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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!

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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. 

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