It’s time I come clean. My love of garlic is out of control. Every year I find myself planting way more than our little household of two can possibly eat. I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to plunging those plump cloves into the cool October soil. Needless to say, we eat a lot of garlic. Our vampire problems are minimal.

We also eat a lot of honey. This is another habit that has gotten way out of hand. I used to be an occasional honey eater, at best. Then I got a hive of honeybees. Which later turned into two hives, which then turned into three. You get the idea. Let me just say that a drizzle of honey is a marvelous addition to just about anything.

In addition to the ever-expanding garlic patch, I also keep a 33 foot by 33 foot vegetable garden. I live for the three months of summer when I can cook almost exclusively from the garden. Which sometimes leaves me wondering why I don’t relocate to a climate zone that has more than three months of summer. But even in the depths of winter when the stores of squash and potatoes have gotten low, I still love to cook. My idea of  good time often involves a cookbook.

Now that you are fully versed in my eating habits, I will give you the nitty-gritty. I live in Bayfield, Wisconsin in a teeny tiny house with my husband Mark. He also happens to be my best friend, which works out really well. We heat with wood and we do not have running water. To compensate for this, we built an outhouse that has a killer view of the valley. I work from home as a freelance graphic designer and writer. Overall, I live a pretty small life in the woods. But my days are constantly interrupted by big and inspirational things – like garlic, and honeybees, and food, and the loads of way cool people that bring my community to life. So much so that it’s hard to keep quiet about it all. And that, my friends, is how this blog came to be. Enjoy!

15 Responses to “a bit about the pig”

  1. 1 charly October 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    nice pig site

  2. 2 Dean and Joanne Flugstad January 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    You have a real writing talent and lots of good ideas. Congratulations on a going site. Mary and we two went to True Grit this afternoon. Jeff Bridges does a great job.


  3. 4 Sweet Mama February 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I’ll see True Grit with you!

  4. 6 Magdalen Dale February 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

    hi jill. i’ve been enjoying scrolling through your blog this morning. so many things i cherish too: garden cooking, honey and wax, our peninsular community… thanks for writing and sharing!

  5. 8 Ron North March 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

    You inspired me to make Kimchi. The resulting batch is delicious! I will be serving it to some guests this evening over a feast of Bo Ssam. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. 10 offensivehabits March 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I LOVE your blog. Been scrolling through it. You make me long for a garden, although I’m not sure I have the patience for it.

    • 11 GarlicPig March 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Aw, thanks Liz. Don’t overlook the prospect for a garden. You might just find that it gives you patience…

      • 12 offensivehabits March 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        Oh, you’re funny! Seriously, I had a flower garden, but we moved up my bulbs and whatnot to the front of the house and Kriner is going to try a vegetable garden. I bet he will have more than a few questions. Also, I am in the process of starting a blog – how do you like WordPress?

      • 13 GarlicPig March 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        You guys will do great! Don’t hesitate with questions. Love WordPress. Looking forward to seeing your blog develop!

  7. 14 retep431 March 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Jill,
    Sending good wishes and energy your way for a successful trip to Minneapolis.

  1. 1 Garlic From The Market & Flowers From The Garden Trackback on July 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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