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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • I am over the moon excited to share with you the upcoming
  • Someone partied a little too hard on Thanksgiving and pretty much collapsed at his
  • Hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I enjoyed an epic potluck feast at home this afternoon with friends and family. So much abundance, today and in the past year. Feeling much gratitude to be able to spend my days doing what I love, with those I love! Big hugs and kisses to you all!!!
  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
  • This is his
  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!

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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

Local travel, aka the “staycation,”  dovetails nicely with both the resurgent interest in eating close to home and ’09 recession budgets. Come check out my post on this week’s “Small Measures with Ashley” over at Design Sponge where I chat about the pleasures that can be found close to home. 

May your weekend be awash in all of your favorite things. Mine will include good times spent with the oldest of my two younger sisters, Devan, and a motley crew of apple-victual-bearing friends tomorrow night (for our “Sweet & Savory Apple Potluck”). Photos and apple creation descriptions forthcoming!

*Image from here

The Best Part

Without question my favorite season, autumn offers up countless offerings of seasonal delights. Here are a few of my top pics. Hot mugs of tea. 
Butternut squash tucked into anything and everything. 
Working beside the wood stove. 
Pomegranates. 


What are your autumnal pleasures?

Why Buy the Cow?

Home delivery of milk is making a comeback. Admittedly, in some communities, it never left. In many, however, regular appearances by the milk man ended long ago. Why have milk (and cheese and sometimes even ice cream!) delivered? Ideal Bite posts some compelling reasons, detailed below:


-Never make a trip to the grocery store just because you forgot must-haves like milk or cheese again. Some even 
offer ice cream.
-Milk deliverers reuse their bottles, which are often made of glass (Americans chuck out 470,000 tons of milk cartons each year); few people recycle them. 
-You’ll support local farms, and avoid the transport energy associated with national brands shipped from 
who-knows-where. 
-An abundance of calcium-dairy’s a great source of it. And organic milk has none of the hormone rBGH. 

In many cases, you don’t even need to be home to receive your delivery. Suppliers provide an insulated cooler and pack your dairy deliciousness inside. Interested? Check out this state-by-state directory to see if home milk delivery is available where you live. You can also check local.com and insert “dairy farm” in the search engine. For those farms, you’ll need to call and see if home delivery is available. If not, you might be able to get a delivery service going if you can wrangle up enough other interested folks. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk brought to your doorstep? 

*Image from here

And the Apple Butter Goes To…

The lucky recipient of this month’s Small Measure Can-Do Contest is Mommy of Three of Picnics in the Park and Lilly and the Brothers. Thank you SO VERY MUCH to everyone who commented. In the four months since I began this giveaway, October’s response was the largest by far. I welcome each and every one of you to small measure. If you were in front of me, I’d give you a tight hug, and, quite possibly, squeeze your cheeks in gratitude. 

Come back next month for another chance to win. November’s giveaway is decidedly appropriate, given the month-Cranberry, Rosemary & Juniper Sauce. Even if you’re not a U.S. Thanksgiving participant, you’ll want this stuff. It’s delicious! More to come….

Fashion Forward

I almost forgot to mention my Design Sponge “small measures with ashley” post from this past Friday. Come check it out, where I discuss the trend towards greener fashion options and how to incorporate them into your closets! 


*Image from here.