Junoesq Literary Journal


I have been waiting anxiously for this literary journal to open online. To my literary friends – submissions are open!

Originally posted on notabilia:

10375123_709844575774926_494096651312248402_nThe first issue of Junoesq Literary Journal, founded by poet, editor, and 2011-2012 national NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University, Grace Chia, is now live!

The Singapore-based quarterly online journal features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that celebrates the female experience and its expression. “It is a dedicated space for diverse and unique voices intersecting literature, culture and art in all forms, from the literary to the feminist, the experimental to the autobiographical, the anthropological to the confessional, the academic to the domestic,” writes Chia.

Issue 1 must-reads include: three poems each by Grace Chua and Jasmine Ann Cooray; excerpts from two novels (Kaurava: The Aryavarta Chronicles Book 2 and A Certain Exposure) and interviews with the novelists, Krishna Udayasankar and Jolene Tan, respectfully; and an essay, “My Grandmother’s Story,” by Yu-Mei Balasingamchow*.

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“Coopa Cabana” Cometh… and it just keeps coming…


Dear Lord, Is this ever going to end?
The Mister has put so much sweat equity into this masterpiece I am almost afraid that when complete, he will enter a state of shock.  I need to create an immediate “Hunni-Do” so he doesn’t jump ship. The yard reveal will happen once we finish the coop. Plants, tile, chairs and lighting have all been planned to create a new sitting place in the yard. In addition, next year will host a whole new garden space. I am really excited. I love our deck, but this creates yet one more outside space to enjoy with my family. I can’t wait to share it.
The Coop has certainly been on everyone’s minds including the Chicklets. Most every evening has an hour of recess, and they are really digging the outside experience.

VanGogh and her school bus yellow legs ( not clearly shown her in their intensity at all), Now reminds me of this guy:


I know, its rude. Don’t tell her I said it k ? But it is an Atlanta Icon and long standing running joke.

The Girls are in serious pre-molt and look like sad Humane Society Chickens.
They have not reached “spiney” yet where new feathers are growing in, but rather the pre-shed “our feathers look like crap and we are creating a feather boa on our coop floor” mess.
Will someone just take a dust bath already and stop making me look like a terrible chicken mother!

Fit Find Friday – Stay Fit Salad Kit

Through my social media superpower I bring you dear readers – #FitFindFriday !
We eat a great deal of veggies lately. (Thank you Dr. Oz and Dr. Hyman)
The struggle is of course, the salad maker. Put in certain veggies and the soggy wilts happen. Carry a jar of balsamic or pour it on? No thank you ! Where Do I cram a whole bag of salad makings into the fridge at work ?

Stay Fit  has the answer !
It’s Deluxe Salad Kit is like a Bento Box in the round. Like a Bento it’s compact to throw in your gym/work bag. No leaks no mess take and go!

Made from BPA free material and currently on Amazon Prime for 2 day free shipping it’s really a great deal for only $9

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Really What is Ebola ?


Right now, it’s the news worthy word in Atlanta.

What it’s not:

“Ebola is not an easily transmissible virus. It requires direct contact with bodily fluids. It doesn’t travel on the respiratory route.”  David Quammen

As with any medical condition,  the science behind the virus can change as things unravel. What is certain to date all the data collected on Ebola suggests that while a devastating illness, it is not the great big next “contagion” or pandemic. People in the countries now affected are suffering more because of the superstition surrounding western medicine as opposed to their traditional healers. Some areas are also terribly remote to reach and make treatment impossible.

My family and I had a really great conversation the other night at dinner. Pixie was curious on the structure of Ebola and wanted some more insight into the virus. I only had topical information on how it breaks down the cells, liver, kidneys etc, so I pointed her to wiki and we talked about it. What I know, Ebola was not (as far as we now know) spread through snot sneezing or spitting.

NPR did a great interview and I would highly recommend the book to anyone curious about world illness.

The Washington Post  also offers some insight into why it is absolutely the best thing our two American healthcare workers came back to Atlanta for treatment.

Chillax and read. Please also don’t get caught up in the media hype about some of this. I really have been strongly disappointed recently about the lack of responsible reporting in the media. Thank goodness for a few still independent news sources that let you have the information as it stands and decide for yourself what to do with it.

Sensationalizing people dying just to have a two hour time slot to offer commentary on an ambulance driving through the city of Atlanta is just shitty reporting.


Home “Sweet” Home – The Scent



Since June I have had live baby chicks in my living room. I love them. My life is so much better now that I am growing raising tending and being mindful of our food sources as a family, including our soon to arrive (from my babies) fresh free range eggs!

That said, the house needs a freshin’ up ! The ladies will officially debut their new home this weekend when Hubbie installs the final shingles. After that I am scrubbing down floors and getting ready for fall. My favorite way to freshen up the air, use ingredients on hand and cut back on waste is by creating simmer pots. If you are a child of the 70’s you will probably remember the little tea-lite ceramic holders your mothers had that held mystery water and simmered for hours on end with aromas of pom and rose. Yeah, its easier than that and cheap. Use fresh herbs from your garden, left over lemon peel from dinner and a dash of vanilla.

Williams-Sonoma Scent
The idea is that by gently simmering a few natural items in water, your house will smell clean, sweet and classy. This is the smell when you first walk into that amazing store.
Bring to boil then reduce to a Simmer:
2 cups water,
1 sprig rosemary,
1 teaspoon of vanilla,
The juice rind of a lemon

Be mindful around small children to place pot at the back of stove and add water through the day so you don’t go dry and burn your dam house down.

Quince Preserves – 1909 Recipe


The quince /ˈkwɪns/ (Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive blossom and other fragrant ornamental qualities.

Quinces will start making their way to farmers markets at the end of October. If you have a grocer that will stock requests you may be able to get a few crates. Commonly they do not appear in average grocery stores, as they are not a pick up and eat type of fruit. Raw; it is a bitter fruit, not like what it becomes once cooked.

This makes Quince one of my favorites for making jellies. Added with apples and cranberries it can become a preserve with flavor and impact, especially eaten on a dry bitter cheese. The exciting news: I picked up a really rare 1909 Cookbook a few weeks back by accident. The recipe I first looked at was this one. My mission – take a recipe from long ago and convert it to modern standards.

While our season doesn’t start until October, those of you lucky enough to have your own bushes can save this for planning. Those looking for a new recipe and already have canning knowledge will be able to use this as well. Those of us new to testing recipes can mark this for work !

Here is the original recipe, with some modern phrasing updated:


Take Fine Yellow Quinces, pare quarter and core them setting aside all of these after pieces.

Placing fruit in large stock pot add just enough water to cover by an inch. Simmer until soft but not to where they begin to break.

Carefully remove fruit and spread on plates to cool.
To this water add pieces removed. Cores, seeds parings.
Stew one hour covered, then strain through a jelly bag or canning mesh into another pot.
To each 1 Pint of this liquid add 1lb of sugar.
Bring to boil, skim and begin to gently add Quinces.
Boil gently 25 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 24 hours.
This process must now be repeated as the following:
Drain off syrup into a separate pot and bring to boil, add fruit and boil gently for 15 minutes.
Spread fruit on to plates to cool trying to not break.
Bring syrup up to a rolling boil and boil down to a thick consistency.
While this is boiling fill jars 2/3 full of fruit.
Remove syrup from heat and pour over fruit.

There is still time… P.Allen Smith and Le Creuset

Photo Courtesy of pallensmith.com

Photo Courtesy of pallensmith.com

There are two things you should know about me: I love to pretend that I am the daughter of P.Allen Smith and Martha Stewart. AND I really want to believe this. Like “Secret” it into reality by believing in it more than I believe in Santa Claus. Which is a lot.

This would probably shock and alarm both of them in different odd ways. My heart is in the right place though, their teachings over the years have brought me to the place I am now. Thank you both for that. 

Courageous to try any new recipe. Adventurous to build my garden of heirlooms and conservation plantings. Eager to be a good citizen to the world and share my experiences. Strive for elegance.

They both are so fully immersed in social media and print, it’s easy to keep up with ideas and new topics. You can imagine how excited I was over the recent news of a giveaway.

The steps are very easy if you like sharing on social channels. Why don’t you check out the website for P.Allen Smith, check out his blog and fall in love yourself. Recipes, gardening and of course my favorite subject: CHICKENS!

I will be sharing more from his vast knowledge base, but for now you can start your love affair with one of my favorite people too!