Welcome to Edible Tapestry!

I decided as a young adult that a culinary career was something I simply needed. This realization led me to enroll in culinary school. expeditor

Practicum Line cooking in a fast-paced commercial kitchen is just about my favorite thing to do outside of my home, but when I realized my children were growing up right before my eyes, and it felt as if my time with them was slipping away, I came back to the nest, full time.

I now work out of my home, alongside my husband in mobile application development, as a budding graphic designer. But as an obsessively creative crafter and dealer in all things vintage, I’ve begun sharing my latest finds and artistic endeavors in three different Etsy shops ~ The Glocky Coggler, to appease the frenetic anachronaut in me who must add cogs and gears to ordinary everyday things, Shabby Fair, because rust is my favorite color and I truly believe that things look best when the paint is falling off of them or vintage Victorian scrap flower images have been “planted” on the surface of them, and Edible Tapestry, my foodie Etsy shop that acts as a sister shop to this blog of the same name. Edible Tapestry, the blog, was created in 2011 as an attempt for me to continue educating myself by keeping my hands dirty in the kitchen. There is always more to learn! A side “job” as a book reviewer who creates recipes to go along with new and old publications was an opportunity that came along unexpectedly but has added an interesting twist to my life, schedule, and blogging. And it’s just so much fun! Find my book reviews and the recipes that go along with them in the Book Inspired Recipes page of the blog. The hours of my day that aren’t filled with cooking, writing, reading, eating, antiquing, and graphic design, I spend home-schooling my children and caring for the animals and plants we farm. See what’s new in the garden, or coming out of it, on my Garden page.

After long years of moving from place to place – Florida to New England to Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest – while pining for the layered and smoky blue ridges of the Southern Appalachians that I spent just about every family vacation in when I was growing up, my husband and I were able to settle on a beautiful little farm with a view of the Appalachian Trail to raise our sons. Another, temporary, move to a part-time rental in the middle of a Mennonite dairy farm further up the Appalachian chain was an unexpected, though welcome, adventure for our family as the boys perch on the edge of the nest and prepare to fly. homeschool

I am fond of watching things grow and thrive on both farms that I am privileged (spoiled) enough to divide my time between and love to include my harvested produce, herbs, and fresh eggs from our hen house of pet chickens and mixed flock of ducks in the weekly menu. Foraging for edibles within nature’s landscape is another pastime I find extremely rewarding and a survival technique I found fascinating as a child, when I first read the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I always knew that I would run away to the mountains like the character in her book and am so grateful to have these old, beloved hills all around me, every day.

Edible Tapestry allows me to practice within my chosen career field while dedicating my life to my family. Thanks for stopping by this journal of our day-to-day lives and helping me to do that.



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    Dawn Turner
    February 24, 2011

    I love this recipe! It looks and sounds so fancy..but even someone with three thumbs in the kitchen could do this. I think! LOL

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    February 24, 2011

    WHOA I can finally learn how to really cook from you across the miles:)

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    May 2, 2012

    Would you believe that My Side of the Mountain was one of my FAVORITE books when I was growing up? I literally tried to move into the tree behind our house. I moved back home approximately 20 minutes later.

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    May 3, 2012

    That’s incredible! You are the only other person I’ve spoken to who even knows about the book. Pretty neat. I always think of Sam when I see a hollowed out tree that I think would be large enough to live in. lol

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    February 18, 2013

    I LOVED My Side of the Mountain as a child! Have you read the sequels? <3

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    February 18, 2013

    The boys and I are in the middle of the second. I won’t finish it without them, but we are on the last Chronicle of Narnia and have started the Harry Potter series. We just never seem to get back to Sam Gribley. :(

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