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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Someone partied a little too hard on Thanksgiving and pretty much collapsed at his
  • Hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I enjoyed an epic potluck feast at home this afternoon with friends and family. So much abundance, today and in the past year. Feeling much gratitude to be able to spend my days doing what I love, with those I love! Big hugs and kisses to you all!!!
  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
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  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!

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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Purple Mountain Majesties





The Lavender Festival did not disappoint. We enjoyed fair weather, delicious food (now that I’m eating poultry, I sampled the lavender & citrus chicken salad sandwich. Holy wow!), and the company of fine friends. Only 364 more days until purple, fragrant bliss can be ours again (this time, with Nugget in tow!).


*To view more images from the farm, check this out.

Top Of the Pops

To the good looking feller on the far right, here’s to you. A true bar setter amongst Dads. If you lived closer, I’d bake you some rice pudding and we’d camp out and watch “Goonies” and “The Birdcage” (“Come on, Gloria!”). ‘Til then, know that I love you and am eternally grateful to have scored such an awesome Pop.


*My dashing Pop, shown with his seven siblings (he’s the second oldest; Lynn, the oldest of the bunch, is seated on the far right. On the back row, from the left, are Lloyd-one of “the twins”-, John, Pete-the other twin- and Bobby-aka “Rooter.” Meg is seated on the far left, next to Kay. What a great bunch of aunts and uncles! And looking so fly!).

Bug Off!

Happy weekend, everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up on Design Sponge. This week’s topic discusses all-natural, homemade insect repellents. Don’t be a schmuck like me and wait until after you’ve been assaulted all over the lower half of your body to make my “Mosquito Mist.” Do. It. Now. In fact, make some for Pop to show him you really love him, while you’re at it.


We’re off in less than an hour (with this guy and this gal) to one of my favorite annual events, the Mountain Farm Lavender Festival. There will be goats and chickens and lavender fields and blueberry bushes and labyrinths and mountaintop views and ponds and farm buildings packed with lavender foods (lemonade! cupcakes! ice cream!) and body care items. It’s my fourth year attending and I’m totally pumped.

After that, I’ll dash back into town for the last of the organic gardening classes I’ve been taking with Beth and Christopher out at their farm. The topic is on integrated pest management, which I’m always hankering to learn more about. This awesome buddy will be meeting me there. The day promises to be grand, on all accounts!

Have a magical weekend, and don’t forget to give a shout out to Pop tomorrow. If yours is anything like mine, than you are a very blessed individual!

*Image from here.

One Door Closes…





This week marked the end of an era. We wrapped up photography for the fourth book in my “Homemade Living” series, “Keeping Bees.” That means that I’ve officially toiled (lovingly, of course) through four books in just under two years. Researched, assimilated, experimented with, propped, photographed, edited, copyedited, proofread, and fretted over four books. And now, it’s done. Hear that, eye twitch? You can stop your jumpiness now-or, at least, you can take a breather until Nugget arrives in early November.


It’s wild to think that, from concept to completion, my team at Lark Books and I have pulled this off. It’s been an extraordinary gift, not just in terms of finding work doing something that I love, but one that has allowed me to discover and flourish in something that excites, inspires, and compels me to keep learning, keep growing, keep reaching out to the wider community to find solutions for living a more sustainable, homemade life.

I’ve got ideas galore for more titles in the series. We’re waiting to see how the first two do, though, before signing on for more. In the meantime, I’ll flip through the completed books, smile and marvel at what a committed collective of individuals can achieve, and feel grateful for all that is and all that’s coming. Oh, and get ready for the other door, into motherhood, that’s opening wide in a mere 4 1/2 months!!!

You Never Know



You never know who, or what, you’ll find creeping, crawling, slithering, sliding, pouncing, prancing (mostly just Dexter), hopping, buzzing, or otherwise maneuvering around the English grounds.


We found this prehistoric looking fella Monday evening. We’re quite certain it’s a snapping turtle, but it sure does look like an alligator-dinosaur hybrid to me!