Amanda Riley is an art teacher and part-time farmer living in a small town in Western North Carolina with her husband and their daughter, whom they homeschool. They have a small flock of chickens and a handsome grey cat and spend as much time outdoors as possible. She dabbles in writing and photography and fancies herself a (sub)urban homesteader. She likes salty ocean air, strong black tea, the smell of horses, and the lonesome sound of train whistles at night. She muses about life and parenting and all the mundane in between bits on her blog, sweetpotatoclaire.blogspot.