I get questions. Lots of questions. I’m devoting an entire post to the most frequently asked questions. Ready? Here goes.
Q: When are you getting a llama?
A: Never. Unless I get one. Llamas are expensive. If you have a free llama, let me know.
Q: What size round cake pans are you talking about in your recipes?
A: Every time someone asks me this, I have to search until I find a measuring tape. It is so hard to find a measuring tape around here. Have pity.
Q: Why didn’t you answer my email?
A: I’m sorry. I do try to answer every email. I’m almost to the point where I will have to let go and let God. Sometimes, I’m overwhelmed and just don’t have time. Other times, I mean to and just forget because something happens and I’m pulled away from the computer because there’s a pig in the goat yard or something. It’s hard to be me. (Email me again.)
Q: Why didn’t you answer my Facebook message?
A: I have a lot of trouble with Facebook. I don’t have great internet here. (I live in the country.) I’m 9,582 times more likely to write you back if you email me.
Q: Can I come visit you and bring my friends?
A: Last year, we had a party on the farm in the fall. We’re hoping to have another party this fall. You’ll all be invited.
Q: Is Clover pregnant?
A: Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t think so, but if she doesn’t surprise me with a baby in six weeks, we’ll know she’s NOT.
Q: How did you get your farm? Did you win the lottery or get a big inheritance?
A: Yes, that’s why I collect free stuff and build pens out of pallets. Real answer: No. I got my farm the old-fashioned way—by borrowing money from the bank.
Q: Can I come live with you?
A: Did you win the lottery and will you share? Do you do chores?
Q: How do you have time to do all of the things that you do?
A: I work hard. I don’t sit around unless I’m working at the computer. I love what I do and I like to be busy.
Q: How can you cook the way you do and not be overweight?
A: I don’t eat entire pies or whole cakes by myself. I have three children and I also give away some of the things I bake because I love to bake and sometimes bake way too much. However, the recipes I feature on my blog are what we eat here. We just don’t consume them in one sitting in their entirety. And we work hard. I believe in real food—and real work.
Q: When are you going to eat Mean Rooster?
A: Probably never. I like him. He’s a worthy adversary and an interesting character. He intrigues me. I think I’m going to teach him to knit, try to bring out his softer side. (P.S. I’ve never eaten ANY of my chickens.)
A: This is the most difficult question that I’m asked with great frequency as the answer is complicated. I’ve been involved in the publishing industry almost half of my life. I could set my mind to it, research children’s book publishing, and have a pretty good chance of selling children’s books. I know how to write and sell books. But I also know how much time that would consume and how little money I could hope to gain for my effort. Writing books is not as lucrative as most people think. So far, I don’t think the time/effort would pay off. When I think it will, I’ll do it. Until then, I benefit more by writing them on my blog and giving them away for free.
Q: Do you have a recipe for X, Y, or Z?
A: I’ll try. I get a lot of recipe requests. Sometimes it takes me a long time, but eventually I fulfill as many requests as I can. Don’t forget to check the Community Cookbook—there are a lot of great recipes there!
Q: Do you have a one-legged chicken?
A: No! No, I don’t! I don’t know why people think I have a one-legged chicken. All of my chickens have two legs.
Got more questions? Post your questions in the comments today and I’ll answer them. (Which is so much more effective than emailing me, I promise!)