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  • Discussing the bigger, more important things in life (or, quite possibly, Batman and his prowess) today on our hike and picnic. Being Huxley's mom is my favorite thing to do, of all the things I do.
  • After a picnic lunch and hike in the forests around our home, Huxley and I kissed @glennbenglish goodbye and wished him good luck as he set out on a hunt for the ever elusive morel. He texted to say the magic mushrooms weren't showing themselves, but that he did make it up to the mountain bald that rests on the ridge line behind our property. Love his panoramic video!
  • Hello, gorgeous fog. Happy Monday, friends!
  • Smoked sea salt chocolate chip cookies, because rainy Sundays were meant for baking cookies with my home slice.
  • Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy. || Playing in the park, from yesterday in Decatur.
  • Rain + birdsong + spring green. On repeat. The city is fun to visit, but home in the cove is where my heart sings.
  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
  • Jump in, you know these arms can fill you up.

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Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Way You Make Me Feel

Wow! Welcome all you newbie commenters and readers! I’m so glad to have you onboard here at Small Measure and look forward to getting to know you all better. 

In the meantime, come check out some of my fellow friends in Blog Land, whose posts are always informative, instructive, and, in one case, taste-bud tantalizing! 

To begin, come meet P (that’s P, as in “Persephone”) over at her always hilarious, often-fuzzy-animal-containing, Brooklyn-based blog whatpossessedme. I found P over a year ago and I can honestly say that my life is richer because of her writings. The consistent wit she proffers could easily give Tina Fey et al a serious run for their money. Currently in between jobs, P and her fiance, “Fauxhawk,” are cavorting this week over in the land of elves. Yours truly will be guest blogging in her absence on July 16th. Check it! 

Maria, herbalist, RN, and mama-extraordinaire, chronicles the trials and triumphs of her own homesteading adventures on a 25-acre mountainside at dirtundermynails (the posts of the “piggy pants” she knit her infant son are worth taking a gander for alone!). 
For folks living in the Asheville, NC area, you’ll want to make a beeline for Jodi’s cake shop, Short Street Cakes. Turning out some tasty cupcake morsels daily, Jodi emphasizes the use of local and organic ingredients. She also does weddings, among other events, so keep her in mind should you find yourself in the need for a sweet explosion. Vegan and gluten-free needs can be accommodated. 

Kelly and Erik chronicle homesteading in the City of Angels over at homegrown evolution. Their freak-of-nature chicken, appropriately dubbed “Chickenzilla,” recently produced an egg that could easily feed a family of four. Take a look!
 

Small Measure Can-Do Contest

Welcome to the first of a series of monthly contests I will be hosting here at Small Measure! The contest will be posted on the first Monday of each month from now until the release of my book, Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English. Each month one lucky person will win an artfully crafted canned item featured in the book and made by yours truly. For July, in honor of Summer, I’ll be giving away a jar of lip-smacking Peach & Lavender Butter. It’s the perfect blend of nostalgic juicy goodness blended with a touch of floral.                                                                               

How to enter:  Simply leave a comment to THIS specific post by telling me your favorite Summer food memory. Your comment must link to your particular blog or web site (and therefore to your contact information) or include your e-mail address. Otherwise, I won’t be able to get in touch with you if you win. Any entries that do not include some way of getting in touch with you will be disqualified.                                                                                                              

Deadline:  Comments must be received by midnight EST July 20th, 2009. Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  
Other rules:
1. You must have a mailing address in the United States of America. (Sorry, international folks!)                                          
2. Only entry comment per person.                                                                                                                                                                

How it works:  Each comment will be assigned a sequential number. The winning number will be selected from a random number generator, so there’ll be no favorites, simply a game of chance.                                                                             
Keep coming back each month to see the next tasty item up for grabs! And feel free to tell your friends or repost this on your own blog! 

Our Newest Addition

In precisely 1 1/2 hours, I’ll be heading out with my  beekeeping buddy, Jenny, to pick up two fully established hives. A little bit nervous, a whole lot excited, the buzzing beauties will be a welcome addition to our happy enclave out here in the forest. As soon as they’ve had time to calm down and settle in, I’ll post some photos. And away we go! 

*Image from here

Home Sweet Homestead


There’s a wonderfully written article (thanks Carol!) about yours truly in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times. In addition to discussing my “Homemade Living” book series, it also references the canning classes I’ll be teaching here in Asheville. Here are descriptions of the classes, along with pertinent info., including time, place, and cost. I’d love to see some of you there! 

EARTH FARE SOUTH

“Jam Session” – July 7 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Come learn the basics of making homemade jam. Class covers information regarding the water bath canning method, necessary equipment, ingredient selection, and achieving a “set” (what makes jam “jam”). Students will receive hands-on instruction, printed materials, and a jar of homemade jam to take away. Date: July 7, 2009. Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Location: Earth Fare Community Room, 1856 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC. Cost: $20. Space is limited to 25 students. Please call 210-0100 to reserve your spot. 

“In A Pickle” – July 14 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Come learn the basics of making homemade quick pickles. Class covers information regarding the water bath canning method, necessary equipment, ingredient selection, and picking fundamentals. Students will receive hands-on instruction, printed materials, and a jar of homemade pickles to take away. Date: July 14, 2009. Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Location: Earth Fare Community Room, 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC. Cost: $20. Space is limited to 25 students. Please call 210-0100 to reserve your spot. 

EARTH FARE WESTGATE

 “Jam Session” – July 11 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location: Earth Fare Community Room, Westgate Shopping Center Asheville, NC. Cost: $20. Space is limited to 20 students. Please call 253-7656 to reserve your spot. 

“In A Pickle” – July 13 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location: Earth Fare Community Room, Westgate Shopping Center Asheville, NC. Cost: $20. Space is limited to 20 students. Please call 253-7656 to reserve your spot.