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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gather ‘Round the Hearth

We all really love the wood stove. 

Moved By the Spirit

Hi everyone! My post on “Getting In the Spirit: Domestic Liquor” is up over at Design Sponge. Come find me over there and tell me your favorite homegrown (or homespun) libation! 

I wanted to send a big, hearty WELCOME and a digital hug to all of the new readers. So glad to have you on board. Also, I’ve wanted to apologize for the short and/or scanty postings lately. The deadline on my 3rd book in the “Homemade Living” series, “Home Dairy,” is this coming Monday. It’s been nothing short of dairy madness around the English casa over the past few weeks. My refrigerator is bursting at the seams with 7 types of cheese, while two hard rounds are aging in the basement, with 3 more to come over the weekend! 

Once that settles down, and my mom has her second knee replacement surgery on Monday, I should have a bit of breathing room, albeit short-lived. The writing of the 4th book, “Keeping Bees”, commences shortly after that. I love it, though, all the writing, all the cooking and stirring and planning and thinking. Winter is actually an exceptionally good time to pen a book, in my opinion. There’s little to do outside, a grand husband who lovingly cooks meals of a divine nature for me and gives my tense shoulders a good rub, a cozy wood stove to write in front of, lots of warm creatures vying for my lap, and hot tea to warm the soul (and fingers!). 

I hope your weekend is filled with all of your favorite things. Mine will be defined by fromage! Oh, and don’t forget, you can also find me on Twitter

*Image from here

Golden Splendor

This maple is the one of the last to turn. It’s a welcome sight, given that all the other trees have cast off their leaves in shameless abandonment. I can see it from the kitchen window, where I sit writing, a mug of hot chai in hand, wood stove a ‘blazing, a sleek black kitty to my right. 

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Small Measure Can-Do Contest, Round 5

It’s the first Monday of  the month. Around here, that can mean only one, momentous thing: it’s time again for another Small Measure Giveaway! For those of you new to the contest, or to this blog, I’m staging a giveaway 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. 

From my pantry to yours, this month I’ll be giving away a jar of Cranberry, Juniper & Rosemary Sauce. Could there be anything more appropriate, for my U.S. readers, than a cranberry giveaway for November? Guaranteed to festoon your table in time for Thanksgiving, this blend of tart berries, aromatic juniper and fragrant rosemary will perfectly compliment turkey and turkey-free tables alike. And the day after the big feast, it’s the perfect companion to turkey sandwiches, sweet potatoes and sauteed greens. It’s even a great foil for balancing the sweetness of pecan pie!

To enter: Simply leave a comment to THIS specific post by telling me your favorite way of cooking or serving cranberries. 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 will be disqualified. 

Deadline: Comments must be received by midnight EST November 16th, 2009. Odds of winning will depend on 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 one 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 what new tasty item is up for grabs!