his mind slipping, he made it a point to tell me how much he loved me and how proud he was of me each time he came to the farm to get milk and a cup of coffee. No regrets. Hug your people today. .
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#grandpa #love #larson #alzheimers #noregrets #lesson #lifelesson #love #age #aging #reality #generation #sunday #reflections #memories

Another incredibly hard day of work under our belt and the future of the cottage is all the merrier for it. It's the constant hope of what will come from our toils... but also, it's the toil. It makes one sturdy, which is something I'd like very much to be. .
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I love these kids so much, I could explode. But y'all. It ain't easy. In a low today, I told Stu that parenting felt like a cruel joke, designed to break and terrorize us. Thank God for my Mom and Dad. They took the older two for the night to spend some special time with them. Stu and I came home, put the little two to bed, and haven't said more than a few words in hours. I'd say we're a wee bit tired of talking ALL THE TIME. So many questions. So many opinions. So much madness. So much love. God help us.
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This stupid goose. I'm so mad I could just spit. I let her build her nest, sacrificing a dozen good goose eggs for the cause. She sat for ten days. And now she's all up, walking around, giving me the skank eye, and has been for a good chunk of the day. What gives, goose? I want those babies!
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This is the time of year for the 'bread and cheese' diet, as my bff @parisiennefarmgirl and I call it. We're so dang busy on the farm we simply don't have time to stop for big meals at lunchtime. But today we were lucky enough to pair our sourdough rye with a quick throw-together salad of leftover chicken, local arugula, dandelions, Parmesan, and a quick vinaigrette. Three minutes from start to finish. It also may have included wine. Ahem. .
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#lunch #lunchtime #farmwork #hardwork #work #manuallabor #homestead #homesteading #farm #farming #farmher #eat #goodfood #goodeats #jerf #local #fresh #delicious #mealideas #cooksthome #cook #homecook #organic #chicken #arugula #dandelion

I kicked the lettuce out of the garden this year. Frankly, I'd much rather eat spinach or chard. However, the aesthetic appeal of lettuce is not to be disregarded and thus, I decided to instead plant a few dozen heads in some cheap terra cotta pots. I can place them around as design fits, move them to shade when it heats up, and avoid the pests a bit easier. Plus, more room for collards in the big bed. And I think it's hot when Stu helps me plant. .
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I recently purchased some heirloom copper pots from @cat_in_france, much to my delight. In the box was a gift of French wildflower seeds. Can I confess? I saw the collection of seeds and began to cry. Some were big, some small, some dark, some light, some twisted, some clustered. I can't handle His beauty. Thank you for your gift, @cat_in_france, it's already been broadcast in the flower beds for future delight. Enjoy the little gifts today, my friends. They're where the magic happens.
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I fell head over heels with leeks this past year. Apparently, I hadn't had them cooked 'right' because when I began to cook them different ways, they were a completely different vegetable. Here's a hint: cut off he tough green tops (keep them for flavoring stock), cut the leek into quarters, lengthwise, leaving the rooted end intact. Then, you can easily rinse the sand and soil out without it falling into pieces. The root tip can be quickly chopped off before using. Y'all, gently poach them in butter and a splash of white wine 🙌 I planted over 500 in the garden today. Yum.
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Our farm is located in North Central Washington... nested right in the glorious Pacific Northwest. I've lived in our valley that overlooks the Columbia River all my days and I've never grown numb to it's landscapes. This was coming back from picking up locally grown and milled feed - an ordinary task splashed with God's extraordinary.
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I'll just be here. Taking sexy pictures of organic apples from last year's harvest that I got from my farmer friend Grace. They still taste AMAZINGLY delicious, even after being touched by dirty little hands. Yep. Still delicious.
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Hi. I'm Shaye. And I'm always a day late and a dollar short. I guess you could say we're still celebrating Easter in our home - hence the late 'HAPPY EASTER'! greeting that I'm just now posting. The world moves too dang fast for me, my friends. I need more time to sit, sip, and savor all this goodness. The Lord is risen - and so very good to us.
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#easter #celebrate #family #love #kids #holiday #church #heisrisen #believe #sunday #latergram #motherhood #madness #mommyhood #husband #children #fulltimefamily #sahm #wahm #fullheart #myheart

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