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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • It's not everyday that I get to picnic amongst pink ladyslipper orchids, smack dab in the middle of the forest, surrounded by delicious foods, and in the company of woman equally passionate about food, gardening, and the natural world. No, that day happens but once a year, when I am beyond honored to be invited to Barbara Swell's annual Ladies Ladyslipper Boozy Picnic. Libations were sipped, delicacies were consumed, the lady slippers were honored, travel and love stories were recalled, and there might have even been a wild turkey call or two made (raising hand-and Mr. Turkey even replied to two of my calls!!!). Today was a mighty fine day. || Brought my Buttermilk Rhubarb Bread to the picnic, pictured in the bottom of the photo (recipe is in
  • Such a wealth of skilled and talented bakers can be found in this area. Shown here are three goodies my friend @oldworldlevain had available this weekend at the Asheville Artisan Bread Festival. I bought all of them, along with a loaf of her Raisin & Flax bread, and treats from @chickenbridgebakery and Flat Rock Bakery. So much deliciousness!
  • Excited to see my first
  • What I love about ephemerals is that they force you to be fully present, fully engaged. What is blooming or on display today could be gone tomorrow. Ephemerals remind me to pay attention, to live more attentively and lovingly, every single day. || The exquisite blooming wisteria pergola, at its peek right now @biltmoreestate.
  • Sittin' in the mornin' sun, I'll be sittin' when the evening come. || Absolutely glorious day @biltmoreestate!
  • Views for days. @biltmoreestate
  • Currently, in our kitchen. || Wishing you and yours a cozy, comfy weekend.
  • Happy Friday from me and my mini me (image from spring 2014, taken by @timrobisonjr). || New
  • Green eggs & ham and buttermilk biscuits for work/lunch at home today. Made a ramp & wild garlic scape pesto with ramps from our patch and scapes from the property, then whisked it into scrambled eggs, as well as drizzled it atop. Going to miss those ephemerals when their time passes soon!
  • Taking it back to October 21st, 2011 for today's #tbt, when we celebrated our little guy's first birthday up at Sky Top Orchard. in Flat Rock, NC. We used to say his cheeks were made of jam in those days as they were so doughy and smooshy that they looked like jam-filled doughnuts.
  • Happy to call Hominy Valley home.
  • Because you know I'm all about that face.

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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.