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Stone Hollow Farm Tour

  • Posted on: 15 April 2015
  • By: jessica
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This week I had the pleasure of a suprise visit to Stone Hollow Farmstead . I have frequented their booth at Pepper Place Market , and always wanted to see the farm in person. As a birthday suprise my boyfriend took me for a tour. I had a blast! Stone Hollow Farmstead is a small, family owned farm in Alabama that puts large emphasis on sustainability and creativity. They focus on using organic methods of farming with respect for the land and animals. The founder, Deborah Stone comes from a family of farmers. She not only has created goats milk cheses but also genius cosmetic products . They...

Thirty

  • Posted on: 14 April 2015
  • By: jessica
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As I sit on my front porch this morning I hear birds chirping, train horns blowing, neighbors rushing off to work. I see my knock out roses, my azaleas, my mints, and my cottage flowers. It smells like Spring. I am extremely aware of the fact that today I am embarking on a new part of the journey. 30. My twenties are gone. Oh, what fun and turmoil those twenties were. So many bad decisions. But, I don't hate them. As the sun begins to peak through the clouds all around me, I am aware that 30 is a chance to start fresh. Leave my twenties in the dust. But, how could I? They taught me so much. I...

Forgive My Absence

  • Posted on: 9 March 2015
  • By: jessica
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Hi All! Thank you for stopping into Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water! As you may have noticed if you read often, I have not been posting as I usually do. Why? The answer is simple and exciting. I am studying and will be moving my career in a new and interesting direction over the next few months! Hooray for change! I plan to be back posting recipes and fitness tips by mid-March or early April. Thank you all for you continued support and faithful readership. Taking a break from blogging is a true act of will power. I love it so much! But, I believe by exclusively focusing on my classes in all my...

Why Eat Local: A Conversation with Jen of Bottle & Bone

  • Posted on: 21 January 2015
  • By: jessica
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Enter our Valentine's Day Giveaway for you and your love to attend a sausage making class at Bottle & Bone , as Jen said, "The couple that grinds together, stays together!" Details at the end of this post. Nestled in a cozy corner of beautiful Uptown Birmingham is a butcher shop, unlike any you have ever seen. It is easy to spot by the unique, Viking style architecture displayed outside the entrance. Once you step inside your senses are filled with the smell of delicious meats cooking, your eyes captured by the magnificent offerings of ales and wines, and your ears filled with warm...

Why I love Anne Byrn, and You Should Too.

  • Posted on: 28 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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While at Junior League of Birmingham's Market Noel , I had the incredible privilege of meeting acclaimed author Anne Byn. Anne is the Cake Mix Doctor . She takes box cake to a whole new level by sharing incredible ways to add just the right ingredients to her already delicious gluten-free cake mixes. Anne was at Market Noel to demonstrate a recipe from her newest book, Anne Byrn Saves the Day . The book shares recipes from Anne's personal collection and from her friends and family. The recipes are all easy to make meals, that can be whipped up in no time for a party or get together. The...

Garden Honey Bee of Hoover, AL

  • Posted on: 24 November 2014
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When I attended the Market Noel this weekend, I had the honor of meeting one of the kindest people I have met in my entire life. Brenda Belcher, the owner of Garden Honey Bee . Here is a picture of Brenda and her husband, John, the beekeeper! Brenda's talent of creating absolutely delicious honey is only surpassed by her passion for the honey bee. Brenda's heart lies in educating others on the purpose of the bee and the impact bees have on our daily lives. Bees sustain our lives by pollinating over $15 billion worth of crops each year in the U.S. We love bees for their honey, but who knew...

Winterize Your Pantry

  • Posted on: 20 November 2014
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This time of year pinterest is loaded with ways to winterize your house, winterize your wardrobe, or winterize your car. These are all important and great ways to prepare for winter, but have you ever thought of winterizing your pantry? Today I want to share with you a few items I keep in my pantry to be prepared for winter. 1. Chicken Broth Chicken broth is rich in amino acids and minerals that will speed the recovery of any cold or flu. It is also very filling, warm, and delicious. I love using it to make my Immune Boosting Chicken Soup . Chicken broth is an absolute must have for you...

3 "Health Foods" That May Not Be Good For You

  • Posted on: 11 November 2014
  • By: jessica
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Growing up I heard certain foods were healthy and certain foods were not. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I took the initiative to look into the actual ingredients in these so called "heatlh foods". Something as simple as turning over the box has become a game changer in my eating habits. READ THE INGREDIENTS, FOLKS! I now focus on eating whole foods that are as close to their natural form as possible. Today I want to share with you some foods that I grew up thinking were healthy. Did you grow up thinking the same thing? 1. Low-fat Dairy For many years we have been told that low-fat or...

Week 1 #BlogLikeCrazy

  • Posted on: 7 November 2014
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Hi All! Thank you for stopping by. Since November 1st I have been part of the amazing November Challenge: Blog Like Crazy! Each November the members of See Jane Write are challenged to blog every single day for the whole month. I would like to share with you what I have learned in my first week and what I'm looking forward to the rest of the month. 1. Let Others Shine If there is anything I have learned from Javacia, the leader of See Jane Write, it is to showcase the amazing talents of others. I have started a section of my blog called Spiffy's Pinterest Picks dedicated to exactly that. I...

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