This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 73


Whew! It’s been a busy week over at Carrots. I can’t remember the last time I posted NINE days in a row! The book had been taking up so much of my mental space and it’s thrilling to start catching up on all the post ideas I’ve had brewing in my head during those weeks when we had to get the book finished. Speaking of the book…


Eek! Last night (it’s Thursday as I type this) we were surprised by a UPS delivery just before we headed to bed…OUR BOOK! IN PRINT! It was estimated to arrive December 10th so we were thrilled it got here so quickly (and it bodes well for all of you that requested a print version to give as Christmas presents. It ships quickly!). And I was relieved to see it in the flesh and confirm that all the pages were in order and the images weren’t pixelated and we spelled our names right and, and, and…. So, yes. It’s all as it should be. And if you’re searching for a Christmas gift for your grandma, or your brother, or your aunt, or your daughter-in-law that will make them hungry for delicious food and excited about the Christian Year….*wink wink*….Feast! Ahem.

But seriously, Daniel and I are so grateful to each and every one of you who purchased the book. We’ve sold almost 400 copies already. It’s been thrilling and encouraging and wonderful. And some of you have even shared your images of your Feast of St. Andrew celebrations with us and Daniel and I just can’t get over how awesome it is to share the liturgical year with you. (p.s. if you’re on Instagram and use the hashtag #feastbook and tag me, @haleycarrots, we will squeal with glee to see your pictures of your feasts.)


Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Well, we’re really in Advent now! Who’s impressed with my purple and pink Advent bling that I needed lots of help from a crafty friend to create? I would like a very crafty best friend/next door neighbor for Christmas, please, because more complicated than cutting out felt circles is beyond me. I am really excited about Advent Unplugged. I’ll share more in my Week 2 update, but I will probably never add the FB app back to my iPhone. I’m on my phone WAY less because….there’s not much to do there. And I’ve been having a lot more fun with my kids because I’m not distracting myself needlessly with the FB app. Thanks everyone who has been linking up! I can’t wait to sit down this weekend and read all of your posts! And today is the Feast of St. Nicholas! Lots of great posts floating around, but this one by Tsh at The Art of Simple was really informative and fun.


On the Homestead: Y’all we have so many greens! It’s great. We’re sneaking them into every meal. These baby collards were so good added to one of our favorite slow cooker recipes from Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love’s eCookbook (if you want a resource for easy, healthy, yummy meals, I highly recommend it.) And Daniel made Kale Chips last night in the oven and OH MY. The kids couldn’t get enough. Which is grand, because lately they’ve been opposed to anything remotely green.

But one of our chickens is under the weather! Daniel’s not sure if she was grabbed by a raccoon and injured or if she’s sick, so she’s been separated from the flock for a couple of days. Hopefully she’ll get better soon!


And Daniel bottled the mead he’s been making, so……hurrah! (Mead always makes me want to bust out my Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf…maybe it’s just me?)

Book Love: And did you hear that Nicole of Gidget Goes Home had the best idea ever and is organizing a giant online discussion group for all six Jane Austen novels?! The topic is Jane Austen and Motherhood. I’ll be one of the moderators and I couldn’t be more excited to have a fantastic excuse to delve back into some of my all-time favorite novels. Join us! Speaking of books, I’ve started thinking about my 2014 Reading List and what it will include (in addition to the six Austen books.) Start considering what will be making an appearance on your reading list for next year and if there’s enough interest, we could do a link up at the end of December! Considering the morning sickness, and the new baby, and writing a book, I really haven’t done too shabby in completing my 2013 list. There’s no way I’ll finish everything, but I read a LOT considering how busy things have been.


(Is anything better than a cardboard box? “I’m a tiger in a cave!

The Quotable Lucy (age 2): 

Lucy’s version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar:
“Da Hungwy Hungwy Caterpillar, by Thomasville (a local town)
A widdle egg way on a weaf. A one apple! Two pears! Two borganics (organic?), two strawbewwies, two watermelons! Then caterpillar walked on a weaf. Then, all wrapped up! Then a BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFWY!”


The Quotable Benjamin (age 4):

At the park, introducing himself to a new friend: “I’m Benjamin and I’m 4. This is Lucy and she’s 2. And this is Marmee (his grandmother, my mom) and she’s 61.


The Quotable Gwen (age 6 months):

“I’m just totally adorable.”


The Other Side of Life: Messy Wife, Blessed Life

Did you hear Dwija’s news?!

A Relaxed but Intentional Advent; Or, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Advent: fountains of home

Defiant Gratitude: Catholic Mom (by Abbey Dupuy)


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Wishing you a wonderful weekend! We’re going Saturday to cut down our Christmas tree. Do you have your tree up yet?



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  1. Nicola says

    It’s not just you, mead is probably THE wine of choice when reading Beowulf. Although as a Ren Faire enthusiast I might not be the best judge haha. Does your husband use a kit or does he have his own recipe? Hope your chicken feels better!

    • Haley says

      I thiiiiiiink he uses a kit. Not sure thought. I know that giant bags of honey get picked up from the home brew store ; )

    • Haley says

      Yay! I think it’ll be a blast. Trying to decide if I’m going to finish books on my 2013 reading list or just bust right into Pride and Prejudice…tonight :)

  2. says

    Love your Advent decor – I’d love to get something like that. Our Advent wreath and Jesse “tree” are sufficing for now. Hooray for kale chips – they are ALWAYS a huge hit in our house, too. I love that you still have greens in season there. We’re down to turnips, potatoes, and the like.

    Also, your kids are adorable. Beyond belief. So, so much.

    • Haley says

      Thanks! I am soooooo unskilled in the decorative arts, haha. So, when someone offers to help me make something cool, I am always down ; ) KALE CHIPS. Seriously. The best. And thank you :) I think they’re mighty precious, too.

  3. says

    Boxes are the best!

    Also, I’m super excited for the Jane Austin Motherhood discussions!

    No tree yet. We’re trying to hold out one more week. Actually we’re trying to figure out how to do the tree with a VERY adventurous toddler….

    • Haley says

      Oh, that’s tricky! Benjamin was almost a year old his first Christmas and we could not keep him away from the tree!

      So glad you’ll be doing the book club! I think it’s going to be so much fun!

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