sourced from the earth

Here at home, we are celebrating Mother Nature by sourcing all things local. While Kevin and I work towards sourcing our nourishment from our own backyard, for now, we are blessed to be surrounded by local farms. Our small town of Honey Brook graces us with neighbors who stock our fridge with eggs, cheese, meat, produce and greenhouse plants.

Food runs a strong parallel to our business. We believe in the power of supporting local – we find comfort in having a connection to where we spend our money. We choose to support honest humans who prosper where they are gifted. It's fulfilling to make others feel good and blossom where they are meant to be.

This Earth Day, we slow roasted a farm fresh chicken from Hartz Natural Food Store for tonight's dinner celebration. Some say buying local or organic is too expensive. For us, making the life change required a slight shift in mentality: quality vs. quantity. We keep our portions humble to keep our body and minds wholesome. Additionally, we try to use every food scrap we can. The $12 chicken roast will provide dinner while the leftovers will make chicken salad and bone broth. Tomorrow I will simmer the bones with vegetable scraps (peels from onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes; the tops of celery and beets; herb and broccoli stems etc) for an all natural broth that will be used in future dinner meals or homemade soup. My lovely midwife, Kate Aseron, published a cookbook that covers the basics of bone broth making along with a slew of other hearty recipes. You can find the Kindle version here.

Tell us: what is your favorite meal to serve up?

(dinner recipes follow)

where, Oh, where has holmespun been?

There is something in the April air.

We're breaking our [blog] silence with the arrival of the Spring Equinox. As the warm weather graces us with it's presence my creative side has returned the favor. You know that feeling when lightening strikes? That same lightbulb that went off when you met your fated signif other; or when you graduated college and realized (all too late) what sort of impact you want to make on this world? I had a moment just as so this week.

For those who may not know, holmespun is a side job for Kevin and I; one that we hope can be OUR full time gig someday. Life as we know it today consists of Kevin working full time managing his Father's furniture store & I, part-time for a separate furniture + interior design company. I have recently taken over their social media department and am actively working on finding their brand's persona {enter recent & unintentional holmespun-social-media-hiatus}. Between my job, holmespun, mothering Oliver and growing another little human inside my womb, I've been micro managing every hour of the day (some of those hours may or may not include salt baths by the candlelight).  The holmespun front has been busy with the construction of our (soon-to-be-released) benches, styled shoots, 2017 wedding planning and networking with local vendors - all very exciting stuff that has kept us especially busy!

 final bench design being released May 2017

final bench design being released May 2017

photography by: Schon Photography // florals by: Fresh Design Florist // tablescape by: Modern Relics Rentals // sweets by: Love Bites by Erika // venue: The Lakehouse Inn

photography by: Schon Photography // florals by: Fresh Design Florist // tablescape by: Modern Relics Rentals // sweets by: Love Bites by Erika // venue: The Lakehouse Inn

photography by: Rebecca Shivers Photography // sweets by: Amy's Sweet Bake Shop // florals by: Forte Florals

Since Kevin does the building and that beautiful dance of moving tables around, the planning, visuals and book-keeping falls in my department. It's the kind of organizing that I thrive on - creative freedom + excel workbooks. This new venture that came to me is heavy on the creative / homemaking side which feels a little bit like the restoration of my soul after 4+ months of cabin fever.

It may be a belated 'New Year - New Us' campaign but like...isn't Spring all about being reborn? 

planning by: Love & Lace Weddings // photography by: AGP Collective