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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. @biltmoreestate
  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.

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Monthly Archives: November 2009

It’s Called Gratitude

Hello all! Glad to be back! I was at my mom’s house for the good part of this week, helping her as she recovered from her second knee surgery. She only has dial-up internet connectivity, which is murder when you’re trying to get internet-based writing done. I headed out to the adorable, super-friendly, free-trade/organic-coffee-serving coffee shop in her tiny mountain town of Burnsville, NC to write up my Small Measures with Ashley post that is up today over at Design Sponge. It’s about expressing and practicing gratitude, something I try to keep ever-present in my thoughts. It’s easy to be grateful for the good things that come down the pipe in life. It’s harder to be appreciative of the challenges-the driver who cuts you off, the mean person working at the deli you frequent, the terse nurse at the hospital. I once read a bumper sticker that read “Bless them, change me.” Words to live by. Have a lovely weekend! 


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And the Cranberry, Juniper & Rosemary Sauce goes to…

Congratulations to D. An, over at Homesteader Wanna-be! She’s the lucky winner for this month’s Small Measure Can-Do giveaway. And just in time for Thanksgiving! Lucky you! 


Thank you to all who participated. Next month I’ll be back with another temptation! Look for the next delicacy to be posted here November 30 (I’ve opted to start December’s contest a week early, otherwise, I’d be shipping out the prize the week of Christmas and everyone’s usually got a bit too much going on right around then). ‘Til next time!

Local Accolades


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So, it turns out that small measure has won an award! This humble labor of love was recently named “Most Inspirational Local Blog” at the annual BlogAsheville awards. I’m delighted beyond words. The core idea behind Small Measure is that making environmentally sensible lifestyle choices need not be daunting. There are simple, daily gestures individuals can take to benefit themselves, their families, their communities, and the planet as a whole. With small measure I strive to chronicle the triumphs, attempts, and challenges experienced in my attempt at living with deliberate awareness of the world around me, offering tidbits of seasoned wisdom and advice for others along the way. The fact that others have decided to come along for the ride, and found inspiration en route, is more than I could have ever hoped for. THANK YOU!

Talkin’ Trash

Why toss out yard waste and kitchen scraps when you can turn them into nutrient-rich, vital compost? Come check out my “Small Measures with Ashley” post this week over at Design Sponge where I discuss different composting options, methods, and troubleshooting tips. 

It’s been a whirlwind week, wrapping up the third book in the “Homemade Living” series, “Home Dairy”; helping my mom get through a second knee replacement surgery (she’s on the mend, just in lots of pain-thank you intense pain killers!); meeting with my dynamic marketing and publicity team to discuss promotion ideas for books 1 & 2, “Keeping Chickens” and “Canning & Preserving”; and just generally holding down the English fort. Best wishes to all for a healthy, relaxing weekend. I know I could use one! 

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Happy Feet

It’s raining buckets outside (courtesy of Ida-my fruit trees send you a big “THANK YOU”); my mom is laid up in the hospital following a second (!!!) knee replacement surgery in 5 months; my chickens are molting and look pathetic; and my editor, my publisher’s publicist, and another marketing crew member are coming over in a few hours to film some promotional videos for the “Homemade Living” series. I’m scrambling. 


What better thing, then, to sit down and talk about in the midst of this madness than shoes? Makes no sense whatsoever, I know, but I’ve been meaning to mention this ecologically-minded shoe company ever since I discovered it shoe-shopping with my sister several weeks ago. I figured, when you’re stumped for blog topics with millions of other things to do, it’s time to roll out the shoe shout-out. 

Groundhog shoes, per their website, has a goal of “reducing our global carbon footprint.” They’ve succeeded remarkably well to that end, being mindful of the manufacturing and processing practices at all levels of production. According to online shoe distributor footlooseandfancy, Groundhog (based out of Ontario, Canada), utilizes the following processes in their shoes:

* All Groundhog Shoes packaging is made from recycled fibers

* Where possible Groundhog tries to source materials local to the factories where the shoes are produced- minimizing on transportation

* To minimize the effect on our environment, Groundhog Shoes are shipped by sea carriage

*All of their leathers are treated with vegetable oil, eliminating dangerous chemicals from the process and from the environment

* The bottom of the shoe is Crepe rubber – a natural product that comes from the sap of Lactae Hevea rubber trees

* The foot bed is made from natural coconut matting & provides a comfortable platform for the wearer

* The foot bed on the interior of the shoe is a soft fabric made with bamboo charcoal – also biodegradable and offering one of nature’s most effective anti bacterial and anti odorants!

By manufacturing shoes in an environmentally friendly manner and making sustainable business decisions, Groundhog Footwear has created a line of green shoes anyone would be proud to walk in.

Best of all, they’re crazy stylish. I’ve got my eye on the Beth boots (which I found for considerably less money at Asheville’s beloved Discount Shoes). Do you know of other eco-friendly shoes that successfully marry conscientious construction with design? I’d love to hear about them. 

*Image from here