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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus

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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Triangles of Bliss


Just whipped up this platter of golden beauties. I was using this recipe from Orangette. The process took about 10 minutes. Tack on about 15 minutes of baking and these triangles of bliss can be yours in under 30 minutes.


One of the things I like most about Molly’s recipe here is just how infinitely customizable it is. Don’t like/have apricots? Substitute berries, or crystallized ginger, or cranberries, or dates, or…Want some crunch? Add some nuts (I tossed in a few Tablespoons of pecans). Make the scones your own, or stick with tradition and make them Molly’s way, with dried apricots. Yum!

D.I.Y. Stress Reducers

My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up on Design Sponge. Today’s topic covers do-it-yourself, all-natural, homemade stress reducers.


Come Monday, once I’ve submitted the remaining bits of the fourth book in the “Homemade Living” series, “Keeping Bees”, you better believe I’m going to employ all manner of stress reducers. I’m thinking mid-week will be the perfect opportunity to finally redeem that gift certificate for a massage the gentleman who purchased my greenhouse gave me this past December.

Have a lovely weekend! Glenn and I are off to a local government sponsored gardening class tomorrow. We’ll also squeeze in a gander at the annual Artisan Bread festival during our lunch break. Soil, fellow gardening enthusiasts, fresh bread, sunshine-that’s all I need.

*Image from here.

That’s A Wrap!


We finished up the initial round of photos for “Home Dairy” (publication Spring 2011) yesterday. A colossal amount of shots were taken and, boy, are they ever beautiful.


I can say, with absolute certainty (and I know this with full conviction because I’ve researched the “competition”) that no comparable book on home dairy-making will exist once this beauty comes into print. Sumptuous, enticing photographs are just the tip of the iceberg, but they’re arguably the biggest initial draw.

You won’t be disappointed, I promise. You’ll have to rest on your laurels for another year, though! These guys can keep you company in the mean time.

And the Rhubarb Amaretto Chutney goes to…

Sense of Home! Thank you so very much to all who commented. Rhubarb is one of those early hat-nod, homage to spring crops. Seems like we’re all hankering for a bit of the tart stalks. Very soon, friends, very soon!


Only one Small Measure Can-Do giveaway remains before the publication of my book! Look back the first week of April for not only that final pantry provision giveaway, but giveaways for both books, too!

Behind the Fork

From butter to ghee.
Angling for the shot.
Hot potato.
Our homage to Julie Child and her love of butter.
D.I.Y. cheesepress (that’s a wheel of cheddar-made yesterday-nestled inside that cheese mold.


More backstage shots from the photo shoot for “Home Dairy”, book #3 in the “Homemade Living” series. Day number two. One more day and 19 shots left-at least, for this round of photos, that is. We’ll be back at it again next month, then it’s on to images for book #4, “Keeping Bees.”

It’s shaping up to be another beautiful book. I cannot begin to express my continued amazement and gratitude for being paired up with such a talented, cooperative, inspired, and inspiring group of individuals.

I’m just happy to be along for the ride. And, of course, for the chance to eat so much butter.