Welcome to Dixie Kitchens!!

I’m so glad you’re here!

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My name is Michelle, and I’m from and live in the heart of Appalachia in Southeast Kentucky. I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everybody (and everything about everybody!)  I wanted to go out into the world and put my career first, and that’s exactly what I did.  It didn’t take long for me to realize something, though….

You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

I moved back to my hometown into my grandmother’s old house. I’ve spent the last 15 years renovating it, and I’m still not finished.  I’m the fifth generation to live in this house and walk this land.  My ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War first settled this area from Virginia.  My roots run deep, and I realized that family and tradition are everything.

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Growing up, I spent the majority of my time with my granny. She was the best cook, sewer, quilter, gardener, and general fixer-upper that I’ve ever known.  I’m convinced that she could do anything.  Granny passed down her homespun ways of making a house a home to me.  She taught me to take pride in everything I do and to go by the Depression-era mantra “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  My husband Sam and I both have advanced degrees, have two cars, and have done all of our remodeling with no debt.  We don’t owe a penny, thanks to that mantra.

Dad & Granny

Granny with my dad at my college graduation.

Granny with me and my cousins. We rocked the 80's! Look at those clothes.

Granny with me and my cousins. We rocked the 80’s! Look at those clothes.

I also spent a lot of time with my great-grandfather, Pap, who died when I was 15 years old. He was two months short of celebrating his 108th birthday.  No, that wasn’t a typo.  Pap lived by mountain traditions and passed many of them down to me.  I love that I can be self-sufficient and know how to forage, to make natural remedies, and to live frugally.

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Sam jokes that I have one foot in the modern world and the other in the past. I guess you can have both roots and wings after all.

Join me as I share my adventures, misadventures, mishaps, and milestones of modern mountain living.

xoxo,  Michelle

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