The Change – Why I blog

Why Friends Drift Inn
Food Blog was Created

Changing for a more meaningful life

What provokes a fifty something high-heeled career woman to change the course of her life?
  • Hot flashes!
  • The need to contribute more meaningfully to her family!
  • The disappearance of traditional Appalachian heirloom seeds and vegetables from the marketplace!
  • Pride in family recipes and down home traditions.


Fifty is a time to reflect on the past, and plan for the future.

Hotflashes a running gag at Friends Drift Inn
My husband says I am a complicated woman.

We live in the Appalachian Mountains. We ballroom dance.

I like big hats….really big hats.

Our kitchen has two stoves and two fridges, because we love to cook for parties. I cook in my pajamas. Sometimes I stand in front of the fridges just to cool off…HOT Flash!

I like organic foods, but there are days when nothing but a Moon Pie and an RC Cola will do.

My garden has weeds.

I love my family and all the generations that encompasses.

As a baby boomer, I look at life through bifocals.

Red High Heels and pocketbook It's a statement

I’ve had many experiences, but am not quite ready to hang up my corporate career or my red high heels.

Friends Drift Inn is a humorous journal of adventures reconciling hot flashes with cold chills, ballroom gowns with garden boots, and a love for local food with a fusion of international delights.

Sometimes, I think I’m crazy. But I don’t think I am alone. Come Sip a Spell.

More about me Joyce Friend Pinson

Friends Drift Inn Recipes, Gardening and Hot Flashes

3 Menopausal Women 3 Days in Charleston SC
Part I Pikeville in the Rearview Mirror Here we come Charleston!

Just What is a Cushaw?
My Favorite Dish Sweet Pickled Beets

Jake and the Beanstalk; Greasy Grits Heirloom Beans

Friends Drift Inn Cookie Crumb Bourbon Balls Recipe

About the Author

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.